A holiday that can recharge your batteries in two days flat(?). Peace and quiet are the bywords here. Our home was the new ‘Shepherd’s Hideaway’ about 150 yards down the lane from the Kings Pitts Farm, Kingsthorne. This is a seriously well equipped shepherd’s hut in its own ‘dog proof’ paddock. Parking is off road behind gates just a short walk away. Below, fields and woods spread out with mountains in the distance. The only noise was that of sheep, assorted wildlife and the occasional tractor.
The hut is of a traditional style. There are four steep steps to the ‘front (stable) door’ but this is supported by a hand rail. If steps are a problem then maybe this is not for you. Once in it’s oh so cosy. There is a double bed, a cooking area with oven, two burner stove, sink and fridge. At the other end is the bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower. Also, there is a wood burning stove but just boiling a kettle leaves the hut toasty. Our hosts left us a basket containing; wine, bread, butter, jams and eggs from the farm chickens. All the essential food groups…very welcome.
There is no TV but a video player and a good selection of films. Mains power of course plus a USB socket. There was also a good 4G phone signal (O2).
Alongside is a separate shed with a hanging rail for wet gear, a table and chairs to take outside or into the hut as needed and a barbecue – weather permitting.
Outside is a pair of seats with a table in between (perfectly placed for a glass of vin rouge (or blanc as is your wont)) or a similar arrangement carved from a tree trunk further down the paddock (see photo). From either, when the sun goes down, you can look to the stars without fear of light or noise pollution – total bliss.
For our hounds, it was perfect. Open the door and out they went to explore the country smells safe in the knowledge that they are securely penned in.
Extensive dog walking is within easy reach. Across the opposite field (beware sheep) and into the woods. It is a steep climb to the woodland path. If getting puffed out, stop every now and again and look back down the hill to the vista below you which improves with every step. Once in the wood there is an extensive network of paths around Aconbury Hill to explore.
Numerous castles, gardens and walks are all within easy driving distance. We visited Hereford and the Black Mountains during our short stay. Sugar Loaf mountain is a good hike resulting in stunning 360° views.
A great rate and dogs go free – you can’t beat that. Our hosts thought of everything and provide the warmest of welcomes. They only ask that you leave things as you found them and pick up after the pooch – well you would, wouldn’t you?