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The Hogget Hut at the Hidden Hillsi…
2 reviews
· Crowhurst, England
1 acre
1 unit
1 Glamping
A shepherd's hut for two in the grounds of a 17th century farmhouse between Battle and Hastings.
Deep in what the local tourist board calls “1066 country” is a little hideaway called The Hogget Hut. It’s a lovely bolthole between the East Sussex towns of Battle and Hastings, an hour and a half from London and just a 15-minute drive from the sea. This part of the southeast was, of course, the scene of a bloody fight for the English crown back in 1066. Now, however, it’s a peaceful place that’s known for great camping, where the biggest fight you’re likely to encounter is in the summer when camping pitches and glamping hideaways are particularly hot properties. Thank goodness, then, for places like The Hogget Hut, which stands self-contained and alone in an acre of space you don’t have to share with anyone. Off-grid and on a farm, this little hut is suited to those who want to get away from it all. While having no WiFi and no place to charge your phone might be a concern to some, the people who’ll enjoy it here will see that as one of its charms. Others include the hut’s reclaimed, stained-glass windows and parquet flooring and the tiny but efficient log-burning stove that’s just right for keeping the place warm on cold nights. There’s an en-suite shower room and WC and an equipped kitchenette with a gas stove too. Outside, there’s an off-ground fire pit, a picnic bench and deck chairs. This petite getaway is within the grounds of a 17th-century farmhouse that’s now a family home, so while you have your own space, help is never far away if you need it. In fact, despite the rural location on the edge of the tiny village of Crowhurst, everything you need for a weekend away is on hand. The village pub, The Plough, is within walking distance (just make sure you take a torch if you’re heading there for dinner) and there are pleasant walks direct from site in the Combe Valley Countryside Park. The nearby train station, a mile-and-a-half up the road, means you could come by rail (direct from London’s Charing Cross) and be perfectly happy right here. If you come with your own wheels though there’s much more to see — much of it within a handy five miles. There’s the seaside and the south coast, the countryside and its pubs and gardens and all those reminders of what happened here in 1066: the battlefield itself, the abbey built in penance and plenty of Norman castles.
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Crowhurst, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Gemma F.Joined in June 2021
2 Ratings · 2 reviews
Kirsty B.recommends
July 27, 2022
The Hogget Hut
Glorious remote shepherd’s hut
Beautiful hut in a stunning location. We were there on the hotest days ever (july 2022) and it would have been better if there was shade / the ice blocks in the cooler were replaced but otherwise it was perfect.
Jennifer D.recommends
June 14, 2022
The Hogget Hut
Cosy, clean, beautiful country walking, perfectly well equipped!
From the host
Tucked away at the end of a farm track, the Hogget Hut is a unique, handcrafted hideaway in the grounds of our farm. The Hogget is set in it's own one-acre field, with a wood burning stove for cosy evenings, fire pit and BBQ for summer nights, ensuite bathroom, kitchen and the comfiest bed. Surrounded by rolling countryside, stunning views and amazing sunsets, The Hogget has all the ingredients for a perfect adventure in this beautiful part of East Sussex. The Hogget Hut (named after a young sheep, before it's first shearing) sleeps two and has been lovingly crafted to create a characterful, vintage shepherds hut, which compliments our unique and special rural location. The Hogget Hut space includes an open plan living and sleeping space with reclaimed oak parquet flooring, wood burning stove, double bed with Egyptian cotton bed linen, kitchen and en-suite shower room. Cozy evenings by the fire pit, or wood burning stove indoors. While compact, the kitchen has all the equipment you need including gas hob and Belfast sink, pots and pans, crockery, a cafetière for morning coffee (bring your own favourite ground coffee), olive oil, salt & pepper, tea, sugar and instant coffee. A cold box is also available to keep the Prosecco and other essentials chilled! The bespoke en-suite bathroom within the hut (with proper shower and hot water), completes the accommodation. No stumbling across a field in the dark to find the loo here! Being off grid, lighting is powered by solar panels. This means no phone chargers or wifi and a chance to disconnect from tech and endless Zoom meetings, bliss! Outside, the Hogget sits within its own private field of approximately one acre, with views over the valley and big skies for amazing sunsets. A fire pit is provided for camp fires and BBQ, with large table for dining outside and deck chairs for relaxing by the fire. The space and privacy of the one-acre field is entirely yours - you won’t be sharing with anyone. Regrettably no pets are permitted.
Nearby attractions
The Combe Valley Countryside Park starts at the head of the farm driveway, offering country walks and the chance to see a variety of birds and wildlife. The Hogget Hut is equidistant (about five miles) from Battle, Hastings and Bexhill. At Battle, you can visit the 1066 Battle of Hastings Battlefield and Abbey (0370 333 1181) and browse the independent shops and eateries. In seaside Hastings, there's plenty to see and do starting at the beach. For grown-ups, Hastings Contemporary and the art galleries and cafes of the old town will hold the most appeal. You can also visit Hastings Castle (01424 422964) ruins on top of the cliff, where there's more info on 1066 history and fantastic views. A good way to get there is to ride the Victorian West Cliff Funicular Railway. The nearby Smugglers Adventure (01424 422964) attraction in caves once frequented by smugglers and Hastings Aquarium (01424 718776) can be visited with a three-in-one ticket, which is probably most appealing if you are visiting with kids. For a quieter place to go for a dip in the sea, try Cooden Beach to the west or Pett Level to the east, both about 10 miles from site.
Food and drink
The highly regarded Plough Inn (01424 830310), Crowhurst, is within a mile of site and walkable. If you don't mind travelling a little further, your host's personal favourite is The Chequers Inn (01424 772088) at Battle, five miles from site but they also recommend The Salehurst Halt (01580 880620), 10 miles away, Whites Seafood and Steak bar (01424 719 846) in Hastings and The Wild Mushroom (01424 751137) in Westfield, six miles away.
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