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The Scrumpy Shepherd is a totally magical shepherds hut ideal for a romantic break for two.

This hand crafted shepherds hut has been commissioned by the owners who wanted The Scrumpy Shepherd “to feel like a luxury private hotel" so have tried to go the extra mile and have included some extra treats to delight you. They have provided the highest quality possible and commissioned The Suffolk Hutmakers to build their idyllic vision ensuring attention to detail, high quality fixtures, furnishings and exquisite decorations. Everything you need for your relaxing break is provided.

Inside there is a small bespoke oak kitchen with Emma Bridgewater crockery and seating area with wood burner, a luxury double bed with storage, a fabulous ensuite bathroom with copper showerhead, WC, fluffy towels, hairdryer and complimentary luxury toiletries.

The Scrumpy Shepherd is located in a private orchard and can be reached by walking over a meadow of new and ancient fruit trees. A fire pit, barbecue and oak table and chairs with lighting in the orchard trees allows you to choose to cook outside on the barbecue or sit by the fire pit toasting marshmallows wrapped up in cosy blankets, gazing at the vast Suffolk sunsets or famous dark starry skies!
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The views from the orchard, over the surrounding fields and meadows banking the Deben Valley are outstanding.

Overview

Bed LinenCombination MicrowaveDog FreeElectric CookerFridgeGarden FurnitureLog Burner / Open FireParkingTowels providedBarbecue

Layout

There is room for dry storage for two bikes in the shed!

Prices are inclusive of Scrumpy towels, bedlinen, toiletries and wood.

The hut is only equipped for two people sharing.

Why not add: first night suppers – home baked lasagne, mousakka, or fish pies, to include herb salad and garlic ciabatta and home made fruit crumble and cream £15.00 per person

Surrounding local area

The Heritage Coastal towns

WOODBRIDGE
Is a beautiful riverside town full of things to see and do. This busy market town has deep connections to the water, and the surrounding area offers some of the most important historical sites in the country.Charming shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes are found all over town, offset by picture-perfect architecture. Shoppers will love Woodbridge’s quirky outdoor markets, which are packed with vintage traders and gorgeous finds, and foodies should visit the Woodbridge Shuck, an annual autumn festival of delicious seafood, held as a fringe event of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival.

FRAMLINGHAM
Framlingham’s key attraction is it’s magnificent late 12th-century castle. Surrounded by parkland and estates this was once at the centre of a vast network of power and influence. Once the refuge of Mary Tudor before she became Queen in 1553, visitors are encouraged to explore over 800 years of life at the Castle in the ‘From Powerhouse to Poorhouse’ exhibition.

ORFORD AND ORFORDNESS
Lying within the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Orford is a quiet, pretty village, steeped in history. The village grew in importance in the 12th Century when Henry II commissioned the Castle to be built. Orford is famous for its local oysters and smokehouses and has two shops selling a wide range of smoked produce. Pop into Pinney's in Orford to pick up some of the finest fresh fish in the county.

SNAPE
The internationally renowned Snape Maltings, five miles from Aldeburgh, is one of the world’s leading centres of music. It offers inspiring concerts and festivals throughout the year, from the flagship Aldeburgh Festival in June to the folk, world and jazz of the Snape Proms throughout the month of August. For visitors, Snape Maltings brings together outstanding concerts and events alongside distinctive, independent shops, cafes, galleries, walks and river trips, all set against a breath-taking expanse of reeds, water and sky.

ALDEBURGH
A pretty coastal town on the river Alde in Suffolk which enjoys breathtaking views both seawards and following the River Alde inland. Possibly best known for having been the home of composer, Benjamin Britten and as the location of the internationally renowned Aldeburgh Festival. Aldeburgh remains an artistic and literary centre as well as a popular destination for holiday makers and sailors. Famous for many things - good food, great fish & chips, Aldeburgh Music, Maggi Hamblings' Scallop on the Beach being just a few.


Things to do


Historical

As well as Orford, mentioned above, there is a magnificent late 12th century castle in Framlingham. This small market town, boasting Ed Sheeran as one of its more famous offspring, is perfect for a stroll and lunch with a Town Trail marking all the primary sites of historic interest.

Leiston Abbey is made up of the mainly 14th-century remains of an abbey of Premonstratensian canons. Among Suffolk’s most impressive monastic ruins, with some spectacular architectural features.

Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. At this beautiful estate, with views over the River Deben, walk around the ancient burial mounds, learn about ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and visit the estate’s Edwardian house.

Beaches

Suffolk has a tremendous coastline, stretching down from Norfolk in the north, through Lowestoft and down to Felixstowe and Shotley in the south, featuring sandy cliffs, dunes, bays and creeks. Covering a stretch of approximately 40 miles, Suffolk boasts several well-managed, award-winning beaches. Possibly best known, due to its sandy beach, multicoloured beach huts and pier is Southwold, which ranked in the top six of the UK’s best beaches in a Sunday Times travel supplement.

Stately Homes

Helmingham Hall’s gardens are perhaps its most spectacular feature, designed and maintained by the award-winning Lady Xa Tollemache, whose family have lived here since the 1480s. The Hall itself is a perfect example of a courtyard manor house; its four sides are surrounded by a moat, and every night Helmingham’s two draw bridges are raised, as they have been since 1510, leaving the hall an island.

You’ll find Somerleyton Hall in the heart of the Suffolk Broads, amongst swathes of parkland peppered with thatched cottages and the occasional windmill. Though its history dates back to the Viking invasion of East Anglia, this opulent hall is largely the work of two great Victorians and it is now one of Britain’s most well-preserved stately homes and gardens.

Kentwell Hall is one of Suffolk’s most unusual stately homes. A moated Tudor mansion full of surprises and a beautifully preserved interior. Explore it and you might stumble across a castle made of yew trees, a galleon, a two-dimensional maze, rare farm animals, and even some real-life Tudors going about their business. A great day out.


Activities


Walking

There is a coastal path from Thorpeness to Aldeburgh which is easy to navigate and takes you past Maggi Hambling’s controversial scallop on the beach.

The walk from Snape Maltings to Iken Church is through one of the prettiest parts of Suffolk, offering superb views along the River Alde.

At Dunwich and Minsmere, within a few minutes’ walk of the beach, are woodland and heath known for its birdlife and natural beauty.

Golf

For golfers with handicaps, Aldeburgh and Thorpeness have world-famous courses which must be booked in advance. Aldeburgh also has a 9 hole pay and play course as does Halesworth and Hinton.

Boating

Hire a rowing boats or kayak, take a picnic and row out to one of the many Peter-Pan themed islands around the Meare in Thorpeness
Or
Hire a canoe, kayak or paddleboard at Iken and discover creeks and flood waters on the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh. www.ikencanoe.co.uk
Or
For a more adrenaline fuelled boating afternoon book either “the seal and windfarm” trip or a “drive of your life” experience aboard the high-speed RIB
Coastal Voyager in Southwold. www.coastalvoyager.co.uk

Tennis

There are courts in Aldeburgh town as well as a tennis club in Thorpeness www.thorpenesscountryclub.co.uk.

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