Award-Winning, Self-Catering, Unique Glamping Break for Two
We are proud to have been featured as Number 25 in The Daily Telegraph's Summer 2016 Top 40 Glamping Campsites in the UK and Europe. See for yourself here.
The Shepherds Hide is a luxurious and secluded self-catering shepherds hut, tucked away on the Essex coast just outside Colchester.
It’s the perfect retreat for short breaks, romantic getaways, a rural escape or for longer self-catered holidays in the countryside. Boasting excellent bird watching opportunities, country walks, and a range of tourist attractions nearby – it’ll be hard to leave.
This beautifully furnished shepherds hut for two adults is located on our family farm where a warm welcome awaits you. Enjoy the serenity of this wooded area with wonderful views, adjacent to the mill pond in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surround yourself in nature and forget the outside world to relax and enjoy this hidden gem.
The Shepherds Hut offers you a wonderful glamping experience in a unique and peaceful setting.
Our farm - Mill Farm - is 55 acres of a mixture of arable, grassland, salt marsh, tidal creeks, inland waters and is the home of the only fully restored tide mill in Essex. With an abundance of wildlife and birdlife to see and hear, you'll feel more like you’ve come to a nature reserve than a farm … and it's yours to enjoy in privacy.
Whilst it’ll be hard to drag yourself away from all this serenity, we highly recommend getting out and about to sample the delights of the local area.
Easy accessible are the coastal towns of Brightlingsea, Wivenhoe, Manningtree, Frinton-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze … not to mention London being only 90 minutes away by rail or car.
Other sights include Dedham Vale - famous for John Constable - Colchester Zoo, Colchester Castle, the luxury Lifehouse Spa in Thorpe-le-Soken, and many Essex Wildlife Trust sites such as Fingringhoe, Walton-on-the-Naze and Abberton Reservoir.
If enjoying the nature is what you had in mind, you’ve most certainly come to the right place. The Shepherds Hide is ideally located for stunning walks along Alresford Creek to Wivenhoe with footpaths passing through the farm. There’s also bird watching from the farm itself, as well as along the Essex creeks and salt marshes in this beautiful part of the county.
This coastal retreat is an artists, walkers and bird watcher’s paradise.
From The Shepherds Hut you can often see a Marsh Harrier swooping over the mill pond – a truly magnificent sight. Not to mention the unmistakable Kingfisher who we’re lucky enough to see daily. Such a treat for bird lovers, artists and walkers alike.
Glamping has become incredibly popular in the UK. Think of it as luxury camping - combining unique accommodation with the tranquillity of the wild and the comforts of home.
The Shepherds Hide offers you all this and more. Perfect in all seasons with its very own log burner to cosy up to with a glass of wine.