Abberton Shepherds Hut
Manor Farm, Abberton, Worcestershire, Cotswolds WR10 2NR
You needn’t be nutty about history to appreciate the pretty Worcestershire village of Abberton. It’s been secreted away here in the countryside between Worcester and the Cotswolds since early Saxon times and has a marvellously timeless mixture of redbrick homes, thatched wooden barns and an 18th-century, stone church whose spire was removed after World War II to help pilots land at a local base. It’s just beyond, in the fields that spitfires once glided over, humming above the trees, that today, you’ll also find one of the village’s prettiest country homes – Abberton Shepherd’s Hut.
Accessed via a sun-dusted gravel driveway and nestled against broad, green bushes, Abberton Shepherd’s Hut is a truly remarkable glamping hideaway. Handmade entirely from one single ash tree, that blew down on the farm several years ago, it manages the supreme feat of looking beautifully traditional in its old orchard setting, whilst also subtly offering all the modern comforts of a luxury glamping holiday – plush en-suite facilities, a modern kitchen space and a balcony with views all the way to the stone folly at Bredon Hill in the Cotswolds.
What really sets Abberton Shepherd’s Hut apart though is the minute details that owner, Catriona Sutherland, has woven into every aspect of the hut. The continuity of the exposed ash wood throughout – the floorboards, the chunky table top, the bathroom shelves – grounds it in the setting, while the décor, crockery and wood-burning stove lend it all a farm-house type feel. Also, enjoy complimentary essentials (tea, coffee, butter, sugar, eggs, milk and jam) to avoid a last minute dash to the shops.
Should the view draw you out, and it surely will, there’s some 260-acres of the farm’s own land to explore (including egg collecting from the hens, which children will love). Head further afield to enjoy the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills, or start from base and walk the three-mile, cross-country route to Inkberrow for a confusingly named pair of pubs: The Bulls Head and The Old Bull. The latter, a white, half-timbered, low-ceilinged affair claims to be the inspiration for the fictional ‘Bull’ in The Archers on BBC Radio 4 and is dotted with memorabilia. It’s a fitting find in this quaint, countryside location. As if pubs, villages and tiny shepherd’s huts like those around Abberton are so good its almost fiction. You’ll just have to discover the reality for yourself.
The Owner SaysA unique shepherds hut situated on a 260 acre working farm in a small village called Abberton. This particular area of the country has very low rainfall and is famous for their fruit and veg because of the consistent great weather. This unique village has had no building increase for at least 50 years, it is stunningly English with a very friendly and welcoming community.
A Real Gem!
Walking into the hut was a truly magical moment. You have created an absolutely gorgeous hut, the attention to detail is truly amazing. It was a Birthday treat for my partner, a night in a hotel and a night in a Shepherds Hut, the Shepherds Hut won hands down! So lovely to find this beautiful hut so close but feels a million miles away from reality. Loved waking up to hear the cows, loved the ducks and chickens. The eggs and meat was amazing..Thank you so much Cationa & Alex. We look forward to returning. Maggie & John xx
Beautiful peaceful place to stay, could have stayed even longer
I loved my time at Abberton Shepherd's Hut, what a lovely little place to stay. The hut itself was a delight to spend time in, there was everything there I needed and if there wasn't then nothing was too much trouble for Alec and Catriona to sort out quickly - Alec even sorted out the BBQ for this BBQ novice. Wonderful scenery and views from the hut and in the immediately surrounding area, so peaceful - I'm likely to return and would recommend it to others, even if it means it's booked out the next time I want to visit!
All the comforts of an amazing hotel with all of the benefits of being out in nature
We absolutely loved it here! From the minute you walk in you can tell that it has been designed by someone who understands what it means to live with comfort and cosiness. We didn't want to leave. We booked our stay for 3 nights and could have easily stayed for longer. It had everything we needed, from local gin & tonic as part of provisions stock inside, a full working oven and outside BBQ area and a very comfy bed, we had everything we needed for a full city detox. We ended up cooking every night at the cabin, buying wonderful ingredients from the best farm shop we've ever been in and enjoying some of the produce from the farm itself. The eggs were delicious. It is so quiet and serene here, it was a great place for us to chill out away from the city, get out on our bikes on long rides exploring the local sights to see and simple enjoy the beautiful scenery right outside the cabin. We've stayed in good hotels all around the world yet the personal and high quality touches in this cabin really give them a run for their money. We'll be back in a heartbeat, and are already planning to rebook for October, where the great wood burning stove in the cabin will make for a cosy Autumn break. Thanks for having us xx
Such a find!
We think the Sutherlands Shepherds Hut is amazing and we're so glad we found it! We're a family of four, our kids are 8 and 10, and we fit in amazingly well thanks to the incredibly clever design of the hut. It's cuter and more spacious than it looks on the photos, and everything you need is there, from saucepans and tea towels to toiletries and bath towels. The hosts have thought of everything to make it a comfortable stay. Plus there's so much to do in this beautiful area. But the kids didn't want to leave the hut or the farm, and Catriona (who has a real gift with children) created their highlights by lending them her gorgeous puppy for walks and letting them help her collect the eggs. It was such a wonderful peaceful getaway for us Londoners. Thank you Sutherlands!
Experience luxury and tranquility
Had the most amazing, enjoyable time with my two children at the Abberton shepherds hut. On arrival Cartriona and Alec were available to welcome us and provide us with a lovely continental breakfast and drinks (especially the pink lemonade went down a treat with my girls)! The setting it so peaceful in the glorious Worcestershire countryside with views across the fields. Ideal to get away from stresses of everyday life, pretty walks and village pubs! What more could you want! The hut itself is spectacular. All modern amenities and the decor is to a very high spec. Couldn't recommend this enough. Enjoy folks!
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Wonderful place- a very relaxing experience
We were lucky enough to be the first guests at the Shepherds Hut and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We wished we had booked a longer stay as the hut was so relaxing and there is so much to do in the local area. The hosts are very welcoming and could not do enough for us, to make sure that we had everything we needed. The hut is very cosy but big enough so that you don't feel cramped and so you could easily stay for a week or more. The inside of the hut is also higher than normal which was great for my partner who is quite tall. All the furnishings were done to a very high standard and we loved all the natural wood finishings. Lovely to experience being on a working farm too, especially seeing all the animals. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.