Sussex shepherds hut B&B, South Downs, England

Description of Sussex shepherds hut B&B, South Downs, England

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs near Petworth, this beautiful shepherd’s hut offers a tranquil retreat from everyday life. The hut has spectacular views across the South Downs and the rural location means you can listen to bird song in abundance.

Your stay in the hut is sure to be luxurious and full of pleasant surprises. With a homemade cake freshly baked for your arrival, no two breakfasts the same and drifting to sleep at night under the star filled skies- blissful!

There are plenty of walks straight from the front step of the hut, leading you out into the South Downs National Park to explore. The surrounding area boasts many things to see and do including; Goodwood Country Estate, the Witterings, West Dean, Slindon Estate and Petworth House.

Rooms, food and facilities

Inside the shepherds hut you will find a comfortable double bed with merino wool bedding and organic ticking sheets. There is a wood burning stove for those chillier nights and solar powered lanterns. In a mini hut just a few steps away you will find your very own camping loo. In the morning a hamper full of organic goodies is delivered to your door including fresh eggs laid by Florence and Matilda the French ladies.

From the warmth of your bed you can watch beautiful sunsets, sleep under the stars and enjoy the blissful tranquillity of your surroundings.

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How to find us

The nearest train station is Pulborough, just a 15 minute drive from the hut. Pick ups from the station can be organised. London Victoria is just 1hr 15 min journey time from Pulborough.

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The shepherds hut is modelled along traditional lines dating as far back as the 16th Century. Originally huts would have provided warm shelter for the shepherd and his sick and orphaned lambs. The hut was built by Eddie Butterfield at Butterfield Ironworks in Dorset. For Lizzie it was particularly important to find the right person to build the shepherds hut. Eddie is a blacksmith and craftsman who specialises in the restoration of ancient and historic ironwork. Eddie realises the importance of conserving these age old craft skills which are fast disappearing, Butterfield Ironworks are one of the few companies in the UK who restore traditional shepherd’s huts and create authentic replicas.

Nearly everything in the shepherds hut is organic or second hand. There are two solar powered lanterns that provide light and an old Victorian wood burning stove to provide heat. The majority of the furniture, the chest drawers and chair, were sourced from the local antique shop. The bed sheets are organic and you can snuggle up in the merino wool bedding.

Breakfast is a hamper full of organic local goodies; including fresh eggs from Matilda and Florence the French ladies. No detail is left untouched, even down to the butter being wrapped in partridge paper and tied with beautiful coloured string. You may find sprigs of rosemary in the napkins and olive boards to eat your toast off.


Having spent many years searching for her own shepherd’s hut Lizzie finally managed to get one in her back garden near Petworth. During this time she was also in search of a copy of the book ‘The Shepherd’s Daughter by Evelyn Pentecost, which contained recollections of life in rural West Sussex during the early years of the 20th Century. In a bizarre turn of events the great niece of the family who used to live in the cottage Lizzie now lives in came to visit. It turns out the family were sheep farmers and they had had a shepherds hut in almost the exact same place as the hut stands today. If that wasn’t a good enough story they also gave Lizzie a signed copy of ‘The Shepherds Daughter’.

When guests come to stay and don’t know the area all that well it is important to recommend the best local places to eat and visit. Within walking distance of the hut is Sutton village where there is a pub that many guests like to eat at on their first night. Although Lizzie highly recommends The Horse Guards at Tillington, a twenty minute drive, a drop off service can be arranged!


The shepherds hut is ideally situated at the foot of the South Downs surrounded by peaceful countryside. The view from the hut looks straight out across the valley, disturbed by nothing but trees and the stream. When you wake up in the morning you will hear an abundance of bird song and the stream that runs alongside the neighbouring field. With no pollution in the air the stars are dazzling at night.

Just three miles away is the market town of Petworth where you will find winding lanes and quaint old buildings. There are many interesting antique shops and charming cafes to explore, as well as being the home of Petworth House, the National Trusts finest art collection. Goodwood is a great place to visit and there is always something going on whether it is the races or the festival of speed. The Cowdray Estate in Midhurst is also popular with guests, offering leisure activities and wildlife experiences.

There is no better way to escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life than to get out walking in the South Downs countryside. There is some fantastic walking on the doorstep, both long distance walks such as the South Downs Way or shorter circuits. Lizzie is a keen walker and knows the area particularly well so she is more than happy to talk you through a good route!

1 Reviews of Sussex shepherds hut B&B, South Downs, England

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The most memorable was the lack of excitement!! What we wanted was peace quiet and lovely countryside and we got it in buckets.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take all your strain and stresess and they will fully blow away by the fantastic place, the shepherds hut. Bring a healthy appetite. You are going to need it for the lovely pub lunches. On a practical side an ordnance survey map, walking shoes and a camera and all the clothes you would need for the British weather. Other than that, leave your watches and day time worries behind.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes I do. Staying in the area we ate locally and shopped within the area. Enviormental issues are trickier as you do need a car to get around.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Brilliant. Everything described when we first saw the ad came through. The accommodation was lovely and we feel really lucky to have stayed. Words cannot describe the kindness of Lizzie, the owner of the hut, who did everything she could to make our little break so enjoyable. She is a lovely lady who has a wonderful gift of making one feel relaxed and comfortable. Thanks Lizzie xxx

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