In the midst of the Covid pandemic, we had learned to love a good old-fashioned staycation in the UK. But instead of going off and finding a hotel, we wanted to try out something a bit different. Whilst browsing Airbnb, we stumbled across various unique stays, from barns to cabins to yurts, but we were instantly drawn to this Shepherds Hut nestled in a picturesque orchard in Somerset.
Where We Stayed
The Shepherds Hut, known affectionately as Morgan Suite, was tucked away at the back of a family farm near the small town of Langport in the Somerset countryside. The grounds and gardens were immaculate and the whole setting was very idyllic, a perfect place to relax and unwind. The self-contained Shepherds Hut was spacious and had everything we needed, plus an outdoor hot tub and fire pit, both of which we made great use of. The Airbnb hosts, Carolyn and Wilf, were very welcoming and attentive – they were on hand to provide us with more logs for the fire when we needed them and were able to recommend activities and places for us to eat in the surrounding area. When we first arrived, we were greeted with some fresh eggs and apple juice from the family farm, which was a really lovely touch.
What We Did
We hired a rowing boat from Somerset Boat Centre and rowed up and down the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal. In the heat of the summer this was a lot tougher than it looked! But it was really nice and refreshing to be out on the water. There were also plenty of other activities you could do such as canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding.
Definitely the most unique experience of our trip was a visit to Carys Alpacas. The 2-hour experience involved meeting the herd of alpacas, learning about their needs and care requirements, and taking them on their daily walk. It was amazing to see how each of the alpacas had their own personalities and we grew quite an attachment to the alpaca that we walked. I highly recommend doing this if you are in the Somerset area!
Glastonbury Tor, managed by the National Trust, is a cone-shaped hill with a tower near the quirky town of Glastonbury. The hill itself is fairly steep and has a number of steps leading up to the top. It is well worth the climb to see the epic 360-degree views of the Somerset Levels and beyond, with views reaching as far as Bristol.
Where We Ate
Bere Cider Company
Bere Cider Company is a working cider farm just outside of Langport, near where we were staying. The cider shed, known as “Jim’s Shack”, had an outdoor seating area and we treated ourselves to a traditional homemade cream tea. We also popped in to sample some of their local cider and bought a few bottles to take back home.
The Devonshire Arms
The Devonshire Arms is a pub and hotel in the village of Long Sutton, serving classic pub food prepared with locally sourced ingredients. We enjoyed a steak and a duck dish, both of which were high quality and very tasty.
Here’s a little video of our Shepherds Hut stay in Somerset: