Ockeridge Rural Retreats
An irresistibly peaceful haven, surrounded by friendly horses and far-reaching views of soothing Worcestershire countryside.
You may not guess that Ockeridge Rural Retreats is located just six miles from Worcester's bustling city centre. Set within a nine-acre equestrian facility, and surrounded by fresh, rolling countryside, you'll feel blissfully secluded from civilisation.
Recommended by The Guardian as one of the UK's top glamping sites, here you'll discover a sumptuous selection of shepherd's huts and a luxury log cabin that are primed for relaxation, with bathing and kitchen facilities all provided. Ideal for families and couples, and LGBT-friendly, everyone is welcome (regrettably aside from pets, since nobody wants to frighten the horses!)
The four lovingly crafted shepherd's huts each boast their own unique style and personality. The Shepherds Retreat is a lodge-like hut that's ideal for a family break, equipped with a downy kingsize bed and two single bunks. Drenched in luxury, there's even a gorgeous enamel roll-top bath outside, ideal for a stargazing soak at the end of a long day exploring the local area.
The aptly named Hilltop View is a quirky gem of a couple's retreat, featuring a fold-away double bed (with a goose down duvet and Egyptian cotton sheets, naturally!) and an indulgent full-sized bathroom. Meanwhile, the expansive decking area allows you to make the most of those spectacular views.
In need of a touch more opulence? Ashwood Luxury Shepherds Hut is the ultimate retreat-for-two, with its oak-clad exterior and natural hessian-covered walls. Warm your toes in front of the log burner...or why not take a dip in the gleaming handmade copper bath, instead?
Another stunning couples' retreat, Monkwood Shepherd's Hut is named after the beautiful ancient woodland close by, which is renowned for its vibrant butterflies. Clad in Douglas fir and boasting open countryside views, you'll be able to watch the grazing horses as you make your morning coffee in the hut's stylish kitchen, with its quartz countertop and Belfast sink. No sumptuous detail has been spared, from the exposed oak roof beams, to the wow-factor William Holland rolltop copper bath in your luxury bathroom.
Last but by no means least, The Montana Cabin represents pared-down family luxury with a home-from-home feel. There's a squishy L-shaped sofa, plenty of space for dining and socialising, and a kids' bunk room complete with flat-screen TV. Oh, and did we mention the outdoor Whirlpool tub?
Once you've chosen your favourite retreat, why not come and look in on the beautiful horses as they trot around the riding area? The nearby paddocks (which you may be able to view from your retreat) are home to plenty of charming characters, including Paddy the Irish Draft, Fairy the cheeky Shetland pony, and not forgetting SuperTed, a handsome Irish Cob.
Fancy getting out and about? A visit to Worcester is a worthy way to spend your time, with its intricate architecture - including the magnificent cathedral - and rows of independent shops. Drenched in history, there are plenty of interesting stories to tell, so why not join one of the guided walking tours of the city?
You could walk the Malvern Hills if you get a craving for even more of that invigorating fresh air, or how about a stately visit to the dramatic ruins of Witley Court, formerly one of England's great country houses?
However you decide to spend your time, your hearts are sure to yearn for your sumptuous home-from-home at Ockeridge Rural Retreats. Prepare a well-deserved sundowner, then watch the first stars appear in the night sky as you chat the day away in perfect comfort.
Things to note
Check in at 2pm, check out by 10am. Pets are regrettably not permitted.
Region: Wichenford, Worcestershire
Cost (from): £195 per night
Sleeps: 2-4 per unit
Bedrooms: 1-2 per unit
Bathrooms: 1 per unit
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 1297
The Shepherds Retreat (sleeps 4 guests) 26ft x 9ft / 7.3m x 2.7m single-level shepherd's hut. Oak underfloor heating, double-glazed oak windows, luxury kingsize bed, two single bunks, LCD TV, fully tiled shower room with WC, hand-made kitchen with Baby Belling oven, fridge, toaster, kettle and Belfast ceramic sink, fold-down table and 4 chairs. Exterior: decking with enamel roll-top bathtub, paddock views.
Hilltop View Shepherds Hut (sleeps 2 guests) single-level hut. Foldaway double bed, flatscreen TV, full-sized shower room with heated towel rail, WC and wash basin, kitchen with full-sized oven, Belfast sink, fridge, toaster, kettle, wall-mounted heater and fan heater. Exterior: full-length decking area, views of the Martley hillside.
The Montana Cabin (sleeps 4 guests) single-level 38ft x 15ft log cabin. Gas central heating, double-glazed windows. L-shaped sofa, log burner with logs, kitchen with full sized oven, fridge and small freezer. Breakfast bar, dining table with 4 chairs. Large shower room with WC and woodland views. Master double bedroom with TV, children's bunk room with flatscreen TV and storage for toys and games. Exterior: decking with outdoor whirlpool bathtub.
Ashwood Luxury Shepherds Hut (sleeps 2 guests) single-level 26ft x 9ft / 7.3m x 2.7m hut. Oak clad exterior, double-glazed windows. Steps to oak stable door, log burner with logs, L-shaped sofa, TV, mini drinks fridge, kingsize bed, wet room with large shower and WC, microwave, 2-ring induction hob, Belfast sink, hand-made roll-top copper bath, underfloor heating.
Monkwood Shepherd's Hut (Sleeps 2 guests) single-level hut, clad in Douglas fir with lambswool insulation, exposed oak roof beams, log burner, sofa, kitchen with quartz countertop and Belfast sink, dining table with bench seating. Wooden doors to private bathroom with WC, wash basin, illuminated mirror, William Holland copper rolltop bath. Kingsize bed, integrated TV with folding wall bracket.Provided (all accommodation): linen, towels, tea, coffee, sugar, soap, shower gel, shampoo, hairdryer, toilet roll, teatowel, washing up sponge, washing-up liquid, bin bags, cooking utensils, pots, pans, cups, glasses, plates, cutlery. On-site tuck shop.
Walking, cycling, wildlife-watching, historic sites, city life, pony trekking, shopping, pubs, restaurants, café culture, stately homes, safari parks, Go Ape!, watersports.
At a glance
- One of The Guardian's top UK glamping sites, Ockeridge Rural Retreats is set within a nine-acre equestrian facility just six miles from the cathedral city of Worcester.
- LGBT-friendly and exceptionally welcoming, this is an ideal setting for couples and families to relax and unwind amongst nature.
from four handcrafted shepherds' huts and a log cabin retreat, all boasting
en-suite bathroom and kitchen facilities, and ample outdoor space for
- Hilltop View Hut (sleeps 2), a unique, quirky couple's retreat
- Ashwood Luxury Hut (sleeps 2), features a log burner and a gleaming copper bath
- The Shepherds Retreat (sleeps 4), a lodge-like hut that features an enamel roll-top outdoor bathtub
- Monkwood Shepherd's Hut (sleeps 2), a romantic couples retreat with rolltop copper bathtub
- The Montana Cabin (sleeps 4), a 2-bedroom log cabin with children's bunk room and an outdoor Whirlpool tub
- Watch the horses as they graze in their paddock, or watch them take a turn around the riding area. Further afield is an array of Worcestershire attractions, including the rolling Malvern Hills and grand historic sites.