Award-Winning, Self-Catering, Unique Glamping Breaks for Two

 We are now open from the 4th July 2020 and very much looking forward to welcoming our guests back to our beautiful farm. "We're Good To Go."

Looking for that perfect, relaxing and peaceful break? Look no further, we have recently (February 2018) been voted as one of Essex's top 10 most romantic spots by the Essex Life Magazine! Please read the article here and  been featured as Number 3 in the Adventure Travel Magazine website, in their round-up of the 10 most incredible winter glamping sites in the UK in October 2017. Please read the article here.

We are also 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 Hides  are luxurious and secluded self-catering shepherds huts, tucked away on the Essex coast just outside Colchester.  Each hut is separate from one another giving privacy and a sense of seclusion from the outside world. Both have their own facilities so there is no need for sharing and both are perfectly set up for a break all year round.

Recently described by a guest as “a precious little place” these huts are 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.  

These beautifully furnished shepherds huts, each for two adults are 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 these hidden gems. 

The Shepherds Huts 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. 

These coastal retreats are an artists, walkers and bird watcher’s paradise and even if you do nothing, you'll enjoy the peaceful and relaxing surroundings!

From The Shepherds Hides 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 Hides offers you all this and more. Perfect in all seasons with their very own log burners to cosy up to with a glass of wine. 

Contact us for further information or to enquire about your preferred dates.