To celebrate our wedding anniversary last week, Nathan and I decided to plan a little mini-break in the countryside. We spent ages searching through Airbnb and other online last-minute sites, and finally found a cute Shepherd’s hut that was not too far away, within our price range AND available on the dates we wanted.
This was our first proper experience of ‘glamping’ – and it really does combine the best bits about camping with a few added luxuries. We both love warm summer evenings spent around a fire, enjoying the quiet of the countryside and eating outdoors, but I have to admit it was very nice to have a hot shower, indoor toilet and a proper bed. We both slept so well! The owner had left a few lovely little extras like a box of homemade scones and a vase of beautiful sweet peas for us to enjoy.
We stayed in a place called Elsie’s Hut, about 5 miles north of Brighton. It’s basically in a section of the owner’s garden overlooking fields and countryside, but they’ve cleverly sectioned it off with hedges and greenery so you really feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Next to the hut was a field of inquisitive alpacas who enjoyed looking over the hedge to see what we were up to!
Our mini-break only lasted for 2 nights, but the slower pace of life definitely made it feel like longer! There is something about eating breakfast outside in the sunshine, sipping freshly brewed coffee, that I just find so relaxing. On the middle day we went to explore Devil’s Dyke which has some fantastic panoramic views stretching for miles over the South Downs and towards the Brighton and Hove coastline. We decided to go and have a wander round Brighton on our last day and enjoyed mooching around the seafront and looking in all the quirky shops. We rounded off our trip with our first visit to Wahaca (which I’ve heard so many people raving about, it did not disappoint!) and I’m looking forward to planting the chilli seeds that they give you with the bill.
We both came home feeling rested and relaxed, and if you fancy a little break with all the perks of camping without the hassle of having to put up a tent and sleep on the ground, we would definitely recommend Shepherd’s huts!