The Original Hut Company
Just an hour's drive or train journey from London, in the East Sussex village of Bodiam, the Original Hut Company makes for a perfect romantic retreat from the hustle and bustle of city living. It's a top choice for shepherds hut holidays, and the lovingly decorated huts are a comforting cocoon of cosiness, with wood-burning stoves to keep glamping couples warm. There are also separate huts with pristine showers and eco loos. The area is a real foodie hub, with the Michelin-starred Curlew restaurant, world renowned Lighthouse Bakery School and several decent country pubs in the vicinity, plus the site's own shop, café and meeting place, The Hub, where they also have free wifi. There are also countless food festivals nearby including Rye's famous Wild Boar Week and Rye Bay Scallop Week plus the autumn and spring harvests of the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival just down the road. There are even foraging courses and a summer forest school for your little pioneers – the kids can spot woodpeckers, deer and maybe even the odd badger if they're lucky. All this, plus the fairytale Bodiam Castle just a short stroll from the site, with its magnificent panoramic views over the famous Weald. One other thing: you can rent electric bikes from the site to explore the gorgeous surrounding countryside on two wheels – something we heartily recommend. They have a sister self-catering cottage in East Sussex too, be sure to check it out.
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The Owner Says
The Original Hut Company consists of two sites of 5 Shepherds huts, these have been designed and built by us on site, from largely reclaimed and recycled materials, 4 of the huts provide living accommodation and the 5th houses 2 loos and 2 showers. We believe we have created a unique and comfortable Glamping experience which is very user friendly and convenient as well as being of minimal environmental impact. It is equally usable for couples, families and groups of friends. The huts are set in a small area of woodland on our family run farm in Bodiam. The woods being big enough to explore and build camps in, yet small enough that children can explore independently . The farm land flanks the National Trust site of Bodiam castle, the River Rother Flows through the bottom of the farm providing fun and fishing! The Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway has its Bodiam Station within the farm itself. This coupled with our proximity to the historic towns of Rye, Battle , Hastings and Tenterden, the amazing sandy Beach @ Camber, unique woodland habitats at Brede High woods and Bedgebury Pinetum which also offers mountain biking and Go Ape. There are amazing foodie experiences and vineyards all within a stones throw, with a range of activities and services available form the site. Means there is something for everyone.
The Huts themselves can accommodate 4 or 5 people, they are fully insulated and fitted with wood burning stoves. The wooden construction and double glazed windows ensure the huts are really warm and cosy. The kitchens are fitted with a 4 burner gas hob for convenience, all the cooking and dining equipment is provided. We also provide cast iron cookware to enable our guests to cook over the open fires outside. Down in the woods we have a little hide with a tin roof (previously a wood store), this provides a covered eating area, it houses a 13 foot long table which has proved to be invaluable dining space for our group bookings. Providing shelter should the Great British weather let you down, there is also a larger campfire down there surrounded by logs for shared time, stories and marshmallows!!
All bed linen and fire wood is provided. The on-site cafe and shop are now open daily.
Our favourite spot
Glampers only; groups, families, couples, hen and stag parties (by pre-arrangement) – yes. Campers, campervans, caravans, motorhomes, dogs – no.
The local area
The National Trust-run Bodiam Castle is a mere 10-15 minute stroll across three undulating fields. You can travel from the castle by boat (01797 253838) to nearby pub, The White Hart (01797 252166) in Newenden, or by a Kent and East Sussex Railway steam train to Tenterden. The Bodiam station is actually within Quarry Farm and there’s a 10% discount for midweek glampers and campers. Tenterden itself (12 miles away) has a lovely high street of independent shops and cafes and is home to both The Old Dairy Brewery and the well-known Chapel Down Vineyard, a little way out of town. Even closer to site (within walking or kayaking distance) is the Oastbrook Vineyard where tours and tastings are also available. The huge sandy beach of Camber Sands is about half an hour away (17 miles) and well worth a visit on a sunny day. Battle, with its famous abbey, battlefield and small high street of independent shops, is eight miles away. The enchanting medieval port town of Rye is 13 miles away and it’s about the same distance to seaside Hastings. There's lots of lovely walks, bike trails and Go Ape at the National Pine Arboretum at Bedgebury (nine miles from site) and the nearby Bewl Water reservoir.
Best local places to eat and drink
This part of East Sussex is renowned for food and at the heart of the English wine renaissance. You don’t have to go far to find either. On site, The Hub is a shop and a licensed cafe-bistro where you can buy and try local produce. A range of catered options are available for groups too (if booked in advance - contact the site directly). The Oastbrook Vineyard is within walking distance of site and just one of the vineyards within easy reach. Chapel Down, Sedlescombe and Oxney Organics are others. Pub-wise, The Castle Inn (01580 083330) is within walking distance, just the other side of the river, and does some great homemade pub fare. The Salehurst Halt (01580 880620) and The White Dog Inn (01580 830264) are both lovely local free houses and about an hour’s walk (or a five-minute drive) away.
Why stay with us?
Shepherd’s huts are grouped in two areas. For each set of four huts, there is a shared wash hut with two loos, two hot showers and a washing-up sink. The huts are off-grid and do not have mains electricity but lighting is provided by solar power and heating is provided by cast-iron wood-burning stoves. Each hut is kitted out with a fully-equipped kitchen area including gas hob and sink and each has a top-of-the-range cool box. There's a dining area which folds out to form a double bed plus two or three fold-out beds or bunks (depending on the hut). Each of the glamping areas has an outdoor communal covered cook house allowing guests to dine and hang out if it rains. Campfires are allowed and logs are for sale at The Hub, a short stroll from the huts. You can also stock up on camping supplies and local produce here and dine or drink at the fully-licensed cafe-bistro. The Hub has space for a wide range of workshops and activities ranging from yoga to foraging and there are treatment rooms for pampering too. You can also hire paddleboards and kayaks to use on the River Rother. Contact the site directly to pre-book activities.
Eight shepherd’s huts spread over two sites. They also have separate woodland tent pitches at Bodiam Woodland Camping.
PriceHuts from £82-£99 per hut per night plus a surcharge of £7 per person.
From London, head South on the A21 through a village called Hurst Green. On the south side of the village, bear left (signed to Bodiam Castle). Continue along that road to a crossroads at the end. Go straight over. As you drop down into the village, the castle is on your left. Continue over the bridge and railway crossing. The farm drive is clearly marked on the right.
Most guests drive; however the site is only a few minutes by car from the main line stations at Robertsbridge or Etchingham. Taxis are available from local firm AK Rother but pre-booking is essential (01424 401424).
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