A recent guest said,
Wow, when they say staying at The Rolling Downs is ‘Glamping’ they ain’t kidding! This place has everything you could possibly need in terms of creature comforts….yet you still feel next to nature. We’ve even got a shower and loo in the hut…..and there was me imagining i’d have to skip through the stinging nettles in the middle of the night! What a relief……
‘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!!
27th April – 30th April, this is what they said…
What an amazing way to celebrate a 70th birthday – reverting to the ‘soul food of life!
We arrived in warm sunshine and were honoured to see the barn owl in flight during our evening stroll. Once the wood burner got going the hut was a joy to be in and we slept like the proverbial logs in a large comfy bed.
Whilst the following days brought heavy rain we joined our daughter for an afternoon on ‘The Bluebell Railway’ steam train, a trip down memory lane in delightful old style.
On our final day we had a woodland walk followed by a delicious Sunday lunch at the friendly ‘Cock Inn’ followed by a walk around the Ouse river at Isfield with view of the ‘Lavender Line’ by way of a bonus.
Thanks for loaning us this design masterpiece!
Mike and G – East Anglia
Ps. We saw a fox at dusk – plus a buzzard in the morning!
A moment of contemplation!
Brett’s been busy building our new shepherds hut with two full size bunk beds and a locally sourced wood burning stove built by Martin from ‘Iron Art’ near Polegate.
There are peg rails and little shelves at the end of the beds made by a friend and joiner Dave Lucas, there is also a lovely ladder up to the top bunk. It is about to be painted throughout in ‘salisbury stone’ ready for our guests arrival.
It has been a little makeshift with a work bench on the back of a sawn off landrover in the field at Bentley! I cannot wait to get in there with the new blinds and bedding, should be finished in the next couple of weeks.
Iron Art's wood burning stove built especially for The Rolling Downs' new shepherds hut
Brett's best workbench yet. Thanks to Landrover.
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…