Kingsettle Stud

UK England South East England Hampshire Andover

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Laundry
  • Walking
Quirky accommodation on a 2,500-acre nature-filled estate, just 15 minutes from Stonehenge

Discovering Kingsettle Stud delivers a tingle down the spine. It’s the same feeling a metal detectorist gets when unearthing treasure or by anyone lucky enough to catch sunrise at Stonehenge. It’s something akin to the excitement of discovering a secret walled garden, spotting a barn owl or seeing a peacock strutting its stuff. All these things happen around Kingsettle Stud, which sits in the organic 2,500-acre Cholderton Estate in Hampshire, a 15-minute drive down the road from the famous henge. Nature is in control here and the effects are magical.

With space for just three couples or families, Kingsettle Stud is a tiny glamping site on a big, private estate that’s rarely been glimpsed by the public – until now. This vast farmland, grazed by 1,000 cattle and 100 horses, is abuzz with birds, bees and butterflies. It’s been ecologically and organically farmed for upwards of 30 years, since long before 'rewilding' was a thing. It’s potentially a vision of the future of how estates could look, as well as a glimpse of the glorious past. You see that in the buildings, the Victorian walled kitchen garden and maze but more so in the landscape itself. It’s an extension of the Salisbury Plains and there are ancient earthworks in the fields; age-old trackways and Roman roads everywhere. The treasure most-recently found was a hoard of bronze axe heads, now on display at Andover Museum.

There’s just one shepherd’s hut and one cabin here. Both are self-contained, with simple cooking facilities and en suites, and each has a seating space outside with room for a campfire. They sit in a meadow just a short mown path away from the Victorian former stable and courtyard where weddings take place (though not while glampers are staying). The groom’s quarters next to the stables are now a comfortable Coach House Cottage too – it's not glamping, but it’s too quirky to fall into the ordinary 'self-catering cottage' category.

The birds and the bees, the farm animals, the gardens, grounds and location so near to Stonehenge make this place popular with couples and young families. It’s not been open long and, so far, many have used it as a stopover on the way to Cornwall. It’s well located for that, but this is a destination in its own right; a treasure we're thrilled to have detected. And once you arrive, slow down and fall into the pace of Kingsettle Stud life, you'll be glad you didn't drive any further.

Details

Facilities

Each unit is self contained and has its own garden area with seating and a firepit/BBQ. The cabin (Bustard) and shepherd’s hut (Lapwing) are heated and insulated and have an en-suite shower room with toilet, a kitchenette with a fridge, electric hob and microwave, made-up beds and towels. Both have a king-size bed, Bustard has bunk beds too. The Coach House self-catering cottage has a full kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom, washing machine, TV, DVD player and wifi. The extensive grounds and gardens are free for guest to explore.

Suitable For

Glampers, families and couples – yes. Campers, caravans, motorhomes, dogs – no. (Though dogs are permitted in the cottage.)

Nearby

The Cholderton Estate, on which this glamping site is situated, has extensive grounds and gardens which guests are welcome to explore. There are footpaths and bike trails, plus tennis courts you can use. Cholderton lies within the Test Valley, an area popular for anglers, walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Stockbridge (10 miles away) is a lovely village and a good place to access the riverside is at Stockbridge Common. The area is rich with ancient history and even a walk around the grounds takes you past 5,000-year-old earthworks and burial mounds. Stonehenge (0370 333 1181) is just eight miles from site (and a very easy, 15-minute drive along the A303) and Avebury Henge is 25 miles away. Salisbury (11 miles away), historic Winchester and the New Forest National Park (both about 25 miles away) are all with half an hour's driving distance too, and make for easy day trips from Cholderton.

Food & Drink

A welcome hamper supplies you with a few basics on arrival and there’s a farm shop and café within the estate, just a five-minute walk away. For a longer walk with a reward at the end, enjoy a 40-minute stroll through the estate to The Malet Arms (01980 629279). It’s a traditional pub with a roaring fire in winter, kitchen garden and locally-sourced menu that comes highly recommended. The Red Lion (01980 671124) in East Chisenbury is worth the 12-mile drive if you’re a foodie, likewise The Greyhound on the Test (01264 810833) 10 miles from site in Stockbridge. This riverside town is also a great place for delis, coffees and light lunches.

Open

April–December.

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The Owner Says

Kingsettle stud is a 2500 acre family-owned organic Estate, and just a 10-minute drive from Stonehenge, a UNESCO world-heritage site in Wiltshire. Each of our accommodation options; The Coach House, The Lapwing Shepherd's Hut or The Bustard Cabin is characterful and unique, and offers the chance to connect with nature and the ancient landscape of Stonehenge. The self-catered cottage and cabins each have a private en-suite kitchen and bathroom, fire-pit/barbeque area and access to shared laundry facilities. Aside from all that the wider area has to offer, Kingsettle Stud has extensive grounds and gardens, a tennis court, biking trails, a farm shop and beautiful pub walks right on the doorstep. As an organic Estate, in the process of re-wilding, we are also lucky to host a huge diversity of wildlife; all making us a destination in our own right.

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Accommodation

A shepherd’s hut, a cabin and a quirky self-catering cottage.

The Coach House

Sleeps 4
Sleeps 4. Dog friendly. Fully equipped kitchen. Bathroom with shower. TV, WiFi, DVD player, central heating. Private outdoor seating, firepit, garden and BBQ. Shared laundry facilities. All linen and towels and a welcome hamper provided.

Lapwing Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Luxury Shepherd's Hut with king-size bed and en-suite kitchen and bathroom.

Bustard Hut

Cabin Sleeps 4
A hand-built (by us!) cabin that sleeps 4 (king-size bed and bunk-bed). En-suite kitchen and bathroom. Elevated decking area and additional firepit/BBQ area.

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Location

Contact Kingsettle Stud, Kingsettle Stud, Cholderton, Hampshire SP4 0DX

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Getting There

From the A303 about eight miles east of Stonehenge, head towards Cholderton on the A338. After a couple of miles, at the first roundabout, take the first exit on to Grateley Road and then continue onto Cholderton Road. From here, follow signs to turn left into Kingsettle Stud and the Cholderton Estate.

There’s a train station at Grateley (seven miles from Kingsettle Stud), which is ideal for anyone bringing a bike. Otherwise, the best station to use is Andover (14 miles away), since it has a taxi rank outside.

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Rated ★★★☆☆ over 1 reviews

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Amazing venue, great hosts, superb location and surroundings and an amazing weekend!

We were there from friday to sunday, with my wife and 6 months baby and had an amazing weekend. The place is really spacious with a large very comfortable double bed, right next to huge windows where you have an amazing view of the fields and plains and woods and 2 kids bunker beds that are equally very spacious and comfortable. Loved it. The facilities made such a difference - kitchenette, mini fridge, sink, microwave, great good-sized bathroom, hot water and etc - all made for a great comfortable stay. It felt just like a hotel stay! The place is very well located close to stonehenge and salisbury and there's lots of great restaurants and pubs, all of which makes for great evenings and lunches. We went to the Red lion freehouse that we would highly highly highly highly recommend for really good food. The onsite farm cafe too is amazing for lunches and pasties and pies. The reason I'm not giving this full points is because we had a bit of a stressful hour when we reached there on friday evening - we could not reach the hosts since the morning, we'd missed an email about where the cabin was (and there was no signage as to where to go) and we went round and round in our car and felt a bit scared. Luckily someone was going through the venue and stopped to help us find the cabin. Next, since we missed an email on the door code, we were left outside feeling stressed while we tried reaching out to people to help. Fortunately, I managed to reach out to a florist next door who then contacted a family member of the hosts and we managed to get inside our cabin. Just to be clear, we had missed that email - it was sent but we did not see it and pay attention to it since it was sent weeks earlier. Nevertheless, it's not great to go to a place which is remote, in the middle of the woods, late evening, with a baby and my wife, and have no one on site or across the phone to help. This was stressful and scary, specially when you have family with you.

Response from Kingsettle Stud

So thrilled that you had a wonderful stay with us Rajiv! Our apologies that you struggled to find us and had a tricky check-in experience. We do make a point of ensuring that somebody is available on-site at all times during the evening, and available within 30 minutes during the day. Unfortunately in this instance, we were away (for the first time since COVID!) and the contact details of the house sitters that we had arranged were in the e-mails that were deleted/went to Rajiv's junk inbox. We have reviewed our automated confirmation e-mail system which also contains detailed directions and instructions, so that it says 'DO NOT DELETE' in the subject line!

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