Bentley's Frenchmoor

UK England South East England Hampshire Romsey

  • Campfires allowed
  • Adults only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Adults Only
  • Hot tubs
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
21st-century shepherd's hut glamping, where you can stargaze from your bed, luxuriate in a Scandinavian hot tub and cook home-made pizzas in a wood-fired oven.

Sheep? They’re so last year. The world of wool has moved on. It’s all about alpacas now. Come to this eight-acre smallholding in rural Hampshire and you’ll see the two species grazing side by side. How fitting it seems, then, that just as livestock has gone up-market so too has the traditional shepherd’s abode. For here, edging the vast green swathe of Bentley Wood, you’ll find a modern shepherd’s hut that even top hotels will envy.

Set at the end of a private gravel track, with views across a paddock to the woods beyond, this wood-clad, curved-roofed wonder is a masterpiece of design. Sympathetic to it’s surroundings, the hut is full of sheep-like tradition – a split stable door, cast-iron wheels and a log-burning stove – but pairs it all with alpaca-esque modernism – there’s a powerful en suite shower, mains electricity and water, plus a giant curved window above your bed so that you can stargaze all night long. The large double bed folds back into the end wall, providing extra space during the day, while, outside, designer furniture and decking awaits. The real treat? A luxurious Scandinavian hot tub, where you can simmer away with a glass of bubbly.

While headline features like the hot tub or the hut’s wood-fired pizza oven certainly stand out, the real beauty of Bentley’s Frenchmoor is the smaller touches and the acute attention to detail. The three Ts are provided – towels, toiletries and Twinings tea – and, along with a local map, there are books, games and a radio. A complimentary breakfast hamper lies in wait for your arrival – think Dorset cereals and artisan bread – and a beautiful Victorian wooden wheelbarrow sits in the car park to help you take your luggage from car to hut. Combine that with friendly owners Peter and Georgie, who are happy to recommend a local pub or point you in the direction of a scenic footpath, and you’ve everything you need.

The first footpath you should take, in fact, is across and into Bentley Wood itself, a 1,700-acre space originally owned by Lady Colman of Colman’s Mustard and a delightful place for a stroll (particularly in bluebell blooming spring). There are a handful of country estates nearby, too, as well as the historic cathedral towns of Salisbury and Winchester and the, too often overlooked, Romsey, a the beautiful medieval market town clustered around a magnificent Norman Abbey.

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Facilities

The hut has a pull-down double bed, seating and dining area, en suite shower room, wardrobe and storage, kitchen area (sink, 2 ring hob, fridge, kettle, toaster and all the crockery, cutlery and utensils) and a wood-burning stove (luxury linen, towels, toiletries, basic food items etc... all provided). Outside there is a deck and eco wood furniture, a Morso BBQ and pizza oven and a Scandinavian wood-fired hot tub. A complimentary breakfast pack is provided on arrival (Twinings tea, Dorset cereals, artisan sourdough bread and all the basics like milk, butter and jam). Parking is on hard-standing next to the owner's stable block, with access to the shepherds hut through a pedestrian gate into their paddocks. The hut is at the end of a 100-metre path surrounded by traditional wooden sheep hurdles. A handmade oak wheelbarrow is provided to assist you with your luggage. Logs, kindling, charcoal and firelighters are all provided in the wood store close to the hut.

Suitable For

Glamping only. The shepherd's hut accommodates 2 people. No pets allowed.

Nearby

Local walking is a treat and, if you purchase a permit, the fly fishing in the River Test is some of the best in Europe. There are several manor houses and country estates nearby: The National Trust-owned Mottisfont Abbey is one of the closest (8 miles); set beside the Test it houses a good museum and regularly changing exhibits, along with a walled rose garden and a pleasant river-side walking route. It’s 9 miles to Broadlands (01794 505080) in Romsey and 14 to Wilton, home to the 18th Earl of Pembroke. Built on the site of a 9th century nunnery, Wilton House (01722 746714) is a wonderfully historic spot, with some 21 acres of landscaped gardens and parklands to explore beside the River Nadder. For something different, animal lovers will adore The Hawk Conservancy Trust (1264 773850), a feeding station and reserve where you can witness some of the most spectacular flying displays in the UK, as well as meeting owls and other birds.

Food & Drink

For a luxurious head start, pre-order food hampers directly from the glamping site. BBQ packs include locally produced burgers and sausages and fresh brioche buns; all-day breakfast packs include the site’s own free range eggs, locally produced bacon and sausages, fresh tomatoes and local mushrooms; and you can also order cream tea packs, which include 2 locally produced scones, strawberry jam and Devon clotted cream. Elsewhere, head to picturesque Stockbridge High Street (8 miles), where there are plenty of good shops and eateries to browse. The Greyhound pub (01264 810833) and Woodfire Pizza (01264 810248) are both great spots for food and there are plenty of decent coffee shops. Just beyond, the Peat Spade (01264 810612) is also excellent. If you’re in Salisbury, our pick is Charter 1227, while, in medieval Romsey, The Three Tuns (01794 512639) is the place to go.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

A luxury shepherd’s hut “in a field of your own”

Peter and Georgie’s 8 acre smallholding adjacent to the 1,700 acre Bentley Wood in West Tytherley is the most idyllic retreat for your stay – and they want to share its beauty and tranquillity with you.

We wanted a name that represented the local area. Our smallholding is adjacent to part of the Bentley Wood – gifted into trust by Lady Colman (Colman’s Mustard) hence the name “Bentley’s” was born

The beautifully hand crafted hut which sits on cast iron wheels and made by Blackdown (the finest manufacturer), is clad in feather edged oak, insulated with sheep’s wool, features hand crafted oak units and fittings, together with the magical pull-down double bed and en-suite shower. In case of a chill, the hut also has a log burner to keep you snug and warm. As if that is not enough, the stunning curved glass ceiling above the bed enables you can continue star-gazing long into the night, wrapped up in your Hungarian goose down duvet. In the summer why not star gaze whilst relaxing in the wood-fired hot tub with a bottle of prosecco!

Dawning in a field of your own with birdsong, our three lovely alpacas (and the sheep) the choice of activities beckons.. Or if you prefer, relax in the paddock and take it easy. The choice is yours.

Accommodation

A single, luxury shepherd's hut. Check Availability

Location

Contact Bentley's Frenchmoor, Lynwood, Frenchmoor, West Tytherley, Hampshire SP5 1NU

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Getting There

Sat Navs should use the postcode SP5 1NU.

From the east (London) or north: Leave the A303 at the junction with A34, taking the A30 towards Stockbridge. Continue through Stockbridge on the A30 towards Salisbury. 2 miles after leaving Stockbridge, turn left (sign posted to Broughton). Upon reaching a T-junction turn left into the village. At the next T-junction opposite the Greyhound Pub turn right. At the next T-junction turn left towards Romsey (Romsey Road). After 2 miles just beyond the top of the hill turn right signed East & West Tytherley. Continue for about 2 miles at the T-junction turn Right towards West Tytherley. On entering the village, by the church, turn left into a narrown lane (Red Lane) and continue for 1 mile. On the left you will reach Frenchmoor lane (on a right hand bend). You will find Bentleys 500 yards on the left.

From the south: Use the A36 (avoid using the A338 if you are coming from the south west and continue along the A31 to the A36 junction) travel towards Salisbury. Exit at the junction signed “West Dean, Farley and the Grimsteads” (sign is on the slip road). Follow the signs for West Dean, through West Grimstead. Upon reaching West Dean continue straight towards West Tytherley (ignoring your SATNAV and the sign to East Dean and Lockerley). Just as you arrive on the edge of West Tytherley turn right signed “Frenchmoor” into Red Lane and a short distance later right into Frenchmoor Lane. Bentleys is 500 yards on the left.

From the west (using the A303): When reaching Amesbury take the A345 towards Salisbury. After 3 miles take the exit left signed Porton. Upon reaching the crossroads head straight over into Porton village and continue under the railway bridge and past Porton Down Campus (on your left) for a further 2½ miles (over military land) until reaching a T Junction and traffic lights. Here turn Right and immediately left signed “Pitton, Firsdown”. After 1 mile, at a cross roads, turn left signed “West Winterslow”. Up the hill and entering West Winterslow take the second left turn at the bottom of the hill signed ”The Common, Barry’s Field”. Follow the road for 2 miles to a T-junction at the bottom of the hill signed “West Tytherley”. Turn right and follow the road through the village for 1½ miles and, at the bottom of a hill, turn left, signed “West Tytherley”. Continue for 3 miles into West Tytherley passing the village shop and the Black Horse Pub on your right-hand side. Continue up the hill through the village towards West Dean, after ¾ mile turn left signed “Frenchmoor” and, shortly after, right into Frenchmoor lane. Head 500 yards to Bentleys, located on the left.

The nearest train station is West Dean train, 2½ miles away. A collection and drop off service from the glamping site is sometimes available if you organise in advance.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 13 reviews

★★★★★

Very enjoyable stay

Me and my fiancee really enjoyed our stay here, very comfortable and high quality Shepard hut to stay in, Loved the hot tub and the quiet surroundings, as well as watching the Alpacas. Found Peter very easy to communicate with before, during and after our stay. Would highly recommend and already have done so to some of my friends.
Aug 7, 2019 by Bob Paddick

Response from Bentley's Frenchmoor

Hi Jen, thank you for taking the time to write a review and for your kind comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Kind regards, Peter and Georgie
★★★★★

Amazing stay! Very beautiful place!

Peter and Georgie were very welcoming and accommodating. Their shepherd's hut is very beautiful and surrounded by wonderful countryside and animals. Meeting their alpacas was lots of fun. Their breakfast hampers and BBQ hampers are highly recommended. The wood burning hot tub was a fun addition too! Would definitely recommend this wonderful place to all and I am sure we will be back again. Thank you!
Jul 25, 2019 by Tish Jervis

Response from Bentley's Frenchmoor

Thank you Tish for taking the trouble to complete a review and we are both touched by your lovely comments. You have made our efforts all the more worthwhile!  
★★★★★

The perfect getaway!

Our stay at Bentley's Frenchmoor was idyllic from beginning to end. The hut is luxury beyond belief and we were taking care of so well by Peter and Georgie. From before we arrived, we had all the info and booked fantastic, locally source breakfast and dinner packs to cook on the BBQ. The setting is beautiful and so peaceful with the lovely Alpaca's making an appearance from time to time in the next paddock. Nothing was too much trouble and the hut has everything you need. We will absolutely be returning!
Jul 12, 2019 by Natalie

Response from Bentley's Frenchmoor

Wow, thank you Natalie for your compliments. We are just so delighted you had an awesome time. It's why we love letting out our shepherds hut - when we get guests like you! We do hope we will see you again! Cheers, Peter and Georgie 
★★★★★

Magical Stay - FIVE STARS

We just had the most amazing stay in this quiet and idyllic hamlet of a spot. We spent two nights here after getting married and it is THE best way to start a marriage. Just the two of us, under the stars, with nothing to do but give the tub a stir and watch the gorgeous animals graze in the fields. Peter made our stay so special, with everything and more included. This will be a memory we will cherish forever! We will be back every year to rekindle those memories, thank you so much Peter, you have a very special place and it is so kind of you to share it with us!
Jul 9, 2019 by Laura McIntyre

Response from Bentley's Frenchmoor

Hi Laura, we are so delighted you had a memorable stay and we look forward to seeing you in the future! Cheers, Peter
★★★★★

A magical weekend

This was an amazing place to spend the weekend for a romantic getaway and such a gorgeous backdrop for my boyfriend to propose!! The hut is beautiful and has everything you could possibly need. The hot tub in particular was great and Peter was extremely helpful before and during the booking - nothing was too much. We couldn’t recommend this place enough and will certainly be visiting again.
Jun 17, 2019 by Pip

Response from Bentley's Frenchmoor

Hi Pip, we are so pleased your weekend was so special. Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward to seeing you both again. Best wishes, Peter and Georgie
★★★★★

Just perfect!

My husband and I stayed here last week for his 30th Birthday and it was just absolutely perfect. The hut is absolutely idyllic, it is positioned perfectly to watch the alpacas in one field and the lambs in another - it is so peaceful and tranquil. The hut itself is gorgeous, everything is such high quality and spec, the breakfast basket was lovely and the prosecco even better! Georgie and Peter were great hosts, nothing was too much trouble and we really felt at home for our 2 night stay. I honestly cannot recommend Bentley's Frenchmoor enough, we are already checking the diary to see when we can visit again. Thanks Georgie and Peter!
Jun 6, 2019 by Lauren

Response from Bentley's Frenchmoor

Hi Lauren, wow, thank you for your lavish praise. We aim to please and have succeeded on this occasion I guess! Hope to see you again .... best wishes, Peter & Georgie
★★★★★

Perfect weekend

Exceeded all expectations. The hut and everything that comes with it is finished to an impeccable standard. The owners who are incredibly attentive and go out of their way to make your trip as easy and fun as possible (we came without a car) have put so much love into this place and it shows. Whether you want a boutique hotel with a difference or a camping trip that’s got a bouji edge - you’ve found the right place. Waking up to a window full of wildlife and getting up close with the alpacas courtesy of host Peter adds a really special touch. Having spent the weekend we’ve also come to realise there’s no time of day that’s not more fun in the hot tub 😕 10/10 just wonderful - brought my gf for her bday present and hoping she brings me back when my bday comes around 🤞🏼
Jun 5, 2019 by Kylie

Response from Bentley's Frenchmoor

Hi Kylie, thank you for a really lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Best wishes, Peter & Georgie
★★★★★

A perfect escape!

The Shepard’s hut at Bentley’s was a perfect escape. The hut itself is beautifully made and decorated, and kitted out with everything you could need. The outside space is beautiful, with a relaxing hammock and fantastic hot tub! And the surroundings top it all off with sheep, alpacas, a pony, a horse and a cat to keep you entertained. The view is gorgeous from the hut, and you can star gaze at night from the rooftop window. We enjoyed a walk from the hut and would recommend the black horse pub for lunch and the peat spade for dinner. We also drove to kimbridge barn which was picturesque for breakfast, and the Harold hillier gardens which were stunning. Peter and Georgie were fabulous hosts and only too happy to help with any requests. The breakfast basket was full of all the goodies you needed for lovely breakfasts and there was even some complimentary prosecco which we enjoyed in the hot tub! It really was a perfect stay and we can’t wait to return!
May 27, 2019 by Julie Evans

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Hi Julie thank you for your lovely review. Best wishes Peter & Georgie
★★★★★

Fab location, with peace and tranquility.

We spent a couple of days there for my husbands 60th and what a lovely few days it was. The shepherds hut is perfect and there are lovely quality touches throughout. Relaxing in the wood fired hot tub with a glass of complementary Prosecco is the best! Peter and Georgie are great hosts who let you chill out in peace but are there if you need them. We will definitely come back, and now they do gift vouchers we know what to ask our family for Christmas and birthdays!
May 26, 2019 by Nigel Osborne

Response from Bentley's Frenchmoor

Hi Nigel, thank you for taking the trouble to review your stay and we are so glad it fitted the bill for you! Cheers, Peter
★★★★★

Beautiful Getaway

What a fantastic location and surroundings, a great getaway and total relaxation. The hut is gorgeous especially all the little touches, the hot tub was amazing so was the BBQ pack supplied. But above all the best part were the fabulous hosts Peter & Georgie, nothing was too much trouble, we're very helpful but also gave you space and privacy you need. We even had the complementary prosecco for our special occasion which was a lovely surprise. Totally recommend a visit to just disconnect from the rat race, can't wait to go back.
Apr 30, 2019 by Fran

Response from Bentley's Frenchmoor

Fran, Thanks for taking the time and trouble to leave a response. We were very grateful for the spotless condition you left the hut in and we’d be delighted if you were to come back for a further stay in due course. Best wishes, Peter and Georgie
★★★★★

Tranquil, cosy and just great fun.

Everything you need to get away from it all. Lovely, helpful owners, peace and country air. I loved the chance to hone my skills with the log burning stoves!! Obviously the hot tub is awesome, especially with a chilled glass of wine. And the nearby farm animals are a joy to watch. They mind their own business leaving you to enjoy the scenery. Also excellent nearby towns especially Stockbridge. Every facet of Bentley's Frenchmoor shepherd's hut gets full marks from me.
Mar 16, 2019 by Jonathan Gregory

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Thank you Jonathan, we hope to see you again. Best wishes, Peter and Georgie
★★★★★

Dreamy

We had a fantastic stay over NYE, Georgie and Peter are super hosts. The cream tea pack was really yummy and a treat after our NYD walk in the countryside (ordinance survey maps in the hut) Everything here is relaxing, the pizza oven was fab and easy to use, the complementary Prosecco (thankyou!) in the hot tub, whilst gazing at the starry sky was wonderful. Inside the hut, there is everything you need, the quality & attention to detail is perfect. Waking up, lighting the log burner then opening up the window to watch the sunrise over the woods, listening to the birdsong with a cuppa is just lovely. Last but not least the alpacas are the cuddliest guys ever, I could watch them all day! Thanks so much for a wonderful stay!
Jan 3, 2019 by Emma O'Connell

Response from Bentley's Frenchmoor

Hi Emma, you just about summed up everything we wanted to achieve for our guests. So glad you enjoyed your stay, best wishes, Peter and Georgie
★★★★★

Fantastic location!

So happy to have found this beautiful little get away to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. Couldn’t ask for more, stunning hut with all you need provided. Very private and peaceful, exactly what we needed! The hot tub is incredible and we very much enjoyed using the bbq as much as we could! Owned by a lovely couple, will be highly recommending....we’ll be back soon!! Thank you for a wonderful stay
Aug 23, 2018 by Neil

Response from Bentley's Frenchmoor

Really pleased that you enjoyed Bentley's. Thank you for a lovely review!

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