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Ryeland Shepherd Hut is an off-grid eco hut nestled in 20 acres of idyllic rural farmland. This beautiful oak-clad hut offers a unique glamping experience with a luxurious selection of home comforts including a cosy wood-burning stove, functional kitchen, en-suite hot shower and even your own tv, yet is completely self-contained.
Set within a secluded meadow of flourishing grassland and wildflowers, interspersed with mown paths and native trees, this is a place to get away from the humdrum of life and experience the tranquillity of nature.
A lightly used footpath runs nearby giving instant access to Tiptree or Messing village where there is a pub serving great food. There is a good sense of privacy around Ryeland hut, due to the natural screening and planting all around.
There are currently just two structures onsite which are well spread out from one another but could equally make a perfect getaway for friends wanting to be together but with their own private facilities.
Parking is in a secure gated farmyard. There is a short walk approximately 500m to the accommodation and Glamping area and carts are provided if needed.
There is a small shop located on the farm with a range of gift items and our own branded food items such as preserves, BBQ relish, picnic pickles and chutneys, cereals, crisps, snacks and Belvoir Presse bottled drinks, ECO Chic cool bags, picnic blankets, bamboo cups, BBQ coal and other items.
Brook Farm is home to a selection of lovely animals including two Arabian horses, two ponies, pet sheep - one of which is a Coloured Ryeland which the hut is named after - chickens and Golden Retrievers Barley and Jack. The owner Jane also offers a range of holistic therapies in the Walnut Barn.
sleeps 2 on a pull out bed.
Separating toilet with extractor fan, washbasin, vanity unit, fully enclosed shower. Towels provided.
2 ring gas hob, gas oven and grill, log burning stove with hot plate, can be used for one-pot cooking meals. BBQ outside.
There is no internet access in this property.
Heating and Lighting
Log burning stove. Solar lighting outdoors and inside. 2 pendant lights and a spotlight in the bathroom. Hot shower on demand.
Grounds and Nearby
3/4 acre private grassland.
Ample parking on the farmyard close by.
Check in from 17:30 and check out by 09:30These are recommended check-in/out times to allow Covid-19 sanitisation, earlier/later times may be available by request with the owner
Railway station 2.5 miles. Bus route 1 mile away.
Sleeps 2 - double pull out bed with three spacious draws beneath.
A solid oak door with a blacksmith made wrought iron fittings leads through to the en-suite facilities which consist of a walk-in shower cubicle, washbasin and vanity unit. There is a composting waterless toilet with an extractor fan.
The hut has electric lighting. It is a 12 V system powered by Solar and a battery pack for phone charging as there are no sockets other than those used for the 12v appliances. The owners can provide 230v standard electricity on request in the office/reception nearby.
Cosy bedding, cushions, throws and towels are all provided.
The neat-fitted kitchen with solid oak worktop and small Belfast sink with a mixer tap is a cute space to prepare your breakfasts. There is a small oven with a grill and two ring gas hob.
A three-day cool box is provided and further ice blocks are available to keep your treats super cool.
There is an additional fridge in the office if required.
There is a small TV in the living area so you can curl up in bed and watch a film on a rainy day.
A cosy log burning stove sits in the corner of the hut with a hot plate where you can cook one-pot meals or make your morning cuppa. All cookware, kitchenware, cutlery are provided in the kitchen.
There is no wifi at the property but a good 4g signal.
Outside you have a Mini BBQ with a bucket with coal, kindling and a fire-lighter starter kit provided. ( more can be purchased on-site). There is a picnic table with shade sail.
The owners have meditation space in the Walnut barn on the farm. Guests are welcome to join any of the courses and workshops that may be running at the time.
Places to visit locally:
Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT National Trust property, the mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and features stepped “Dutch” gables. There is a millpond and some of the machinery, including the waterwheel which is intact and working.
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU Conservation centre run by the Essex Wildlife Trust, at a site of international importance for winter wildfowl. Nesting cormorants, common terns and nightingales. Nature trails and bird hides. Shop selling gifts, optics and wildlife books.
Aqua Springs Spa
Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1YH The ultimate health spa experience. Providing you with a complete environment of rest and relaxation, to soothe, revitalise and transform. Try the range of beauty & relaxation treatments and return to your hut for some glamping fun, a great combination.
Animal magic at Colchester Zoo
Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL Colchester Zoo is home to over 260 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes and are proudly listed as in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions.
Interesting architecture at Cressing Temple Barns
Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Nr. Witham, CM77 8PD Historically the most important and dimensionally the largest of the Knights Templar’s Essex landholdings, Cressing Temple is a fascinating medieval moated farmstead boasting the oldest recorded timber-framed barn in the world. Events are held here during the year so look out for news on their website.
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