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Luxury shepherd's hut living just a stone's throw from Bodiam Castle

Just an hour's drive or train journey from London, in the East Sussex village (in all but size) of Bodiam, The Original Hut Company is the perfect romantic retreat from the hustle and bustle of city living. Tucked away beside a sprawling apple orchard (this is cider country after all), amidst an enchanting woodland that bursts with bluebells in spring are the four glamp-tastic shepherds huts. Taking their cue from the shepherds huts in days of yore, these cute, glamping abodes are built from recycled and reclaimed materials (old caravan chassis and local wood to be precise).

Just downhill from its sister site at Hop Pickers Wood, the farm-built huts are designed to be sustainable and of minimal environmental impact. Despite their eco credentials, the OHC don't compromise on comfort (this is luxury camping after all). The lovingly decorated huts (think 'shabby-chic') are a comforting cocoon of cosiness thanks to the wood burning stoves, while solar energy provides the lighting for camping couples. There's even gas hobs and separate huts with pristine showers and eco loos. Fires (on the designated firepits) are positively encouraged here. In the autumn, there's no sweeter aroma than the smell of windfallen chesnuts roasting on the many campfire which fills the soothing country air.

As befitting its green philosophy, the 200 acre Quarry Farm site is bursting with wildlife. Nestled lovingly within an ancient coppice clearing, the site is teeming with an array of woodland creature including badgers, squirrels, pheasants, mice, green woodpeckers, fallow and roe and deers. Keep your eyes peeled for an extremely rare albino squirrel as well as a few black rabbits. The River Rother which meanders through the farm attracts egrets, herons and kingfishers. Guests are also welcome to fish and splash about. Barn owls use the bottom of the farm as a hunting ground and there's a pair of buzzards that work the top. There's even bee hives in the orchards and the OHC are working with Sussex Nature to increase the pollinating insect population.

Friendly campsite owner, Anna Eastwood, is the very personification of hospitality. Anna's eager to make your stay as hassle-free as possible—food hampers and catered meals can even be delivered to the site by arrangement. If you're looking for a true 'back-to-nature' camping experience, the OHC run a foraging course during autumn in conjunction with the nearby Michelin-starred Curlew restaurant's chief sourcer, Fergus Drennan. The area is a real foodie hub, with several decent country pubs in the vicinity plus countless food festivals including nearby Rye's famous Wild Boar Week and Rye Bay Scallop Week every Easter plus the autumn and spring harvests of the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival just down the road. There's even a summer forest school for the your little pioneers – the kids can spot woodpeckers, deer and maybe even the odd badger if they're lucky. All this, plus the fairytale Bodiam Castle just a short stroll from the site with its magnificent panoramic views over the famous Weald. What more could you ask for?

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The campsite owner says

The Original Hut Company consists of two sites of 5 Shepherds huts, these have been designed and built by us on site, from largely reclaimed and recycled materials, 4 of the huts provide living accommodation and the 5th houses 2 loos and 2 showers. We believe we have created a unique and comfortable Glamping experience which is very user friendly and convenient as well as being of minimal environmental impact. It is equally usable for couples, families and groups of friends. The huts are set in a small area of woodland on our family run farm in Bodiam. The woods being big enough to explore and build camps in, yet small enough that children can explore independantly . The farm land flanks the National Trust site of Bodiam castle, the River Rother Flows through the bottom of the farm providing fun and fishing! The Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway has its Bodiam Station within the farm itself. This coupled with our proximity to the historic towns of Rye, Battle , Hastings and Tenterden, the amazing sandy Beach @ Camber, unique woodland habitats at Brede High woods and Bedgebury Pinetum which also offers mountain biking and Go Ape. There are amazing foodie experiences and vineyards all within a stones throw, with a range of activities and services available form the site. Means there is something for everyone.

The Huts themselves can accommodate 4 or 5 people, they are fully insulated and fitted with wood burning stoves. The wooden construction and double glazed windows ensure the huts are really warm and cosy. The kitchens are fitted with a 4 burner gas hob for convieniece, all the cooking and dining equipment is provided. We also provide cast iron cookware to enable our guests to cook over the open fires outside. Down in the woods we have a little hide with a tin roof (perviously a wood store), this provides a covered eating area, it houses a 13 foot long table which has proved to be invaluable dining space for our group bookings. Providing shelter should the Great British weather let you down, there is also a larger campfire down there surrounded by logs for shared time, stories and marshmallows!!

All bed linen and fire wood is provided.

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The Hub - On site Cafe and Shop now open daily

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