A few weeks ago, as a birthday treat and way to celebrate finishing his Countryside Management course at Sparsholt College, Kieran and I decided to spend the night in our favourite place in a lovely little shepherd’s hut. New Forest Glamping, which is located in the beautiful village of Bransgore in the New Forest, offers visitors the chance to go off grid – but with a little luxury too.
Upon arrival, host Darren greeted us at the gate and gave us an overview of the hut and its facilities, and gave us our keys. Offering guests stunning views of the grounds, which is home to an array of wonderful wildlife such as horses, rabbits and chickens, as well as a range of amenities such as a fully fitted bathroom, wood burner, bed and even expresso maker for Kieran’s much needed coffees, it didn’t take long for us to fall in love with it.
The shepherd’s hut also includes a fridge, cutlery, hob and oven, which doubles up as a microwave, as well as a barbecue for those summer evenings on the deck.
After settling in (and of course, making myself a cuppa!), we decided to make the most of our location by taking a short bike ride into Burley for dinner. While we drive into the forest on a regular basis, nothing quite beats taking in the views without a car window slightly obscuring the view and getting some fresh air at the same time too.
We deliberated for a while about whether to head to The White Buck, which is one of our favourite spots or give The Queens Head a try, which we regularly pass on our trips into Burley. I’m so glad we decided on The Queens Head pub, which is situated in the centre of town, as here I tried their vegan burger, which is without a doubt my favourite so far! The warm weather definitely called for a cold cider, with Kieran opting for his usual ale. Another lovely spot to add to our favourites!
The next morning, both Kieran and I woke up feeling refreshed and totally content in our surroundings. Check out was at 11am, so Kieran and I decided to head to The Cider Pantry for breakfast, where we discovered that they make the most amazing apple and ginger juice – perfect for a hot summer’s day! They also did a hearty vegan breakfast, which was ideal fuel for our walk in nearby Rhinefield.
While we only stayed for the evening, we’re eager to head back soon. I can just imagine waking up on a crisp autumn or winter morning, starting up the wood burner and cosying up to take in the beautiful view!