Betty Shepherd Hut | Forest of Dean | Romantic Retreat
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Betty Shepherd's Hut

Forest of Dean

Sleeps 2
Romantic Retreat
Dog Friendly
Local Pub
50-99 Mbps
Tucked away in a rural location in the Forest of Dean, this charming shepherd’s hut is a romantic retreat with spectacular views across to a lake and woodland. The delightfully rustic interior has a wooden floor, exposed wooden beams in the roof and purpose-built units which perfectly fit your forest setting. The main living area combines a raised king-size bed with a dining area, kitchenette, and a compact wood burner. At the rear of the shepherd’s hut is a shower room hidden behind a sliding wooden door. Step outside onto the raised decking and you can take in the fresh air and wonderfully peaceful views. This is a secluded bolthole ideally positioned for exploring the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean up to Ross-on-Wye and across to Tintern. Betty is also pet friendly, so you can bring your four-legged friend along too.
Full Description
Your arrival takes you through meandering country lanes to Betty, which sits in a raised position taking full advantage of the surrounding views. Part of the Lydney Park Estate, this wooden shepherd’s hut is full of character and rustic appeal.

Steps lead to the decking and entrance of this charming hut. You’ll first notice the raised king-size bed which sits beneath a skylight. Here you can lie beneath the stars. Built-in steps to the side mean you don’t have to clamber into bed. Cleverly stored beneath the bed are a hidden table and benches. These pull out so you can enjoy meals together and can then be stowed away to make the most of the space. Light the wood burner in the evening and enjoy this time together away from the world. This well-designed shepherd’s hut is equipped with all the must-haves needed for a relaxing stay including a kitchenette with an oven and two-ring hob, a microwave, a fridge with a freezer compartment and a Belfast sink. To the rear is a stylishly appointed shower room behind a sliding door.

Outside you can watch the sunrise from the decking and enjoy long walks in the local area. There is also a firepit/barbecue. Follow the routes from your door around the nearby lake or head into the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley to discover everything that is on offer here. From finding hidden viewpoints, water sports, forest trails and cycling there is something for everybody to enjoy. If you’d prefer something more relaxing, there are also some fantastic pubs and restaurants to treat yourself to a meal out.

Ground Floor

Sleeping Area:
The raised king-size bed is a central point with built-in steps to one side. This cosy retreat will ensure a good night’s sleep and you can watch the stars or let the sun flood in through the skylight above. Lying beneath the exposed wood beams you become part of the forest which sits outside your door.

Living/Dining/Kitchen Area:
From under the bed, a table and two benches are stored which are easily pulled out to create a dining area. Made from the same wood as the bed and kitchen units it fits perfectly. The kitchen has a fridge with a freezer section, microwave, oven and two-ring hob; enough space to prepare meals during your stay.

Behind a sliding door at the back of the hut is the hidden shower room. This white-panelled room has a rainfall shower, ceramic sink, and traditional WC. Despite feeling like you’re in the middle of nowhere, you have all your modern conveniences here.


Beyond the front decking, your views spread across the surrounding trees to the hills in the distance. It is as though the garden of this hut is the entire Forest of Dean. At the end of the gravelled pathway, there is a parking space for one car.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • 1 Bathroom - Shower room
  • Hairdryer - 1
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Dining table - Seats 2
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 50-99 Mbps


  • Dog friendly - 1 well-behaved dog is welcome for an additional fee
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 2 cars
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

Nearby Lydney (2 miles) has a Lidl and a Tesco supermarket. Chepstow (8 miles) has Lidl, Tesco, and an M&S Foodhall. If you are in search of a little retail therapy Gloucester Quays is a 30-minute drive with lots of shops and plenty of places to eat. Cribbs Causeway in Bristol is 30-minutes in the other direction.

Eating Out:
  • The George Inn & Millingbrook Lodge, Aylburton – a friendly village pub with local real ales and home cooked meals (0.9 miles)
  • The Globe Inn, Alvington – traditional pub and restaurant with good food and a large beer garden (2.1 miles)
  • Swan House Tea Room, Woolaston – pretty tearoom with super afternoon tea options (3 miles)


The Forest of Dean is criss-crossed with miles and miles of walking trails where you might be lucky enough to see some of the abundant local wildlife which includes deer, wild boar, and foxes. Sheep also roam freely in the forest. Other walks include the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Puzzlewood and the Beechenhurst Trail.

Places to Visit:
  • Dean Forest Railway (3 miles)
  • Clearwell Caves (5 miles)
  • Chepstow Castle (9 miles)
  • Symonds Yat (9 miles)

Train - Lydney Railway Station (2.4 miles) has services to/from Cheltenham Spa, Gloucester, Chepstow, and Cardiff
Taxis - Abbey Taxis, Fast Cabs

There is so much to see in the Forest of Dean, why not take a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences.
  • One well-behaved dog is welcome for an additional fee.
  • Betty does not accept infants due to limited space.
  • Betty does not have a TV.
Neighbouring Properties
Betty can be booked in conjunction with Bertha which is next door, perfect for friends wanting to travel together but have their own space. Please just bear in mind that there is not a dining table large enough for four to dine together.


What a fabulous couple of days we had staying in Betty. It was amazing just to be able to decompress in such a beautiful spot. Quiet,we didn’t actually see a soul the whole time we were there. Betty has everything you can possibly want from a comfy bed to a power shower. Lovely walks nearby. We shall be back!

| 18/02/2024

The shepherd's hut we exceeded our expectations it was beautifully done to a high standard, super cosy and private. It was well equipped with all you needed there was even a cafetiere and champagne glasses and bucket, they had thought of everything. The hut stayed warm with central heating and even a cosy log burner. All the fixtures and fittings are high-end and look brand new, with a cosy bed to top it off and the rainfall shower was a lovely surprise too. It was in a great private location overlooking the forest. We visited Chepstow Castle during our visit which was only a 15 minute drive away. We would certainly recommend Betty the shepherd's hut and will be planning another trip.

| 10/11/2023

The hut is very cosy and comfortable. A great place to relax while being in nature. There are a lot of deer around which is super cool.

| 02/09/2023

The shepherds hut was very inviting on the inside with a vase of flowers, tea, coffee and biscuits provided, there was also central heating and a small wood burner incase needed.There were games, a welcome folder with interesting things to do in the area and a pull out table and benches from under the raised bed to eat at.The view over the forest from the window and porch was lovely and we could just see the River Severn glinting in the distance between the trees.It was very peaceful with just the calling of buzzards and owls echoing across the forest and seats were provided outside the hut and on the porch.The raised bed with the skylight was great and we enjoyed waking up to see birds flying in the sky above. There were many places of interest to visit around the area, we really enjoyed our stay.

| 21/07/2023

The Lillian Shepherd’s Hut is gorgeous- perfectly situated and beautifully presented. The interior is as packed with character as it is with amenities, and it is immaculately clean. The linens were fresh and of high quality. In the bathroom, there was heavenly-scented hand soap, body wash and shampoo. The kitchen had everything one could ask for, and there was even a selection of board games. Clever design choices elevate the small space into something truly special, with a pull-out table and storage space under the bed, under-ledge lighting above it, and a skylight over that. Providing a window to the night sky and flooding the space with light in the morning, the skylight was my favourite feature, but I appreciated the smaller touches too, like there being milk in the fridge when I arrived and a torch recharging on a shelf by the door. I visited in the summer, but I shall definitely be returning in a colder season to check out the wood-burning stove! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would recommend it to anyone looking for a cosy hideaway in the middle of ‘nowhere’ (whilst actually being very much ‘somewhere!’)

| 23/06/2023


One of two shepherd’s huts, Betty is part of the Lydney Park Estate and shares this location with nearby holiday homes. This is an ideal spot for exploration with natural delights such as the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley on the doorstep. The Forest of Dean is one of the most interesting places in the UK lying within the embrace of two great tidal rivers, the Severn, and the Wye. The landscape, heritage and culture created are quite unlike anywhere else. The village of Aylburton is a mile away where there is a good food pub. Lydney is just two miles away with a selection of shops and restaurants. Chepstow, Cheltenham Spa, Bath, and Bristol are all easily accessible.