The Original Hut Company

UK England South East England East Sussex Bodiam

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Luxury shepherd's hut living just a stone's throw from Bodiam Castle.

Just an hour's drive or train journey from London, in the East Sussex village of Bodiam, The Original Hut Company is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city living. Tucked away beside a sprawling apple orchard, amid an enchanting woodland that bursts with bluebells in spring, are a collection of sturdy, bespoke shepherd's huts — and two private hire campsites. Taking their cue from the shepherd's huts in days of yore, The Original Hut Company's cute glamping abodes are built from recycled and reclaimed materials (an old caravan chassis and local wood to be precise) and, as such, are designed to have minimal environmental impact. Then, there are two large campsites, available to book for couples, families and groups, with exclusive hire also available.

Despite their eco-credentials, the huts don't compromise on comfort (this is luxury camping after all). The lovingly decorated huts are a comforting cocoon of cosiness, with solar energy providing the lighting, gas hobs for cooking and separate huts with pristine showers and eco loos. Fires (permitted in the designated firepits) are part of the fun and in the autumn, there's no sweeter smell than windfallen chestnuts roasting on the campfire.

The eco-friendliness extends to the camping pitches, ideally suited for events such as big birthday celebrations and weddings. Hosting up to 60 people per site, both boast a shepherd's hut with two toilets, two showers, along with a washing-up facility, while it's also well-prepared for any weather thanks to its little pole barn that's used as a communal camping covered area. Hire out an entire site, bring your family and friends, and gather around the campfire for a unique getaway with your loved ones.

As befitting its green philosophy, the 180-acre Quarry Farm, on which the Original Hut Company sits, along with sister campsite Bodiam Woodland Camping, is bursting with wildlife. The eight huts are divided between two ancient coppiced clearings which are shared with woodland creatures including badgers, squirrels, pheasants, mice, green woodpeckers, and deer. Keep your eyes peeled for an extremely rare albino squirrel as well as a few black rabbits too. Barn owls use the bottom of the farm as a hunting ground and there's a pair of buzzards that work the top while the River Rother, which meanders through the farm, attracts egrets, herons and kingfishers.

Site owners Anna and Nick have been honing their glamping site for more than a decade now. They’ve been careful to retain the wild side of camping and glamping while developing what’s on offer to guests. The secluded accommodation areas remain pretty much unchanged but a short stroll across the farm takes you to The Hub. It’s a reception, shop, activity space and cafe-bistro rolled into one; the location for pizza nights on Fridays in summer, sundowners after days out, and all manner of workshops and activities – if arranged in advance. These activities make the site as good for groups looking to glamp together as for families looking for a weekend in the wild. And while there’s lots to do on-site, you don’t need to go far to find the most local of local attractions. The Kent and East Sussex Railway’s Bodiam Station is within the farm’s 180 acres, fairytale Bodiam Castle is just a short stroll from the site and the Oastbrook Vineyard is within kayaking distance. What more could you ask for?

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There are two sites of five shepherd's huts on-site, with four of them providing living accommodation while the fifth includes two toilets and two showers. The huts are off-grid and do not have mains electricity but lighting is provided by solar power and heating is provided by cast-iron cookware. Each hut is kitted out with a fully-equipped kitchen area including a four-burner gas hob and sink and each has a top-of-the-range cool box. There's a dining area that folds out to form a double bed plus three fold-out beds or bunks (depending on the hut). Each of the glamping areas has an outdoor communal covered cookhouse allowing guests to dine and hang out if it rains. There are two large campsites for exclusive hire, each accommodating up to 60 guests each, that can be booked in their entirety (guests will need to pre-arrange this!). A separate pole barn serves as a communal covered camping area for rainy days.

Campfires are allowed, with a large campfire available in the private sites, and logs are for sale at The Hub, a short stroll from the huts. You can also stock up on camping supplies and local produce here (we would advise pinging them an email prior to arrival) and dine or drink at the fully licensed cafe-bistro. The Hub has space for a wide range of workshops and activities ranging from yoga to foraging and there are treatment rooms for pampering too. You can also hire paddleboards and kayaks to use on the River Rother. Contact the site directly to pre-book activities.

Suitable For

Camping and glamping for groups, families, couples, hen, and stag parties (by pre-arrangement) – yes. Campervans, caravans, motorhomes, dogs – no.


The National Trust-run Bodiam Castle is a mere 10-15 minute stroll across three undulating fields. You can travel from the castle by boat (01797 253838) to nearby pub, The White Hart (01797 252166) in Newenden, or by a Kent and East Sussex Railway steam train to Tenterden. The Bodiam station is actually within Quarry Farm and there’s a 10% discount for midweek glampers and campers. Tenterden itself (12 miles away) has a lovely high street of independent shops and cafes and is home to both The Old Dairy Brewery and the well-known Chapel Down Vineyard, a little way out of town. Even closer to site (within walking or kayaking distance) is the Oastbrook Vineyard where tours and tastings are also available. The huge sandy beach of Camber Sands is about half an hour away (17 miles) and well worth a visit on a sunny day. Battle, with its famous abbey, battlefield and small high street of independent shops, is eight miles away. The enchanting medieval port town of Rye is 13 miles away and it’s about the same distance to seaside Hastings. There's lots of lovely walks, bike trails and Go Ape at the National Pine Arboretum at Bedgebury (nine miles from site) and the nearby Bewl Water reservoir.

Food & Drink

This part of East Sussex is renowned for food and at the heart of the English wine renaissance. You don’t have to go far to find either. On site, The Hub is a shop and a licensed cafe-bistro where you can buy and try local produce. A range of catered options are available for groups too (if booked in advance - contact the site directly). The Oastbrook Vineyard is within walking distance of site and just one of the vineyards within easy reach. Chapel Down, Sedlescombe and Oxney Organics are others. Pub-wise, The Castle Inn (01580 083330) is within walking distance, just the other side of the river, and does some great homemade pub fare. The Salehurst Halt (01580 880620) and The White Dog Inn (01580 830264) are both lovely local free houses and about an hour’s walk (or a five-minute drive) away.



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The Owner Says

The Original Hut Company consists of two sites of 5 Shepherds huts, these have been designed and built by us on site, from largely reclaimed and recycled materials, 4 of the huts provide living accommodation and the 5th houses 2 loos and 2 showers. The site also homes two campsites, which can be booked in their entirety (please drop us a line to enquire about this). We believe we have created a unique and comfortable Glamping and Camping experience which is very user friendly and convenient as well as being of minimal environmental impact. It is equally usable for couples, families and groups of friends. The shepherds huts are set in a small area of woodland on our family run farm in Bodiam. The woods being big enough to explore and build camps in, yet small enough that children can explore independently . The farm land flanks the National Trust site of Bodiam castle, the River Rother Flows through the bottom of the farm providing fun and fishing! The Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway has its Bodiam Station within the farm itself. This coupled with our proximity to the historic towns of Rye, Battle , Hastings and Tenterden, the amazing sandy Beach @ Camber, unique woodland habitats at Brede High woods and Bedgebury Pinetum which also offers mountain biking and Go Ape. There are amazing foodie experiences and vineyards all within a stones throw, with a range of activities and services available form the site. Means there is something for everyone.

The Huts themselves can accommodate 5 people, they are fully insulated and fitted with gas heaters. The wooden construction and double glazed windows ensure the huts are really warm and cosy. The kitchens are fitted with a 4 burner gas hob for convenience, all the cooking and dining equipment is provided. We also provide cast iron cookware to enable our guests to cook over the open fires outside. Down in the woods we have a little hide with a tin roof (previously a wood store), this provides a covered eating area, it houses a 13 foot long table which has proved to be invaluable dining space for our group bookings. Providing shelter should the Great British weather let you down, there is also a larger campfire down there surrounded by logs for shared time, stories and marshmallows!!

All bed linen and fire wood is provided.  The on-site cafe and shop are now open daily.

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Social Distancing Measures

 One person at a time is allowed in a toilet/shower, the only exception is parent and child. Hand sanitisers have been put on the outside of the toilet doors & must be used on entering and exciting the block. There will also be antibacterial sprays in the cubicles, these are to be used by yourselves. We will deep clean the toilets in the morning, throughout the day, and when possible, in the evening. All cleaning will be done in line with the government COVID-19 Guidelines. To help us protect our staff, we would expect guests to double bag waste and remove them from the unit, bins will be provided. We will supply a black bag for used bedding at the end of your stay.

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Five shepherd's huts spread over two sites, and two campsites for up to 60 people each. They also have separate woodland tent pitches at Bodiam Woodland Camping.

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Contact The Original Hut Company, Quarry Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex TN32 5RA

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Getting There

From London, head South on the A21 through a village called Hurst Green. On the south side of the village, bear left (signed to Bodiam Castle). Continue along that road to a crossroads at the end. Go straight over. As you drop down into the village, the castle is on your left. Continue over the bridge and railway crossing. The farm drive is clearly marked on the right; vehicles are not allowed on-site, though parking is only a short walk away (approximately 300 yards).

Most guests drive; however the site is only a few minutes by car from the main line stations at Robertsbridge or Etchingham. Taxis are available from local firm AK Rother but pre-booking is essential (01424 401424).


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Rated ★★★★★ over 16 reviews


Lovely campsite, lovely location

Perfect escape from London, it was very easy to get to and there are good activities on site or nearby... so time to leave the car at home and take the train. The Hub provides great food and a warm haven when the rain poured down. The huts are well insulated, and well designed with comfortable beds. Our children loved sharing the double top bunk.
Oct 6, 2021 by Claire W Verified Review

Excellent adventure!

My husband and I and our 3 small kids stayed in a Shepherd’s Hut in October. We had a wonderful time. I had worried it would be too cold but the hut was lovely and cosy, and with our waterproofs and wellies we had a great time exploring the local area - especially the wonderful river walk to Bodiam Castle. We had a campfire both nights we stayed and the kids got a real tickle from cooking our sausages over the fire and roasting marshmallows. For me and hubs we got a quiet glass of wine round a roaring fire under the stars once the small people finally went to sleep. It was lovely and felt like a great adventure!
Oct 24, 2020 by Emily Verified Review

Erin the Goose

Myself and my daughter just spent 4 nights in a Shepherds hut . It was comfortable well equipped place to stay. The frozen hot water bottles are a genius idea to use in the cool boxes and keep everything nice and chilly. We enjoyed a fire every night and cooked using the hot plate 3 out of 4 evening. one evening we walked along the river to the Castle Inn for a very nice meal. We had a go at kayaking on the river and rode on the steam train. This is truly a magical place to stay. Having Erin the Goose visit for breakfast was definably a hi light . Thanks we will return thanks so much for a great holiday
Sep 19, 2020 by jacquie Verified Review

Absolutely wonderful!

We had a fantastic weekend with friends. The campsite is very well setup and run in a beautiful setting; it worked very well particularly during these Covid times. Anna, who owns the farm was wonderful. She very kindly let the children see the chicks and ducklings. The campsite has hot showers and good working toilets. You can see how hard they work to keep the campsite working. We really enjoyed kayaking down the river (and back up it!) and there was lots of fun on the mud banks. We would highly recommend!
Jul 22, 2020 by Louise

Gorgeous early-autumn break. Cool fire pits!

We stayed here early-September and it was gorgeous. Beautifully maintained shepherd’s hut. comfy beds, nicely laid out interior. Kettle, sink, table. No electricity but LED lights. The central bathroom hut was eco and very clean - with nice touches like upmarket handwash. The area is FUN if you like the outdoors. To get to the nearest village pub, We walked through an orchard, then a pine forest and wheat field, then over an ancient little bridge. So pretty! The campsite owner told us about a little boat that comes past the huts that you can also take to the pub. Utterly lovely. The pub was quaint and well-loved, with loads of local history documented on th walls. And the staff were friendly and kept it open a bit later just for us. So kind. The cabin had a firepit next to it. And just down a bit there is a big, beautiful wooden outside dining table. A great place for a group or family getaway.
Oct 16, 2019 by Sarah B

Beetje teleurstellend

Wij hebben 4 nachten gekampeerd bij The Original Hut company. De eigenaars zijn vriendelijk en behulpzaam. Toch waren er een paar dingen die wij als wat minder prettig hebben ervaren. De wc's zijn met een soort vloeistof, net als in een Dixie. Het stinkt behoorlijk. Onze zoon van 4 jaar kreeg na een paar dagen echt tegenzin om naar de wc te gaan. Ik heb de eigenaar verteld hoe we hierover dachten. Ze vertelde dat het niet mogelijk is een wc aan te leggen in de grond (riool of septic) omdat het archeologisch waardevolle bodem is en er dus niet in gegraven mag worden. Onze campingplek was niet met gras bedekt maar met hout sprokkels. Dit zorgde voor veel stof, alles werd stoffig hierdoor. De Engelsen doen het liefst de vuurkorf 2x per dag aan, heel gezellig, maar de eigenaar verkoopt hout wat niet droog genoeg is, waardoor je zo af en toe in de rook van iemand anders zijn vuurtje zit. Wat wel fijn was is dat we een plek onder de bomen hadden, in de schaduw. Het was er namelijk net erg warm. Ook was het fijn dat de kinderen in de zandbak konden spelen bij het receptiegebouw (Hub). Ook de locatie is geweldig! Zo dicht bij het kasteel, echt prachtig.
Aug 24, 2016 by Biba


We stayed as a large family group and hired all of the riverside huts. It was lovely to have that section of the site to ourselves. The site is beautifully located, with views of Bodiam Castle and our group loved jumping in the river on a couple of very hot days! The site was loved by grandparents and kids alike - we were really sad to leave after a wonderful long weekend.

The huts are really well-designed and it is easy to change them over between the night and day functions. They are also  thoughtfully equipped - we particularly liked the equipment for cooking over the fire and managed to produce quite an ambitious menu. 

The bathroom hut is well set-up with great showers and plentiful hot water. Yes, there aren't flushing loos, but they are fine - clean and not too smelly even on a very hot weekend. 

I would highly recommend this site to anyone - we definitely hope to return again.

Aug 14, 2015 by Alexg

so relaxing

Just returned today from the most romantic and relaxing weekend break myself and my wife have had ! To start there is no phone signal or Internet So if you can't prise your kids phone or I pad from there little hands bring them here and they can discover the  joys of climbing trees , making camps , fishing and cooking on a camp fire . The huts are well built cosy and the little log burner is really warm , so you can come here all year round . The owners are really nice and helpful and although it is a working farm they are happy for you to roam around and explore .You have a cool box outside with a frozen hot water bottle in which we thought was really cute .There are an abundance of logs and kindling supplied which are replenished daily but if you run out you get your own and put some money in an honesty box . You are encouraged to use the fire pit to cook on , we visited the butcher in Hawkhurst and got the most amazing rib eye steak , we cooked it on the griddle put it in a buttered roll , well ! It was the nicest steak we have ever had . We will definitely return and recommend to anyone . FABULOUS !!
Nov 9, 2014 by Andy and Sally

Wonderful escape from London

I've just returned from a second trip, chosen both times because of the easy access from London - set off after work on Friday and by 8pm you're sipping a glass of wine while the campfire gets going. The huts contain everything you need, including some fantastic cast iron cookware for campfire cooking. We stayed both times in the Orchard huts which are enclosed in a beautiful piece of woodland, and next time (there will be a next time) I'd love to try the huts in the poplar grove down by the river. Anna, who runs the huts, is incredibly efficient and welcoming.

During our stay we walked up to the Curlew for an anniversary lunch (had to get a cab back!), and also caught the steam train up to Tenterden to visit the Chapel Down vineyard. 

The only negative, for a non-driver, is that there are no shops within walking distance, so you have to come armed with plenty of provisions to see you through. However, the pub at Bodiam does good food and even sold us a pint of milk, so you're far from stranded.

Aug 29, 2014 by Susie


Just back from a fabulous weekend camping near Bodiam East Sussex with the Original Hut Company.  This was our annual trip with friends, there were 8 families and 37 of us.  We booked the group camping field, it was brilliant, no need for anyone to arrive early and stake out the site, just us and the field.  We had our own toilet/showers and a covered area with a picnic table.  Anna and Nick the owners were charming and Anna's friend Emma catered for all 37 of us on the Saturday night which was a massive treat.

Jul 17, 2014 by Ali

Beautiful, rural campsite

Spent a lovely weekend camping at Original Huts. Stayed in the overflow camping section which was quiet and peaceful, with excellent facilities. Only a short (and very scenic) walk to Bodiam Castle and the excellent Castle Inn which is incredibly convenient. Will recommend to everyone I know with a tent.

Jun 3, 2014 by richard

First hut holiday, will not be our last!

My family and I stayed in one of the huts down by the river. It was a lovely rural setting for walks and playing and the hut was great. It was bigger than we imagined and delightfully furnished inside. The toilet/shower hut was close and perfectly glamped up. Having a pub within walking distance serving nice food and a castle to visit added to the appeal of the location. The children enjoyed eating food cooked over a wood fire pit. It was a memorable experience.

May 21, 2014 by Bartletts

Exceeded my expectations

Just got back from a wonderful stay. Lovely clean huts with complimentary olive oil, salt flakes, pepper grinder, fresh coffee, tea, sugar. Ice box complete with ice (inside a water bottle this threw me at first). Very well stocked with kitchen equipment and and a 3 gas hobs. Amazing spot surrounding by bluebells. There were 4 huts in total where we were with a 20minute walk to the nearest pub and the castle both were fab. We had our own fire pit and family sized picnic table and there were several picnic tables under cover a bit further down with another fire pit next to it. Surprisingly good and hot shower. They are connects to the mains here too so no need to bring water with you and they have many battery powered lights in the huts and in the toilets and shower hut. Very comfy beds and feather pillows! We travelled with 2 kids (3 and 5) and they had a wonderful time. Beautiful spot, connecting with nature with home comforts. Fab!  Will be back. 

Apr 28, 2014 by Clairey73

Wonderful Stay

We stayed at the Original Hut company over this past bank holiday weekend and had a great time! Anna and Nick were attentive and very helpful. The huts are comfortable and cute. Our daughter had a great time playing with some of the other kids staying in huts nearby. We took the train from London and didn't drive at all over the weekend but were able to get out and have lots of fun. The orchard is beautiful and we took some nice walks along the river and visited Bodiam castle. The shower is fantastic as well. We would definitely go back.

Aug 27, 2013 by Leigh

Woodlands, orchards, and the cosiest little cabin!

Had to write a review for The Original Hut Company after a wonderful weekend spent there! The owners have thought of everything for your comfort, and I adored exploring the woodlands surrounding the huts - plenty to keep the kids occupied before lighting a big warm bonfire and enjoying a glass of wine in the evening! For me the highlight was discovering the beautiful apple orchard that supplies Magners with a fine crop! I’m sure a spring or summer visit would offer its own glories and beautiful blossoms - but if you’re afraid of the winter weather spoiling your fun, never fear - the wood-burning stove in our hut kept us warm and toasty all night, and the howling wind outside only added to the fun of being tucked up in such a cosy cabin! With friendly and thoughtful owners, lots of local attractions (loved the Castle Inn pub, and kids will love the castle itself)... this is a pretty perfect destination for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors and a cosy spot by the fire.
Oct 26, 2012 by Amy Sue

Can’t believe this place is just an hour away from London!

Just got back from a wonderful weekend at The Original Hut Company in Bodiam. For a couple of world-weary Londoners looking for an escape from the big, bad city, this place is heaven on earth. Setting off from the capital by train, the journey to Etchingham was only around an hour. Hard to believe somewhere so scenic is just an hour from London Bridge station (a major advantage for campers who don’t have their own wheels)! Arriving at Bodiam (a little ahead of schedule), we embarked to the bustling Castle Inn for a fireside pint before a gentle amble/stumble across the road to the magnificent Bodiam Castle. After a must-see tour of the castle and grounds, our none-more-affable host Anna was happy to pick us up in ’the taxi’ for the short trip to the Quarry Farm site. Passing apple orchards, hop trees and veg patches brimming with some monstrous pumpkins (just in time for Halloween), we were led down a little ravine to the wooded area which hosts the huts. Kitted out in stylish Cath Kidston-style cushions, curtains and kitchenware, the spacious huts are the perfect romantic retreat. While the weather wasn’t playing ball, that didn’t matter a jot because of the charming cast-iron wood burning stove keeping us nice and toasty day and night. Speaking of the weather, we’d love to see the woodland under a blanket of snow or with in May time with the bluebells turning the forest floor purple. Lovely Anna took care of all the little details and, after returning from our woodland walk, over the stream and into the orchard, we were delighted to find a bottle of local Bissenden cider and other goodies when we arrived back at the hut. Our evening was spent at the local Michellin Starred restaurant, The Curlew (about 5 mins drive from the site)—the food was outstanding. Some of the ingredients are foraged from Quarry Farm—they run foraging workshops from the site so ask Anna for details. Thanks so much to Anna and Nick for such a wonderful time—we’ll definitely be back!
Oct 22, 2012 by Anon

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