Ditch the car and explore Wells-next-the-Sea, staying in a stunning shepherd’s hut. Cosy wood burner, deliciously comfy bed, en suite shower & WC, kitchenette. Walk into town to see the working fishing boats, chic shops and fantastic restaurants. Or to the Coast Path and magical views over the saltmarsh, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nestled in a corner of the Blue Skies Campsite.
A romantic getaway – popular destination for special birthdays, anniversaries, proposals, and mini-moons.
It has been a real labour of love to source and prepare the shepherd’s hut for guests and I hope you enjoy the results. From the plants in the garden to the stylish crockery, everything is designed to create a pretty environment for you to relax in.
The rural location gives you a sense of space and the hut has its own drive, parking and garden. Birds and butterflies thrive in the wooded dell, including the resident cuckoo. Sitting at the table inside, you’ll see the trees silhouetted against the sunset as you eat an evening meal. In the sunny garden you can spread the day’s newspapers out on the picnic bench, topping up coffee from the cafetiere. I also provide deck chairs for basking in the sun.
The bed is deliciously comfortable and inviting. The en suite shower and taps have instant hot water. The wood burner is seriously effective and out of season you’ll soon find that you’re more than toasty. New for winter – heated towel rail in en suite! The hut is also insulated and double-glazed.
We have mains water. The electricity is partially supplied by solar panel. I’ve found ways to provide you with nearly every comfort you’d expect in a normal self-catering property. The only differences are that heating is by the wood burner, cooking facilities are limited and there is currently no wifi or TV. However, the 4G reception is extra good (a by-product of the offshore wind farm) so you can still get online and stream videos. When there are lots of people on the campsite using their showers, the water pressure to the hut may sometimes run low, affecting the consistency of the hot water supply.
Bed: Pocket sprung double bed with Cath Kidston duvet cover and hotel-quality towels, sheets and pillows. Storage for your clothes: baskets under the bed, a bespoke ottoman, lots of hooks, hangers.
Dining table and chairs, digital radio, Bluetooth sound bar, kitchenette with gas camping stove, full size fridge with ice box.
Door leading to en suite shower, washbasin and wc. Liquid soap, shower gel and moisturiser provided. Shelves and storage for your additional toiletries, shaving mirror.
Garden: Picnic bench, garden bench, deck chairs to relax with a book and glass of wine, Weber BBQ.
Parking: Designated car parking for one car.
Heating: Wood burner.
Also provided: Enough wood and kindling to get you started with the wood burner, gas for the camping stove and charcoal for the BBQ (more wood, gas canisters and charcoal for sale on-site), Norfolk ginger biscuits, flowers, milk.
We have no mains electricity, so the fridge and lights are powered by solar panel and leisure battery. I provide a 12v charger with various adapters so you can power your mobile etc but there is no TV, WiFi or microwave. I have bought a 12-volt hairdryer for your use. I also supply a gas-powered cordless curling tong.
Cooking: We have no oven but you can cook simple meals on the gas camping stove. Pans and cooking utensils provided. Keep the window open if you use it inside. You can also cook using the charcoal barbecue in the garden. Instructions and a couple of roasting recipes are in the guest information folder. There are also plenty of great restaurants, fish & chip shops and cafes plus good supermarkets, delis, bakery, butcher and fishmonger in Wells.
Tea/coffee: Boil the kettle on the gas camping stove or wood burner. Tea, coffee, sugar provided.
The Shepherd’s Hut has its own private access on the Blue Skies campsite. Parking is at the end of its own drive and the hut is a couple of steps off the parking space, through a gap in the hedge of its own garden.
Other things to note
I provide enough logs, kindling, firelighter, paper and matches for your first night and you can buy more from the campsite or nearby shops as needed, or bring your own.
When the campsite is full, the water pressure to the hut can run low during busy periods, affecting the consistency of the hot water supply.