Set within the coronary heart of the gorgeous Kent countryside, Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts are open all seasons, are near the coast, and distant but well-connected. Tucked away on land adjoining to the family-owned working farm, you’ll discover three bespoke designed, high-spec shepherds’ huts. We stayed within the newest and largest addition, the Romney Hut, which though compact, gives sufficient room for 2 or three folks to share.
From inception, the proprietor of the huts has prided herself on providing guests an expertise that faucets into native data, and makes probably the most of exploring the native space.
Driving right here is important, however after you arrive you received’t should journey far to find native gems akin to medieval church buildings, quaint pubs and fascinating landmarks. Spend evenings enjoyable on the hut, having fun with mesmerising sunsets whereas sipping native wine and gazing up on the stars.
The shepherds’ hut
Company are given clear directions on methods to entry the hut, and a wheelbarrow is prepared while you arrive to assist carry your stuff over to the hut. Inside is well-equipped with every part you may want, plus there’s considerate additions like a Roberts radio, sheepskin rugs, an indoor hearth with kindling, and many woollen blankets from the model’s sister firm, Romney Marsh Wools. These are made utilizing wool from the farm’s Romney sheep, and within the en-suite rest room, there’s additionally toiletries from the model that are infused with lanolin (wax extracted from sheep wool).
The area is small, however extremely nicely designed. You’ll discover a double mattress and above it a single bunk mattress. We discovered it good for 2 folks with one sleeping within the bunk and the opposite on the double mattress under. The hut may accommodate a most of three, however young children would possibly battle with sleeping within the bunk mattress as a result of there’s no bannister to maintain them safely tucked in.
Exterior, there’s a snug swinging nest chair, a fire-pit and an out of doors bathtub, which is an extremely enjoyable characteristic though we discovered that the boiler couldn’t fairly fill the tub so we needed to prime it up with just a few kettles of sizzling water.
Consuming and ingesting
Regionally-sourced produce containers can be found to order upfront. The breakfast field for 2 folks had sufficient bacon and sausages for 2 days. Contained in the hut, you’ll additionally obtain a complimentary bottle of wine from Kent-based Biddenden Vineyards.
The proprietor of the huts beneficial a go to to The White Horse in Bilsington, good for these seeking a hearty, selfmade meal. We have been additionally made to really feel extraordinarily welcome by the native characters who have been having fun with a pint on the bar.
Issues to do
As an space of excellent pure magnificence, heading out on a stroll is important. Within the fields neighbouring the huts you’ll discover Romney sheep, a breed which is indigenous to this a part of Kent.
A 15-minute stroll away you’ll be able to uncover extra concerning the space’s historic previous with a stroll down the Royal Army Canal Path. This 28-mile canal runs from Kent to East Sussex and was constructed to be a water impediment and defence towards invasion by the French.
A brief automotive journey away, you’ll discover fascinating church buildings scattered throughout the Marsh akin to St Thomas Becket which has featured in diversifications of Nice Expectations, and St Clement’s, the place artist Derek Jarman is buried. We additionally loved a visit to a cute little pub known as The Pink Lion. We acquired a heat welcome right here from the landlady and different pleasant locals who have been excited to listen to about our go to.
A choice of experiences with native craftspeople and small companies are additionally on supply to visitors who keep on the hut. As a part of our go to, we loved a needle-felting session with Rachel Murrell, a Kent-based dollmaker and needle-felting extraordinaire. Utilizing Romney Marsh wool and surrounded by sheep within the subject subsequent to our hut, we created some autumnal pumpkin decorations, which was the right strategy to finish our keep.
This expertise will go away you with some lovely reminiscences, however you’ll should be organised. Planning day journeys and nation walks will imply you don’t find yourself feeling too cooped up within the doll-like area. Similar to going tenting, you’ll should convey garments for every kind of climate. It’s additionally necessary to test what’s included within the hut in order that you understand what provisions to convey with you as a result of distant location.
Primarily based on the October half time period, a two-night midweek keep within the Romney Hut is priced from £340 and a three-night midweek keep is priced from £470.
Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts, Gigger’s Inexperienced Street, Aldington, TN25 7BT. Ebook through bloomstays.com, and for extra info on Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts see romneymarshshepherdshuts.co.uk.