Glamping in Worcestershire: Off the beaten track glamping on a Worcestershire working farm, with stunning views and a storybook setting so timeless it's almost fictional
You needn’t be nutty about history to appreciate the pretty Worcestershire village of Abberton. It’s been secreted away here in the countryside between Worcester and the Cotswolds since early Saxon times and has a marvellously timeless mixture of redbrick homes, thatched wooden barns and an 18th-century, stone church whose spire was removed after World War II to help pilots land at a local base. It’s just beyond, in the fields that spitfires once glided over, humming above the trees, that today, you’ll also find one of the village’s prettiest country homes – Abberton Shepherd’s Hut.
Accessed via a sun-dusted gravel driveway and nestled against broad, green bushes, Abberton Shepherd’s Hut is a truly remarkable glamping hideaway. Handmade entirely from one single ash tree, that blew down on the farm several years ago, it manages the supreme feat of looking beautifully traditional in its old orchard setting, whilst also subtly offering all the modern comforts of a luxury glamping holiday – plush en-suite facilities, a modern kitchen space and a balcony with views all the way to the stone folly at Bredon Hill in the Cotswolds.
What really sets Abberton Shepherd’s Hut apart though are the minute details that owner, Catriona Sutherland, has woven into every aspect of the hut. The continuity of the exposed ash wood throughout – the floorboards, the chunky table top, the bathroom shelves – grounds it in the setting, while the décor, crockery and wood-burning stove lend it all a farm-house type feel. It's a unique farmstay, so it would be remiss not to also take the opportunity to sample the local produce – fresh eggs, lamb, pork and beef (from the heard of Aberdeen Angus cattle, resident here for more than 20 years) are all available seasonally on request.
Should the view draw you out, and it surely will, there’s some 260-acres of the farm’s own land to explore (including egg collecting from the hens, which children will love). Head further afield to enjoy the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills, or start from base and walk the three-mile, cross-country route to Inkberrow for a confusingly named pair of pubs: The Bulls Head and The Old Bull. The latter, a white, half-timbered, low-ceilinged affair claims to be the inspiration for the fictional ‘Bull’ in The Archers on BBC Radio 4 and is dotted with memorabilia. It’s a fitting find in this quaint, countryside location. As if pubs, villages and tiny shepherd’s huts like those around Abberton are so good its almost fiction. You’ll just have to discover the reality for yourself.
The Owner Says
A unique shepherds hut situated on a 260 acre working farm in a small village called Abberton. This particular area of the country has very low rainfall and is famous for their fruit and veg because of the consistent great weather. This unique village has had no building increase for at least 50 years, it is stunningly English with a very friendly and welcoming community.
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A little bit of Magic
As a family of 4 (kids aged 5 & 2) we arrived to a warm welcome and the most beautifully presented shepherds hut hidden away in a corner of the farm. Unsure of what to expect, we were stunned by the cleverness of the hut design and how luxurious it felt. The kids were delighted by the bunk beds and my husband by the gadgets on offer and the wood burner ready and waiting to be lit. During the day we enjoyed spending time on the farm collecting the freshly laid eggs and exploring the countryside. In the evenings we lit the fire pit, bbq’ed and toasted marshmallows. Catriona & Alec were wonderful hosts and their dog Evie (no doubt mentioned in most reviews) was delightful and entertained the children to no end! We had such a good time that we stayed an extra night and are already hoping to return soon. One tip, do not pass up on the the breakfast bundle they offer, it’s fantastic!
Beautiful hut in a beautiful location
We loved our stay in the hut. It is beautifully designed and built, and kitted out with everything you could possibly need for a perfect stay. We stayed for five nights and could have moved in forever. Great walks on the doorstep with plenty of hedgerows to forage in. Amazing hosts who couldn't help us enough.
We stayed Friday to the Sunday , it wasn’t long enough what a place done to the highest grade and more ,Peaceful, beautiful private just can’t say enough about this place will definitely stay again , thankyou catriona
Fabulous experience in a Shepherd's Hut
I took my 89 year old mother glamping for the first time and we absolutely loved the Shepherd's Hut. There is everything you will need for your stay and there is fabulous attention to detail. We still can't believe that it took Catriona and her husband a year to build the hut without any expert help. It is a remarkable place to stay and there are also wonderful views and lots of seating areas outside to soak up the serene splendour. But shh, don't tell anyone about it - I want to return soon.
Absolutely love the place!
Peaceful setting which cultivates instant relaxation in a great location for exploring the local area. Accommodation has everything you could need and is finished to a high standard. We have stayed on two separate occasions now (2 nights in April and then 3 nights over the Bank Holiday in August) with our five year old daughter (who loves the bunkbeds!) and dog Max, and we hope to stay for a third before the years out. Fantastic & accommodating hosts who can't do enough for you, what more could you ask for!
Beautiful accommodation, wonderful host, peaceful location
I stayed here with my two sisters and our children (6 children aged 2-7) for three nights in August 2018. We had use of the shepherds hut which sleeps four (although you can put a mattress on the floor to accommodate an extra child) and the bell tent in the adjacent field (just separated by a gate). We loved every minute of our stay. The shepherds hut was well equipped and we had everything we needed to stay comfortably. It is beautifully (hand!)made and decorated with great thought put into each and every aspect of the accommodation. The kitchen was compact but very well equipped and the bathroom was lovely. Outside there is a fire pit to keep warm in the evenings and toast marshmallows over; and in the field with the bell tent there is a swing set and a trampoline for the children to play on, as well as the whole of the field itself, where we played football, cricket, tennis, badminton etc. There are many walks you can do from the farm to explore the countryside if you want to. Catriona is an amazing and thoughtful host and checked we were happy each day, ensuring we had everything we needed. In addition she invited us all to collect eggs from the chickens and pick tomatoes from the greenhouse, which we all loved, especially the children. The children also enjoyed getting to know Evie, Catriona and Alec’s dog, and loved to play with her. In the locality there are lots of places to explore and good options for eating out, and Catriona is happy to give recommendations of things to do, but it is also the ideal spot for switching off and relaxing - perfect for anyone really! We had a wonderful time at Abberton Shepherd’s Hut and can’t wait to visit again! Thankyou so much for making our stay so lovely!
Little spot of heaven - so peaceful!
What a truly magical place!! My husband and I and our two sons (6yrs and 4yrs) totally fell in love with this beautiful shepherds hut and really didnt want to leave after our 3 night stay. It has everything you could possibly need and all exquisitely designed to such a high quality. The location is breathtaking and really set in its own grounds making it so private and tranquil. Alec and Catriona are incredible hosts and leave you wanting for absolutely nothing. Their love of the area is infectious and they ensure you know all the best places to go. We prebooked daytrips for the kids to Warwick Castle and Cadbury World, which were both fantastic but equally we enjoyed strolling the Malvern Hills or popping into Stratford to the Butterfly Farm - this area is teeming with great things to see and do. Highlight of the trip though for all of us was simply spending time at the Shepherds Hut, playing with Evie the gorgeous sheep dog, collecting eggs from the farm with Catriona and sitting round the firepit in the evening watching the sunsets and wildlife - unforgettable. Thank you!
I spent two nights at Abberton Shepherd's Hut as a treat to myself (a.k.a. a bit of peace and quiet away from the husband and kids!) and it was exactly what I needed, and so much more than I expected. The setting is beautiful - so calm, tranquil and private, yet the owner Catriona is just a couple of minutes' walk or an SMS away if anything is needed, and nothing is too much trouble for her. The hut itself is beautifully decorated in a traditional style, but with discreet mod-cons that you wouldn't necessarily expect in a shepherd's hut, such as a small television, USB charging sockets, slow cooker, hairdryer, shaving points in the bathroom, etc etc. None of these things take away from the cosy charm of the hut, they simply enhance it by making it more comfortable. The bathroom was well-equipped, with lovely towels and mini toiletries and the kitchen had everything from a full-sized oven to a spare bottle of wine and G&T (available to purchase at a small cost via a courtesy arrangement - in case guests run out mid-evening!). Evie, the farm dog was lovely company and had impeccable manners. The bed was delightfully comfortable, with quality bedding (very important!), and the whole cottage was meticulously clean. It's clear that Catriona has put her heart and soul into the hut, and she goes the extra mile to make the stay special for all her guests. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Abberton.
Very Helpful Hosts
Very well equipped shepherd's hut in a tranquil location with acres of privacy. Very useful "welcome" pack which meant we didn't have to lug the basics around with is. Catriona was very friendly and helpful and even phoned us up to let us know she had found a pair of Wendy's earrings.
A truly magical place
We had a wonderful stay in the Shepherds Hut. The children loved running around with Evie the sheepdog and collecting eggs in the morning. The location is absolutely stunning and so peaceful. A real tonic for the soul! Catriona is a wonderful host and has thought of everything. The hut is beautiful and immaculate, the beds are really comfortable and possibly the fluffiest towels I've used anywhere. A beautiful find. We will be sure to return.
Beautiful, peaceful, relaxing retreat.
From the moment we saw this shepherd's hut we fell in love. An absolutely beautiful and well equipped holiday accommodation in such a picturesque and peaceful location. We booked a 2 night break for our wedding anniversary and took our 3 year old along for a relaxing break. The hut met our every need and you can tell such time and effort has gone into setting it up to cater for everyone and every eventuality. The double bed was so comfy and even come equipped with electric blankets, not that we needed them. Above the double bed are the cutest 2 bunk beds for small children. Our son did fall out of his bunk on the 1st night but soon learnt to keep himself in bed. The kitchen is well equipped and even had a full sized oven. There is also a big metal fire pit in the bbq area, and tools to cook over it which we did on our 2nd night. Ample logs provided for the fire pit and wood burner in the hut, not that we needed it due to the gorgeous weather we had on our break. Catriona, the host, makes sure you are well looked after, providing initial provisions of tea, coffee, milk and cereals. We also took her up on her offer to provide breakfast package as well which includes eggs collected from the free range hens on the farm and locally produced sausages. We were allowed the privilege of being able to spend some time with Evie the farm sheep dog, whose energy was only surpassed by our sons. Catriona also helped my son collect eggs from the hens on his tour round the farm. I highly recommend this shepherd's hut to anyone. If you are looking for a peaceful getaway then this is the place for you. We spent lovely evenings sat outside by the fire, with a glass or two, listening to the local wildlife and watching the sunset. Would love to revisit and hope to stay longer next time.
A magical haven
This is simply a very special place. The hut is beautiful with careful attention to detail. The location is tranquil with stunning views. It was a perfect weekend break.
A beautifully situated hut, surrounded by lovely walking from the doorstep. Everything we could have needed was included. Catriona was a thoughtful and helpful host. Felt like a step up from glamping - luxury glamping.
Lovely holidays with kids
We had a fantastic holiday at Abberton. The hut was lovely and extremely comfortable. Great beds and perfectly equipped kitchen. The children loved it and can't wait to go back. Catriona was very helpful with suggestions and kindly let the kids pick up the eggs, feed the cows but most importantly borrow the dog! Thanks for a wonderful stay!
A magical environment all to yourselves
The quality of the Hut is amazing and enhanced by some lovely touches ( wine, a breakfast pack with home-made sausages, eggs from the farm chickens, home-baked bread, a roaring log burner, en-suite facilities with nice linen, a great view across the countryside.... ) provides a great experience. The children loved exploring the hut and the farm and in particular borrowing the farm dog for the morning. Lots to do close by and then to come back to your own piece of private space is a delight.
Holiday fun with kids
Booked a last minute mid week break here with the kids to fill up a long rainy Easter school holiday. Despite extremely damp weather the beautiful well equipped cosy hut kept us dry and warm. My 4 year olds loved the bunk beds, exploring the fields, swing, trampoline, looking at tractors and cows and egg collecting. We managed to find some lovely local activities to fill our rainy day; the local farm shop (book if you want lunch in the restaurant there!) and Evesham Railway. Catriona was very welcoming and made our stay extra special. BBQing sausages and marshmallows in the rain was a highlight :-)
We had a wonderful 2 night stay at Abberton Shepherds Hut. It is beautifully designed for comfort and practical too. I was surprised it was so cosy and warm given the recent cold weather. The farm is lovely too and the children collecting the eggs, looking at the calves and eating the eggs and sausages from farm ( cooked by their Dad) will be something they will remember. Thank you for your hospitality Catriona and we look forwards to returning
Best shepherds Hut.
Exceeded our expectations!Relaxing retreat, furnished beautifully. Well equipped- we didn't want for anything. Tasty farm sausages and fresh eggs from the hens. We completely loved it! Definitely 5️⃣Star!!! Catriona is knowledgeable about the surrounding areas of interest and most friendly and warming. Only downside..... we had to go home. But....we shall most definitely return!
We found Abberton on line...wanted to stay within easy reach of NEC this was ideal. We stopped two nights wanting to relax, go to a funeral in Nottingham go to the Spring Fayre at the NEC but also check out a Shepheards Hut as we have two self build kits on order ourselves. What an eventful two days..topped by the exceptional quality and detail we experienced at the Apperton Shepherds Hut along with the attentive attention given by Catrionia and Alec. The quality and detailing of the Shepherds hut is exceptional and a joy to stay in ....we loved it . Thanks Again Owen & Ali
This hut is in a beautiful quiet location, with wonderful views. The hut is designed with a fantastic homely and cosey feel whilst being full of functional creature comforts. The local knowledge and tips from the owner are invaluable when looking for walks and dinning suggestions. Theres also has plenty of local produce available in the hut and from the owners, who couldn't be more friendly and help throughout our stay. Graham & Sophie
A Real Gem!
Walking into the hut was a truly magical moment. You have created an absolutely gorgeous hut, the attention to detail is truly amazing. It was a Birthday treat for my partner, a night in a hotel and a night in a Shepherds Hut, the Shepherds Hut won hands down! So lovely to find this beautiful hut so close but feels a million miles away from reality. Loved waking up to hear the cows, loved the ducks and chickens. The eggs and meat was amazing..Thank you so much Cationa & Alex. We look forward to returning. Maggie & John xx
Beautiful peaceful place to stay, could have stayed even longer
I loved my time at Abberton Shepherd's Hut, what a lovely little place to stay. The hut itself was a delight to spend time in, there was everything there I needed and if there wasn't then nothing was too much trouble for Alec and Catriona to sort out quickly - Alec even sorted out the BBQ for this BBQ novice. Wonderful scenery and views from the hut and in the immediately surrounding area, so peaceful - I'm likely to return and would recommend it to others, even if it means it's booked out the next time I want to visit!
All the comforts of an amazing hotel with all of the benefits of being out in nature
We absolutely loved it here! From the minute you walk in you can tell that it has been designed by someone who understands what it means to live with comfort and cosiness. We didn't want to leave. We booked our stay for 3 nights and could have easily stayed for longer. It had everything we needed, from local gin & tonic as part of provisions stock inside, a full working oven and outside BBQ area and a very comfy bed, we had everything we needed for a full city detox. We ended up cooking every night at the cabin, buying wonderful ingredients from the best farm shop we've ever been in and enjoying some of the produce from the farm itself. The eggs were delicious. It is so quiet and serene here, it was a great place for us to chill out away from the city, get out on our bikes on long rides exploring the local sights to see and simple enjoy the beautiful scenery right outside the cabin. We've stayed in good hotels all around the world yet the personal and high quality touches in this cabin really give them a run for their money. We'll be back in a heartbeat, and are already planning to rebook for October, where the great wood burning stove in the cabin will make for a cosy Autumn break. Thanks for having us xx
Such a find!
We think the Sutherlands Shepherds Hut is amazing and we're so glad we found it! We're a family of four, our kids are 8 and 10, and we fit in amazingly well thanks to the incredibly clever design of the hut. It's cuter and more spacious than it looks on the photos, and everything you need is there, from saucepans and tea towels to toiletries and bath towels. The hosts have thought of everything to make it a comfortable stay. Plus there's so much to do in this beautiful area. But the kids didn't want to leave the hut or the farm, and Catriona (who has a real gift with children) created their highlights by lending them her gorgeous puppy for walks and letting them help her collect the eggs. It was such a wonderful peaceful getaway for us Londoners. Thank you Sutherlands!
Experience luxury and tranquility
Had the most amazing, enjoyable time with my two children at the Abberton shepherds hut. On arrival Cartriona and Alec were available to welcome us and provide us with a lovely continental breakfast and drinks (especially the pink lemonade went down a treat with my girls)! The setting it so peaceful in the glorious Worcestershire countryside with views across the fields. Ideal to get away from stresses of everyday life, pretty walks and village pubs! What more could you want! The hut itself is spectacular. All modern amenities and the decor is to a very high spec. Couldn't recommend this enough. Enjoy folks!
Wonderful place- a very relaxing experience
We were lucky enough to be the first guests at the Shepherds Hut and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We wished we had booked a longer stay as the hut was so relaxing and there is so much to do in the local area. The hosts are very welcoming and could not do enough for us, to make sure that we had everything we needed. The hut is very cosy but big enough so that you don't feel cramped and so you could easily stay for a week or more. The inside of the hut is also higher than normal which was great for my partner who is quite tall. All the furnishings were done to a very high standard and we loved all the natural wood finishings. Lovely to experience being on a working farm too, especially seeing all the animals. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.