Quirky accommodation on a 2,500-acre nature-filled estate, just 15 minutes from Stonehenge
Discovering Kingsettle Stud delivers a tingle down the spine. It’s the same feeling a metal detectorist gets when unearthing treasure or by anyone lucky enough to catch sunrise at Stonehenge. It’s something akin to the excitement of discovering a secret walled garden, spotting a barn owl or seeing a peacock strutting its stuff. All these things happen around Kingsettle Stud, which sits in the organic 2,500-acre Cholderton Estate in Hampshire, a 15-minute drive down the road from the famous henge. Nature is in control here and the effects are magical.
With space for just three couples or families, Kingsettle Stud is a tiny glamping site on a big, private estate that’s rarely been glimpsed by the public – until now. This vast farmland, grazed by 1,000 cattle and 100 horses, is abuzz with birds, bees and butterflies. It’s been ecologically and organically farmed for upwards of 30 years, since long before 'rewilding' was a thing. It’s potentially a vision of the future of how estates could look, as well as a glimpse of the glorious past. You see that in the buildings, the Victorian walled kitchen garden and maze but more so in the landscape itself. It’s an extension of the Salisbury Plains and there are ancient earthworks in the fields; age-old trackways and Roman roads everywhere. The treasure most-recently found was a hoard of bronze axe heads, now on display at Andover Museum.
There’s just one shepherd’s hut and one cabin here. Both are self-contained, with simple cooking facilities and en suites, and each has a seating space outside with room for a campfire. They sit in a meadow just a short mown path away from the Victorian former stable and courtyard where weddings take place (though not while glampers are staying). The groom’s quarters next to the stables are now a comfortable Coach House Cottage too – it's not glamping, but it’s too quirky to fall into the ordinary 'self-catering cottage' category.
The birds and the bees, the farm animals, the gardens, grounds and location so near to Stonehenge make this place popular with couples and young families. It’s not been open long and, so far, many have used it as a stopover on the way to Cornwall. It’s well located for that, but this is a destination in its own right; a treasure we're thrilled to have detected. And once you arrive, slow down and fall into the pace of Kingsettle Stud life, you'll be glad you didn't drive any further.
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Hosted by Susannah E.Joined in February 2021
3 Ratings · 3 reviews
August 18, 2022
We had a great stay at Lapwing hut, the grounds are beautiful and the hut had everything we needed. The hot tub was easy to use and retained heat well. The bed and soft furnishings were comfortable and of a high quality. Thank you for the hamper; the bread, butter, milk, eggs and marshmallows were a lovely addition!
July 28, 2022
Had a 2 night stay in the Bustard Hut, a return visit, stayed last year. Love the hut, very clean and compact yet functional for a short stay. The hosts are very friendly and we had the delightful bonus of the hot tub which had been installed since our booking. A quick call and it was all organised for us to use it. We enjoy the peace and quiet of the setting and eating toasted marshmallows by the firepit.
September 20, 2021
We were there from friday to sunday, with my wife and 6 months baby and had an amazing weekend.
The place is really spacious with a large very comfortable double bed, right next to huge windows where you have an amazing view of the fields and plains and woods and 2 kids bunker beds that are equally very spacious and comfortable. Loved it.
The facilities made such a difference - kitchenette, mini fridge, sink, microwave, great good-sized bathroom, hot water and etc - all made for a great comfortable stay. It felt just like a hotel stay!
The place is very well located close to stonehenge and salisbury and there's lots of great restaurants and pubs, all of which makes for great evenings and lunches. We went to the Red lion freehouse that we would highly highly highly highly recommend for really good food. The onsite farm cafe too is amazing for lunches and pasties and pies.
The reason I'm not giving this full points is because we had a bit of a stressful hour when we reached there on friday evening - we could not reach the hosts since the morning, we'd missed an email about where the cabin was (and there was no signage as to where to go) and we went round and round in our car and felt a bit scared. Luckily someone was going through the venue and stopped to help us find the cabin. Next, since we missed an email on the door code, we were left outside feeling stressed while we tried reaching out to people to help. Fortunately, I managed to reach out to a florist next door who then contacted a family member of the hosts and we managed to get inside our cabin. Just to be clear, we had missed that email - it was sent but we did not see it and pay attention to it since it was sent weeks earlier. Nevertheless, it's not great to go to a place which is remote, in the middle of the woods, late evening, with a baby and my wife, and have no one on site or across the phone to help. This was stressful and scary, specially when you have family with you.
From the host
Kingsettle stud is part of the 2500 acre family-owned organic Cholderton Estate, and just a 10-minute drive from Stonehenge, a UNESCO world-heritage site in Wiltshire. Each of our accommodation options; The Coach House, The Lapwing Shepherd's Hut or The Bustard Cabin is characterful and unique, and offers the chance to connect with nature and the ancient landscape of Stonehenge. The self-catered cottage and cabins each have a private en-suite kitchen and bathroom, fire-pit/barbeque area, wood-fired hot tub (from May 2022) and access to shared laundry facilities. Aside from all that the wider area has to offer, Kingsettle Stud has extensive grounds and gardens, biking trails, a farm shop and beautiful pub walks right on the doorstep. As an organic Estate, in the process of re-wilding, we are also lucky to host a huge diversity of wildlife; all making us a destination in our own right.
The Cholderton Estate, on which this glamping site is situated, has extensive grounds and gardens which guests are welcome to explore. There are footpaths and bike trails, plus tennis courts you can use. Cholderton lies within the Test Valley, an area popular for anglers, walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Stockbridge (10 miles away) is a lovely village and a good place to access the riverside is at Stockbridge Common. The area is rich with ancient history and even a walk around the grounds takes you past 5,000-year-old earthworks and burial mounds. Stonehenge (0370 333 1181) is just eight miles from site (and a very easy, 15-minute drive along the A303) and Avebury Henge is 25 miles away. Salisbury (11 miles away), historic Winchester and the New Forest National Park (both about 25 miles away) are all with half an hour's driving distance too, and make for easy day trips from Cholderton.
Food and drink
A welcome hamper supplies you with a few basics on arrival and there’s a farm shop and café within the estate, just a five-minute walk away. For a longer walk with a reward at the end, enjoy a 40-minute stroll through the estate to The Malet Arms (01980 629279). It’s a traditional pub with a roaring fire in winter, kitchen garden and locally-sourced menu that comes highly recommended. The Red Lion (01980 671124) in East Chisenbury is worth the 12-mile drive if you’re a foodie, likewise The Greyhound on the Test (01264 810833) 10 miles from site in Stockbridge. This riverside town is also a great place for delis, coffees and light lunches.