The Shepherds Hut is the ultimate romantic rural retreat for couples who are looking to get away from it all. Idyllically located looking out over the fields that line the River Avon and the beautiful rolling green hills beyond up to Kelston Round Hill– the Shepherds Hut is perfectly cosy and compact, offering a couple (+ a well behaved dog!) all the comforts you would expect from bricks and mortar within a 20ft traditional shepherds hut, including a wood burner and outdoor hot tub! Accommodating 2 guests, the Shepherds Hut is split into a curtained sleeping compartment, a kitchenette/dining area with wood burner and a door leading into a separate bathroom with a walk-in shower, WC and washbasin. Outside, guests have plenty of open space to relax and soak up the views, including the luxurious hot tub and firepit!
Avon Farm Cottages comprises a number of individual properties that can be booked separately or all together to accommodate larger groups and families.
Set within the owner’s 230-acre arable farm, the five outstanding properties that comprise Avon Farm Estate are decorated to a high standard, and each boasts a large open plan living area (except for the cute and compact Shepherds Hut!) There are goats and chickens on the farm, so if you are up early enough, you can help yourself to some fresh eggs or wander around the stables.
Once you have settled into your Avon Farm holiday cottage you can decide what you want to do, probably a mix of relaxing in your comfortable space and testing out the hot tub, enjoying the flora and fauna surrounding the farm and just soaking up the atmosphere. However, if you wish to explore you can walk around the estate and stroll along the Avon River to the local public house on the riverbank, or for the more active, you can hire a bicycle from Clive and Serena (pre-booking required) head down the cycle path, which was once the old train track, to either Bath or Bristol – only 2 minutes from your accommodation, how green is that? Both cities are full of interesting places to visit and activities for all ages!
The Shepherds Hut has been designed efficiently to maximise space and provide everything that you will need for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The space is bright, airy and modern with a half glass-panel door and plenty of windows. Step up into the beautifully furnished main kitchenette/living area, and you will find your cosy double sleeping compartment at one end and surprisingly spacious shower room at the other. Every part of the hut has been created to maximise storage space, and within the various underbed or overhead cupboards you’ll find all manner of utensils – it’s all there!
Step up two steps straight into the main space of the Shepherds Hut, a delightful area with cream panelled walls and wooden flooring, a cosy wood burner, window seat and fold-down dining table and chairs. The kitchenette is ideal for preparing simple meals, offering guests a Belfast sink, wooden work surfaces, a microwave with a grill, toaster, fridge with freezer box, and a kettle. A two-hob electric cooker is available on request.
Separated from the rest of the space by a curtain, the bedroom compartment is cosy and private, offering guests a comfy double bed complete with a wall-mounted flat-screen TV.
A surprisingly spacious shower room, featuring a WC, washbasin and walk-in shower.
Guests at the Shepherds Hut have plenty of outdoor space, with a private hot tub, fire pit, charcoal BBQ, outdoor dining table + chairs and outdoor storage area for BBQ equipment. The Shepherds Hut benefits from some of the loveliest views on the whole estate – what better way to end a day than enjoying a BBQ and drink facing out over the luscious green hills.
Enjoying the Farm and our Facilities
One of the biggest benefits of staying on a farm is there are lots to see and do without even leaving the site, it’s great for families, friends and couples alike!
Avon Farm Cottages have secured fishing rights for their stretch of the river, just a short walk from the holiday cottages. Guests are welcome to fish in the river, own equipment and licence required.
Bicycles are available to hire from Clive and Serena.
Please help yourselves to chicken eggs. The chickens are beyond the car park through the opening onto the fields
Not far from the chickens is a family of goats. They like being fed vegetables, fruit, even bananas!
Walk past the goats, follow the path down to the river and take a riverside walk either way along the public footpaths.
The horses do not belong to the farm and are looked after by their owners who come daily to see them. Please do not feed the horses, but they are always happy for a stroke on the nose and a hello.
All around this field are many blackberry bushes, please help yourselves when they are ripe.
There are other tenants on the farm that either live with us in the converted barns or just let a stable and field. They are all very nice, and always happy to answer any questions!
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 2 in a double bed sleeping compartment
1 bathroom with walk-in shower, WC and washbasin
Gravelled immediate outdoor area and grass
Wood burner – 1 bag of logs, fire starter + lighter provided between Oct – April. Additional logs can be purchased from Clive and Serena for £5 per bag
Dog friendly – x1 (small)
Private hot tub
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Travel hairdryer (stored in cupboard to left of kitchen window above bench seat.)
Cleaning and washing up equipment, liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper
Bathroom starter pack including shower gel, shampoo, conditioner
hand soap, toilet paper
Heating and hot water
Kitchenette – small Fridge with small freezer compartment, microwave with a grill, toaster, kettle
Fold down dining table + chairs for 2 guests
Garden furniture – dining table + seating for 2 people
BBQ – please provide your own charcoal
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm
Stunning views over the valley and rolling hills!
Points of Note
Avon Farm rules: respect the 10mph limit around the farm; keep to the 20mph limit on Avon Lane; no outside noise after 10 pm; no hot tub use after 10 pm; and lastly, please notify the owners if any outside services have been booked (e.g. a chef or supermarket delivery). No additional day guests or overnight guests are allowed unless previously agreed with the owners. Please note, no music systems are allowed outside if they are causing a nuisance to other guests at the farm.
Please be aware that Avon Farm Cottages are situated on a working farm, therefore, farm machinery is sometimes in operation. Children must be supervised at all times in the communal spaces and when using the hot tub.
Parking: There is parking in the car park behind the horse arena for the Shepherd's Hut.
There is currently no WiFi into the Shepherds Hut, but the area does receive good 4G phone access.
Dog friendly: 1 well-behaved dog is permitted at a cost of £25 (on booking).
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
A great countryside getaway, the shepherds hut has everything you need and more :) would highly recommend and thanks for having us.
We had a wonderful stay in the Shepherds Hut. Everything was perfect! The location is great with lovely views and it is very peaceful. We loved spending our evenings in the hot tub and sitting by the fire pit. There are a few great pubs with big beer gardens close by which are definitely worth checking out. We also recommend borrowing bikes and using the cycle path to Bath as it’s only 4/5 miles away and doesn’t take long to get there. Thanks for a lovely stay we will be back!
Most amazing weekend here! Stunning views, plenty to do in the area and the Shepard’s hut was the perfect accommodation. Personal highlight was watching the sun set from the hot tub! Clive was an awesome host and even took the time to be our photographer after I popped the question to my girlfriend. We will definitely be returning!
What a beautiful little hut. Brilliant for an escape! In the day we walked around the beautiful area and had amazing food at The Crown and in the evening we star-gazed from the hot tub! Dreamy :) Thank you.
We had a delightful stay at the Shepherd's Hut. The location is beautiful and the view from the property is mesmerizing. Plenty of animals to see at the farm, you can have a walk down the river or just explore the surroundings. For local attractions you can visit Bath or Bristol which are roughly 15-20 minutes drive away from there. We'll definitely revisit this hidden jewel in the future.
This was the perfect getaway. The shepherds hut was so cosy and the views were stunning - we loved cooking up breakfast and enjoying it on the table outside as the sun was coming up. The hot tub was excellent (especially at night when it's lit up with the coloured lights) and it's always on and ready to use, so you can jump in at any time. It's so close to Bath so we made a couple of trips there for dinner, but if you want to stay local then there's a nice 20 min walk along the river to the Jolly Sailor pub (bring your wellies if it has rained!). We also made friends with Blue the dog who is adorable. We played some catch with him and then and he showed us around the farm and introduced us to all the animals. He took our mind off missing our own dogs. We also appreciated the extra amenities like milk, bread, wine, biscuits and the eggs from the chickens! Overall the best Airbnb in England that we've stayed in so far! Tips: Bring a laptop with a dvd player to watch films. Take some fairy lights to make it extra cosy. Bring some booze, mixers and a cocktail shaker and enjoy cocktails in front of the fire or around the jacuzzi.
"Very enjoyable stay in lovely surroundings; welcome pack was a nice extra and sitting back in the hot tub enjoying the views was nice; good location near to local pubs and easy access into Bath; nice to be able to pick fresh chicken eggs and then go back and cook them for breakfast as we did on one morning. Overall very enjoyable stay.
Had a lovely stay, hosts were very welcoming - we arrived to champagne in the fridge, toast, cereals etc. Thanks so much.
Guests have access to the 230 acres of land, which includes the River Avon, where you can do a spot of fishing (a licence is required). Take a walk through the farmland and you reach the local pub, which is situated on the bank of the river less than 1 mile away. The farm is also 2 minutes away from the Bristol and Bath cycle track, perfect for cyclists and walkers, and the property is close to Saltford Sailing Club. Surrounded by open countryside, Saltford is also known for its history and has a conservation area, with a restored brass mill (dating to 1720), an old manor house and a church with a Saxon tower. Just 6 miles away is the vibrant heritage city of Bath, which boasts the famous Roman baths, Thermae Bath spa, and the famous Royal Crescent, which is one of Bath’s most iconic landmarks. There are also several National Trust areas nearby, including Dyrham Park and Stourhead House.
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