My (AMAZING) Stay in a Plankbridge Shepherds Hut

Ok, so spoiler straight away in the title there but I just couldn’t keep it in or do a sneaky click enabling title, because honestly, the stay I had at Farmstead Glamping in a Plankbridge Hut was out of this world. If you follow along on Instagram you will already know this, I Instastoried and have posted multiple posts on how absolutely stunning it is there.

So roll back to 2 weeks ago when the husband and I travelled to Colber Farm in Dorset, where one of the Plankbridge Huts is situated, and stayed the night to see how these huts work.

When we arrived we called the lovely Hostess Hannah who directed us to our hut ‘The Happy Hare’ and 20 minutes later met us there with the most amazing Vegan brownies (SO kind) and explanations on how to use various things in the hut, how to get the hot tub hot (yes that’s right, there was an actual outdoor hot tub!) and just showed us around. We felt instantly welcome and excited to stay in what can only be described as the perfect little bolt hole escape from the world.

Inside the hut you have all the mod cons (which i was genuinely shocked at as  you’d think its too small, but nope), hot running water, a small log fire, and the prettiest little bathroom. We also had all the cooking utensils you could need, a usb charger and a cool box to keep the wine cool #priorities.

I don’t know about you, but when i get to somewhere new I like to familiarise myself with the place, call me nosy, but i like to open every drawer, door and cupboard and see what’s there. The thing that strikes you about the Plankbridge hut is how everything is thought of, there are books to read, towels to use and even tea and coffee.

The thing my husband (the perfectionist) noticed was the exquisite finish of the hut, each screw tightened and aligned, each plank of wood carefully made to fit accordingly, the space planned just right so everything fits in without feeling cramped at all. The unique craftsmanship of a Plankbridge hut is incredibly stunning. Everything feels in proportion, and every last detail is finished to perfection..

Tea, coffee & sugar provided, alongside a DAB radio and some freshly picked flowers on arrival.

The chopping board removes to reveal a beautiful small Belfast style sink and the kettle whistles when your water is ready to make your brew. The bijou fitted kitchen has everything you need and is the central part of the hut. There’s a fire pit outside and a crate of outdoor pans too. We made some delicious jacket potatoes on the fire and cooked up some beans too, we ate outside surrounded by the smell of smoke and open views of the countryside, and it was the nicest meal i’d had in a long time, purely down to the whole ambience of the hut and the beautiful location (because we actually burnt the potatoes if i’m honest, but it really didn’t even matter!).

The hut is beautifully decorated in locally sourced products from around Dorset, which include Farrow & Ball paint, as well as locally sourced bedding and kitchenware.

The NICEST sink i ever did see (and yes it’s a happy hare named after its hut, i believe in the other hut there is indeed a pleasant pheasant sink.. see what i mean about stunning attention to detail?!). The bathroom was fully equipped with a shower cubicle, toilet and this amazing sink, which i wish i could have popped in my bag and taken home, and even some lovely Neal’s Yard toiletries to use. 

The sun melted in to the hills leaving behind it a glorious ember coloured sky before darkness ensued. We dipped in to the hot tub with a glass of rose and watched the sunset.


The hut has limited solar electricity, but it wasn’t needed, we lit candles and snuggled up on the marshmallow sumptuous bed and fell asleep with the windows open and the sound of nature trickling in. We both slept incredibly well and awoke feeling uber relaxed and like we didn’t want to leave.


In the morning the husband dozed whilst I grabbed my book and read whilst lapping up every second of the peace and quiet. The feeling of freedom that came with staying in the hut was just what we needed. Escaping the rat race and just breathing in the vast open space for a while was food for the soul.

The Plankbridge shepherds hut gave us a dream of owning one of these beautifully crafted mini homes of our own one day. If you haven’t already guessed, I can not recommend them enough, the break was sheer perfection.

Plankbridge huts are used for Offices spaces, garden houses or holiday homes.

I’ve never fallen in love with a place as quickly as i did here and the husband and I are already planning our return to Colber Farm.


Would you ever go on an adventure to a shepherds hut?

For bookings at Farmstead Glamping Contact Hannah here  or drop her a DM on Instagram (and let her know i’ve sent you!)

For more details on Shepherds Huts be sure to check out Plankbridge Shepherds Huts


A huge thanks to Plankbridge and Colber farm for having us for the night, we will be back! The night was provided as a review but all gushing thoughts and glowing views are my own.




  1. Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    July 20, 2018 / 8:20 am

    Oh my, what a cute hut! Your photos are amazing,bad these chosen dresses for perfectly with the mood of the place. Well done, Rachel. Hugs, c.

  2. July 20, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Wow! that hut is absolutely beautiful.

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