For a rural retreat with a splash of luxury, it’s hard to beat a shepherd’s hut with a hot tub
Shepherd's huts may be rooted in history – rustic, agricultural accommodation once used by humble shepherds tending their flock – but today they're about as far from back-to-basics as can be. With deep, fitted double beds, bespoke kitchens, en-suite bathrooms and curved ceiling windows that let you stargaze from your bed, there's a reason they're fast becoming the go-to form of glamping accommodation, particularly outside of the summer months. And if there's one thing that turns up the luxury dial one more notch it's the addition of a bubbling Jacuzzi or – more in keeping with the classic style – a wood-fired hot tub of the Norwegian style. If evenings bathing beneath the stars sound like your cup of tea, this steamy collection of shepherd's huts is sure to provide some perfect inspiration. From full blown Jacuzzis, with bath robes, barrel saunas and pampering treatments included, to hidden hot tub retreats, these glamping getaways are seriously hot places to hang out...
Bentley's Frenchmoor, Hampshire
Stargaze from your bed, soak in the Scandinavian hot tub and get cosy by the log-burning stove. The single shepherd’s hut at Bentley’s Frenchmoor is a great place for a romantic retreat. Tucked away on an eight-acre smallholding in the Hampshire countryside this is boutique glamping at its best with towels and toiletries provided. There’s an en-suite shower room, a wood-fired pizza oven and a complimentary breakfast hamper too.
Little Otchan Shepherd's Hut, Yorkshire
There’s water, water everywhere at Little Otchan Shepherd’s Hut. There’s a pond out front and a hot tub out back, with a private water closet inside too. Book here and you’ll have the place to yourselves as Little Otchan is the only hut on Hall Farm. It doubles up as a wildlife hide too with birds and butterflies, dragonflies and deer among the visitors to the waterhole and surrounding woods. And if your thirst needs quenching, stroll half a mile to the family farm’s brewery.
Jordans Estate Glamping, Somerset
A pair of adults-only shepherds’ huts are what’s on offer at Jordans Estate Glamping. Sounds simple enough but that doesn’t mean it’s basic. Each hut is luxuriously appointed with a wood-burning stove, fully-equipped kitchen, en-suite bathroom – and that all important hot tub just outside. Sitting in grounds that used to belong to a Georgian mansion, there are walled gardens, woodlands and a lakeside grotto to explore on the doorstep.
Thistledown Glamping, Ceredigion
The shepherd’s huts at Thistledown are genuinely unique, having been handcrafted by owners Tim and Claire. There are two: Wren, which sleeps two and has a hot tub, and Finch, which sleeps four, without. The tub is not the only luxury either. The many mod-cons include Wi-Fi, TV and a heated towel rack (in your private bathroom, a short walk away). There’s still a natural feel to the place though thanks to wildflowers and countryside views. It’s a lovely walk to a lovely pub and a 20-minute drive to Cardigan Bay.
Dreamhuts Retreat, Devon
If the shepherds of yesteryear had found themselves in a Devonshire Dreamhut, the flocks might have been left untended. This glamping site on the edge of the Blackdown Hills offers super-luxury stays for couples or families of four. Each has a hot tub, en-suite bathroom with power shower, king-size bed, underfloor heating, wood-burning stove, pizza oven and… the list goes on. The two huts also share use of a sauna and, in case you want to come with horse in tow, stabling is offered too.
The Nut Plat Retreat, Kent
It’s an altogether more-rustic affair over at the Nut Plat Retreat in Kent, also home to just two shepherd’s huts. Rather than purpose-built luxury, these are charming vintage vans dating back to the 1800s. They’ve been lovingly restored and have come to rest in an orchard on a 18th-century farm on the banks of the River Bourne. An outdoor kitchen, fire pit, private composting toilet and safari-style shower for each hut almost completes the scene. With a wood-fired hot tub at green-and-yellow Ransoms hut, providing the final flourish.
Glamping West Midlands, West Midlands
Stay in the Dog House or the Hen House at Glamping west Midlands and you can hop in to the shared hot tub whenever you please. These two simple shepherds’ huts on a Staffordshire smallholding provide a place to enjoy a taste of the good life. Llamas, sheep, geese and cattle are on site. You can even rent your own chickens for the duration of your stay to provide a fresh supply of eggs – and a little entertainment.
Dorset Forest Garden, Dorset
You can have an eco-friendly holiday with a hot tub at Dorset Forest Garden. Two off-grid huts offer the chance to relax in countryside, less than 10 miles from the Jurassic Coast. Each is in a private space within a forest garden planted by the site’s owners more than 20 years ago. Built in a traditional style, they’re furnished to a modern standard with king-sized bed, log-burner and en-suite bathroom.
Roulotte Retreat, Scottish Borders
The French-built, Romany-style, wooden roulottes at this site in the Scottish Borders are perfect for a romantic retreat. Set in a wildflower meadow, each of the seven adults-only huts has it own outdoor space overlooking a small loch which reflects sunsets at dusk and, later, starry, night skies. Campfires are allowed in a communal fire pit and Zenaya and Gitana both have outdoor eco hot tubs too.
Thompson Hall Retreat, Norfolk
There’s more romance in the air at Thompson Hall Retreat in Norfolk’s Thetford Forest. There are hot tubs with a difference here – double-ended baths on the cabins’ verandas so you can soak in a bubble bath while watching the wind whispering through the trees. There are three shepherds’ hut-style cabins here with all sorts of extras to ramp up the luxury of your stay; from Neal’s Yard pamper boxes to hampers of tasty treats. King-sized beds, a kitted-out kitchenette, a log-burning stove and an en-suite bathroom come as standard.
Westland Farm, Devon
The sheep-dotted hills surrounding the shepherds’ huts at Westland Farm make for an appropriate backdrop. But farm animals are in the foreground too as this camping and glamping site is very much part of a working farm and campers are invited to meet the animals. It’s one of the things that makes the shepherds’ huts here suitable for families, with one sleeping three, the other up to six. Both are off grid but offer running water, solar lights, a gas hob and wood-burning stove with a fire pit and hot tub outside.
Stocklinch Shepherd’s Hut, Somerset
Stocklinch Shepherd’s Hut offers a hideaway in the Somerset hills with a hot tub. Tucked in an acre of young orchard off the appropriately-named Owl Street, this is the perfect place to watch and listen to birds, bats and badgers. The hut itself offers pint-sized privacy – it’s the only hut here and manages to fit everything you’ll need in a bijou space with clever handcrafted features. A kitchen, shower and power supply mean your stay is self-contained with cushions, bedding and blankets to keep it cosy.