The Hideaway Hut is a wonderful, natural way to explore a gorgeous area of Cornwall in the UK. Treworgey Farm – a huge expanse of wonderful scenery just a few miles from the coast at Looe – is populated by a variety of animals and now home to Holly and Andy, who have taken over the family business from Holly’s sister Jo. Spread over 150 acres, it’s a picturesque place, with a riding school on site, a few quaint cottages, and a very popular shepherd’s hut for two!
The understated hut sits in its own corner of the farm, complete with a private shower and a composting commode about 65 feet away. From this spot one can either embark on the coastal path or ramble down in the woodlands. For the less stationary though there is access to a games room on site, a pool, and a tennis court, which renters share with the cottages.
The interior of the hut is dressed in cottage chic colors consisting of an antique whitewash over vertical tongue & groove paneling while the double bed is a country blue hue. The appointments are light and airy and are reminiscent of an early 20th century farmhouse. The one generous window over the sideboard table opens outward to let in a fresh, afternoon air. There is also a sliding window above the bed to cool off those open sky evenings. In the corner, there’s a wood-burner in the hut to keep occupants warm and a gas stovetop for cooking along with all the basics.
For the more adventurous though the local pub and grill is only about a 40-minute hike where the sparkling cider is legendary. During the day, the beach is only a few minutes by car and the many attractions of Cornwall await.
Not to be outdone by more modern facilities in the area there is a 1-amp inverter in the hut, which can charge phones or laptops. There is also an “info room”, shared with the holiday cottages, where renters can access the Internet.
The allure of a shepherd’s hut is an odd one. They are hardly full-time living arrangements with their single rooms, sherpa-style kitchenettes, typically non-existent restrooms, and platform beds. However, it is those very reasons that make so romantic for the casual onlooker. Like the Bodger’s Shepherd’s Hut these tiny houses harken back to a much simpler time the shepherd’s hut denotes a sense of nesting and comfort in its demure size and ultra portability. And for these reasons the Beacon – one of Alex Evan’s Wiggly Tin shepherd huts located in Hampshire in the South Downs National Park – is a prime example!
Set in a grassy Hampshire meadow Beacon is a three-person hut that Alex hand-wrought keeping the vintage and mechanical feel of older huts alive and well. From the kitchenware to the furnishings Beacon is as authentic as can be.
In terms of sleeping the Beacon has a very cozy double bed with a full-size single bunk above. The rest of the hut is reserved for living which seemingly includes a drop-down writing desk/table, a stand-up wardrobe, a prairie kitchen, and a cozy wood-burner. Note in the photo below the water bowl rather than a sink, the dried food and sundries, and the working lantern. The Beacon leaves no stone unturned in regards to giving an authentic experience.
Like its counterpart huts the Beacon is completely off-grid and shares a separate shepherd’s hut which contains showers and compost toilets. The landscaping is ample giving plenty of room to stretch out, view the stars, or just relax. On a quiet night it is easy to imagine a meal being prepared over the campfire outside the Beacon creating the smells of a world all but forgotten.
- Would you go stir crazy in such a small space?
- Are you reminded of a life gone by seeing the Beacon?
I have been in love recently with the old time Sheppard’s huts. They have a quaintness to them, a practicality and many of them incorporate beautiful wood work into them. I found the Bodger’s Hut recently and really like the rustic but cozy feel to it. This hut is part of a camp with other huts, yurts and tents in Dorset in the UK.
Set in a magical woodland setting our hand crafted shepherds hut offers peace, tranquility and privacy as well as a level of comfort not normally associated with camping. Bodger is set in an elevated position looking down over the fishing pond and has a private deck and boardwalk, bodger is one of the four glamping units at Crafty Camping that have their own private ensuite facilities.