Outbak is a delightful shepherd’s hut in a peaceful, rural spot where you can escape from the world. Surrounded by fields of green and the occasional whistle of the steam train as it passes by, this is a cosy, country retreat just for two. After a day exploring, relax weary bones in the wood-fired hot tub, and marvel at the brilliant night skies above. With the medieval market town of Winchcombe in one direction, the pretty village of Broadway in the other and the Cotswold Way footpath on your doorstep, Outbak is perfectly placed for exploring the beautiful Cotswolds.
Set at the far end of the owner’s garden with beautiful views of the hills beyond, Outbak is a charmingly appointed shepherds hut with a wood-fired hot tub. This peaceful spot is perfect for walkers with the Cotswold Way footpath less than half a mile away and a multitude of walks close by.
As you step inside, you'll find a light, airy and thoughtfully appointed space. There's a large, very comfortable king-size bed that fills one end of the hut along with two easy chairs, a sleek kitchen area with a Belfast sink and a shower room at the opposite end. Outbak has central heating with thermostatically controlled radiators so even in the coldest of weather you'll stay warm and toasty.
Outbak sits within its own private decked area with beautiful views and big skies. The wood-fired hot tub is screened on three sides for privacy, there's a bistro table for two and it's a lovely place to enjoy a quiet morning coffee as the birds soar overhead. The deck becomes a real suntrap in the summer months as the sun moves around and occasionally in the distance you might spot the single jet gravity fed fountain as it shoots 300 metres into the air at Stanway House.
A set of steps lead to a hinged stable door which opens into a delightfully appointed open-plan sleeping, kitchen-dining area. The white-washed interior is calm and peaceful, the pale wooden floor adds a hint of colour whilst a gentle glow comes from the decorative filament lightbulbs that provide lighting throughout.
The super-comfy king-size bed is on a raised platform and there's a cunningly hidden step beneath. Lie here and enjoy the blissful, rural views through the large window. Early birds can also draw the blind and watch the sun rising over the hills beyond. Soft linens and plump pillows make this a cosy and inviting space. A wide shelf runs along the top of the bed and there's hanging storage space at the top of the bed, where you'll also find robes and slippers. A smart TV is mounted above the bed so you can just relax and catch up on your favourite box sets.
Two mid-century-style wooden chairs with cushions and cosy throws sit on either side of a small drinks table, against the other wall a fold-down table with two spindle back chairs provide a place for breakfast and easy meals. A jute rug adds a hint of colour to the space and there is also a multi-hook rack for hanging clothes.
The kitchenette area is fitted with pale grey, shaker style cupboards housing all the practical things needed for a shepherd’s hut stay. There's a microwave and fridge with a freezer box and a two-ring electric hob. Even washing up seems less of a chore when you're stood at the window of your own cute Shepherds hut, looking out at the beautiful countryside beyond.
The beautifully appointed shower room is at the far end of the hut and comprises a surprisingly spacious shower cubicle with a rainfall shower, a vintage-style raised toilet cistern with pull chain and an oval handbasin that sits atop a cupboard with storage beneath. There is a good size bathroom mirror and natural light from the window to the side. The towel rail hangs over the radiator ensuring warm, dry towels every time.
The wood-fired hot tub is the perfect place to rest weary bones after a day of exploring, relax amongst the bubbles and feel your cares drift away. Outbak sits on its own private decked area and the hot tub is screened for privacy. On sunny days take a little time out for an afternoon snooze in the reclining loungers. There’s also a bistro table and chairs, perfect for morning coffees or evening sundowners. This beautiful setting is just under 3 miles from Winchcombe and the Cotswold Way footpath is less than 0.5 miles away.
Hayles Abbey Halt on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is literally on your doorstep, watch the steam trains chuffing between Cheltenham and Broadway, or check the timetable and see if you can flag a train down and hop on. Hayles Abbey Halt is a request stop so you just stand on the platform and raise your hand (we can’t guarantee however that they will always stop)!
Cleaning starter pack: scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shower gel
Heating and hot water via gas central heating
24’’ Smart TV
Deck of cards
Kitchenette with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen paper
2-ring electric hob
Fridge-with freezer box
Outdoor deck with wood-fired hot tub
Garden furniture: Two reclining sun loungers and a bistro-style table with 2 chairs
BBQ – gas
Farm Shop within walking distance
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Winchcombe has a range of independent shops including a butchers which offers fantastic, local meat on the town’s high street, and a superb bakery for those in search of a fresh morning loaf or delicious goodies.
This is a walkers’ paradise and there are several walks from the doorstep of the shepherd’s hut including the Cotswold Way, which runs nearby. Winchcombe is known as a ‘walkers are welcome’ town and there is a multitude of walks including the Winchcombe Way, a 42-mile figure-of-eight walk centred around the town.
Places to Visit:
National Trust Hailes Abbey (0.5 miles)
Toddington Steam Railway (1.4 miles)
Sudeley Castle (2.9 miles)
Broadway (6.3 miles)
Train - Evesham (10.6 miles) has regular services to/from London Paddington. Cheltenham Spa (11.2) miles has services from London Paddington, the South West, Birmingham, and the north of England.
Taxis - A Private Hire Winchcombe
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Points of Note
The hot tub at Outbak is wood-fired and will be ready for you on arrival.
The line for the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam railway line runs alongside the adjacent field. This is used by steam and diesel trains and is a tourist line, not a commuter service. You may be aware of the train’s whistle as it passes through.
Outbak Shepherds Hut does not have mains drainage and waste goes to a septic tank. Please make sure that you do not wash food waste down the kitchen sink and please do not flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. It is very time-consuming and expensive to unblock the system and guests who do not adhere to this rule will be invoiced should a blockage occur.
Pets are not permitted at Outbak Shepherds Hut
Children under two are permitted however there is no space for a travel cot and very limited storage.
There is allocated parking for two cars
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
We had a lovely stay here. The hut is fantastic - clean, cosy, very well kitted out, and surprisingly spacious too. It's the perfect base for a relaxing break in the countryside.
Had a great stay in the shepherds hut! Had everything we needed, very clean and great use of space. Loved the hot tub too. We were able to get a taxi into Cheltenham for the day however there were pubs closer we could have enjoyed. Would definitely recommend staying here!
Quaint, cosy hut, just as the images show with some lovely walks and pubs nearby and lovely host!
Great little escape in a fantastic location! The hot tube is a great little extra, worth spending more to have this luxury. Can't fault the Outbak Shepherds Hut at all! Thank you!
Wow what a place! Really enjoyed our 2 nights - wish we stayed a little longer! A lot easier than we had imagined to find, Dave was very welcoming and helped with any recommendations or questions that we had. Very clean, the hot tub was a great addition and was ready for us when we arrived. Enjoyed exploring the nearby towns such as Winchome, Broadway and Bourton on Water. The farm shop had pizza night which was about a 15 minute walk away. The Pheasants Inn had really lovely food too. Will definitely be back! Thank you :)
Hailes is a tiny spot a few miles from Winchcombe, the National Trust site for Hailes Abbey is within walking distance as is the Hales Fruit Farm Shop. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire steam railway line runs past, and the Cotswold Way footpath is less than a mile away. The closest pub is a 2-minute drive or a 25-minute stroll away.
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