Experience rustic, rural charm at Tor View Shepherd huts in the rolling Mendip Hills. These isolated and bespoke huts offer the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the daily grind in tranquil Somerset surroundings.
Tor View consists of two distinctive Shepherds Huts, Ted and Len. Ted is an Off-Grid hut with Hybrid Solar Power whilst Len has mains Electric and home comforts. Both come with private hot tubs to soak away your everyday stresses.
These luxurious Shepherd huts are best suited to couples with a decent budget looking to disconnect in an idyllic countryside setting. You can choose between Ted and Led based on how off-grid you want to go for the weekend? These huts are fairly isolated from local pubs and shops, so make sure to pack everything you need for your stay.
The two award-winning handcrafted huts, Ted and Len, sit in an expansive field with dreamy views of Glastonbury Tor in the distance.
Each hut comes with a well-equipped outdoor area with a bubbling hot tub, seating, BBQ, fire pit and outdoor cooking facilities. So when the weather is kind, you can spend your time outside, unwinding and de-stressing by soaking in the tub, al fresco dining, or warming yourself by the fire.
We stayed in Len, the less off-grid of the two huts with mains power and Wi-Fi. Len is beautifully bespoke and effortless, blends modern and vintage and is charmingly named after the owner Phil’s grandfather.
Inside you’ll find a cosy bed with Egyptian cotton linen, wood-burning stove, mini-fridge, DAB radio, Wi-Fi, fluffy towels and mood lighting. It’s surprisingly well equipped for a compact space and has everything you need for a snug stay in the countryside.
It’s especially peaceful at dusk when there’s not a soul to be seen, and the sky blazes with hues of gold before fading into the calm of night.
Given the off-grid nature of the huts, there are no nearby dining facilities, so you’ll have to embrace self-catering or eat out in a nearby town or village.
Check-in to the huts is fuss-free and contactless, as you can access your hut once you’ve received your access code and directions via email correspondence.
The hut field is car-free, so you’ll need to park in front of the gate and use the handy barrows to transport your luggage to your hut.
Probably the best aspect of this staycation is the unique metal hot tub outside. Nothing says ‘I’m holidaying in the UK’ quite like sitting in a bathtub in a field whilst continually checking a weather app. Luckily for us, the sun shone all weekend, and we stayed up until the small hours hot tubbing and stoking the roaring fire pit.
Huts sleep two adults and 1 little one. Price range – £125 (low season) – £175 (high season) per night with a minimum stay of 2 -3 Nights
Tor View Shepherds Huts are located within driving distance of many Somerset highlights, including Wells, Glastonbury and Cheddar Gorge. Unfortunately, there’s no pubs or restaurants in the immediate vicinity, so you’ll have to head to nearby towns and villages to discover local bars and restaurants. Recommended local pubs include Mendip Inn, Oakhill Inn and Ploughboy Inn.
If you are planning on self-catering during your stay, pick up a delicious selection of local produce from Thorner’s Farm Shop in Pylle. Here you’ll find everything you need for your staycation dining needs. Farm shop delights include BBQ packs of high-quality West Country meat, local cheese, loose fruit and vegetables and award-winning pastries.
I highly recommend a day trip to nearby Wells, a quintessentially English city with many historic features, places to eat and glorious gardens.
Wells is, of course, named after freshwater wells that rise up in the gardens of Bishop’s Palace and has long been a place of worship and intrigue. There are many reminders of the city’s ecclesiastical past around the city, including the imposing Cathedral, Vicar’s Close and Bishop’s Palace and Gardens.