Shepherd's huts near Cheddar with swimming

The cheese may be more famous than the town, but Cheddar remains a one-of-a-kind camping spot.

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12 top shepherd's huts sites near Cheddar with swimming

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Romantic Country Glamping

2 units · Glamping2 acres · Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, South West England
A pair of self-contained glamping getaways in Wiltshire
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Broadmeadow Glamping

3 units · Glamping12 acres · Hereford, Herefordshire, West Midlands
A quaint wooden cabin, tucked away on a Herefordshire farm. Perfect for a romantic glamping retreat or year-round family getaways.
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Longview and Combe Cottage

3 units · Glamping6 acres · Minehead, England
This secret holiday retreat is found over half a mile up a private farm track in the middle of nowhere with only wildlife and farm animals as neighbours. There are two B and B rooms in the main house and a self catering shepherds hut. The self catering Shepherd's hut, Longview, is situated away from the house in its own paddock and from the top of the Brendon Hills has extensive views across Exmoor to Dartmoor. The hut is more than the normal shepherds hut it is luxurious !; comfortable and cosy with a wood burning stove and underfloor heating, its own shower room with flushable loo. In addition there is a kitchen facility with fridge/freezer, a sink and coffee making facilities. This hut has the benefit of an additional room in an adjacent stable and although basic is cosy and comfortable and provides day accommodation with additional cooking facilities including a 2 ring hob and small combination microwave oven. The space also has an additional table and chairs and a dog bed providing accommodation for them too. The stable provides storage space for bicycles, wet weather gear, muddy boots and a heated clothes rack for drying wet clothes so practical throughout the year,. Outside there is a firepit and a gas barbecue The dark skies of Exmoor National Park at night allow visitors to look at the stars and there is a telescope available for hire with stargazing handbook. There is an annual stargazing festival on Exmoor every September . There are adventures on your doorstep and directly from the house and hut there are wonderful walks on footpaths across farmland with more rugged walks on the High Moor where herds of Exmoor ponies and red deer can be regularly seen. The rivers and streams with otters, dippers and kingfishers are plentiful with friendly pubs in many of the Exmoor villages. The north Somerset and Devon coast line is beautiful. Wimbleball Lake is within walking distance where there is a sailing club and other watersports. In the main house at least 500m away there are two double B and B's with ensuite shower rooms where the hosts Nick and Jane live. These have been recently decorated to a high standard. Coffee making facilities are in each room and breakfast is included in the price. There is a garden room where the guests can comfortably rest in the evenings after their active day with access onto a terrace. There are games, jigsaws, books and a small television available. The hut can be rented individually or with the B and B rooms. Either way the privacy of the hut is not compromised by the B and B accommodation in the main house as they are very distinct areas.
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Hamperley Hideaways

6 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · Church Stretton, England
Almost wild camping and rustic glamping in the Shropshire Hills, with campfires and compost loos
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Higher Roddon Farm

1 unit · Glamping66 acres · Wiveliscombe, England
Duncan and Alexis live here with their young family and we want to continue to improve the biodiversity of the farm alongside building a sustainable farm business incorporating luxury rural accommodation and grass-fed beef and lamb. We are lucky enough to have a wide variety of wildlife on our farm including tawny and barn owls, deer, buzzards, pheasants, swallows, bullfinches, fieldfares and numerous bats, butterflies and beetles! Take a look at our Wildlife page. We follow a grass-fed, low input, regenerative agriculture philosophy. This means that (apart from our bulls, rams and boars which have to be bought in to prevent in-breeding) all of our animals are born on the farm. They stay with their mothers’ as long as possible growing well on their mothers’ milk and our beautiful grass. Apart from our pigs, all of our animals are only fed grass from the farm or hay (from our species rich hay meadows) in winter. We believe this is more sustainable, gives us a minimal carbon footprint and provides our animals with the best possible lives.
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Little Firs

1 unit · Glamping1 acre · Seaton, England
A private and spacious handcrafted shepherd's hut on the edge of a woodland near Axminster and Lyme Regis
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Dulais Valley Meadow

1 unit · Glamping14 acres · Carmarthenshire, South Wales
'Highland Hut' is a traditional sized Shepherds Hut which was lovingly built in 2021 by a Lincolnshire Huts to the highest standard. Appropriately named after of our own fold of Highland Cattle, the hut is set in its own wild flower meadow completely private and with a beautiful view over the Dulais Valley. It is an ideal hideaway for couples with its cosy insulated interior, double size bed with luxury wood fired hot tub and private fire pit with a supply of logs and even a few outdoor duvets for those late nights outside under the stars. A converted vintage horse trailer acts as the washroom with a walk in shower, compost toilet and washbasin. For families who wish to bring their own tent and pitch up in the meadow alongside the hut as additional accommodation there is an additional charge.
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Exmoor Wellbeing Centre

1 unit · Glamping3 acres · Minehead, England
The shepherd's hut is tucked away in a corner of the grounds of Exmoor Wellbeing Centre at Periton House - a beautiful Arts and Crafts residence, being restored by the resident family. The house itself offers light and airy treatment rooms and a well-proportioned ex-billiard room which now hosts regular yoga classes, sound baths and meditation classes, as well as seasonal events. The site itself borders Exmoor National Park and although hidden away, it is conveniently situated just a few minutes outside of Minehead town centre. The local area offers stunning walks, coastal exploration and unspoilt scenery. Days out to Lynton and Lynmouth, Dulverton, Porlock Weir, Dunster and Watchet Harbour are all within easy reach. Minehead offers something for everyone: For keen walkers, the South West Coast Path begins from Minehead Harbour and for golfers, the Minehead and West Somerset Golf club links course offers an opportunity to play on one of the oldest courses in England. For steam enthusiasts, the West Somerset Heritage Steam Railway runs a regular service from Minehead through to Bishop's Lydeard. Mountain biking is popular locally, with tracks within easy reach of the Wellbeing Centre. Watersports are easily found in Minehead and surrounding areas from Porlock Bay to Wimbleball Lake, with equipment hire or courses available from Channel Adventures.
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Fernwood Glamping (New Forest)

2 units · Glamping1 acre · New Forest, England
Secluded, peaceful glamping on the edge of the New Forest
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Greenwood Huts

1 unit · Glamping3 acres · Taunton, England
Greenwood huts are nestled on a beautiful working sheep farm in the Brendon Hills, on the edge of glorious Exmoor. A natural habitat for wildlife in a spectacular landscape with dark starry skies provide a truly unique escape. Private, exclusive use of 2 huts and the whole site for up to 10 people. (There will be no other guests on site)
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Andrea's Farm Breaks Keepers Hut

1 unit · Glamping1 acre · Corfe Castle, Dorset, South West England
Andrea's Farm Breaks is Keepers Hut glamping accommodation run alongside a working farm campsite in the heart of Purbeck. Andrea is pleased to offer a little luxury for those who want to camp at Downshay Farm in a comfortable bed. Farm is a working farm in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, ideally located for exploring the stunning World Heritage Site coastline. The Pike family has farmed here since 1956. The farmhouse is largely Victorian although parts of the house and some farm buildings are much older. The accommodation looks out over the lovely views of Corfe Castle and the Purbeck Hills. The seaside town of Swanage is just over 4 miles away as are the sandy beaches of Studland Bay. Local footpaths and Swanage Steam Railway also make exploring Purbeck easy, and we are a few minutes’ walk from Harmans Cross Station. Enjoy the sandy beaches of Shell Bay, Studland and Swanage or go rock pooling or fossil hunting at Kimmeridge Bay. The Coastal Path will take you along the coast to Durlston Country Park, Dancing Ledge and Winspit. The deserted village of Tyneham and its own bay is a short drive away, then follow the scenic road over the Ranges to Lulworth and Durdle Door. Local attractions include Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum, and a walk through the RSPB bird sanctuary at Arne to Poole Harbour is recommended.
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Bramble Meadow Camping

4 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Paignton, Devon, South West England
An off grid shepherd’s hut and nearly wild camping in South Devon
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Shepherd's huts near Cheddar with swimming guide

Overview

The Somerset village of Cheddar is best known among the culinary crowd for its eponymous cheese, but nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts know it for the spectacular Cheddar Gorge and the Cheddar Caves. Cheddar has a couple of places to camp—a well-equipped caravan park as well as a campsite with cabin accommodation—and its location at the foot of the Mendip Hills AONB affords additional camping options. While campers can enjoy the peace and quiet of this rural area, Cheddar is also conveniently close to the small cities of Bridgwater and Taunton, as well as the larger centres of Bath and Bristol.

Top things to do in Cheddar

You don’t have to use too much imagination to think of the most popular things to do in Cheddar.

  • Firstly, there’s saying “cheese” at the gorge, and then there’s gorging yourself on cheese! A ticket to visit the Cheddar Gorge tourist attraction includes entrance to a three-mile cliff-top walk around the top of the gorge; the Museum of Prehistory; and Gough’s Cave, where Cheddar Man, the oldest complete skeleton in Britain was discovered. The soaring Cheddar Gorge walls reach 400 feet in places, and the show caves are just a taste of what lies beneath the Mendips, making climbing and caving popular activities here.
  • In the village of Cheddar, at the lower end of the gorge, the Cheddar Gorge Company shares information about the cheese-making process for Britain’s best-loved cheese.
  • Walking, cycling, and horse riding are good ways to enjoy the landscape and terrain.
  • Another show cave and more family-friendly attractions can be found at nearby Wookey Hole.
  • Further afield, Wells, Glastonbury, Longleat Safari Park, and Bath are all within an hour’s drive and easily visited on days out during a camping holiday in Cheddar.

Where to go

Cheddar Gorge & Cheddar Caves

Unless you’re visiting Cheddar for its cheese, you’re likely coming to check out the Cheddar Gorge or the Cheddar Caves, the star attractions just outside town. The caves are a family-friendly subterranean network of caverns full of prehistoric rock formations, while the limestone Cheddar Gorge is a magnet for walkers, climbers, cavers, and sightseers—some hiking routes are steep but provide great views through the gorge and across the Somerset landscape. It’s no surprise that camping is a popular way to stay nearby.

Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Cheddar is right on the edge of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a range of limestone hills in Somerset’s northeast. Hidden within the hills are deep gorges, rocky outcrops, and the pretty lakes of the Chew Valley. Cheddar is a good camping base for checking out the AONB, or there are camping, glamping, and caravan sites dotted around the Mendip Hills, although wild camping isn’t allowed.

Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Southwest of Cheddar lies England’s first AONB, Quantock Hills, a relatively small area of heath, woodlands, parklands, and agricultural land. Campers staying in Cheddar can easily visit the Quantock Hills on a day trip for hiking, cycling, and wildlife-viewing adventures. There are also many campsites at the base of the hills that allow visitors to access the AONB on foot or by bike.

When to go

Summer is the best time to visit Cheddar, when the weather is generally warm and pleasant and the days long—ideal for tent or caravan camping and outdoor adventures. Campers visiting outside of summer should be prepared with cold-weather and waterproof gear, or stay in cabins rather than unheated tents or caravans.

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