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Greenhill Glamping

UK England South East England Kent

Greenhill Glamping, Alkham Court, Meggett Lane, South Alkham, Dover, Kent CT15 7DG

An authentic shepherd's hut in Kent, restored from the 1890s and kitted out for couples with a king-sized bed, wood-burning stove and views over the Kent Downs

Many shepherd’s huts in the UK may offer the utmost modern comforts but few can combine it with the rich and dramatic history of the hut at Greenhill Farm. Set in a hillside meadow in the south eastern stretches of the Kent Downs, this single, humble-looking hut is the genuine artefact – an 1890’s shepherd’s wagon, built by steam engine manufacturers Marshalls of Gainsborough. Abandoned on the Romney Marshes for over 75 years, it was only recently that new owners, Wendy and Neil Burrows, dragged it out and into the 21st century, luxuriously but tastefully fitting it up for the modern glamping audience.

Inside there’s been careful restraint in order to maintain its sense of history. The interior wood-slat walls remain unpainted and are still marked with the names of World War II soldiers – who sheltered in the hut while manning a local gun battery – while the structural wooden beams are also wonderfully exposed, accentuating the warmth of the glowing wood-burner. Yet while the antique table, vintage stool and 1930s-style switches hark back to its olden days, this is still a proper glamping experience. The fitted king-sized bed, en-suite shower room and kitchenette facilities have made it a compact home from home, though it’s the attention to detail that really makes the hut stand out. Locally sourced toiletries are provided in the shower, fresh towels and bedding are all supplied and there’s even a welcome hamper on the sideboard so you can simply sit and enjoy the view from the moment you arrive.

And what a view it is. Beyond the shepherd’s hut, the chalky land is full of native grasses, buttercups and cowslips. A scattering of sheep from the farm graze the neighbouring meadows, while a host of birds and fledglings nest in the trees that back the field. Wendy is more than happy to point you in the direction of the best local walks, taking in the key viewing points of the Alkham Valley and exploring the land around the farm. Find the roof-top of the 12th-century village church poking above the trees and venture into Alkham. Sadly the village pub is no longer open but The Marquis Hotel offers some fancy fine dining in its place. The food is fantastic.

Beyond, the south coast attractions await: Wind-swept walks along Dover’s famous white cliffs, wartime tunnels and fresh fish in Folkstone harbour or visits to the castles and cathedrals inland. Equally, you can simply sit around in your newfound, miniature home. There’s a pit outside for campfires and a westerly horizon fit for that essential summer sunset. Stay quiet and you may even spot a badger. They too are happy to make their homes in the chalky Kentish hillsides.

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A beautifully restored 19th century shepherd's wagon located on the Kent Downs in the beautiful Alkham Valley, near to Dover. The perfect retreat for 2 looking for a special luxury stay. Kingsize bed overlooking stunning views and ensuite with large shower. Woodstove for those cosy evenings tucked up inside! Outside fire pit and barbeque to enjoy sunsets across the valley. Our shepherd's wagon is situated within its own private paddock with private parking.


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