Abberton Shepherds Hut Retreat
Abberton Shepherds Hut Retreat is a beautiful Shepherd’s Hut Retreat situated on a working farm in the Worcestershire village of Abberton. The hut, hand crafted from a single ash tree blown down on the farm many years ago, nestles within an old orchard with open views over Bredon hill from its south facing balcony and the Malvern hills from the delightful walks (Wychavon way) over the 260 acre farm.
The village is stunningly English and part of a conservation area with no building increase for 50 years and lies in the heart of the Vale of Evesham which boasts some of the lowest rainfall in the country, yet some of the lushest farm land famous for its fruit and vegetables partly due to its great weather. It has a lovely stone 18th century church (which had its spire removed after the war to prevent interference to the radar signals on a nearby runway), two farms and a cluster of houses home to a very friendly and welcoming community.
This single hut sits neatly in its own private corner with parking beside, and is spacious enough to live in and not just stay for a weekend break, it is the ultimate glamping experience – the perfect retreat. Although traditional farm style with wood burner (logs provided) it still affords its guests the luxury of a fully fitted kitchen including fridge with ice box, shower and proper loo ensuite and TV. The full sized double bed has linen sheets, Tempur memory foam mattress, Devon wool duvets, electric blankets and lovely wool privacy curtain hung from a shepherd’s crooks for late risers. Everything has been chosen to delight and make it a pure pleasure just to stay put…. away from it all, relax… and do nothing at all .. except to watch the sunset over the orchard, or perhaps a small barbecue or drinks beside the fire pit.
Fresh from the farm eggs, pork, lamb, sausages and beef from the Aberdeen Angus herd of cattle are seasonally available on request and guests can enjoy complementary toiletries, fluffy towels and essentials like tea, coffee, sugar, milk, bread and butter , jam and condiments all helping to prevent that last minute dash to the shops. For everything else there is Hillers Farm Shop or The Forge Shop Inkberrow, home to The Old Bull pub of The Archers fame on Radio 4, both just 10 minutes away.
The hut hides within an enviable rural location in some of the most fabulous countryside in England yet only 20mins from M5 and 40mins from M40. You can head east to Shakespeare country to Stratford upon Avon with its river and theatre perhaps calling in at Ragley Hall and the local market town of Alcester. Go west following the river Avon through the market town of Pershore, famous for its apples and plums, on to Upton on Severn with its marina, before climbing the magnificent Malvern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, with spectacular views (5 mins from carpark to top) over the Vale of Evesham, the Cotswolds and over Herefordshire all the way to the Welsh mountains, not forgetting to fill up your water bottle with some famous Malvern water from many of the free springs around. Travel south in to the Cotswolds, famous for its stone houses, open farmland and chocolate box villages, such as Broadway, and you will soon reach the town of Cheltenham with its beautiful promenade of shops and restaurants, not forgetting the Cheltenham races.
Visit Pershore is an unspoiled, picturesque Market Town, famed for its elegant Georgian architecture and magnificent Abbey.
Beautiful countryside and a haven for cyclists and ramblers. Renowned for its independent and specialist shops which offer the discerning shopper an extensive range of purchases.
Visit Worcestershire a great destination for family fun with lots of attractions, great events and action-packed outdoor activities.
In the south are the Cotswolds and their enchanting stone-built villages and heart-lifting rural scenery.
And to the west is the Malverns; dark, brooding hills that rise suddenly over the valley of the River Severn that courses north to south down to the Bristol Channel.
Worcester is the main city with its cathedral and medieval charm, and to the north of the county is Worcestershire’s 19th-century industrial legacy, at restored mills and canals.