shepherd huts are outdoor living with a twist – luxury, comfort, beautiful countryside and the great outdoors.

The Rolling Downs

About us

Welcome to The Rolling Downs 

Book now for the 2018 season opening on Friday 16th March.


Book the family hut for two nights or more and get the small hut free during March and April 2018



Our shepherd huts are outdoor living with a twist – luxury, comfort, beautiful countryside and the great outdoors. Our two huts can sleep up to four adults and two young children. Our main hut has a bespoke kitchen area and thoughtfully designed shower room. It has everything you could need!

A wind turbine with a solar panel is sited elegantly next to the shepherd huts and provides all the power needed for an eco-friendly experience making this a sustainable holiday choice.

Whether you are seeking a romantic getaway or a rural retreat with the family our shepherd huts are the perfect accommodation.

The Rolling Downs welcome you to unwind, read a book, play outside and enjoy the view.

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum is a short walk from the Shepherds huts  with a large range of wildfowl and a motor museum with a unique collection of motor vehicles and bikes. There is also a tea room, a miniature railway and lots of space for children to run around including a play area.


Branching Out Adventures is right on our doorstep and has High Ropes, Low Ropes, Zip Wire and Climbing Walls – some thing for kids of all ages! (6+ subject to height)


Embers campsite which is a short walk away have kindly let all guests of The Rolling Downs enjoy freshly baked pizza which if ordered by midday will be cooked in the evening using their pizza oven. They also sell ice-cream, cold drinks, logs and marshmallows! or

Clare 07941133370




Is this the ‘Ultimate Glamping Experience’? Click HERE to Read The Review and find out…

17th June 2018

Well what can i say! We live only 20 minutes from here but might as well have been a million miles away. Our fast paced working lives were getting too much and making us forget the important things, so when we stumbled across The Rolling Downs by ‘accident’ online it was too good not to book.

I can’t put into words how beautiful it is here, we have literally not gone anywhere apart from the butchers in Heathfield. Our 6 year old begged us to stay in his ‘onesie’ all day today, we have cooked, played games and just loved being in each others company. This is truly a haven that makes you appreciate the little things. We feel truly rested and relaxed and will definitely be back. Every little thing has been thought of by the owners. Give us this over a high class hotel any day!

21st June 2018

We have had the loveliest weekend at The Rolling Downs – perfect getaway from busy life in London.

Truly a little gem! Loved the swing and fire pit – we really enjoyed making smores both evenings.

We will be recommending this place for a perfect weekend away from everything.

Waking up to natural sunlight was wonderful in the middle of nowhere. The sunsets were pretty spectacular too!

Thanks for a great stay!

23rd June 2018

What a lovely stay. Beautiful and peaceful but with handy amenities. Everyone has been very kind and accommodating. Would love to come again!

29th May 2018

We really enjoyed our stay at The Rolling Downs, it was lots of fun and Wednesday we went to the motor museum. We liked looking at the doll houses in the craft barn (my favourite one was the one that looked like a world war 2 house). When we got here i picked some buttercups, i really liked cooking marshmallows on the fire pit. Most of the time we have been here it has rained but it has still been epic. I really liked playing on the swing hidden in the woods! I would like to come here again.

5th May 2018

Awesome! We loved staying in the Shepherd’s hut. Wonderful nature and peace. Thank you!

30th July 2017

What a lovely little hut. We’ve loved staying here this weekend and it very well though out with lots of storage, games etc. providing us with plenty of entertainment during the evenings – i beat my husband twice at monopoly! It never happens usually!

The trips to Lewes castle and Brighton. We cooked here but there looks to be plenty of place to eat out and about.

We would definitely recommend to our friends and family for a peaceful, relaxing stay. Thank you!

Lisa and Tom

The holiday was great, although the weather was a bit rainy we were never bored with the large variety of board games. My favourite part was the fire pit. The dogs loved it and you are always cosy when your inside. This holiday was great and will be remembered. We saw deer every day.

Olivia aged 10

Wonderful, private hut, really secluded, kids and dogs loved it. Our teenage son chatted to us more this week than in the last year! Thats a bonus. Loved The Cock Inn, Brighton was lovely. Clare has thought of everything.

Sarah 45

14-16th July 2017

Thank you for a lovely place to stay for a couple of nights. Our son loves the swing, even at 8 months pregnant the bed was v. comfortable! We are local so will be back soon.

Craig, Katie and Arthur

7-9th July 2017

Thank you for a wonderful stay in this lovely little retreat! Such a peaceful escape from London. We can’t wait to come back very soon!

Kat and Tash

30th May – 1st June

Really enjoyed getting back in touch with our rural past. Saw an owl fly over and a sparrow hawk checking the oaks for supper. The swing is great – what are those bee-heaven flowers near to it?

Riess, Sol and Reuben

26th-29th May

What a fantastic place! So peaceful and nothing better than sitting by the fire and watching the sun go down. The kids loved the swing and the hut was great – the bed is really comfy!

Calvin, Helen, Patrick and Juliet

7th May

Thank you sooooooo much for an amazing stay. We loved every second of it! We especially loved the swing. The view is amazing and waking up every morning and looking out of the window was great.

Lots of thanks Millie, Annabelle and Granny

10th – 12th April

For someone who’s not particularly outdoorsy this was the perfect compromise. The kids also really enjoyed their unique sleeping quarters. Thank you very much for the unexpected Easter eggs!

Frank, Carole, Joshua and Matilda

15th – 17th April

Thank you for a wonderful, cosy and tranquil place to stay! We loved every minute – the bed was super comfy, the shower lovely and hot, we had fun toasting marshmallows on the fire and cooking campfire meals. Thank you for the yummy Easter eggs.

Love from Iris, Jessica and Vini

28th – 30th April

Thank you for the most wonderful stay. We loved every second. There aren’t many places i’d come back to but this is one! I might even come on my own!

Stella, Jamie and Ruben

28th-30th October

Absolutely perfect stay. We fell in love with The Rolling Downs! We spent a lot of time here, reading, playing games, snoozing, walking, having fires and so many mugs of tea. We also explored Wakehurst Place and went to Brighton too. Mostly we just wanted to be here – its so cosy and perfect and an excellent break away from children and work! Thank you.
Johnny and Laura

14th-16th October
What a lovely place. Nice and peaceful for a quiet break away, we will bringing the children next time, they will love it here. The hut is warm and cosy, the bed is so comfy, best nights sleep had in ages. Will definitely be coming back to this lovely place.
Jamie and Kelly

7th-9th October
We have loved our stay in the shepherds hut! It is beautiful – lovely hut, pretty surroundings in such a peaceful spot.
The hut has everything we could need and has been so much warmer than we expected! With the woodturner on we were super toasty! Ella was very excited about her mini-bunk and your kingsize bed is one of the comfiest I’ve slept in – beats hotels hands down!
We’ve enjoyed exploring the surrounding land, a train ride from the wildfowl park and the fire pit campfire!
Even though we only live a short ride away in Brighton, we’ve been able to ‘get away’ here and introducing our daughter to the best aspects of camping while being safe, secure and toasty warm in such unique accommodation.
We’ll be back! Thank you!
Nicole,Robbie and Ella

30th Sept-3rd Oct
We have all had and amazing weekend, the last one in my thirties! Our son loved all the walks in the fields, the swing and the train ride, we have never done anything like this before but we will do it again. Singing by the fire pit and getting muddy in the forest looking for witches huts was all fun, back to The Green Man for lunch. Trips to Brighton and Eastbourne were great too and the weather was perfect, woke up to rain on the roof the first day then sunshine after that. Thanks for letting us stay here.
Sadie, Mark and Toby

16th-18th September
What a splendid two nights we’ve had here! The shepherd hut had everything we could possibly need. On our first night, we had a brilliant dinner at The Pelham Arms and the next morning we set off on a walk from Lewes station, past The Anne of Cleeves housing then down Juggs Lane where we found the old windmill. We had a delicious lunch at The Juggs pub in Kingston village and then bought lots of lovely supplies from the Spring Barn Farm shop. On our second night we made a rather impressive campfire/BBQ in the fire pit, it worked a treat!
Now we are off to explore the motor cars and wildfowl round the corner and were heading to Charleston Farmhouse and The Ran Inn later. Very sad to leave The Rolling Downs – we will come again! Thank you!
Teegan and Tom

2nd-5th September
We’ve had a lovely three nights here – mixed weather but pleasant and so comfy in hut we don’t want to leave! Loved the miniature railway and the eldest had a great time at Branching Out. Very tasty pizzas from the nearby campsite for an easy dinner, otherwise had a bbq and big fire outside on the last night. A fab break,thanks.
Kathryn, Richard, Oscar and Iris.

1st September 2016
This was a brilliant stay and the shepherds hut couldn’t have been better. We loved visiting the museum and making s’ mores in the evenings. The hut was very cosy and peaceful and it had everything we needed.
The beds were so warm and comfy and we loved the games and books on the shelf.
Altogether a very lovely holiday, we will definitely come again
The Triggs Ashford

21st August 2016
I’ll make this short and sweet like our stay…Everything was perfect.
The Wilkinson family, Brighton

19th August 2016
The shepherds hut looked exactly like the website! I love the colours of both huts. The boys enjoyed the tree swing, BBQ fire and miniature railway.
We went to Branching Out and tried the high ropes – lots of fun!!
The beds were comfortable and the suspended bed is a good idea. Great having kitchen and bathroom in the hut. The shower stayed warm for three showers in a row and was better than expected! A lovely escape to the countryside.
Rosie, Alex, Max and Alessio

12th August 2016
We had a magical stay and can’t wait to come back.
Sarah, Jess and Hari

August 2016
What a real treat to have breakfast overlooking beautiful countryside and to sit in the evenings with a cosy campfire
toasting marshmallows on sticks. Our four year old son loved his high bunk and the simple freedom of going off to play on the swing or ride his bike around.
The hut had everything we needed to enjoy our three night stay and even when we had rain showers a windy walk on the beach or an adventure in the woods soon had the rain forgotten. The hut was so warm, so no need for the stove.
Added bonuses were being able to get entry to house and gardens throughout our stay after paying once. Entry to the playground even when the house was closed! We saw the barn owl fly across approx 20.30and enjoyed the Green Man pub, Seven sisters, Seaford, Lewes castle and beautiful country walks.
Thank you so much.
Becky, Doug and C.

26th July 2016
We really enjoyed our stay, the whole place was a delight. We met Ingrid and cousin and i must say what lovely ladies they are, funny, kind and very interesting. We shall be back next month as i would love to spend more time in the daisy garden, stunning beautiful place!!!
Many thanks for a great stay and looking forward to my return. I really enjoyed the birds also but my whole favourite was the garden, the house and the stunning view. What a happy feel to the whole experience.

15th – 17th July 2016
Thanks for a great stay. The hut was perfect for me and my little boy to spend the weekend together – a perfect little adventure with enough luxury to keep mummy happy. We had a fun packed weekend – Drusilla’s on Friday, a family party on Saturday and Bentley Park on Sunday.
We hope to be back!
Rachel and Rex

14th July 2016
We had a lovely time in the huts. Our boys enjoyed the wildlife and the swing. The huts are lovely and so well equipped. Thank you!
Mark,Fiona,Laurie and Alec

16th June 2016
Dan brought me here to propose after we fell in love with the location during Chilled in a field festival. This dinky, well considered and private little cabin is perfect for couples and families alike. (i said ‘yes’ of course) and we look forward to bringing our little one here in future years. Thank you for a lovely time. Warmest regards
Dan and Beth


Our Huts

In our main hut is a king-size bed (with two small bunks for young children), kitchen and a separate shower room with a porcelain toilet and hand basin.
White waffle towels are supplied. In our second hut are two full-size single bunk beds – big enough for grown-ups to sleep in too!

Both huts have their own wood burners to keep you cosy on colder nights. Our huts are stocked with board games and outdoor games for use during your stay.
Skittles, quoits, rounders, and much more…. you will never be bored! There is also a small reading library & A picnic bench and fire pit are also supplied.

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Prices include all linen and towels and also basic supplies including tea-towels, dish cloth, toilet rolls, matches, bin bags, tea, coffee (for a cafetiere) and sugar. BBQ utensils are also supplied for the fire pit. (Please note the beds for the children are 5ft long.)


Family Hut
  • 17th May-30th March
    18th April-25th May
    5th June-20th July
    4th September-26th November
  • Smaller Hut is also available.
  • 7th night free when booking 1 week’s stay
  • Minimum 2 night stay
  • Additional £10 per child per stay (maximum 2 children)
  • 2 nights £180
  • £95.00 From Price / Per Night
  • Availability
Family Hut
  • 31st March-17thApril
    26th May-4th June
    21st July-3rd September
  • Smaller Hut is also available.
  • 7th night free when booking 1 week’s stay
  • Minimum 2 night stay
  • Additional £10 per child per stay (maximum 2 children)
  • 2 Nights £210
  • £105.00 From Price / Per Night
  • Availability
Small Hut
  • 17th March-30th March
    18th April-25th May
    5th June-20th July
    4th September-26th November
  • Only Available when booked with the Family Hut
  • 7th night free when booking 1 week’s stay
  • Minimum 2 night stay
  • 2 Nights £110
  • £55.00 From Price / Per Night
  • Availability
Small Hut
  • 31st March-17th April
    26th May-4th June
    21st July-3rd September
  • Only Available when booked with the Family Hut
  • 7th night free when booking 1 week’s stay
  • Minimum 2 night stay
  • 2 nights £130
  • £65.00 From Price / per night
  • Availability

Local Attractions

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum

On the doorstep of the Shepherds huts  you have Bentley Wildfowl and Motor museum with a large range of wildfowl and a motor museum with a unique collection of motor vehicles and bikes. There is also a tea room, a miniature railway and lots of space for children to run around including a play area.

Branching Out Adventures

Branching out Adventures is a short walk across the field and you will receive a warm welcome from the owners, there is aerial trekking, a giant swing, a climbing wall and zip wire. Activities can be pre-booked on their website

The Lavender Line

A short drive away The Lavender Line is a demonstration railway with a two mile route round trip through the sussex countryside

Bluebell Railway

A fantastic family day out with steam trains running from Sheffield Park to Horsted Keynes

Drusillas Park

Regarded as the best small zoo in the country

Charleston Farmhouse

Situated in the heart of the southdown, Charleston was the home of Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant


Lewes is a historic town with many interesting shops, pubs and restaurants. There is the 1000 year old norman castle and museum and Anne of Cleve’s house and museum. Harvey’s brewery is a victorian brewery supplying many of our local pubs and is set beside the river Ouse.


A short drive away is the town of Uckfield with a good selection of shops and an independant picture house for current films and arts on screen


Alfriston is a chocolate box village with shops and pubs and the perfect setting for a cream tea! it also has the national trust property The Clergy House.

National Trust

Sheffield Park, Wakehurst Place and Monks House are the nearest National Trust properties

The Coast

if you would like to venture to the sea then we are 25-30 minutes from Brighton and also close to Seaford, Saltdean, Rottingdean and Eastbourne where parking is mostly free and have lovely walks along the promenade. Also the Seven Sisters Country Park west of Seaford offers spectacular views of the Seven Sisters cliffs, Seaford Head Nature Reserve, Cuckmere Haven and surrounding rolling downland.


If you would like to enquire about booking our shepherd huts please fill in and submit the form below and we will come back to you and confirm the availability and price. Or you can call us on 07941133370


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