I like to think of myself as somewhat of a spiritual person, so when my friend, Nicole very kindly treated me for my birthday to a weekend away to the spiritual hub of England – Glastonbury I was a very happy chappy!
A Brief Insight into Glastonbury
Glastonbury in Somerset, UK is most commonly known for its iconic festival however, dig a little deeper than the muddy Somerset hills and you’ll discover a quirky, colourful town sprinkled with shops selling everything from crystals, healing ointment and incense sticks to Aladdin pants, tarot card readings and reiki.
“It’s a small town with a lot of attitude, which makes it a delight to explore!“
After a day of mooching around the nooks and crannies of Glastonbury, we set off to find our accommodation for the night. Located around a half an hour drive from Glastonbury, ‘The Hut’ is accessed by snug countryside lanes hugged by rolling farmland. The Airbnb can be found nestled on the host, Sarah’s farm in the secluded village of Dinnington.
On arrival, we were greeted by the host, Sarah and her gang of guinea pigs, chickens, geese, ducks, sheep and the resident goats – Trigger, Dell Boy and Rodney. If you’re an animal lover, you will instantly fall in love with this place, before you’ve even laid eyes on your Shepherd’s Hut.
Sarah kindly showed us to our home for the night. Look at this beauty that Sarah built out of wood during lockdown for her son (she also built the Shepherd’s Hut – she’s one talented lady)!
The Hut is tucked away to the side of the field and cleverly faces the vast expanse of fields to the rear of the farm rather than the farmhouse, giving you the illusion that you have the views of rolling countryside to yourselves. Oh, and the goats of course!
As you approach The Hut the first thing you’ll notice is the adorable, gravelled seating area to the front. It’s a great size for two people and has all the amenities you could need for a summer’s evening – two sets of table and chairs, a BBQ, chiminea, logs, coal, umbrellas, herbs (for a Pimms?), a canopy in case the weather isn’t in your favour, solar powered fairy lights for when the sunsets and flower pots galore giving the area a pop of colour.
As soon as we laid eyes on this alfresco area we were so happy the restaurant at the end of the drive had been fully booked – we weren’t leaving this place until we were thrown out kicking and screaming at check out the next day.
Décor and Amenities
As we stepped into the Shepherd’s Hut the attention to detail from the outside area followed us through.
Sarah had very kindly gifted us a bottle of prosecco, a balloon and a box of chocolates as she’d remembered that Nicole had mentioned it was a trip for my birthday – it’s thoughtful surprises like these that really makes an Airbnb stand out from the rest! The décor was simple and cosy, with punches of yellow amongst the grey.
I LOVED these amazing brass pipe toilet/kitchen roll holders and the mosaic floor and tiles in the toilet, which both added a homely, charismatic feel to the hut. There was also an indoor log burner, dressing gowns and slippers for those chillier winter nights.
The kitchen was kitted out with everything you could need for a weekend away. From an oven and hob, kettle and coffee plunger to bacon, bread, fresh coffee and eggs laid on the farm that day.
I honestly can’t fault the amenities at The Hut and it was immaculately presented for our arrival.
Fear not on the food front! There are a few options for dinner at The Hut. If you plan ahead better than we did, you can book a table at the wonderful country pub, Dinnington Docks which is a stone’s throw away from the farm and offers up delicious pub classics as well as a few fancier dining options.
If like us, you’d rather a snug night in, dining alfresco under the stars with a bottle or two of wine and a takeaway, you’re in luck! There are a couple of Thai and Indian restaurants that deliver and all details and menus can be found in the handy visitors booklet in the hut. We placed our order at Lopen Raj and within half an hour we had an array of delicious Thai curries to compliment our New Zealand Sav.
After a spot of star gazing, it was time to hit the sack – we needed our beauty sleep for a day of exploring! The bed was a good size considering how compact the Shepherd’s Hut was and the bedding was fluffy, soft and warm.
The next morning we awoke to the faint sound of the cockerels and sunshine. We enjoyed a freshly plunged coffee outside before setting to work on cooking a hearty breakfast from the ingredients Sarah had left in the fridge. I was excited to give the eggs from the farm a sample!
Ready and fuelled for another day of exploring Glastonbury, we very reluctantly packed up our belongings, waved goodbye to the beautiful countryside, gave Trigger the goat one last slice of bread and headed off. Sarah was there to make sure we’d had a good night’s sleep and to wave us goodbye.
We LOVED our night’s stay at The Hut and were gutted we couldn’t have stayed longer. It’s the perfect balance of on-point hospitality, amenities and seclusion. Thank you so much to Sarah and the gang for a wonderful night’s stay!
Fancy a stay in a gorgeous Shepherd’s Hut in the depths of Somerset, look no further! To book your stay at ‘The Hut’ (you won’t regret it) click here.