The Shepherd’s Hut is the ultimate romantic rural retreat for a couple wanting to get away from it all. Idyllically located looking out over the fields down to the River Avon, the Shepherd’s Hut offers a couple (+ 1 well behaved dog!) every creature comfort, plus a woodburning stove, outdoor hot tub and fire pit! The Shepherd’s Hut is divided into a curtained sleeping compartment with a double bed, a kitchenette/dining area and a separate bathroom with a walk-in shower, WC and washbasin. It’s a truly rural experience where guests can collect hen's eggs, feed the goats, say hello to the horses, go fishing on the River Avon, pick wild fruit, and even cycle to Bath or Bristol.
Avon Farm Cottages comprises several individual properties that can be booked separately or all together to accommodate larger groups and families.
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 and reported.
Set within Avon Farm Estate’s 230-acre arable farm, guests have the chance to experience the flora and fauna surrounding the farm and really soak up the atmosphere. 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.
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!
Please note that there are neighbouring Shepherds Huts in the same area of the farm. (See the aerial view photo for layout details.)
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 head down the cycle path, which was once the old train track, to either Bath or Bristol – only 2 minutes from your accommodation.
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 looking 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 (subject to availability).
Help yourselves to chicken eggs.
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.
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!
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
You will find a Tesco express in Salford which is within walking distance (25-minute walk, 1 mile). Larger supermarkets including Tesco, Waitrose, Iceland, and a Sainsbury’s local can be found in Keynsham just 2.5 miles from Avon Farm.
Bird in Hand (0.5 miles)
The Riverside Inn (1 mile)
The Jolly Sailor (0.5 miles)
Footpaths and bridleways (bike/horse-riding paths) lead directly from the estate - the owners are happy to point you in the right direction. You will also find a copy of the local map ‘Saltford on Foot’ at the cottage. The Bristol & Bath Railway Path is a stone’s throw from Avon Farm Estate and can be joined near the Bird in Hand pub, just half a mile down Avon Lane.
At Avon Farm:
One of the biggest benefits of staying on a farm is there are loads to see and do without even leaving the site, it is 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.
Places to Visit:
Thermae Bath Spa (6 miles)
Bristol Zoo Gardens (11.5 miles)
Dyrham Park, National Trust (11.5 miles)
Train - Bath Spa is 6 miles away, with a direct service from London Paddington. Keynsham is the closest station, 3.5 miles away. Bristol Temples Meads is 8 miles away and operates a regular service from London and Birmingham.
Taxis - Fallows of Saltford, Keynsham Cabs, Southwest Minibuses
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
The Shepherd’s Hut is one of four huts located in the same area of the Estate, with individual access to each hut and privacy fencing. (See aerial photo.)
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
Shepherd hut immaculately clean, hot tub amazing, views amazing, Clive and Sienana made sure we had everything will defo return
We booked one week and wish we had booked two! Our stay was amazing and exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be coming back - thank you so much.
We had a lovely time at the shepherds hut. We really enjoyed all of the added touches - especially the prosecco! We made use of the log burner, fire pit and hot tub and loved the walks nearby! Thank you!
More then perfect and a great relaxing getaway with everything that’s needed in the most ideal location
Thankyou for a wonderful stay, it was in a perfect the location very quite and private so lovely having a hot tub watching the sunsets also a lovely walk to the pub down the road and a short drive to Bath and Bristol City. The Shepherds Hut had every thing we needed for breakfast and a bottle of prosecco in the fridge ready for us. We are definitely going to come back and recommend to our friend.
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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