Huts Upon a Hill
Baggridge Farm, Bath, BA2 8QP
Just beyond the southern edge of the Cotswolds, where the hills begin to shallow and rivers weave their way through a wheat and crop-covered landscape, Baggridge Farm – home to Huts Upon a Hill – sits atop a high point between Norton Brook and the River Wellow, tributaries both bound for the Avon and the nearby city of Bath. Even when you put the historic city aside, its grand sweep of Georgian terraces, cobbled streets packed with museums and galleries and the famed Roman baths, this is a spot steeped in history. It’s just half a mile as the crow flies to Stoney Littleton Long Barrow, a Neolithic tomb from 3500BC, and even the 18th century local pub – The Fox and Badger – seems lost in time, with cute hanging flower baskets and old-fashioned, metal lamps outside.
Huts Upon a Hill is a fittingly traditional glamping site given such surroundings. Based upon the design of classic, old-fashioned shepherd’s huts, the two abodes have old iron wheels, green, corrugated walls and quaint little windows for peeping out at the hill-top views. Inside, they’re furnished to suit, with a farmhouse-style kitchenette, wooden surfaces and a log-burning stove, but the huts are also suitably modernised; books and board games are accompanied by a flat-screen television and there’s an en-suite bathroom with a hot, powerful shower. In all, it gives the appearance that the huts have been perched in this spot since the first shepherd’s were using them in the early 18th century. In reality, it’s modern glamping at its best.
Owners Casey and Jeremy live in the nearby farmhouse and are on hand to welcome you with complimentary tea and coffee and a freshly-baked loaf of bread. Their free-range chickens also do a fine line in tasty, yolky eggs that you can collect. On a sunny morning, breakfast is best enjoyed at the table outside your hut, enjoying the view that, on a clear day stretches at least 20 miles into the distance. If it coaxes you out, you can take one of the farm footpaths across country to Stoney Littleton Long Barrow or bring bikes and hop on the Two Tunnels cycleway just beyond Wellow. The former railway route, now converted into a flat, scenic path, is the ideal way to breezily pedal your way to Bath. There you can relax in a thermal spa and await the call of the countryside to beckon you back again.
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