- Sleeps: 2
- Bedroom: 1
- Bathroom: 1
- Minimum stay: 1 night
Nestled on the outskirts of the ancient East Hampshire village of Medstead, The Horse Hut and Lotus Spa is the perfect place to unwind from hectic everyday life.
For starters, you’ll find it extremely hard to believe that your lovingly-crafted retreat was once an unassuming lorry-mounted container that trundled along country lanes to and from Polo and Shire horse-shows.
That’s because creative owners Ralph and Lucy have imbued their beloved retreat with skill, care, and plenty of artistic style that will inspire gasps of awe as you survey your new surroundings. In fact, keep your phone handy as you’ll definitely want to update your Insta feed!
As soon as you arrive, you’ll be welcomed by the ingenious Lotus Elan hot tub, complete with steering wheel, radio, bubble-jets, and the most incredible sunset views from the former horse field, all the way out to the Hattingley Valley vineyards beyond.
Then there’s the incredibly spacious hand-made veranda and bar, with cushion-festooned daybed seating and a roof that means you can enjoy those mesmerising rural views over a well-deserved glass of fizz, no matter what the weather is doing. Why not add a delicious al fresco supper, cooked in your gas-fired pizza oven or barbecue?
Inside awaits a gorgeous blend of butter-soft furnishings and holiday conveniences with bespoke-crafted elements and well-chosen accessories that give a subtle nod to the hut’s horsey-heritage.
The cosy four-poster bed boasts wooden pillars reclaimed from a church, and there’s a vintage record player and radio to help you set the perfect background mood as you lounge on the ‘horseshoe’-shaped sofa, log burner ablaze.Keep reading
At a glance
- An imaginative, hand-crafted retreat based around a vintage horse container, privately nestled on the rural outskirts of the ancient East Hampshire village of Medstead.
- The retreat sleeps 2 guests in a four-poster double bed.
- Stand-out elements include a hot tub created from a Lotus Elan, complete with a radio, steering wheel, bubble-jets, and beautiful views to the Hattingley Valley vineyards!
- There’s also a large, sheltered veranda and bar with plenty of comfy seating, and a gas-fired pizza oven and barbecue for al fresco suppers.
- Inside await full kitchen and shower facilities, with soothing vintage and horse-themed accessories.
- The local shops and pubs are within walking distance.
- Adults Only
- Hot Tubs
Lotus Elan hot tub with bubble-jets and radio, sheltered veranda with seating and bar, gas-fired barbecue and pizza oven, firepit with marshmallows. Four-poster bed, en-suite shower with WC, sofa seating, foldaway table, large log-burner, electric heating, USB charging sockets, record player, DAB radio, CD player, Bluetooth music system, kitchen with cooker, 2 hobs, grill, oven, microwave, dishwasher, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, herbal teas, breakfast cereals, on-site parking.
Walking, cycling, historic sites, pubs, shops, brewery tours, picnic spots, nature-watching, stargazing.
There’s a clever foldaway table that’s perfect for dining or breaking out a board game, while homely touches include hand-made blinds and a characterful horse-themed painting by a talented local artist.
And although the well-equipped kitchen features a dishwasher, you might find yourself choosing to wash-up by hand at the sink… which faces a beautiful scenery-showcasing window.
If you can tear yourselves away from this blissful slice of creative paradise, a half-hour stroll will lead you to friendly pubs, independent shops, historic architecture, and even a tour of the local brewery, should you feel inclined!
But if you’d rather stay put, why not get lost in nature’s soundtrack and a good book for a while? Then you can light the evening firepit, break out some marshmallows for toasting, and get lost in deep, giggle-fuelled conversation as the first stars appear in that enormous night sky.
Things to note
This is an adults-only retreat – pets and children are not permitted to stay.