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Tunmer's Shepherds HutStoke By Nayland, Constable Country

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Tunmer's Shepherds Hut is positioned in a very quiet and secluded spot with wonderful views of the lovely Stour Valley, made famous for its beautiful landscape that inspired Constable to paint.

The Hut is deliberately simple and basic, with no frills or extra comforts - in other words as a real Shepherd's hut would have been between the wars; where the shepherd would have lived as his ewes lambed in the nearby fields during the Spring. The open-plan space has a seating and dining area for two along with a small kitchen area with small gas cooker. There is a comfortable sofa at the end of the hut which converts into a double bed.

Tunmer's Shepherds Hut is well placed for you to see the abundant wildlife that still enjoy this lovely valley including otters, badgers, foxes, roe deer, no less than five of our native owls, lapwings and many varieties of geese and ducks along with many other birds - if you are quiet and up at dawn! It is totally waterproof and can be made very cosy by the wood burning stove in the hut.

Please note the Shepherd's Hut does not have electricity.


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Surrounding local area

Besides the wonderful wildlife watching opportunities available without having to leave the sanctuary of the Shepherd's Hut, there are lots of places to explore in the area. The area is part of the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can pick up the Stour Valley Path and head to Flatford Mill, made famous in the paintings by John Constable. Dedham Vale also boasts the Munnings Museum which houses over 150 works by Sir Alfred Munnings.
Besides the walking in the area, the golf club at Stoke By Nayland has two championship courses. And while you are in the village it is worth having a meal at The Crown Inn which serves fantastic local food.
Colchester is a short journey from Higham. The Castle has a fascinating collection of artifacts from the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages along with extensive treasures from The Roman occupation. The Wool Towns of Long Melford and Lavenham are also worth visiting. The wealth of the villages was based on the wool trade and there are some beautiful architectural gems to see.
Having been out and about you will return to the peace and quiet of Tunmer's Shepherds Hut where you can snuggle up in the cosy space and enjoy the sounds of the countryside with dark skies.

Welcome hamper included

A complimentary hamper will be awaiting you on your arrival containing milk, tea, fresh coffee, bread, butter, eggs, juice, wine and cheese, along with other essential items to prepare a light snack or breakfast. There may be some regional variations.


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