If you’re looking for a luxury retreat where you can unplug from the rest of the world, look no further than Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut.
I recently spent a glorious three nights at Lady’s Well and I’m already daydreaming about when I can next get back there.
Yep, it was that good.
Read on for my comprehensive review of Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut and everything you can expect from a staycation there!
What is Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut?
Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut is one of my favourite places to go glamping in Somerset.
It’s a part of Walnut Barn Holiday Cottages, a holiday home and glamping complex situated just a stone’s throw from Weston-super-Mare.
Formerly part of the Hutton Court Estate, dating back to the Domesday Book, the holiday properties are set in an AONB – and natural beauties they are!
The beautiful shepherds hut is a far cry from the traditional shepherds huts you may be familiar with.
Instead, Lady’s Well is a luxurious and modern self-contained holiday home filled with so many amenities that you’ll be left wanting for nothing.
Sleeping two people, the hut benefits from a king-size bed, a kitchen, wood-burner, and an en-suite bathroom with shower, sink, loo and heated towel rail.
The hut is enclosed in a spacious garden complete with a deep pond fed by a natural spring, a rowing boat, fire pit, patio furniture, and a bubbling hot tub.
You can do yoga on the jetty, sit back in the hot tub, or take to the water on the rowing boat.
(Anyone recreating The Notebook?)
No matter how you spend your time at Lady’s Well, it’s safe to say there aren’t many more scenic surroundings than this one.
How much does it cost to stay at Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut?
There are a few ways that you can book a stay at the hut but I personally booked my stay through Unique Hideaways.
Through this website, you can expect to pay anywhere from £590 to £880 per week, with prices differing depending on the season.
This means your nightly rate will range from £85 to £126 which is a great price considering everything you get!
I visited in the winter which I loved because I got to cosy up inside by the wood-burner listening to the rain outside.
I also prefer using hot tubs in the winter when the air is cooler, so that was a bonus too.
However, if you do visit during summer, you’ll be able to enjoy all the outdoor amenities even more, such as the sun loungers and viewing platform.
Of course, you’ll have to pay a premium for this luxury.
But I couldn’t think of many other places I’d rather spend a sunny day!
My favourite things about Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut
The hot tub
If your favourite thing about Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut isn’t the hot tub, I’d be very surprised
Everyone loves a hot tub and Lady’s Well’s tub is one of the best of the best.
Complete with bubbles, changing lights and a Bluetooth speaker system, it has everything you could want from a hot tub and more.
It’s very spacious so there’s plenty of space for you and your loved one to kick back and relax.
Additionally, the owners provide fluffy branded white robes for you to wear to and from the hot tub.
An added bit of luxury to your already luxurious stay!
If you’re looking to add a little romance to your shepherds hut break, you need to walk up the neighbouring field to the gorgeous viewing platform.
The viewing platform benefits from uninterrupted views of fields, farmland, hills, woodland, and the sea.
Just a short five-minute walk from the hut, the viewing platform comes complete with a large table and chairs for you to dine alfresco, watch the sunset, read a book, stargaze, the list goes on…
The viewing platform is best enjoyed on a sunny summer’s day.
I could easily spend a whole afternoon there relaxing!
However, if you’re visiting in winter, like I did, I can promise you it’s just as magical.
(Just be sure to take the healthy supply of blankets you’ll find in the hut!)
It’s time to snuggle up!
A full kitchen
A fully-equipped kitchen in a shepherds hut is sometimes hard to come by.
However, as we already know, Lady’s Well is a league above the rest.
It not only has two hobs and a microwave but a small oven too.
Although the kitchen may be shepherds hut-sized (aka not as large as your average kitchen), you can really cook up a storm in there.
Like a full kitchen, underfloor heating is often hard to come by in a shepherds hut.
While I can’t get enough of wood burners, some people may struggle to get them going sometimes.
As such, it’s great that you always have the back-up of toasty underfloor heating to keep you warm.
It’s so lovely to get out of the hot tub and out into the cold air, before being warmed again by the heat under your feet.
Similarly, one of my favourite things about Lady’s Well was the hot water.
It was practically instant in both sinks and the shower, and even faster than it is at home!
And the best bit is that the hot water lasted too.
You won’t have to take any short showers at Lady’s Well, that’s for sure.
The TV and Wi-Fi
I generally tend to avoid all screens while glamping and get back to nature instead.
(And I’d recommend that you do the same!)
However, I love that Lady’s Well gives you the option of doing both.
If you don’t want to bring your laptop but still fancy a movie night with your loved one, the TV can provide just that.
There was something so lovely about curling up in bed with a good bit of Saturday night telly on.
However, if you do want to stay connected to the wider world, the hut has superfast Wi-Fi that was better than most glamping sites I’ve stayed at!
The king-size bed
When you’re looking for a staycation, you probably have ‘sleep’ at the back of your mind.
(Or at least I do!)
You want to get away, catch up on sleep, and return to life feeling fully rested.
And that’s exactly what I got from my stay at Lady’s Well.
I’m not sure if it was complete exhaustion from work but I somehow miraculously slept 10 hours on the first night, 12 hours on the second, and 10 again on the third.
The incredibly comfy king-size bed probably had a lot to do with that.
However, please note that if you’re used to blackout blinds, the curtains here are pretty thin.
As such, it’s worth bringing an eye mask if you fancy a lie-in.
How secluded it is
Although Walnut Barn Holiday Cottages is home to four places to stay (two barns, a yurt, and, of course, this shepherds hut), all the accommodation feels completely private.
And this is especially the case for Lady’s Well!
The shepherds hut is tucked away in a private field, far away from the other accommodation.
In fact, it’s so far that you won’t be able to walk there with your bags unless you pack super light.
On arrival, a golf buggy will transport you uphill across an orchard and field to your hut.
This seclusion means you won’t be able to hear or see anyone else during your time here.
It really will feel like you’re in a little sanctuary!
And if you do fancy embarking on any trails directly off-site, there’s a high chance you won’t bump into a single soul either, or at least that was the case for me.
You’ll quickly feel well-acquainted with nature, that’s for sure.
The other special touches
From the generous fruit basket to the complimentary breakfast, the owners go above and beyond to make your stay a special one.
On arrival, you can expect to be greeted by fresh tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits and marshmallows.
A great start to any staycation, no?
On top of this, the owner knew I was vegan ahead of my stay so bought in some delicious M&S Plant Kitchen goodies which was so thoughtful.
They certainly go the extra mile!
What is there to do near Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut?
The short answer is: a lot.
Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut is perfectly situated on the edge of Weston-super-Mare meaning the world is your oyster.
(Well, when I say ‘the world’, I mean ‘the South West’.)
A popular day trip from Lady’s Well is to Cheddar Gorge, the famous limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills.
Of course, you can also venture into Weston (a beach walk is a must!).
Or if you fancy visiting a bigger city, take your pick from Wells, Bath and Bristol.
Other must-visit spots are Glastonbury Tor, Wookey Hole, and the Cotswolds (Castle Combe is an hour drive away).
However, I’d recommend not spending too much time exploring the surrounding area.
While it may be beautiful, you’ll miss out on the hut if you spend too much time exploring.
Take the opportunity to take it slow, relax and unwind…
I promise it’s worth it!
Where can I eat near Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut?
I decided to stay in and cook for myself during my time at Lady’s Well as I wanted to soak up every last second of the hut.
Plus, when you’ve got an outdoor dining area and a fire pit, you’ll want to make the most of it.
So while I can’t recommend anywhere personally, the owners recommend so many great spots for you to try.
I’m vegan and the owner even kindly went out of her way to research and recommend the best vegan spots in Weston-super-Mare.
Whatever you want, Weston’s got you covered!
Top tips for staying in Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut
My first tip for staying in Lady’s Well would be to bring everything you need in advance so you don’t need to leave the hut.
If you’re planning on going on a lot of day trips while at Lady’s Well, this tip won’t apply to you.
However, if like me, you just want to hide away from the world for a few days, you’ll want to make sure you have everything with you.
For example, they only supply one loo roll for your stay.
As a result, I had to go out of my way to drive to the supermarket to pick some more up.
The same goes for food: if you know you want to eat in during your stay, then be sure to pick it all up in advance.
This means that once you’re there, you can completely escape from the world, without noisy supermarket trips interfering.
Secondly, bring a lot of footwear, including trainers, wellies, flip flops, and walking boots if you plan on walking during your stay.
As I said, you have to pass multiple fields to get to your hut which can get very muddy when it rains.
Wellies will ensure that the rest of your shoes don’t get destroyed in the mud!
Similarly, they don’t provide slippers or flip flops to wear to and from the hot tub, so remember to bring these too.
(I forgot them and I got very muddy feet as a result!)
An honest review of Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut
If you haven’t already gathered by now, I could not recommend a stay at Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut enough!
My stay there was a dream and I felt completely rejuvenated and so well-rested after my stay.
If you too are looking to get away from your laptop and disconnect for a few days, there’s no better place to do it than Lady’s Well.
One of my favourite things about the hut was the windows looking out in all four directions.
The views were beautiful and the expansive windows meant that you felt you were sleeping amongst nature.
Similarly, there’s no light pollution here so the views of the night sky are pretty spectacular.
In addition, the shepherds hut has been beautifully done with the most gorgeous interior decor that I couldn’t get enough of.
What do other guests say about Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut?
Here are two reviews that may persuade you to book a stay here even more!
“AMAZING trip! Exceptional service, people were brilliant. The place itself was beautiful and cosy with incredible views all around. Everything you could ever need in the hut as it’s fully stocked, which makes everything so easy. They also have their own fresh meats – their sausages were delicious! Definitely worth the try! The jacuzzi… WOW. The jets on that thing were amazing. Best massages and so relaxing! Especially with the tranquil night. Overall, an amazing stay, we will definitely love to stay again.”
“Where do I start… the warm welcome, assistance with bags, location is beautiful, secluded & private, gorgeous grounds, beautiful setting, fish in the lovely pond, fun with the rowing boat, exquisite hot tub, quality furnishings, lovely wood-burner and fire pit, space for everything, quality equipment and bathroom, even the cutlery is top-notch! Can’t wait to return!”
So what are you waiting for?
Book a stay at Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut!