Suffolk is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in England, so next time you visit, why not stay in it?
The Scrumpy Shepherd is quirky yet beautiful, with a little bit of luxury thrown in. Enjoy all the benefits of the outdoors but with plumbing and electricity, and a comfy bed of course. I absolutely love one-off accommodations, little gems that you will miss unless you look for them. When planning a trip away it is so easy to hit google with ‘hotels in…’, but stop! You are missing all the secret good places by doing that!
Luckily for me, the Scrumpy Shepherd is on Instagram, and Sarah, the lovely lady who created this little haven alongside her husband, contacted me and offered me a stay.
The Scrumpy Shepherd is a shepherd hut located in the middle of the Suffolk countryside, under a cute shady spot in a meadow, a short stroll from the owner’s home. The great thing about shepherd huts are that they are designed to maximise space, these cosy little hideaways can fit a lot in! The Scrumpy Shepherd is no exception and is home to a cosy bed, fully equipped kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower and toilet. You don’t feel squished either, there is even table space for eating.
If you have had a long day and you are ready to relax or you just want to appreciate the gift of Mother Nature, then take a seat in the beautiful outdoor area, complete with wooden tables, a fire pit, and blankets for when the sun goes down. For me it was the perfect spot to enjoy a big cup of tea, Emma Bridgewater mugs, tea bags and milk were all waiting for me luckily!
The sun was shining down on me my whole stay, June was the perfect time to visit as the sun didn’t set until 9:30pm and so I ate my al fresco. The kitchen area boasts a microwave, hob, sink, toaster and kettle so you will have no problem rustling up a meal. For those who would prefer to go out for dinner, there are two traditional English pubs you can walk to if you fancy a stroll through the countryside.
Yummy treats are also provided, such as Tyrell crisps, marshmallows for toasting over the fire pit, Scrumpy Shepherd Gin, and homemade cake!
The location is very rural, the perks of this are you get a great night sleep as you are not disturbed by anything, the only thing that could wake you up are the birds chirping! There are many great places nearby you can visit such as the pretty town of Framlingham, home to Ed Sheeran, Helmingham Hall Gardens, the coastal town of Aldeburgh, and of course many fairytale villages!
The Scrumpy Shepherd makes a perfect getaway, whether you are travelling alone and want a cosy spot to read a book, whether you are looking for a romantic escape, or you just want to feel the tranquillity of the countryside.