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Stocklinch Shepherd's Hut

England / Ilminster, Somerset
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A double award-winning, bespoke-crafted and friendly retreat, deliciously nestled in a beautiful, ‘hidden' corner of Somerset.

Ever since friendly owners Matt and Fiona opened their beautiful Somerset shepherd's hut for business, the accolades have kept on coming...

...some awarded from prestigious bodies such as the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards (an area in which, as you can imagine, there is a lot of competition!)

Yet as soon as you arrive, you'll see why Stocklinch Shepherd's Hut is regularly singled out as something special. Lovingly hand-crafted by Matt's master carpenter brother Jim, the hut is both instantly relaxing, and full of thoughtful attention to detail.

The setting helps, of course. On discovering the perfect corner for their bespoke-crafted hut, Matt and Fiona immediately set about planting hundreds of trees. So, you can expect plenty of blissful privacy, surrounded by gently swaying willows and lush greenery that don't distract from the spectacular views towards the Blackdown and Quantock Hills.

Cosily insulated with sheep's wool, the hut's supremely clever design means there's a great deal of comfort and convenience packed into the 7' x 15' space. You'll have everything you could possibly need, and a great deal more besides.

First up is the impossibly comfy double bed, with a feather duvet that's perfect for snuggling under. Your deluxe en-suite is home to a power shower and a heated towel rail (not to mention a ‘proper' flushing loo), with toiletries and fluffy towels in plentiful supply.

Meanwhile, the cosy kitchen is equipped with a multi-functional oven and a two-ring hob, ideal for whipping up a hearty breakfast from the fresh supplies you'll be left with! Enjoy the fruits of your culinary labours at the table and chairs you'll find outside, with the whispering trees and joyous birdsong as your morning soundtrack.

(Oh, and did we mention the hand-crafted Scandinavian wood-fired hot tub you'll find in the surrounding orchard? Just the place for sunset-watching, especially when equipped with a glass or two of bubbles).

In between times, Matt and Fiona are only too happy to advise you on some of the best places to go during your stay. Certainly, you're in a wonderful position to explore the unspoilt Somerset countryside, as well as hotspots including Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast...or how about packing a picnic and heading towards those soothing hills?  

It hardly needs saying that Somerset is renowned for its food and drink, so if you're in the mood to eat out every now and again, there are plenty of local delis, restaurants and cafés to while away some time in.

Filled with sensory delights, it's time to head back to your enchanting shepherd's hut. Just in time to grab some blankets, light the firepit, and toast marshmallows together, as you chat the star-studded evening away in perfect comfort.

Things to note

Check in between 3-8pm, check out by 11am. The hut is suitable for two adults over 21, pets and children are not permitted. No smoking.

Tried and tested

"Fiona and Matt's Shepherd's Hut is just idyllic in a secluded, private, peaceful location. The hot tub was just fab! Comfy bed and cozy atmosphere. Beautiful veiws - I enjoyed just looking out at the birds hopping about the trees. Highly recommend for some regenerative rest and relaxation."

"A fantastic 4 day stay in a cosy, well equipped and located shepherds hut. Fiona is an excellent host. Sitting round the fire pit or lounging in the hot tub, looking at a starry sky and listening to the owls - doesn't get better than this! Definitely a place not to miss."

"From the minute you wind your way down the flower-strewn path to the orchard, where the hot tub beckons, you know you are somewhere really special! Matt and Fiona have created a stunning and thoughtful place, away from the bustle of modern life to enjoy the pleasure of being in nature and making fires and bathing outdoors in your own tub. A wonderful experience!"

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The basics

Region: Ilminster, Somerset
Cost (from): £110 per night
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 1313


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Bespoke-crafted 7' x 15' shepherd's hut, sleeps 2 guests.  Insulated with sheep's wool.  Single level accommodation includes: raised double bed, feather duvet, pillows, cotton bedding, en-suite with power shower, flushing WC, heated towel rail, toiletries, towels, compact kitchen with multi-functional oven, 2-ring hob, fridge, utensils, crockery, fresh breakfast supplies.  Exterior: wood-fired hot tub, barbecue, firepit, seating.  Blankets, hot water bottles, and logs supplied.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, hiking, stargazing, nature watching, delis, restaurants, café culture, Jurassic Coast, historic sites.

At a glance

  • A lovingly bespoke hand-crafted, double award-winning shepherd's hut for two, perfectly positioned in a private, tranquil corner of unspoilt South Somerset countryside.
  • The self-contained hut is equipped with kitchen and shower facilities, with fresh breakfast supplies provided.
  • There is a furnished outdoor area with a firepit and barbecue (perfect for stargazing!) and a Scandinavian wood-fired hot tub in the orchard to relax in.
  • An ideal base for exploring the delights of Somerset, including the Blackdown and Quantock Hills, and the Jurassic Coast.

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