Severn Valley View Shepherds Hut

UK England West Midlands Shropshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Remote, rustic, off-grid 'glamping' in the woods with epic Shropshire views and ultimate privacy

Severn Valley View is a halfway hut between the wild and the luxurious. On first glance this hidden clearing, secluded away in an ancient woodland with a shepherd’s hut, pod and viewing deck, has all the hallmarks of a glamping getaway. But the off-road track to get here, the wild feel signals that this is a thoroughly outdoorsy experience. This is a place that feels utterly remote and off-grid, yet still has a double bed come nighttime and a proper flushing loo. If you want a setting that’s truly unique, you’d be hard pressed to do better.

From the moment you arrive, Severn Valley View is mysterious in its seclusion. The entrance is a gate, practically lost among the wood’s edge, from which a long, rough track leads through the trees, following the contours of the steeply sloping valley (if you don’t have a 4x4 you might prefer to park your car here and walk the five minutes or so to the site instead). Then, just as the woodland might be about to end, the clearing appears, populated by a pastel green shepherd’s hut, a light pine pod and a square of wooden decking that sticks out over the slope that drops away below. This is the spot from which the glamping site takes its name. The view is simply breathtaking.

When you book a stay at Severn Valley View, you are given the clearing in its entirety. If there are two of you, you can sleep in the shepherd hut’s fitted double bed enjoying total privacy, while the pod provides extra seating space. If there are three of you, there is room in the pod for a third person to sleep or, if you want to come as a little group, cheery owner Elfrida is even happy to pitch an extra bell tent for a few more additional people. So the size of your group is slightly flexible but you're always guaranteed seclusion.

While real beds, solar lighting, a wood burner and comfortable furnishings provide all the basics you need, ‘rustic’ is still the name of the game here. Instructions reveal how to boot up a generator, which gets the hot water going for your en-suite shower and flushing loo, while campfires are an absolute must. There’s a firepit on the wooden viewing deck, which, facing west, makes the perfect place to toast marshmallows as you watch the sun sink over the Shropshire Hills, and bottled water is provided.

The aforementioned hills are, in fact, a 20-minute drive away, though there are pleasant walks to be had locally too – not least beside the River Severn or at the National Trust’s Dudmaston Estate just down the road – while the foodie town of Bridgnorth if just five minutes by car (once you’ve made your way back out of the woods!).

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Facilities

The glamping site is in a glade some distance from the road (you'll need a 4x4 vehicle to drive all the way to the glade or there is parking by the road and you can walk the 10 minutes into the clearing. There is a shepherd's hut (sleeps 2 in a double bed) and a pod (sleeping 1 on a floor mattress and also acts as a general seating and chill-out area). There is also the option to have a bell tent pitched for an additional 4 people. There is a gas stove, a BBQ and campfire pit (logs and kindling provided). There is a flushing loo, shower and sink in the shepherd's hut but it runs off a generator, which you need to switch on first. Bed linen and towels are provided. Lighting in the pod is solar powered and there are lamps, candles, torches and bottled water provided.

Nearby

Severn Valley View is within walking distance of the Dudmaston Estate (01746 780866), a National Trust-owned estate with a 17th-century country house, wooded parkland and sweeping gardens. Never sold and owned by the same family for over 875 years, Dudmaston has a fantastic story of lineage as well as being a place of radical thinking and industry, including the introduction of once innovative woodland management skills. It's also simply a great spot for a picnic. If you're down by the river and like your walking then you can follow much of the river banks on foot. It's around 3½ miles from the estate to Bridgnorth, which has plenty to keep anybody busy, while Ironbridge is a 30-minute drive north. The vast cast-iron construction that gives Ironbridge town its name has been wowing visitors since 1779. There are no fewer than 10 museums within the gorge, including a recreated Victorian town at Blists Hill, and the free Ironbridge World Heritage Festival takes place every September.

Food & Drink

It's around a ½-mile walk to the nearest pub – The Whitehouse in Quatford – though you're better off walking a tad further to The Danery (01746 762255), which has good food, local ales and a very pleasant beer garden in summer. For the widest choice head into Bridgnorth itself, where there's a collection of decent gastro pubs, including the flower-clad Old Castle (01746 711420), the ancient King's Head (01746 762141), which is all low beams and tiny doors, and The Boatyard (01746 218030), set on the banks of the River Severn and the place to go in summer.

Opening Times

April–October.

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Accommodation

A shepherd's hut (sleeping 2) and an accompanying pod space (with room for 1 more), plus the option of having a bell tent pitched for you if you'd like to boost the capacity. Please note, this shepherds hut sleeps two. Additional guests can be accommodated in either the pod or bell tent. The shepherds hut sleeps 2 in a double bed. The pod sleeps 1 and comes complete with a log burner or an additional person can sleep on a floor mattress. If there are more than 2 people in your booking and you would like to book either of these additional units, please select whether you would like the pod or the shepherds hut from the extras menu.

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Location

Contact Severn Valley View Shepherds Hut, Chapel Lane, Quatford, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

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Getting There

The (fairly hidden) entrance to the woods is on Chapel Lane, which comes off the A442 about 1½ miles south of Bridgnorth just before you arrive into the village of Quatford. The turning is signposted "Quatford Wood" and there is a red phone box. Go up this narrow road for ½ mile and the gate into the woods is on your left, directly opposite a T-junction (Sandymouth Lane). Precise directions and access details are also provided upon booking.

The nearest train stations are in Kidderminster (12 miles) or Wolverhampton (14 miles), both of which have bus services to Bridgnorth.

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