A new holiday site in an ancient bluebell wood opens this summer offering accommodation in replica shepherd’s huts.
Wriggly Tin Shepherd’s Huts in the South Downs in Hampshire offers visitors the back-to-nature appeal of camping in simple but cosy accommodation built in a traditional style.
Shepherd’s huts – rooms on wheels, like small caravans – were designed in the 19th century to provide a basic and movable shelter for shepherds while they spent long periods of time with their flock, especially during lambing.
At Wriggly Tin, the huts are built to the same traditional design, and offer the comfort and cosiness of a cottage in some of England’s most beautiful countryside. Each hut has a wood-burning stove, luxury cotton bed-linen, a shower, oil lanterns, candles and a campfire. As the huts are mobile, they can be moved around to suit holidaymakers’ needs: a quiet corner for peace and solitude, or grouped together for families and friends.
‘Wriggly Tin’ is the slang term for corrugated iron, one of the materials traditionally used for cladding a shepherd’s hut. The site is 2km (one mile) north of the picturesque village of Hambledon, famed as the ‘cradle of cricket’ because of its cricket club founded around 1750.
Wriggly Tin opens early this summer until end of October, and from March to October next year. The huts can be hired by the week, or for weekend and midweek breaks.
Prices per hut are from £72 a night low season to £678 for seven nights in high summer. A Bunk House, with no stove, can be hired in conjunction with one or more other huts for extra sleeping accommodation, for £24 a night Sun–Thu, £30 Fri and Sat.