Quirky abode: Staying in a shepherd’s hut in Kent, UK

 

Hello! Travel has been on and off the past few months with restrictions but I’m happy to say I now have some fun travel posts lined up. I posted on my Instagram about this trip last month and snapped a few photos of the rose gold bathtub (below) and lots of people asked where on earth I was. Well, here we are and here are the details.

Behind the scenes:

  • We stayed in a cute little shepherd’s hut near Tenterden, Kent and found it on Airbnb
  • It was spacious because it was actually two huts connected – one side had the bed and bathtub, and the other side had the kitchen, dining table, toilet/shower and log burner
  • The location was great because the hut itself felt secluded and peaceful. There was a firepit too so we spent every night for an hour or so sitting by the roaring fire staring at the stars
  • You can get to the nearby town Tenterden via a walking route (approx one hour through the fields) or a ten minute drive. Tenterden has your local shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, and even Kent and East Sussex Railway which looked very cool if you like steam trains. One to bring my gran back to as she loves railways (side note: we visited Bluebell Railway last year for her birthday and the family loved it)
  • Tenterden also has the Old Dairy Brewery which is worth a visit if you like craft beer. The beer tasting option was a good shout.
  • The reason we wanted to stay near Tenterden in the first place was because of Chapel Down Winery, one of England’s most famous wineries – also the wine suppliers to Number 10!
  • Chapel Down did not disappoint. You can sample wines inside and then order a glass or bottle to enjoy on the grounds (anywhere which was nice because you can find the best spot with a view).
  • A few things we didn’t try at Chapel Down but you might enjoy: The Swan restaurant upstairs apparently has delicious food but you have to book in advance, and there are other tasting options (including tours) you can pre-book so be sure to plan ahead if you want to do either.
  • Rye is a 25 minute drive from Tenterden and a nice little town to walk around. I wrote a blog post about Rye and included some spots to try. I did make it to Cobbles Tea Room (and Chapel Down) on this trip so happy days!

Scroll down for photos and my final thoughts…

 

 

 

 

 

Final thoughts:

  • The best part about this trip was easily our humble abode – life felt slower and fresher which is bliss to me. I loved everything about the hut and there were so many small details that just added to the look and feel of the place.
  • Also loved Chapel Down and basking in the sun all day, glass in hand. We definitely got lucky with the weather and it really felt like we were on holiday! The sparkling English Rose was my favourite.
  • Tip: if you’re being selective about your accommodation and looking for a certain vibe or want certain amenities, don’t over-plan your trip. Take the time to enjoy your accommodation and move at a slower pace. It makes such a difference and you really feel like you’re away on a break.

PS – shameless plug (because if not here, where?) – the prompt card below is part of my lil biz Love Your Company which is an interactive drinks box business that includes curated cards that are boxed up with drinks like Chapel Down wine (and non-alc options too). Do check out @loveyourcompany_ for more details and box combos.

Playing Love Your Company cards at Chapel Down

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