The Original Hut Company
Child friendly farm, East Sussex – Quarry Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex
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About The Original Hut Company
Fancy something a bit different? The Original Hut Company offer a quaint and quirky twist on camping with their 4 ‘Shepherd Hut’ type living huts, with a little luxury thrown in, including a wash hut to share - ensuring child and parent friendly camping for my lovely friend Mel! Sited on the lovely family run Quarry Farm in the tiny village of Bodiam in East Sussex, near Camber Sands, it’s like staying in a deluxe beach hut, but in a lovely rural farm setting. The 4 huts are luxuriously decorated and heated with a wood burning stove and powered with solar panels. If you fancy really getting away from it all, these huts are the place!
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In bygone days, agricultural workers were often accommodated in huts; be this a shepherd during lambing, a game keeper on a large estate, or a gillie on a valuable stretch of river. Often these quirky little abodes were fashioned on the farm from surplus materials. Hand-built on the farm in the tiny village of Bodiam in East Sussex, Original Huts are based on the idea of an old shepherd's hut. What makes them unique is they are built using reclaimed, recycled and locally sourced materials. The huts are constructed using recycled chassis from touring caravans, the rooves are made from an old corn bin, and the timber for the work tops and seat covers is sourced from sustainable woods on the farm! The lighting system comes via a solar panel on the roof. The huts offer a beautiful space to relax and the peace of mind that nothing is detrimental of the environment in which they are placed. They are finished to an exceptionally high standard, and although offering quaint and quirky, the odd modern day convenience like a gas hob and electric lighting make an idyllic theory a usable and comfortable reality.
The huts are sited on Quarry Farm in the tiny village of Bodiam. Guests are free to fish in the nearby River Rother which offers a perfect habitat for all sorts of flora, fauna and wildlife. A short stroll across the fields and you reach the local pub "The Castle Inn" serving Kentish Ales and great homemade food. Across the quiet road from the pub you will find Bodiam Castle, which in the style of every child's ideal castle has moat, turrets and battlements.
Running into the farm is the Kent and Sussex Steam Railway, which offers a wonderful trip through the valley to the nearby Cinque Port town of Tenterden. A small ferry, ‘The Danny Lee', runs down the river from the castle to the nearby village of Newenden, where you can dine in the village pub or hire a rowing boat and splash about on the river yourself! Within half an hour's drive you also have the ancient towns of Rye and Battle, as well as 7 miles of sandy, blue flag beach at Camber.
Currently the site is home to three huts; two of which offer living accommodation for up to 4 people. The huts are fully equipped and a linen service is provided. Each hut has outside dining furniture and its own fire pit for cooking. A gas hob is fitted for convenience, as well as a sink with cold running water. Hampers of fine local produce can be arranged for your arrival.
Although the huts are compact, they quickly and easily change between day and night functions. The day bed at one end easily converts to become bunk beds, and the dining table at the other end folds down to make a double bed. To keep the environmental impact of the accommodation to a minimum the huts are not connected to a mains electric supply. Electric lighting is provided by means of a solar panel on the roof offering an easy and safe means of lighting. A third hut onsite provides bathroom facilities.
These huts are a real novelty way of getting back to nature. Top things to bring: a torch, a lighter and some wellies!!
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