Hopton Shepherds Hut

UK England West Midlands Shropshire Ludlow

  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Parking
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A romantic shepherds hut retreat at the foot of the Shropshire Hills

It's amazing how much thought can go into a single shepherd's hut. The Hopton Hut is a good example. Lovingly built from scratch by husband and wife duo Clare and Setfan, it occupies a prized patch of land on the edge of the Shropshire Hills in the twee village of Hopton Wafers. Clare is an experienced glamping host, while Stefan is a carpenter by trade and crafted the shepherds hut with glampers in mind, positioning it to make the most of the surrounding vistas. The result is an ideal bolthole for sweet romantics looking to lollygag their way up Clee Hill and through Wyre Forest, with the added bonus of being a 20-minute drive from foodie town of Ludlow.

Located at the wooded edge of the Hopton Court Estate, the hut's bifolding doors open straight into nature, with views of a green valley side flanked by wildflowers and occasionally visited by passing sheep and pheasants. Birds are a bit of theme at this glamping site and, if you’re partial to an egg at breakfast, ask Clare for fresh eggs from her laying hens. She has over 20 chooks, some of them rescues. You can also expect to hear a cockerel crowing and other, wilder birds, like woodpeckers and blue tits, from your bed.

While the hut has been constructed to maximise the panorama across the valley, it’s also raised with a deck at the front, so you can take in the sunsets around a hand-cast firepit and BBQ. Inside, the bed has been positioned to make the most of the landscape, too, and includes carefully thought out storage so you can pack your luggage away and keep mess to a minimum. After a hard day of rambling in the nearby Shropshire Hills, there’s the welcoming site of an en-suite shower before you take a slow stroll to the local gastropub, The Hopton Crown, for fancy cuisine in tartan and tweed surroundings.

The tiny unassuming village of Hopton Wafers has an undercurrent of fun, with a programme of events at the Hopton Court Estate that include the Beardie Folk Festival, the One Tribe dance music event and Orbit fitness festival. This area is also a favourite for cross country running and hiking – try a swift three-and-a-half-mile trek up Clee Hill or flatter terrain at Catherton Common. If you’re driving, Ludlow is 20 minutes away by car, where you’ll find a host of good pubs and Michelin-Guide-recommended restaurants, like Mortimers or The French Pantry. The town's also famous for its 15th-century castle, surrounded by a band of independent shops, boutiques and places to sip cappuccinos while you relax into the holiday pace of life and watch the world unfold.

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Facilities

Hopton Shepherds Hut has a double bed (all bedding and linen included), a kitchen with a sink, kettle, toaster, microwave, electric two ring hob and a small fridge. There’s a hot shower, a flushing toilet and an electric heater. On the decking there are patio chairs and a table, a BBQ fire pit and extra blankets for warmth. Fuel for the fire can be ordered in advance.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Tents, campervans, caravans and dogs are not permitted.

Nearby

Popular with trial runners and ramblers, pick from a myriad of breathtaking routes up to the top of Clee Hill, perhaps followed by excellent grub from the Clee Hill Fish & Chip Shop (01584 891076). There's also clay pigeon shooting available at Hopton Court Estate (01299 270 673) another spot with a good place to eat afterwards – enjoy a cosy fire at local pub The Hopton Crown (01299 887101). If you drive to Ludow (20 minutes) you can rent a bike for the day from the friendly folk at Wheely Wonderful Cycling (01568 770755) or explore Ludlow Castle and the banks of the River Teme.

Food & Drink

The 16th-century Hopton Crown (01299 887101) is a favourite for local food and drink, with ales on tap from Ludlow and the Wye Valley, and there are takeaways pizzas and kebabs in the next village, care of Mimi’s Plaice (01299 270107). Ludlow is famed for its markets and Food Festival. But everyday is a foodie paradise in Ludlow, there are several Michelin-recommended restaurants – try Mortimers (01584 872325) or The French Pantry (01584 879133) – and good pubs like The Charlton Arms (01584 872 813) with its riverside views and glass balconies. Or try the CSONS (01584 879872) café on the river Teme, where kids (and adults) can take a paddle. A 10-minute drive from the site you can also take advantage of The Larch Barn (01299 270700), a garden centre with a café selling delicious local produce and cakes.

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Open all year round.

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The Owner Says

Hopton Wafers is a small village located 7 minutes drive from Cleobury Mortimer and 20 minutes drive from Ludlow.  We built our Shepherds Hut in 2020 during lockdown, taking full advantage of 30 years plus building & carpentry experience and 6 glamping shower rooms we made in 2019. The Shepherds Hut has been purpose built to include bi-folding patio doors and a raised double bed to take advantage of the views. The bathroom is fitted with wall boards and Altro safety flooring and has a shower, toilet and sink vanity unit and mirror cupboard.  The kitchen was made to order and has a Belfast sink, wine storage, a double electric hob, kettle, toaster and small fridge. The Shepherds Hut is located at the bottom our our garden which is 1.5 acres and gives you privacy but we are on hand during your stay to help with your check-in, luggage and any queries you may have. The hut has electric wall heater and gas for the hot water. There is also decking in front, with table and chairs so you can sit and enjoy the views whilst cooking your meal on the BBQ.  

Accommodation

A single, self-contained shepherd's hut sleeping two.

Hopton Shepherd Hut

Cabin Sleeps 2
Shepherds Hut located in picturesque Hopton Wafers. The Hut has a raised double bed with views down the valley, sofa, toilet and shower. The Hut is located in our field which is also home to our free range chickens which produce lovely eggs. The Hut has bi folding patio doors which open out fully to bring the outside in, on sunny days. BBQ inc.

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Location

Contact Hopton Shepherds Hut, Bank House, Stockhall Lane, Hopton Wafers, Shropshire DY1 40EG

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Getting There

Via public transport, the closest mainline stations are Ludlow (20 minutes away by taxi or bus) and Kiddiminster (30 minutes drive or taxi or bus). There is a bus that runs through Hopton Wafers village to Ludlow (the stop is a 10-minute walk from the hut). Ludlow also has a park and ride scheme to reduce traffic.

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