The Shepherds Hut is the ultimate romantic rural retreat for couples who are looking to get away from it all. Idyllically located looking out over the fields that line the River Avon and the beautiful rolling green hills beyond up to Kelston Round Hill– the Shepherds Hut is perfectly cosy and compact, offering a couple (+ a well behaved dog!) all the comforts you would expect from bricks and mortar within a 20ft traditional shepherds hut, including a wood burner and outdoor hot tub! Accommodating 2 guests, the Shepherds Hut is split into a curtained sleeping compartment, a kitchenette/dining area with wood burner and a door leading into a separate bathroom with a walk-in shower, WC and washbasin. Outside, guests have plenty of open space to relax and soak up the views, including the luxurious hot tub and fire pit!
Avon Farm Cottages comprises five individual properties that can be booked separately or all together to accommodate larger groups and families, hen parties are also welcome – please see below for more information.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Hot Tub
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - 2
- Bedding & towels
Updated 6 Feb 2020
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Set within the owner’s 230-acre arable farm, the five outstanding properties that comprise Avon Farm Estate are decorated to a high standard, and each boasts a large open plan living area (except for the cute and compact Shepherds Hut!) There are goats and chickens on the farm, so if you are up early enough, you can help yourself to some fresh eggs or wander around the stables.
Once you have settled into your Avon Farm holiday cottage you can decide what you want to do, probably a mix of relaxing in your comfortable space and testing out the hot tub, enjoying the flora and fauna surrounding the farm and just soaking up the atmosphere. However, if you wish to explore you can walk around the estate and stroll along the Avon River to the local public house on the riverbank, or for the more active, you can hire a bicycle from Clive and Serena (pre-booking required) head down the cycle path, which was once the old train track, to either Bath or Bristol – only 2 minutes from your accommodation, how green is that? Both cities are full of interesting places to visit and activities for all ages!
The Shepherds Hut has been designed efficiently to maximise space and provide everything that you will need for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The space is bright, airy and modern with a half glass-panel door and plenty of windows. Step up into the beautifully furnished main kitchenette/living area, and you will find your cosy double sleeping compartment at one end and surprisingly spacious shower room at the other. Every part of the hut has been created to maximise storage space, and within the various underbed or overhead cupboards you’ll find all manner of utensils – it’s all there!
Guests have access to the 230 acres of land, which includes the River Avon, where you can do a spot of fishing (a licence is required). Take a walk through the farmland and you reach the local pub, which is situated on the bank of the river less than 1 mile away. The farm is also 2 minutes away from the Bristol and Bath cycle track, perfect for cyclists and walkers, and the property is close to Saltford Sailing Club. Surrounded by open countryside, Saltford is also known for its history and has a conservation area, with a restored brass mill (dating to 1720), an old manor house and a church with a Saxon tower. Just 6 miles away is the vibrant heritage city of Bath, which boasts the famous Roman baths, Thermae Bath spa, and the famous Royal Crescent, which is one of Bath’s most iconic landmarks. There are also several National Trust areas nearby, including Dyrham Park and Stourhead House.
- Sleeps 2 in a double bed sleeping compartment
- 1 bathroom with walk-in shower, WC and washbasin
- Gravelled immediate outdoor area and grass
- Wood burner – 1 bag of logs, fire starter + lighter provided between Oct – April. Additional logs can be purchased from Clive and Serena for £5 per bag
- Dog friendly – x 1
- Outdoor fire pit
- Private hot tub
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Travel hairdryer (stored in cupboard to left of kitchen window above bench seat.)
- Welcome Pack – bread, cereal, biscuits, jam, butter, milk, tea, coffee, sugar
- Cleaning and washing up equipment, liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper
- Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, toilet paper
- Toiletries – shower gel, shampoo, conditioner
- Heating and hot water
- LG TV
- Kitchenette – Fridge with small freezer compartment, microwave with a grill, toaster & kettle. A two-hob electric cooker is available on request.
- Fold down dining table + chairs for 2 guests
- Garden furniture – dining table + seating for 2 people
- BBQ – please provide your own charcoal
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm
- Stunning views over the valley and rolling hills!
Step up two steps straight into the main space of the Shepherds Hut, a delightful area with cream panelled walls and wooden flooring, a cosy wood burner, window seat and fold-down dining table and chairs. The kitchenette is ideal for preparing simple meals, offering guests a Belfast sink, wooden worktop, a microwave with a grill, toaster, fridge with freezer box and a kettle. A two-hob electric cooker is available on request.
Separated from the rest of the space by a curtain, the bedroom compartment is cosy and private, offering guests a comfy double bed complete with wall-mounted flat screen TV.
A surprisingly spacious shower room, featuring a WC, washbasin and walk-in shower.
Guests at the Shepherds Hut have plenty of outdoor space, with a private hot tub, fire pit, charcoal BBQ, outdoor dining table + chairs and outdoor storage area for BBQ equipment. The Shepherds Hut benefits from some of the loveliest views on the whole estate – what better way to end a day than enjoying a BBQ and drink facing out over the luscious green hills?
Hen parties are permitted; however, we ask that Avon Farm rules are respected (see below) and where possible members of the group travel together to avoid extra traffic on the farm lane.
Avon Farm rules: This property is on a working farm, therefore all children must be accompanied and supervised by adults at all times around the farm as heavy machinery is often in use. Please respect the 10mph limit around the farm; keep to the 20mph limit on Avon Lane; no outside noise after 10pm; no hot tub use after 10pm; and lastly, please notify the owners if any outside services have been booked (e.g. a chef or supermarket delivery). When ordering a supermarket delivery choose Avon Farm on the drop down address menu, and clearly write SHEPHERDS HUT in the delivery instructions.
Enjoying the Farm and its Facilities
One of the biggest benefits about staying on a farm is there’s loads to see and do without even leaving the site, it’s great for families, friends and couples alike!
Avon Farm Cottages have secured fishing rights for their stretch of the river, just a short walk from the holiday cottages. Guests are welcome to fish in the river, own equipment and licence required.
Bicycles are available to hire from Clive and Serena.
Please help yourselves to chicken eggs. The chickens are beyond the car park through the opening onto the fields
Not far from the chickens is a family of goats. They like being fed vegetables, fruit, even bananas!
Walk past the past the goats, follow the path down to the river and take a riverside walk either way along the public foot paths.
The horses do not belong to the farm and are looked after by their owners who come daily to see them. Please do not feed the horses, but they are always happy for a stroke on the nose and a hello.
Next to the chickens is the poly tunnel, and when there is fresh produce, you’ll find some in your welcome pack, and can refill this when there is plenty. Feeling green fingered? The grounds of the farm are always in need to something, so feel free to help us keep the farm looking lovely. Whether that be a bit of weeding, dead heading, or just advice, we will welcome any help!
All around this field are many blackberry bushes, please help yourselves when they are ripe.
There are other tenants on the farm that either live with us in the converted barns, or just let a stable and field. They are all very nice, and always happy to answer any questions!
Saltford is a vibrant community of more than 4,000 residents situated on the A4 between Keynsham and Bath, alongside the River Avon and the Bath-Bristol cycle-path. Its location makes Saltford the perfect hub for activities in the Avon Valley. The village is surrounded by open countryside, with lanes, riverside walks and lovely views across the Avon Valley.
Saltford is widely known for its history, with the ‘old village’ lying within a Conservation Area and including St Mary’s Church (over 1,000 years old with a Saxon tower); Saltford Manor House, a Grade II listed building estimated to date to the Norman era and thought to be the oldest continuously occupied private house in England; and the restored Ancient Brass Mill (1720), which is a gem of industrial heritage.
At its heyday, the Brass Mill was at the cutting edge of technological and economic development. Today Saltford is a thriving community of over 200 successful businesses, many run as work-from-home enterprises. Saltford is also known for its wealth of activities and community involvement, all centred on the Saltford Community Association (www.saltfordhall.co.uk/links.html)
There is a thriving Saltford Environment Group and Saltford has been awarded Fairtrade Village Status. Saltford Golf Club has hosted the prestigious English Ladies Open Tournament and Saltford Lawn Tennis Club is a friendly, welcoming club where non-members are invited to play.
The biennial Saltford Festival in June showcases all that is best about Saltford, including music, dance, poetry, drama, comedy, exhibitions, talks, guided walks, competitions, and, of course, food and drink.
Here are some of the attractions and amenities close to Avon Farm Estate and Saltford: (see Saltford Community Association for more information)
- Historic Conservation Area (“Old village”) including St Mary’s Church and the restored Ancient Brass Mill (1720)
- Access to the Bristol and Bath railway cycle-path (13 miles of off-road cycling open to walkers and cyclists with pubs en-route)
- Access to the River Avon (Saltford Marina, Avon County Rowing Club, canal boating)
- Avon Valley Country and Wildlife Park (Pixash Lane, Keynsham)
- Open countryside and riverside walks in beautiful countryside directly from the Avon Farm Estate.
- Several character pubs and restaurants (see below)
- Sports facilities: floodlight tennis courts at Saltford Lawn Tennis Club; football and cricket at Saltford Playing Field (with licensed bar, live music and TVs) and golf at Saltford Golf Club.
- Theatre productions and other activities at Saltford Hall (Saltford Community Association)
- Library and Post Office: See saltfordhub.org/ for opening hours.
Pubs and Places to Eat in walking distance of Avon Farm Estate
Golden Moments – Fine Bengal Cuisine. Best Curry house for miles, friendly staff and super tasty food. (1 mile). Website: goldenmomentsbristol.co.uk/
The Crown in Saltford has great reviews for food, friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere, it also does the perfect gin and tonic. (1 mile from Avon Farm opposite the bus stop to Bristol and Bath). Website: thecrowninsaltford.com/
The Riverside Inn is 1 mile away, great location on the banks of the River Avon. The Shallows, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EZ. (1mile) Website: riverside-saltford.co.uk/
The Thai Cafe – not a public house, but an extremely tasty, efficiently run Thai café with great reviews about their tasty food. Alternatively order a takeaway. (0.9miles/5mins drive). Website: thaicafesaltford.co.uk/index.html
Tesco Express: Bath Rd, Saltford, Somerset, BS31 3HQ
Tel: 0345 674 6403
Waitrose: Broadmead Lane, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1ST
Best route into Bath: take the ‘Park and Ride’ bus service at Newbridge, postcode: BA1 3NB which operates every 10-15 minutes during the day, Monday to Sunday (and on certain bank holidays). The service operates every 20 minutes after 7.30pm in the evening. It does not operate on 25th/26th December; 1st January; or Easter Sunday.
Local shops and bus stops to Bath and Bristol can be found on the A4/main road.
The postcode for Avon Farm Estate is: BS31 3ET (please note this only takes you half way up the lane, follow Avon Lane till you see two large gates)
Avon Farm Estate is in the village of Saltford, just off the A36 (Bath Road), 6.5 miles north-west of Bath and about 8 miles south-east of central Bristol.
From London, take the M4 to junction 18 then follow the A46 towards Bath. At the village of Pennsylvania, take the A420 to Warmley. At Warmley turn left onto the A4171 towards Keynsham. At the A4/Bath Road turn left and stay on this road for approx. 2 miles. As you enter Saltford, turn left on to Norman Road and then continue straight on to High Street. Follow the hill down, passing the Bird in Hand pub on your right, continue under the railway bridge then take the first turning left onto Avon Lane. (If you continued straight on here you would come to the Jolly Sailor pub in a beautiful setting on the River Avon.) Continue along Avon Lane – an unlit country lane – for approx. half a mile until you reach the Avon Farm Estate sign, which directs you straight ahead to a black gate with an electronic keypad.
There are number of well-connected train stations within easy reach of Avon Farm Estate. Bath Spa is 6 miles away, 20 mins by car, and operates a very regular service from London Paddington, duration approx 90 mins. Keynsham is the closest station, 3.5 miles away, 10 minute drive and connects from Bath Spa or Bristol Parkway. Bristol Temples Meads is 8 miles away, 25-30 min drive and operates a regular service from London and Birmingham.
There is parking for up to 2 cars in the car park behind the horse arena for the Shepherds Hut.