Jordans Estate Glamping

UK England South West England Somerset Ilminster

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • 24hr+ ventilation between accommodation guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Hot Tubs
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
Two charming, self-contained shepherds huts set on a West Somerset estate close to the Somerset Levels and in sight of the Blackdown Hills

Situated on the edge of the Somerset Levels, the historic Jordans Estate is the tranquil setting for Rich and Em Speke’s private luxury glamping experience. Comprising two self-contained shepherd's hut, this adults-only retreat is the perfect destination for couples seeking solace from the frenetic modern world.

There’s a calm and leisurely pace to life on the Estate. Most of the time, your nearest neighbours are the deer that emerge from the 100 acre woodland to the dew-drenched fields at dawn. A former dairy farm, the cows have given way to a scattering of sheep and agrarian fields of seasonal crops. So for any city slickers yearning for an authentic slice of rural life, this is the real deal.

While suitably rustic in setting, the shepherds huts themselves are a masterclass in comfort having been handcrafted on site by the esteemed Blackdown Shepherds Hut Company. A double bed, fully-equipped kitchen, en suite bathroom (with toilet and shower), and wood-burning stove sees to it that guests want for nothing, and plans are also afoot for private wood-burning hot tubs. The extra little touches like a vase full of wildflowers from the Estate grounds, plus board games and maps of local walks show an admirable attention to detail. And with the Blackdown Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) tantalisingly visible from the comfort of the cabins, the latter will be put to good use. 

Though the grand Georgian mansion may be long gone, there are vestiges of its stately past everywhere, such as the ornamental walled garden, stable block, lakeside grotto, and the quaintly named Gingerbread Cottage, house of the former head gardener. Your helpful hosts can fill you in on the Estate’s fascinating history and are more than happy to offer guided walks around the grounds. And what grounds they are, with innumerable trails to explore and wildlife to spot. As gorgeous as this place is in the full bloom of spring with bluebells enlivening the forest floor, the fiery autumn colours and January snowdrops make a winter’s woodland walk just as appealing, safe in the knowledge, of course, that the wood-fire warmed cosy confines of the hut awaits.



The huts sleep 2 adults on a double bed (towels and bedding included). They come fully insulated and heated by the wood-burning stove. There is an en suite bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin, plus a kitchenette with 2-ring hob, fridge and a dining table (utensils included). A welcome pack of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, as well as complimentary logs for the wood burner and firepit outside. There is also a pizza oven and BBQ available.

Suitable For

Adults only. No camping, kids or dogs.


For walkers and cyclists, the Somerset Levels and Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are easily accessible from the Estate. The latter are visible from the window of the hut and can be explored via the 30km Here Path Trail, while the former's unique landscape is an important habitat for a diverse range of birdlife – be sure to check out the nearby RSPB reserves. A 45 minute drive will get you to the world-famous Jurassic Coast the highlights of which include picturesque Lulworth Cove and Lyme Regis. The awe-inspiring national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor are also both under an hour away. Historic sites worth a visit include the ruins of Muchelney Abbey, the medieval Priest's House, Muchelney and, of course, slightly further afield lies the iconic Stonehenge

Food & Drink

Nearby Ilminster and its environs are quite the foodie hub with the Thursday market hosting of range of local produce stalls, as well as the award-winning butchers Bonners (01460 52465). West Country cheeses can be found at Silver Street Dairy (01460 52502) and seasonal fruit and veg at Mike’s Greengrocers (01460 52304). Brown & Forrest Smokery (01458 250875) is an essential stop on the gastro trail, stocking the finest smoked delicacies in their onsite shop and restaurant. Scrumpy fans should seek out Perry's Cider Mill (01460 55195) in Dowlish Wake or, for something a little stronger, there's the Somerset Cider Brandy Company (01460 240 782) in Hambridge. For the pick of the local pubs, just ask Richard and Em. The Five Dials Inn (01460 55359) and The Barrington Boar (01460 259 281) are personal favourites, while the multi-award winning Lord Poulett Arms (01460 73149) in Hinton-St-George balances sophisticated dining with its authentic West Country inn setting. 

Enjoy a perfect breakfast, coffee or lunch at the nearby Jordans Courtyard.


March 1st – January 2nd

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The Owner Says

We offer a luxury country getaway for adults in our handcrafted oak shepherd huts nestled in the picturesque parkland of our historic family estate in Somerset. Sumptuously fitted out you can sit back in luxury and relax.

Fully self-catering with kitchen, bathroom and double bed our Shepherd huts ‘Stanley’ and 'Livingstone' are available all year around. You can see the changing seasons through the window whilst relaxing next to a wood-burning stove in winter or watch the sunset while sitting out cooking over the fire pit in Summer. Both have exclusive use, wood fired hot tubs and pizza ovens.

Situated at the foot of the Blackdown Hills, near Ilminster, we are within easy reach of the Somerset Levels and Glastonbury, Dorset’s Jurassic Coast and Lyme Regis, Exmoor, Dartmoor and the North Devon Coast.

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Social Distancing Measures

We have no communal or shared areas. Each hut is fully self contained and well spaced apart. They are deep cleaned with bleach containing solution and sanitised with 70% alcohol solution between guests. Bookings are spaced by at least 3 days vacancy to allow further protection of our guests. All bedding and mattress/pillow protectors are laundered at a high temperature in line with guidance between guests and all crockery/cutlery and pans are cleaned in a dishwasher between stays. Board games, books and cards have had to be removed - sorry. The hot tubs are private and not shared between our 2 huts. They are emptied, disinfected and pressure washed between guests. The tubs are filled with fresh tap water and bromine tablets added as a disinfectant in accordance with BISHTA guidelines. Self Check in avoids a need to hand over keys. 


2 self-contained shepherd huts each for 2 people.


Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Self contained shepherd hut overlooking historic parkland perfect for couples.


Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Self contained shepherd hut overlooking historic parkland perfect for couples.

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Contact Jordans Estate Glamping, Jordans Glamping, Shrubbery Farmhouse, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9LA

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Getting There

From Junction 25 M5 take the A358 towards Ilminster. After about 8 miles take the 2nd signposted turning to the left towards Ilton. Turn into the drive with black gates, you should be able to see the hut. Use code provided to open gates.

From A303 - take the A358 at Ilminster towards the M5/Taunton. Take the first signposted right turning towards Ilton. After 300 yards turn into the drive with black gates on the right, you should be able to see the hut. Use code provided to open gates.

Taunton is the nearest mainline railway station.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 23 reviews


Lovely place!

Really nice area, the shepherds hut was cosy but spacious, had good facilities. Near by places to eat and explore. Overall was a lovely weekend and would recommend! Some downsides is that the hot tub did take a good 2.5/3 hours to warm up as it is a wood fire one and didn’t feel warm when it reached 37 degrees but it was nice. The wood fire did make the room smell of smoke and it did cover our clothes but a simple wash got the smell out.

Relaxing break, Stanley was stunning

A relaxing break to celebrate a birthday and anniversary. Stanley was stunning - well fitted out, clever layout and storage, cosy, and immaculately clean. Hosts were very friendly with great communication, and provided us with clear instructions on how to use everything, e.g. the amazing wood fired hot tub! Brilliant location for exploring Somerset - we enjoyed wonderful days out to Cheddar Gorge and Glastonbury Tor.
Sep 17, 2021 by Rosanna Verified Review

Simply outstanding

Stanley was beautifully done to a very high standard. Very relaxing break with all we needed. Hosts were very helpful and friendly. Great location for exploring Somerset by car. Clear instruction left for how to use all amenities. Hot tub very simple to use. Fabulous and will definitely recommend and we shall be returning.

The Perfect Getaway

My boyfriend and I booked 'Stanley' for 3 nights for our anniversary and graduation celebrations. The Shepherd's hut was beautifully designed, and a really comfortable nights sleep! We loved the hot tub- it was private, and very easy to get going, staying warm into the next mornings. We had a guided tour of the estate with Rich and the dogs, which was fascinating and we couldn't believe how beautiful the it all was. We explored Ilminster, Exeter and some local walks- even kayaking along the canal near Bridgewater. The details we received prior to our visit were comprehensive and full of ideas for things to do, as well as instructions which were useful. We were really impressed with our whole stay, and would thoroughly recommend the huts to anyone!
Jun 29, 2021 by Laura Bunce Verified Review

Absolutely amazing stay!

Myself and my husband stayed for our wedding anniversary, was supposed to be in March but due to Covid had to move it forward which was done with ease! Arrived to a spotless hut, and was so surprised with all the amenities had everything you needed!! Rich helped us with a couple of things and was very helpful and loved saying hello to his two dogs who were very friendly. Hot tub was lovely and warm once heated and a welcome fixture enjoyed with a couple bottles of Prosecco! And didn’t take long the next day to reheat, even enjoyed in the rain. Bed was already made up and was so comfy. Went on a walk and visited a couple of pubs in Horton and Broadway. A much needed break and stress free and we will be returning for a definite! Thank you 😊

Superb glamping experience, shepherds huts 1st class accommodation, stayed with friends for 2 nights in both huts

We were very fortunate with the weather, hot and sunny all weekend, stayed 2 nights for Friday to Sunday. Friends had stayed last September in one of the huts and love it, so we arranged a weekend with them using both shepherds huts, great fun, we loved it. I am disabled and the owner Ed has kindly added a handrail to the Livingstone Shepherds Hut making climbing the stairs much easier. The hut was spotless , well equipped, bed comfortable. we sat by a roaring log fire both evenings, well after the sun went down, the hot tub was used then, we used the pizza oven on the Saturday night. There is clear instructions prior to staying how to work everything. The location is lovely, on a field around the corner from the farm, loads of birds visiting and ate from the bird feeders, including a woodpecker! we had lunch on the Friday before arriving to the George, Doyatt in Illminster which was delicious food, landlady lovely too. We went to Lyme Regis on the Saturday, about 40 minutes drive. I would highly recommend it, out first glamping experience, great fun doing it with friends using both shepherds huts, we will definitely return.

Works for Solos too!!

Like so many other single women I was desperate for a break when I chanced upon this. I booked 3 nights and enjoyed walking, reading and bird watching. The owls can be a bit noisy at night! Breakfast at the cafe on Sunday was delicous. Do bring an os map with you, hard to get your bearings without. I didn't bother with the hot tub but enjoyed a pamper spa and sauna afternoon indoors. The little wood stove is very efficient. Came home refreshed, tested and ready for the final chapter in a testing year. Thanks Em and Richard for your patience!!

Best fun of 2020 so far!

Best 2 nights away of 2020! Though the weather wasn’t the best, this did not dampen our fun. The shepherds hut was amazing, clean, very comfortable with everything you would need. Our hosts were very friendly and nothing was to much trouble. The hot tub was in constant use, great fun relaxing in even while the rain came down, a great experience! Will definitely visit again, a great couple nights away to relax and hide away!
Oct 5, 2020 by Darren Pilton

Amazing weekend break!

I recently stayed in one of the shepherd's huts for two nights, the only thing wrong was that I hadn't booked a third - it was absolutely perfect! Inside the hut there's everything you could need, we didn't venture too far into Ilminster as the weather was so nice, so we just sat outside the hut all afternoon or took a dip in the hot tub. Information and instructions were provided in advance via email, which was really helpful to refer back to. We loved it so much we've already agreed to go back again next year. Thanks for having us!

Absolutely wonderful

Recently stayed in the Livingstone shepherds hut, had a wonderful short break. The hut in itself is absolutely beautiful and all the facilities around the hut easy accessible. Beautiful location and very peaceful, close to the coast, Perfect location. Highly recommend this to couples of any age preference, it’s a nice get away, great value for money. Over all thoroughly enjoyed myself and would return again.

Excellent getaway

We enjoyed a 2 night stay in the Livingstone hut over the weekend This was mine and my husbands first glamping experience and we both really enjoy it . We literally cannot find a thing to fault about this holiday. The hut was so well equipped and the peaceful countryside surroundings were just what we needed to unwind . We will definitely be returning and would recommend this to anybody We ate out at ‘The Barrington Boar’ pub which we would highly recommend also and we visited Lyme Regis which was around 50 mins away from the sight but is well worth a visit We really didn’t want to come home 🙁
Aug 18, 2020 by Leanne

Great mini break

Stayed 3 nights in Stanley hut and had a really relaxing break. The hut is really well designed and fitted out to a high spec. The hot tub is great, but keep an eye on the fire when first lit to make sure it really gets going. Ilminster is a short drive away and we did a couple of nice walks in the surrounding countryside. Would certainly recommend.
Aug 11, 2020 by Diane & Mike

Snug little hut with excellent facilities

Stayed at this charming little hut for 2 nights in November. There is a hard standing car park and then a short walk on a country path to the hut. The hut is in a field, so some outdoor shoes/boots are recommended if the weather is poor. The hut is decorated and provided to a very high standard, wooden stove, induction hub, electric shower, high quality plates, pans, etc Outside there is a picnic table and fire pit, which also serves as an oven and grill. The fire pit was thoughtfully pre-prepared to light with firelighter, logs and kindling already set up. I thought that was a really nice gesture from our hosts. Behind some privacy screening is a massive wooden hot tub which I used to soak my troubles away. The only slight negative is that the site is near a busy road, this won't spoil your view at all, but you can hear the traffic passing. Highly recommended and I would stay again.
Nov 25, 2019 by George Verified Review

The perfect getaway

We have just got back from such a lovely weekend. We stayed in “Stanley” and he lived up to the expectations and reviews that we had read prior to going. On arrival and walking up to the hut you just knew that this was everything you were looking for in a weekend break. As soon as the doors were open we were impressed, the decor and interior was perfect. Stanley had character and the small touches really made us feel welcome. The sign saying the light was behind us made us smile, we couldn’t help but look for the plates and a knife to cut in to the cake that was tasty and much deserved after a few hours of driving. The lemon cake was superb and then we were met by Em. She was lovely and welcoming, friendly, gave us instruction on the hot tub/fire pit. Em told us about the estate, things to do and not to hesitate in knocking if we needed anything. We got the fires lit and enjoyed a pizza on the first night as we came prepared. The hot tub was incredible although we struggled on first night to get it hot. My advice would be to light it right away and look after it! The shower was perfect after a quick run back inside and we had ample space to get ready for bed. I was super impressed with the mechanics of the hut and with the pull of a strap the dining room became the bed. Being 6 foot 5 I didn’t have any problems with the bed and we had plenty of room for a good nights sleep. Stanley was warm and snug. It was amazing waking up and seeing pheasants walking around, cows nearby, robins saying hello and birds on the feeder. Saturday we went to the nearby Jordans Estate, had a look around the shop and then ate best Cheese Toastie ever @ The Kitchen. A quick trip to Tesco Ilminster to stock on some supplies and we were back in the hut. On Saturday night the stars were out in force for a meteor shower. We enjoyed the views of the universe from the hot tub with a beverage at hand and then another great nights sleep. On Sunday morning as we were leaving we were met by Em, as hosts they were perfect. We were left to our own devices but they were there if you needed anything. We left feeling that another night was needed because it was so comfortable and we will definitely be returning. Thank you so much. Adam and Jo
Oct 21, 2019 by Adam Claxton Verified Review

Romantic rain!

We had a lovely two night stay in the Livingstone Hut, on Jordans Estate. It was a fantastic find, with great accommodation in a peaceful setting. The hosts, Rich and Em, were fantastic....helpful, friendly and informative....left us to our own devices, but safe in the knowledge they were on hand should we need them. The hut itself was perfectly appointed and kitted out for what we needed, and everything that was included was to the highest specification. We really enjoyed the wood-fired hot tub, which gave us a bit of pampering whilst nestled in the quiet, wooded countryside. We hope to return one day soon, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a little getaway!
Oct 14, 2019 by Hugh Haines Verified Review


This was mine and my boyfriends first glamping experience and it was amazing! We drove over 4 hours for this and it was worth every minute! From the moment we hit there to be welcomes with a homemade cake to getting out of the hot tub into the shower with local bath goodies. The hosts were lovely and welcoming. Although they weren’t there to welcome us they came down afterwards to make sure we was okay and could work everything. They gave us leaflets and information about there grounds and local attractions to do such as perrys cider shop. It was just so peaceful and relaxing. We are looking to go again in the future and would recommend to anyone!
Jul 16, 2019 by Abbie

Relaxing weekend we needed

Charming little place with the perfect touches, cake on arrival, locally sourced complementaries. The pizza oven was a lovely touch and the hot tub was exactly what we needed to fully relax. The bed is super comfy too! Rich was a pleasure meeting us on arrival and was very accomodating. Loved playing tiny house for a weekend and would definitely recommend! Thank you
Jun 12, 2019 by Jenny

Hot tub under the stars

This was our first glamping experience and it was fantastic! We were in Stanley Hut and it has such a great atmosphere to it. Inside you have everything you need and it has been crafted to such a high degree. The hot tub is amazing (give yourself a good amount of time to heat it up - about 2 hours or so) and the pizza oven was also a lot of fun (we brought some margarita bases and added some of our own toppings). Check the weather before coming in case it is raining and you can't use the pizza oven. We travelled to the National Trust's Dunster Castle & Water Mill which is about 50 mins drive North West of the hut. Great day out. The hut is very special, the hosts are very friendly and helpful and there was even a delicious lemon drizzle cake on arrival. Couldn't recommend it more!
Feb 19, 2019 by Bob & Elise Verified Review

Beautiful Break Away

As we arrived, I have to say I was at first surprised how close to the road we were - However - this immediately paled into insignificance the minute we were greeted and shown our hut! It was simply beautiful. The hut is spotlessly clean and furnished to a high (and very comfortable) standard, including a nice welcome pack of Tea/Coffee/Milk and Cake! We loved the Fire Pit, cooking outside 2 out of our 3 nights, but most of all loved the wood fired hot tub, gazing at the stars with a drink in hand! The owners were so friendly with nothing any bother, even keeping us stocked up with logs throughout our stay. I have already recommended this place to my family and friends and will most definitely return!
Oct 22, 2018 by Paul Jarmey Verified Review

Absolutely amazing stay!

What an absolutely stunning shepherds hut, beautifully crafted and full of character. Couldn't have asked for more welcoming or friendly hosts. Relaxing in the hot tub underneath the stars was phenomenal, we even saw shooting stars! Our stay was made even more special by all the personal touches.
Oct 9, 2018 by Lucy Green Verified Review

Absolutely amazing stay!

What an absolutely stunning shepherds hut, beautifully crafted and full of character. Couldn't have asked for more welcoming or friendly hosts. Relaxing in the hot tub underneath the stars was phenomenal, we even saw shooting stars! Our stay was made even more special by all the personal touches.
Oct 9, 2018 by Lucy Green Verified Review

Such a relaxing time

From the moment we arrived we could see what an amazing site this is that the owners care passionately about. Everything was catered for and for someone wanting to switch off this place ticks all the boxes. Will definitely be back.
Jun 11, 2018 by Damian Quinn

nice peaceful stay

My boyfriend and I had an amazing time staying here. The huts are really well designed and new - We were very comfortable and enjoyed using the wooden hot tub at night. We met the host, Rich, on the first day and he was really welcoming and helpful. A tip: Bring your ingredients to make your own pizzas like we did :) Thank you again to Em and Rich
May 26, 2018 by Alicia

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