We are closely following government guidelines and will soon be opening both the Shepherd’s Hut and Railway Wagon to guests again. The farmhouse is now closed for bed and breakfast. We are conducting extra deep cleans for every changeover, including disinfecting every surface and changing all bedding.
If you have not yet stayed in the Shepherd’s Hut, we strongly recommend you click on the link for a unique, away-from-it-all experience. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or wish for further information.
We look forward to seeing you, Annie and Bob
Relax and unwind
We have two beautifully restored retreats. The Railway Wagon offers a completely self contained and secluded experience for those wanting to switch off and get away from it all, or to use as a base to explore the local area. Our unique Shepherd’s Hut provides a special glamping experience and is available from May to September. For both we provide a delicious breakfast hamper which contains local produce and mouth watering treats for your stay.
After a day of exploring, relax and unwind in our walled gardens or under a tree somewhere on the farm. A fire pit for the Shepherd’s hut and log burner in the Wagon will be there to greet you and quickly warm you up on the colder days. You can plan your next day’s activities, with the help of an abundance of local books and maps and our wealth of local knowledge.
Southwold, Walberswick, Dunwich and RSPB Minsmere are no further than a ten-minute drive away and Aldeburgh, Snape, and Orford are within easy reach. We are also a perfect place to stay if you enjoy walking and cycling. In fact you can stay without getting in your car again.
Footpaths from the farm take you across meadows, heaths and by the banks of the River Blyth all the way to the coast, or inland to the market town of Halesworth. A secure lock up is provided if you want to bring bikes. If you travel by train, we can pick you up from our local railway stations at either Halesworth or Darsham, which are both ten minutes away. Trains from London take two hours and operate hourly.
Food from the farm
We pride ourselves on using local, fresh produce, from our farm when possible. Our breakfast hampers provide you with fruits and muesli and produce to prepare your own breakfast if you are staying in the Wagon. Eggs come from our free-range chickens and all meat is sourced from local butchers. Jams and marmalades are all home made using produce from our kitchen gardens and hedgerows. Bread is either home-made or from a local artisan bakery.
And in the evening, just a five-minute walk away, is the Star Inn, our local pub, where you can enjoy Adnams beer and other local craft beers. The Star also serves ‘simple home cooking using local ingredients’. In the adjacent village of Blyford is the Queen’s Head and there are plenty of other pubs and restaurants to choose from in the area.
Our stay at Annie’s Shepherd’s Hut was truly wonderful. We had a genuinely relaxing and restorative experience. The Hut is extremely comfortable, super clean (the private toilet and bathroom were immaculate), very well maintained and full of little extra’s to help make the stay perfect. It is located in a beautiful wild meadow on Annie and Bob’s lovely, small sustainable farm. The view is a gorgeous, peaceful slice of Suffolk countryside. Outside the hut there is a lovely area with seats, a hammock and a firebowl – for which you are provided with wood to burn and BBQ utensils should you fancy it. We spent several long, tranquil evenings lying next to the fire staring at the stars… beautiful. The farm is well within reach of many of Suffolk’s coastal charms, and, if you’re up for it, Southwold is actually within walking distance – a lovely 2 hours through woodland, heath and estuary. Of course, what really makes staying at the Shepherd’s Hut so special are Annie and Bob themselves. They have worked really hard to make everything super-safe and clean to meet the current needs, and were incredibly kind and helpful – welcoming us so wonderfully to their farm. They gave us loads of incredible tips to the local area (places to visit, beaches, places to eat), and helped us plan our walking route to Southwold – taking real care to ensure that we would have the best time. And the breakfast they provided every morning was utterly fabulous (full of delicious home produce – one of the best breakfasts I have ever had)! So, a huge thank you to Annie and Bob – you made our trip to your farm perfect!