The Nancy Blackett – Shepherd’s hut in Somerset, United Kingdom
Shepherd’s hut for 2 from £98 per night (read our low price promise)
Not suitable for children Not suitable for pets
Wake up on your own island! To the campfire for a spot of breakfast, then row across for a swing in the hammock or take a soak in the hot tub
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Named after Arthur Ransome’s swash-buckling adventurer, The Nancy Blackett is perched on its own tiny island, completely surrounded by nature with a little wooden bridge to the mainland.
The hut’s footprint is small but with so much of the great outdoors to explore; a quiet place to lay your head, somewhere to shelter when the weather takes a bad turn, and a wood-burner to keep you warm is really all you’ll need (although there’s no harm in having a few modest pleasures from civilisation like a big slice of cake or a soak in the hot tub!). You can cook dinners and take hot showers in your separate wooden cabin on the mainland, over the bridge and past your fire pit. There is even a wood fired pizza oven available for guests!
Mornings here are well spent wandering around your little kingdom, reading the papers on the wooden love seat at the foot of the cast iron bed, or sitting on the porch with a flaky croissant and a cup of coffee. Afternoons are reserved for fishing and boating around the lake, climbing the Somerset hills, having barbecue picnics on your second private island and snoozing in the hammock there. Come sundown, get your campfire pans sizzling with sausages from the local organic shop and keep the mouth-watering hot dogs and cold beers coming whilst you relax and unwind in the wood-fired hot tub (with natural water pumped up from the underground river 150 ft below you!).
Wells’ gargantuan Gothic cathedral, the smouldering incense shops of Glastonbury or the glacial meltwater carvings of Cheddar Gorge are not too far away at all by car.