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Deer Keeper's Hut

· Warwickshire, Warwickshire, England
7.41315 acres hosted by Claire H.
1 glamping pitch
A single timber cabin with its own woodland in a deer park in the Warwickshire countryside

In the world of glamping, we’re used to shepherd’s huts and gypsy wagons, safari tents and nomadic yurts. All are borne out of age-old traditions but most have never seen active service. Occasionally there’ll be a shepherd’s hut or gypsy wagon that’s been refurbed and modernised for glamping guests but most are loving imitations. The Deer Keeper’s Hut is different. This lone tent-shaped cabin is the real deal: used by The Deer Keeper for most of the year and let out only when he doesn’t need to keep an eye on his herd.

His hut sits in glorious isolation on the edge of an eight-acre wood. It’s part of sprawling farmland that’s home to 200 deer. Thankfully, the quiet days in deer keeping coincide with the summer so anyone who wants to experience this place has the opportunity when the weather is at its best. With a solid roof over your head, a camp kitchen and a woodland all to yourself it’s hard not to call this glamping but it’s not for the faint hearted and you need to come prepared.

There’s no electricity and, as you might expect, life here is pretty outdoorsy: split across the camp and centred around a stone-circled fire pit in the ground. The triangular, timbered Deer Keeper’s Hut is your bedroom; made cosy by insulation and comfy with a double bed — but you’ll need to bring your bedding and don’t expect bedside lamps. Across the way is the rustic camp kitchen shelter that’s open on two sides. It’s home to the site’s biggest mod con: running water and a kitchen sink. The third and final necessity is a clean and simple private composting loo in its own little shed. For a shower, if you want one, there’s a solar shower bag. Simply leave it in the sun to warm and hang from the nearest tree and make sure no-one’s looking. When you’ve got an eight-acre wood to yourself, that’s pretty easy to do.

This is the kind of place where you could spend hours whittling a stick or rubbing two together to try and start the fire. You can forage in the woods or watch deer in the surrounding fields. More than that is not necessary in this isolated place but there are plenty of footpaths leading off to local villages and even a handy farm shop a five-minute walk away. It’s worth mentioning that although you are away from the modern world in many ways, the M6 is within earshot and its hum, while muffled by the wood, is a quiet but constant companion. It’s a little reminder that this is not a place of fairy tales or even fairy lights. It’s not been set up to be the perfect glamping site: it’s as authentic as glamping gets.

The Deer Keeper's Hut is set in a 200 acre Deer Park in Warwickshire and is on the edge of 8 acres of private woodland. The hut is used by the Deer Keeper at certain times of the year when the deer need close management during calving etc. The fully fenced 8 acres of private woodland is yours for the time of your stay.  Enjoy walks through the trees, looking out for the birds and other wildlife.  The woodland has a private gated and access to footpaths. Enjoy a half a mile walk across fields to a local farm shop and restaurant (not owned by the deer park). If you are looking for solitude, and mesmerising views, this is the place for you! The Deer Keeper's Hut has; a double bed and mattress, an outdoor food prep area with sink, campfire, barbecue and an enclosed compost toilet with washbasin.  You will need to bring your own bedding, towels etc.  There is no electricity - battery lighting for the hut, toilet and kitchen area.
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6 Ratings · 3 reviews
Jake R.recommends
September 5, 2022
Deer Keeper's Hut
Top drawer excapism!
A really lovely escape for me and my son. Well appointed with the basics. The road hum really fades and wasn't noticeable at all. We loved exploring the wood and walking across the field to the farm shop to get supplies. Will be back for more exploring and campfires.
Eleonore G.recommends
July 20, 2022
Deer Keeper's Hut
Great stay
I stayed only for one night but I will definitely come back. Everything is like described. . You got so a bed in the hut. A dry toilet. A solar shower. In front of you you can see the deers. I went on a hike and it was so beautiful you would think you are in a movie. The hostess is very nice. I burned myself with the lighter and she came to give a cream for burn. On the evening I made a bbq and a fire where I grilled food I bought in the market nearby. Honestly it is a very nice break from the day to day life. You only hear the hum of the highway in the distance. But it really is like a white noise. It didn’t bother me.
Craig L.recommends
July 5, 2022
Deer Keeper's Hut
Lovely place - very well equipped with everything you could need and more
Warwickshire, Warwickshire, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Claire H.Joined in May 2021
From the host
The Deer Keeper's Hut is set in 200 acre Deer park in Warwickshire.  The Deer Keeper's Hut is situated on the edge of 8 acres of private woodland which is exclusively yours for the time of your stay.  It has has a south facing aspect overlooking the deer park and the surrounding area.  Take a walk around the woods or sit out, relax and enjoy the views over the Deer Park.The hut is used by the Deer Keeper at certain times of year when the deer need close management during calving etc.If you are looking for solitude and mesmerising views, this is the place for you!
Nearby attractions

You have access to a private eight-acre woodland. Beyond that, it's just half a mile across fields to a farm shop with a restaurant (see below) and there are footpaths to the villages of Easenhall, Monks Kirby and Brinklow where extensive earthworks of an 11th-century Norman motte and bailey castle can be seen. The village is also home to a church, three pubs, a post office and village shop. Rugby is five miles from site, Coventry 11 miles away and Warwick Castle (01926 406610) is 20 miles from site.

Food and drink

Malt Kiln Farm Shop with a deli counter, butchers, fresh local produce and Rebecca’s Kitchen cafe is a five-minute walk from the pod. You can walk to The Denbigh Arms (01788 832303) in Monks Kirby, which is less than two miles from site and does pub grub. The Golden Lion Hotel & Restaurant (01788 832265) in Easenhall is about the same distance. The Old Lion (01788 833238) in Harborough Magna is a bit further but also recommended.

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