My partner and I stayed in the Shepherd's hut over the recent bank holiday weekend and had the most amazing time! After a long journey stuck in traffic we finally arrived, parked up and were led to our accommodation by Kim the resident astronomer. We followed her through the woodland with fairy lights decorating the trees above, leading the way to a small clearing. It was a lovely clear night and the stars were so bright in the sky. Kim was very knowledgeable and provided lots of useful tips on star gazing and even pointed out some of the planets. She also advised us of the animals and birds we may see and hear during our stay.
Kim then showed us around inside and we loved the hut immediately. It was clear that no expense had been spared and the interior was as stunning as the exterior. For a place that looks small from the outside (especially for 2 tall people!) there's plenty of space inside. The bed (which was laid out for us on arrival) was the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in and plenty big enough for us both! It also folded neatly away, exposing a table and chairs underneath..genius!
As we arrived around 9.30pm and had not been able to stop to pick up some essentials on route, we were very surprised to find in the fridge two cream teas and a small milk. This was a fantastic and a very welcome treat after a long 7 hour drive!
Paul was unfortunately not able to greet us due to a family bereavement but regularly checked in to ensure we were ok and had everything we needed. He was very friendly and we hugely appreciated it, especially given the circumstances.
Location wise, it's perfect, we covered a lot of ground over the weekend but if you want to stay close by then the Eden project is just 7 miles away and Newquay is about 20 minutes by car. There's also a lovely fish and chip shop near St Austell.
The hut has everything you could need, you can eat and drink inside or outside with comfortable loungers, a BBQ area and fire pit. There's also a picnic bench out the front which is perfect for coffee and breakfast in the morning. The views are incredible and it's so peaceful. The perfect place to relax and read a book amidst the beautiful countryside.
What else can I tell you...the shower is amazing, there are lovely blankets to curl up in if you're sitting outside, there's log burner inside if you get cold, there's a radio and there's no TV...perfect!
This place is an absolute gem and we can't wait to return!