Romantic shepherd's hut glamping on a Worcestershire farm, with stunning views towards the Cotswolds and a storybook setting
You needn’t be nutty about history to appreciate the pretty Worcestershire village of Abberton. It’s been secreted away here in the countryside between Worcester and the Cotswolds since early Saxon times and has a marvellously timeless mixture of redbrick homes, thatched wooden barns and an 18th-century, stone church whose spire was removed after World War II to help pilots land at a local base. It’s just beyond, in the fields that spitfires once glided over, humming above the trees, that today, you’ll also find one of the village’s prettiest country homes – Abberton Shepherd’s Hut.
Accessed via a sun-dusted gravel driveway and nestled against broad, green bushes, Abberton Shepherd’s Hut is a truly remarkable glamping hideaway. Handmade entirely from one single ash tree, that blew down on the farm several years ago, it manages the supreme feat of looking beautifully traditional in its old orchard setting, whilst also subtly offering all the modern comforts of a luxury glamping holiday – plush en-suite facilities, a modern kitchen space and a balcony with views all the way to the stone folly at Bredon Hill in the Cotswolds.
What really sets Abberton Shepherd’s Hut apart though are the minute details that owner, Catriona Sutherland, has woven into every aspect of the hut. The continuity of the exposed ash wood throughout – the floorboards, the chunky table top, the bathroom shelves – grounds it in the setting, while the décor, crockery and wood-burning stove lend it all a farm-house type feel. It's a unique farmstay, so it would be remiss not to also take the opportunity to sample the local produce – fresh eggs, lamb, pork and beef (from the heard of Aberdeen Angus cattle, resident here for more than 20 years) are all available seasonally on request.
Should the view draw you out, and it surely will, there’s some 260-acres of the farm’s own land to explore (including egg collecting from the hens, which children will love). Head further afield to enjoy the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills, or start from base and walk the three-mile, cross-country route to Inkberrow for a confusingly named pair of pubs: The Bulls Head and The Old Bull. The latter, a white, half-timbered, low-ceilinged affair claims to be the inspiration for the fictional ‘Bull’ in The Archers on BBC Radio 4 and is dotted with memorabilia. It’s a fitting find in this quaint, countryside location. As if pubs, villages and tiny shepherd’s huts like those around Abberton are so good its almost fiction. You’ll just have to discover the reality for yourself.
Abberton, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Catriona A.Joined in February 2019
58 Ratings · 104 reviews
July 21, 2022
Escape to the quiet
The Hut is lovely , beautifully designed and finished. set in stunning location and so quiet, it was just what we needed.
Catriona is great host, and the home grown apple juice was delicious.
July 3, 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend in the Shepherd’s Hut. The hosts have thought of everything. Our children loved playing with the dog, Evie, and collecting the eggs. Would strongly recommend it to others.
June 14, 2022
Wow! wow! Wow!
Wow wow wow! Everything about this shepherds hut was just fabulous! The setting, the decor, the fine detail to all the finishing details just perfect we just loved it. Great place just to relax and truly unwind.
April 16, 2022
I booked an impromptu night away with my 2 children during the Easter holidays and our experience surpassed all expectations. A truly unique shepherds hut in a beautiful location. The hut has everything you could possibly wish for and the children loved playing with Evie the farm dog and feeding the chickens after breakfast! Thank you for a magical stay!
March 30, 2022
Blessed with beautiful weather we had the most amazing weekend at the hut. A fab walk to the local pub on the first night, a trip to the Malvern hills then a relaxing evening next to the fire pit cooking our home made pizza. The hosts have thought of everything, the hut is so cozy but we loved the outdoor space just as much. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to escape in to a pocket of paradise and we will definitely be back, thank you for everything.
February 23, 2022
I took my 10 year old daughter to the Shepherd’s hut for three nights for her birthday. We had such a relaxing time and Catriona was an amazing host. We loved feeding the hens a ducks.
The hut was an absolute luxury and exceeded our expectations. It felt really private and tucked away. Great wifi, lots of lighting and plug sockets, perfect cooking area with everything you need and a lovely bathroom that smelt of lavender. It was toasty and warm throughout our stay (February) - the wood-burner only needed a couple of small logs to keep the hut warm for hours. Our dog, Kobi, was really happy as it was fenced in so he could run about as much as he liked. We will definitely return and can’t wait to try out the pizza oven in the outside lounging / dining area. We highly recommend the Fish Inn in Wixford for its quirky decor and huge beer garden.
Thanks again for a lovely, peaceful and welcoming stay. It really is a little gem.
Ness & Willow. X
From the host
The ultimate isolated safe escape in a unique shepherds hut situated on a 260 acre working farm in a small village called Abberton. This particular area of the country has very low rainfall and is famous for their fruit and veg because of the consistent great weather. This unique village has had no building increase for at least 50 years, it is stunningly English with a very friendly and welcoming community and the local farm shop hillers providing click and collect or delivery.
Manor Farm (where Abberton Shepherd's Hut is based) is located within a conservation area in the heart of the Vale of Evesham. The area is famous for its fruit, vegetables and agriculture and is a joy to explore on foot – the 260-acre farm itself is a good starting point or try walking some of the Wychavon Way long distance footpath. From the Abberton Shepherd's Hut balcony you're also able to see The Cotswolds in the distance and the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is also within easy driving range. There are 3 pubs and 2 farm shops within 2 miles of the site and its a little further to Inkberrow – home to The Old Bull pub (01386 792428), inspiration, apparently, for BBC Radio 4 series The Archers (the oldest running soap in the UK, if not the world). Visit the market town of Pershore and its beautiful abbey (01386 552071) and is particularly beautiful in spring. Finally, there are some world class Shakespearean sights only 30 minutes away in the unmistakably Tudor town of Stratford-upon-Avon, be sure to stop off at National Trust Coughton court on your way to enjoy the beautiful gardens.
Food and drink
Guests will recieve complimentary essentials, including: tea, coffee, butter, sugar, milk and jam. For everything else fresh from the farm, there's Hillers Farm Shop (01789 773057) a 10-minute drive away also provide click and collect– it has a maize maze, sandpit and miniature railway that the kids will love, plus a proper on-site restaurant.