Bentley's Frenchmoor

UK England South East England Hampshire Romsey

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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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 and sheep the choice of activities beckons.. Or if you prefer, relax in the paddock and take it easy.The choice is yours.

Reader Reviews

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★★★★★

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
★★★★★

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
★★★★★

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
★★★★★

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
★★★★★

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

Response from Bentley's Frenchmoor

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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