If you are looking for an outdoor experience with nature on your doorstep, but like you’re home comforts then the The Rolling Downs can offer you all of this and more……..
Sit in bed and enjoy watching the wildlife around the shepherds hut and without having to leave the hut you can have a hot shower and make breakfast with the well equipped kitchen.
Children can enjoy the cosy sleeping bags with fun beds, and during the day enjoy a game of rounders, skittles or noughts and crosses.
We are perfect for a romantic break or a family holiday……
‘An Ode to the Shepherds Hut’
You are far from being a humble Shepherds hut with your colourful crockery, spotty cushions and striped blinds you have been decorated by someone with a flair for style.
Your eco credentials are second to none, a wind powered shower that better than our one at home!
Whether spending time with family or friends there is a multitude of books and games to suit every age.
Dinky kitchen and fridge, so much fun to use. Food tastes better here – i wonder why?
At night-time with the wood-burner fired up and toadstool night lights lit you are magical and that’s before we even begin to investigate all the wildlife just outside our door.
Soft sheets, comfy bed, what better place to drift off to the land of dreams.
Oh Shepherds hut we love you so. There will always be a place for you in our hearts.
Charlie, Dave, Cole, Mary and Ian.
Click on the link below to see a family experience a recent stay with ‘The Rolling Downs’…
A perfect day
Customer review 21-3rd July
‘A perfect place to spend a very special birthday! We have enjoyed an idyllic weekend in this magical shepherd’s hut in beautiful sunshine too. So peaceful, so cosy, so wonderful – the children want to take it all home with us – so do I!!’
Alison and family
- sunning itself on the shepherds hut
If you are looking to ‘get back to nature’ or just ‘get away from it all’ then the shepherds huts provide everything you need. With deer, foxes, rabbits,bats and buzzards amoung just a few of the wonderful sights to be seen from the window of the hut!
We have a special offer in August – book the large hut for three nights or more and get the small hut free!!
Side by side
We are always ready to make our new guests experience special and want everyone to enjoy their stay in ‘The Rolling Downs’ shepherds hut’s.
Come and enjoy a special celebration as many have chosen to or a family adventure – we have plenty of games in the hut and lots of outside space to run free and a lovely swing in the big oak tree!
The beds are comfy and made up in fresh white linen – this will help you on your way to a good nights sleep with only the sound of nature around you.
Every guest is important to us and we want you to feel welcome and expected.
Freshly cut asparagus
Just a short distance away from the shepherd’s hut is a farm selling fresh asparagus, try grilling them over the fire pit then add a little butter, salt and black pepper – delicious!
The sun shone, the children played, the birds sang. We spotted horses cantering past the hut, buzzards soaring in the sky, rabbits frolicking, songbirds tweeting, pheasants calling, a mass of daffodils and hidden primroses. We ate outside, danced round the fire, swung from the trees, hunted bugs with torches and fell in to our cosy beds. We woke to a pink sunrise, birds singing and absolute calm. We had cups of tea in bed looking over the fields and read ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. Breakfast was in pyjamas and welly boots. On our way home we found a ploughing match in a nearby field; a field of vintage tractors which sent our daughters into a final frenzy of excitement. A wonderful, memorable night under the clear Sussex skies and bright stars.
1960s camp cooking
While Brett has been busy building our new shepherd hut, I’ve been clearing out the garage. I found this fantastic 1967 camping book full of recipes for “those who periodically escape to the simple life as an antidote to our everyday prepackaged world”.
Cooking for Campers has some ingenious camping tips. Ideas like cooking sausages in banana skins in the embers of an open fire. Though it does admit that the sausage may come out a bit soggy. Hmm. Or how about cooking eggs in the skin of an orange on embers? Some of the recipes are most definitely from a long gone culinary era. Anyone for canned frankfurters in curry sauce? Orange rice? Ragout of pig’s kidneys?
But it’s also hard not to warm to the genuine love of camping you can sense reading the recipes with titles like, “Cheerful camp chilli”. It makes me think of Joyce Grenfell, grown-ups in knee length socks and sensible walking shoes.
I found this great film from 1964 called “Camping Without Utensils” on the British Pathe archive. And there is an egg being cooked in an orange. It looks totally inedible! But the 60s knitwear is fantastic.
Cooking Without Utensils 1964 - Taken from www.britishpathe.com
Luckily our kitchen inside our main shepherd hut here at The Rolling Downs is fully equipped with a sink and gas hob. But there is a fire pit outside the huts if you do want to have a go at cooking on the open fire. We can even arrange for a hamper of delicious local Sussex food to be delivered for you. We’ll have more news on that soon…