Perfect for short breaks, romantic getaways, or longer self-catering holidays in the countryside, our traditional Shepherds Hut accommodation is situated in the picturesque setting of the Stour Valley on the Essex, Suffolk border. The ideal location for glamping in Suffolk, we are under two hours drive from London.
Cool camping and Glamping in the UK has become very popular, but what is glamping? Glamping is camping in luxury. Glamping holidays combine unusual places to stay with the tranquillity of the wild and the comforts of home. Here at Borleymere we aim to offer exactly that, the setting for your secluded lakeside holiday in Suffolk is surrounded by hazel woodland and wild flower meadows, while our superb Shepherd's Hut offers self-catering accommodation that is both quirky and extremely cozy. A little piece of paradise.
Come and stay in a Shepherds Hut, we look forward to meeting you...
Charlie & Jeremy Hamp.
Our Shepherd's Hut accommodation is traditionally built and similar to those lived in by shepherds tending their flocks centuries ago. It's very snug and contains a full sized double bed, a fold-away table and chairs, a small basin, a single gas ring and a wood-burning stove.
Next to the Shepherds Hut is a kitchen cabin with a gas oven, butler sink, a cool box with ice-packs and all the other bits and pieces for preparing your meals. There is also a barbecue and wood brazier so you can cook or enjoy a fire in the evening while watching the fish rise on the lake.
The shower cabin is tucked into the edge of the woodland. Here you will find a hot shower, sink and an eco-friendly compost loo.
The Shepherd's Hut and its facilities are for two people who want a bit of peace and quiet and a simpler way of life. There are torches, lanterns and candles but no telly, no wireless connection and no mains power. You can charge your phone and replenish the ice-packs at the nearby pump house.
This is dog friendly accommodation please contact us to discuss arrangements.
You might not want to leave the tranquillity of Borleymere, a good book and comfy hammock maybe all you need...but there are plenty of wonderful things to do. In the hut you will find a folder filled with information about local activities and places to visit.
Your Glamping Holiday Location
Birth Place of Thomas Gainsborough.
Originally settled by the Anglo Saxons in the 8th century Sudbury became notable as a centre of the textile and silk trade during the Middle Ages. Many of the grand buildings, churches and mills of this picturesque market town, located on the border between Suffolk and Essex, date back to this era. During the 18th century the landscapes of the surrounding countryside of the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale famously provided inspiration for artists such as John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough, the later becoming Sudbury's most well known native.
Gainsborough's House, the place of his birth, is open to the public and includes museum exhibits, a permanent collection of Gainsborough's works and a print workshop.
As it runs through the heart of Sudbury The Stour Vally is flanked by water meadows. The meadows, a mecca for nature lovers and walkers, are traditionally managed as The Sudbury Common Lands nature reserve.
The River Stour itself is classified as navigable and is popular with rowers and caoeists.
Sudbury's charming town centre still plays host to its historic market on Thursdays and Saturdays. The usual high street names can be found here as well as a thriving community of independent local shops and places to eat.
Two Stately Homes and Antiques Galore.
One of the finest historic villages in South Suffolk, Long Melford grew rich from the proceeds of the wool cloth industry of the Tudor period. Today the legacy of that wealth is evident in the fine buildings located along Hall Street and in the two stately homes located in the village.
The village is also well known as a centre for the antiques trade with many antique shops and art galleries located here.
Melford also has a great reputation for eating out with a good range of restaurants, inns and historic pubs.
Historic Mediaeval Village
The wealthy Mediaeval village of Lavenham was once famous for its production of blue-coloured wool cloth and is now widely regarded as England's finest remaining Medieval Village.
Open to the public The Guildhall of Corpus Christi is one of the most well known buildings in a village that contains many outstanding examples of surviving Mediaeval timber framed arcitecture.
Visible from miles around is the tower of The Church of St Peter and St Paul completed in 1530. This building is testament to the wealth generated in Suffolk at the time by the wool trade.
Lavenham is well known for its eateries. There are many tea rooms, restaurants and traditional pubs as well as independent shops selling locally produced food and crafts.
Check out the discover Lavenham website for more information.
Two of the finest Suffolk villages
Clare, and neighbouring Cavendish, are amongst the finest traditional villages in the county.
Like the nearby villages of Lavenham and Long Melford, Clare grew rich from the Mediaeval wool industry. Today Clare boasts a 13th century Augustinian Priory, Clare Country Park, the ruins of Clare Castle dating back to William the Conqueror, a Mediaeval Town Church, and the Ancient House Museum. The village has proudly held the title of Suffolk Village of the Year from 2010-2012.
Cavendish is a picturesque village neighbouring Clare and on the road to Long Melford. The village is famous for its green and thatched cottages.
Designated an Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty. Constable Country
The gently rolling lowlands of the Stour Valley, east of Sudbury towards the sea at Manningtree, was famously the subject of John Constable's art. These days the Dedham Vale is often referred to as Constable Country. Now designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the landscape of the Essex, Suffolk border has lost none of its charm and remains very popular with visitors both for it's landscapes and history.
Flatford Mill was built in 1733. This is the site of some of Constable's most famous paintings including The Hay Wain and Willy Lot's Cottage.
Many traditional villages such as Boxford, Nayland, Dedham and East Bergholt can be found in the area.
There are many ancient woodlands, water meadows and other natural sites to discover in the Dedham Vale.
Famous market town.
The long history of this traditional Suffolk market town is expressed in the melange of mediaeval shops and houses, grand Georgian squares, stone walls and the ruins of the abbey as well as more contemporary arcitecture.
The brand new shopping precinct in Bury St Edmunds complements the huge market which boasts over 80 stalls on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Bury's Theatre Royal is the last remaning Rgency playhouse in the country.
View the Visit Bury St Edmunds website for more details.