Shepherds didn’t have it anything like this good. These days, their once-simple huts – long established on luxury camping sites and farms – are popping up in the grounds of upmarket hotels and pubs, where guests can do everything from feast on meals from Michelin-starred kitchens to take gin-making classes before a soak in a roll-top bath and retiring to a king-size bed. They don’t come cheap, but for a special occasion they’re hard to beat.
The most luxurious examples opened in December at Lympstone Manor in Exmouth, Devon, where five woodland huts come with hand-painted wallpaper, double glazing and glass panels in the roof for star-gazing. Each one is actually made up of two huts joined together, so there’s plenty of space for a family.
For an extra-special stay, take the two-minute buggy ride to the Georgian mansion for an eight-course meal created by Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines. For simpler options, there’s a kitchenette or you can order an in-hut hamper.
Inside one of the five luxury lodges at Lympstone Manor in Devon. Each one has hand-painted wallpaper, double glazing and glass panels in the roof for star-gazing
The hotel, which is on the coastal path, is adding a pool this year, or you can take a dip on your own terrace in an open-air bath or wood-fired hot tub…