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A private slice of countryside just a short trot from the city of Bath and its wealth of attractions
For centuries the elegant city of Bath has drawn crowds, leisurely wandering the Georgian streets, abuzz with interesting shops and cafés. Bath’s famous hot springs alone set the city apart from anywhere else in the UK, but its aesthetic appeal, fascinating history and literary associations are the real driving force behind its attraction today. The compact city centre means it is not long before you ascend out of town into the rolling Somerset surroundings. It is here where Applegates Glamping can be found. Perched on the green slopes, with views south along the beautiful Avon valley, this small new site can claim the most ideal position for exploring the area.

Nestled in seemingly secluded countryside, this cosy glamping hideaway is, in fact, less than 5 miles from the city centre, yet seems a world away. The rural feel is assured by roaming chickens that cluck around the wheels of your shepherd’s hut, while neighbouring paddocks are home to horses and ponies. What's more, if you really enjoy the company of these four-legged friends, you can hire out your own trusty steed and enjoy the surrounding countryside by saddle, making the most of the excellent bridleways nearby. Those with their own horses are also welcome and grazing or stables are available for you to use.

The shepherd’s hut itself is an authentic, 19th century cabin that has been tastefully converted into a comfortable haven for couples or families of four. At one end a double bed sits beneath a quaint wall cabinet and at the other a large sofa folds into a twin-bunk. Between the two are a simple dark wood table, a mirror and a log burning stove, prepped and ready to go on your arrival and accompanied by a well-stocked log basket. The main light in this warm, off-grid abode comes through the French-window-style doors that open out to the surrounding Somerset countryside.

In the morning expect a hearty breakfast from your welcoming host Becky (with eggs from the chickens), before she merrily suggests one or two places to go, by hoof or by car. Bath, of course, is the most obvious place and certainly has enough to occupy a few days of discovery, but pleasant villages like Castle Combe and Lacock should also be scribbled on the list. The former is perhaps the most quintessential Cotswold hamlet of all, with pale gold houses grouped around a 14th century market cross, while the latter, equally quaint, provided the backdrop to films like Harry Potter and Lark Rise to Candleford.

The picture-perfect settlements do become a little crowded in the peaks of summer, but it’s times like this you’ll be glad you stayed at Applegates. A private shepherd’s hut with an open, relaxing feel, makes it the ideal place for anyone hoping to enjoy the historic city whilst still ensconced in the rolling countryside.

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