FANCY a relaxing outdoors break with a touch of luxury?
Head down to Romney Marsh to enjoy a blissful weekend in a secluded hut in the Kent countryside.
If even the thought of sleeping in a tent puts your back out, yet you still crave the outdoors experience, a shepherd’s hut is the way to go.
Under vast open Kentish skies in a picture-perfect Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll find Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts, a pair of cosy and traditional lodgings, each sleeping two.
As well as a super-comfy double bed, shower room with built-in toilet, kitchen and outdoor fire pit, luxe touches – such as own-brand organic toiletries – make this a truly idyllic place to recharge your batteries.
You’ll be staying on a working farm, so bring wellies or a pair of old trainers so you can explore the surrounding countryside, which is dotted with sheep, deer and wildflowers.
The best way to see the sights is on two wheels – Channel Bike Hire charges £25 per day, including delivery to and collection from your door. Or book a Jeep Safari, complete with knowledgeable guide, to cruise the rugged coastline and see Dungeness – Britain’s only desert and one of the largest expanses of shingle in Europe.
A half-day Jeep Safari costs £50 per person, including lunch.
Locally-sourced breakfast boxes (including four eggs, sausages and bacon, plus
a loaf of bread, milk, tea, coffee and muesli, £15) can be delivered to your hut so you can cook a delicious fry-up to enjoy while taking in the morning views. Or stock up on your own choice of goodies from nearby Potten Farm shop, where the cheese selection is dangerously inviting.
For lunch, walk the 25 minutes to classic country pub The Woolpack Inn, where you’ll have earned your pie of the day, £13.50, or our pick – the smoked coley with poached Burford brown egg, £15.50.
Fancy an evening in the hut? There might not be any Deliveroo out here, but for dinner you can order in a three-course gourmet feast from The Flavour Kitchen, from £30 per person, all ready to heat up and enjoy. They’ll even bring wine! Save some room for marshmallows toasted over the firepit for that quintessential camping feel.
Around 1,000 ewes, known as Kentish Sheep, graze around the shepherd’s huts. Don’t be surprised if they join you at breakfast!
A two-night stay costs from £270 Bloomstays.com/property/rumwold or call 01227 903404.
This lightweight bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 28 hours – and can also be used for wine! Contigo Autoseal Chill Couture, £27.05, Amazon.co.uk
Fingers crossed you won’t need them, but you’ll be on trend if you do. Wellies, £26, Next
This luxe knit works for picnics or for staying cosy in the evening. Blanket, £60, Laredoute.co.uk