Shepherd’s Hut

UK England South East England Hampshire Ringwood Fernwood Glamping

  • Sleeps 4 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
  • Electricity
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
The single, lightly painted structure has an agricultural feel that fits among the surroundings, where foxes and deer can be spotted.

The Owner Says

Our shepherds hut has new cushions and curtains this spring and has now been kitted out for a bit more comfort, with towels for guests, towelling robes for the trip to the shower or toilet, storage baskets for guests possessions etc. The fairy lights make it feel very cosy. We also have a plug socket and some extra LED lamps and lights available for reading. The heating is solely from the woodburner and the whole hut will heat up in minutes. We will provide wood free of charge and can provide help with lighting it so that guests can make a cup of tea. There is also a firepit and some log rounds (two fold up chairs if you prefer!) - perfect for watching the bats, listening to the numerous owls in the oak trees, watching the deer (and toasting marshmallows of course!)
The 5ft wide bed can be converted into bench seats with a table for day time use and there is room under the benches to store the bedding.
This hut is 13ft long by 7ft wide and is therefore comfortable for 2 but it can also sleep two children (approx ages 4 - 10) as there is a pull down bed over the main bed and a pull out bench by the fire. We will provide sleeping bags with integral pillows for the children. We do not recommend this site for older children (beds too short!) or younger ones (hot wood burner, unfenced pond, high deer hide etc)
We have a newly built long drop or compost toilet nearby with brightly coloured toilet seats, hand washing facilities a mirror and its own fairy lights. For the faint hearted there is also a toilet outside the house. We are also able to offer showering facilities.
Although there is no electric hook up, guests may use the electricity in the thatched summer house with decking overlooking the pond. Here guests may recharge phones, use the electric kettle (more tea / coffee provided) as well as put a few drinks in the mini fridge. Fresh milk will be made available and kept cool here.
Our shepherds hut looks out onto the field behind where daily we are able to watch the deer grazing (roe and fallow). Our old tree house now makes an ideal deer hide. The  fox does his rounds at least once a day and guests will probably see rabbits in the garden (not so good for my flowerbeds!). There are no fish in our pond so we have plenty of frogs and newts. We frequently hear buzzards over head and can see them making lazy circles as they call to each other. As we are surrounded by oak and ash trees there is a noticeable dawn chorus.  It is hard to imagine that we are only a mile from Ringwood!

About Fernwood Glamping

Suitable For

Glamping only. The shepherd's hut and gypsy caravan sleep 2 adults and up to 2 children. Sorry, no dogs permitted.

Nearby

On the edge of the New Forest National Park, Fernwood has plenty on the doorstep, including a wealth of cycling and walking trails – stay quiet to spot wild ponies and deer. If you struggle to find them on your bike though, try heading to the New Forest Safari in Burley or the deer feeding station in Bolderwood – both a short drive away. Lyndhurst (02380 282269) is seen as the central town for the New Forest, with extra tourist info if you need. Alternatively, it's a very easy drive through Ringwood to Bournemouth and the coast. Passing Go Ape! (08456 439215) en route – a good, organised family day out – or continue to the beaches and the magnificent sandbanks peninsula. A favourite recommendation from Fernwood is to visit Hengistbury Head (01202 451618), with a visitors centre and a train which can take you back at the end of the day.

Food & Drink

Order a continental breakfast hamper by e- mail or text in advance. It includes cereals, freshly baked bread, jam, fresh fruit, a muffin or pastry, milk and juice. Alternatively, there are several local cafes in the town worth exploring which can serve breakfasts or brunches. There are some great pubs in more rural locations which make a fantastic point to start or finish a walk such as The Alice Lisle (01425 474700), The Red Shoot Inn (01425 475792) or The High Corner Inn (01425 473973). Within half a mile and easy walking distance there is a Tesco local (0345 026 9408), a fish and chip shop (01425 478310), a fantastic bakery with take away pizzas twice a week (01425 480666) and The London Tavern (01425 473819) – well known for its quiz nights and live bands.
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Location

Fernwood Glamping is located at Fernwood, Ringwood, New Forest, Hampshire BH24 3JN

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Getting There

From Salisbury direction (on A338): When the A338 meets the A31 Ringwood roundabout take the first exit onto the A31 dual carriageway towards Southampton / Winchester. Ignore the first exit to Poulner and continue up Poulner Hill. At the top of the hill, take the exit off the dual carriageway to Hangersley by the In Excess Garden Centre. Continue down the hill, ignoring the first turning on your right sign posted to Hangersley Hill. Look out for "Fernwood" on the left hand side, which has a sign on the fence. It is the house after “Woodpeckers”, which has a circular reversing mirror on their brick entrance. Ringwood has a bus station with regular coaches from London and other cities. From there it takes just over half an hour to walk, so it's best to grab a taxi, though your hosts can collect you if they're around so ring in advance. Local buses also run to and from the centre of Ringwood to Poulner (at the bottom of the nearest hill – 10 minutes walk from the site). The X3 runs from the centre of Ringwood into Bournemouth every thirty minutes.