Blackgrounds Farm Shepherd Huts

UK England South East England Oxfordshire

Romantic shepherd’s huts on a riverside Oxfordshire farm each with their own private space

Running through the folds of the Oxfordshire countryside, the River Cherwell strings its way into Blakgrounds Farm. It’s a serene setting for a glamping site and the shepherd's huts here certainly capitalise on it. Indeed, it is the hut furthest from the farmyard that perches right along the water’s edge, the sound of the river’s flow faintly audible in the night. The extra 350-yard stroll from your car is well worth it.

In total there are, in fact, five different shepherd’s huts on the farm, each with its own private space and equipped with personal facilities, so you feel like the only guests around. The huts have specifically been placed so that they are not visible from one another, with one nestled among the low trees of an apple orchard and another in the open pastures beyond the farmhouse with wide, magnificent views.

Inside, the huts are well equipped for glamping – they have fitted, king-sized beds, a table and chairs, plus tea and coffee making facilities for your morning cup around the campfire – but the style is in keeping with the huts’ humble origins. There are no slim TVs or DVD players and the hot showers are off-grid and gas-powered. Two of the huts do have solar power, while the other three are on on-grid, although the romantic flickering of candlelight is a more atmospheric alternative.

Footpaths lace their way through the farm. There is one directly outside the ‘Blackgrounds’ hut, though it is rarely used by the public. As a result, guests have instant access to the local routes. The Millennium Way and the Battlefields Trail are two particularly well-known paths, or you can have a more urban adventure, by car, in nearby Oxford, Warwick or Stratford-Upon-Avon. For most, it must be said, the riverside route to the local pub is the most popular option. After all, a visit to the inn after a few days in your hut is exactly what the shepherds of old would have done, isn't it?

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The Owner Says

Luxury shepherd huts - Completely private. No Noise. No shared facilities. No TV or Wifi. No light or noise pollution. Complete peace and quiet with stunning views of the river Cherwell and the rolling Oxfordshire countryside. Fabulous walking. Good for the soul.

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Beautiful, peaceful, welcoming and romantic

We had a lovely stay in Orchard Shepherds Hut. It was cozy and comfy and had everything you needed for a short stay. Nice position with lovely views of the countryside and playful horses in surrounding fields. Breakfast pack was great but bring other food with you as nearest proper supermarket is Banbury. A slightly bigger fridge would have made things easier. Hosts friendly and would definitely stay there again for a quiet retreat.
Apr 23, 2019 by Deb


If you are looking to get away and spend some quality time in the open then look no further!! Me and my partner stayed in the river hut which was an amazing experience, being by the river with an open firing cooking dinner and next to the horses - amazing! We went for a two-hour walk along the battlefields path which was nice and also hired the bikes, I must admit the bikes could have done with a little TLC and maybe a bike map route would have been a nice bonus? Definitely not a criticism though! A little tip, bring a good flashlight and a good camera as there is loads of scenery.
Mar 25, 2019 by sunnie

Peaceful and comfy

We stayed in the Riverside Hut and had a great time. The hut is comfortable and contains everything you need but the highlight is the river next to it which was fantastic to swim and paddle board in (it helped that it was very hot). We borrowed their bikes to cycle around a bit and it made it easy to pop to the local pub.Brilliant
Jul 16, 2018 by Adam

Response from Blackgrounds Farm Shepherd Huts

Well done on swimming in the river! Great to have you both stay and thank you for the great review. See you again soon we hope!

Lovely location

Not as private as I would have liked being right next to the farm house , had to share the shower with the people in the tree tent ! The fridge was really on its last legs and very noisy , the hit it’s self was nice just missing the luxury touches breakfast Was good apart from the one yogurt that was out of date, nice location but didn’t live up to the standards I’d expect for the money we paid
Jul 5, 2018 by Jason

Quite simple amazing, romantic and perfect in every way.

We stayed in the Orchard Shepherds hut for the weekend. It was everything we could of wished for and more. The beauty and serenity of the farm was enhanced by its total wild seclusion. The attention to detail to ensure all your needs and requirements were met was outstanding. The bed was so comfortable, everything so clean and fresh, the food locally produced and beautifuly presented. This was the most amazing, romantic weekend that anyone could possibly want. We would certainly recommend anyone to stay at Blackgrounds Farm and an experience we will love to repeat.
Jun 25, 2018 by Maria and David


Calm, quiet, clean, simple, exactly what we were looking for. Comfy bed, good amenities, lovely little extras. Would go back in a heartbeat.
Jun 18, 2018 by Doug

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