Ranny shepherd’s hut
I fell in love with the shepherds hut at first sight when I came across it not too far away from us in Norfolk. Huts like this would have been used locally as temporary accommodation for shepherds, road mending crews or teams taking steam engines around to farms during the ploughing or threshing seasons. We are not sure which is true of our hut, possible all over its lifetime! It has been lovingly restored using reclaimed materials and what happened to be at hand, so it is right up our street. We have now completed its restoration inside and have found the hut a home at the top of the meadow. It has been named Ranny, which is Suffolk for small mouse.
The Ranny includes a pull out double bed for two, a fold-down table and seating, but as the hut was meant as a temporary home it is compact and cosy. A stable style door provides both privacy and a view out across the meadow. The hut has its own wood burning stove for warmth (although it is pretty cosy anyway) which can also boil your kettle.
Wren gypsy caravan
When word reached us that a gypsy caravan was also for sale locally we couldn’t resist. It was found many years ago on a farm in Cambridgeshire and has been restored with a great deal of care. It has a working queenie stove for keeping you warm. It also has beautifully painted woodwork and decorated enamelware items that have been collected over the years and been given a new home. We have named the caravan, Wren, after my favourite garden bird. We see lots of them around the farm.
Wren also has a pull out double bed for two. The bed is slightly shorter than normal, so it would be the better sleeping option for children.
The caravan has two small seats next to the bed and a side board. It has lots of cupboard space where we store your cooking and dining kit and a stable style door and three windows add lots of light.
We will provide
Ranny & Wren come fully furnished with all the kit that you might need for your stay. We also include duvets and pillows but you will need to bring linen and towels with you (or you can hire sets for £5 per person per stay). We provide lanterns and fairy lights and the Ranny also has a solar powered wall light. The solar panel next to the hut also provides power for two USB points (in Ranny).
- 2 double beds with mattress cushions (caravan double is shorter than standard)
- duvet and pillows
- extra blankets
- fold down side table
- storage cabinets
- fairy lights and lanterns
- fire pit with hot plate
- wooden picnic table
- basket of logs and kindling (wood can also be bought on site)
- eco firelighters and matches
- cooking utensils/kettle/pots and pans/teapot
- chopping board
- one pot wood fired rocket stove for cooking
- cutlery and dishes
- cool box with freezer blocks
- water carrier
- washing up bowl
- selection of books and playing cards
You might also find it useful to bring a torch and a camping stove if you have a favourite one at home.
Outside Ranny & Wren have their own sheltered seating area and a fire pit with a hot plate to star gaze around at night whilst cooking your tea.
As far as we can we have tried to be true to the history of the hut and caravan, and the ethos of Ling’s Meadow, and want to capture that feeling of simple living outdoors. I am a bit of a romantic and perhaps I am trying to recreate Danny the Champion of the World!
Both the shepherds hut and the gypsy caravan can accommodate two people. They can be used either as two separate bedrooms, or as a bedroom and a separate living space. If you have younger children, or think that you would like a space where you can all sleep together, have a look at our four person living van.
How much is it?
The fee is for Ranny & Wren together, per night with a minimum two night booking. There is a three night minimum over bank holidays.
|per night midweek/Sun||per night weekends (Fri/Sat) and August||7 night stay (Fri – Fri) or more|