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Hideaway Hut

UK England West Midlands Shropshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Remote, rustic, off-grid 'glamping' in the woods with epic Shropshire views and ultimate privacy

Hideaway Hut is a halfway hut between the wild and the luxurious. On first glance this hidden clearing, secluded away in an ancient woodland with a shepherd’s hut, shelter and seating area, has all the hallmarks of a glamping getaway. But the off-road track to get here, the wild feel signals that this is a thoroughly outdoorsy experience. This is a place that feels utterly remote and off-grid, yet still has a double bed come nighttime. If you want a setting that’s truly unique, you’d be hard pressed to do better.

From the moment you arrive, Hideaway Hut is mysterious in its seclusion. The entrance is a gate, practically lost among the wood’s edge, from which a long, rough track leads through parkland, following the contours of the steeply sloping valley (if you don’t have a 4x4 you might prefer to park your car here and walk the five minutes or so to the site instead). Then, just as the woodland might be about to end, the clearing appears, populated by a pastel green shepherd’s hut, a shelter and a series of seating areas, some tucked away in trees, others with magnificent views.

When you book a stay at Hideaway Hut, you are given the clearing in its entirety. If there are two of you, you can sleep in the shepherd hut’s fitted double bed enjoying total privacy, while the shelter provides extra seating space. If there are three of you, there is room for a third person to sleep or, if you want to come as a little group, you can arrange for an extra bell tent to be pitched for a few more people. So the size of your group is slightly flexible but you're always guaranteed seclusion.

While real beds, solar lighting, a wood burner and comfortable furnishings provide all the basics you need, ‘rustic’ is still the name of the game here. Instructions reveal how to boot up a generator, which gets the hot water going for your en-suite shower and, along with a separate composting loo, there's a caravan-style loo in the hut. Campfires are an absolute must. There’s a firepit on the wooden viewing deck, which, facing west, makes the perfect place to toast marshmallows as you watch the sun sink over the Shropshire Hills, and bottled water is provided.

The aforementioned hills are, in fact, a 20-minute drive away, though there are pleasant walks to be had locally too, while the foodie town of Bridgnorth is just five minutes by car, with Ludlow, Ironbridge and Shrewsbury a little beyond that (once you’ve made your way back out of the woods!).

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Facilities

The glamping site is in a glade some distance from the road (you'll need a 4x4 vehicle to drive all the way to the glade or there is parking by the road and you can walk the 10 minutes into the clearing). There is a hut (sleeps 2 in a double bed) and a sheltered seating area. There is also the option to have a bell tent pitched for an additional 4 people. There is a gas stove, a BBQ and campfire pit (logs and kindling provided). There is a caravan-style loo, separate compost loo, shower and sink in the shepherd's hut but it runs off a generator, which you need to switch on first. Bed linen and towels are provided. Lighting in the pod is solar powered and there are lamps, candles, torches and water provided.

Suitable For

Couples looking for an escape. Up for the glamping experience.

Nearby

The Hideaway Hut is within striking distance of a number of fantastic walking spots. It's easily accessible from Ludlow and Bridgnorth, Ironbridge and Shrewsbury. The vast cast-iron construction that gives Ironbridge town its name has been wowing visitors since 1779. There are no fewer than 10 museums within the gorge, including a recreated Victorian town at Blists Hill, and the free Ironbridge World Heritage Festival takes place every September.

Food & Drink

The Hideaway Hut is 20 minutes from Bridgnorth, where there's a collection of decent gastro pubs, including the flower-clad Old Castle (01746 711420), the ancient King's Head (01746 762141), which is all low beams and tiny doors, and The Boatyard (01746 218030), set on the banks of the River Severn and the place to go in summer.

Opening Times

April–October.

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Location

Hideaway Hut, Hideaway Hut, Eardington, Shropshire

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Getting There

The (fairly hidden) entrance to the woods is on Chapel Lane, which comes off the A442 about 1½ miles south of Bridgnorth just before you arrive into the village of Quatford. The turning is signposted "Quatford Wood" and there is a red phone box. Go up this narrow road for ½ mile and the gate into the woods is on your left, directly opposite a T-junction (Sandymouth Lane). Precise directions and access details are also provided upon booking.

The nearest train stations are in Kidderminster (12 miles) or Wolverhampton (14 miles), both of which have bus services to Bridgnorth.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★☆

Amazing view, complete solitude

Beautiful location, beautiful hut, log cabin, and tent too as there was 5 of us. Dog roamed free and loved it. Fire pit was excellent. View was so amazing. Birds of prey, bats and interesting insects to watch. Loved it.
Sep 1, 2019 by Michelle
★★★★★

Idyllic weekend getaway

We had a wonderful stay at the shepherds hut, you are truly "off grid" from the moment you pull into the woods. The facilities are wonderful, Frida could not have been more helpful, providing us with detailed instructions on how to get there (we would have certainly struggled without!), as well as written instructions on how to use the generator and the hot water. She was also on call throughout the weekend if we needed any help at all. The place itself is stunning, not to mention you have it all to yourself! Our dogs were also welcome, the space was ideal for them to have freedom to roam around the site. There was a BBQ and a fire pit to add to the true outdoor experience, along with blankets provided to snuggle under on the deck in the evening. We were only a 15 minute walk from the local pub which served nice food, and a 5 minute drive from the lovely town of Bridgnorth - definitely worth a visit! An absolutely perfect weekend getaway from start to finish, we can't wait to come back.
Jul 9, 2019 by Victoria

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