The Hut, Iford

Glamping hut in Iford

What’s The Hut like?

This well-equipped shepherd’s hut is the ideal introduction to glamping – especially if you have your four-legged friend in tow. With acres of land to explore and all the mod-cons you’d expect from a hotel, it’s a brilliant way to dip your toe into experiencing the great outdoors.

The Hut is in the grounds of a family home, just outside Iford, East Sussex, but feels nice and secluded. The South Downs are on the doorstep while the historic town of Lewes is a couple of miles up the road and the bright lights of Brighton are a 15-minute drive away.

How dog-friendly is The Hut?

Very. The Hut is a real haven for dogs, with around three acres of enclosed land to explore. Look out for the flowerpot full of tennis balls and the bones laying around in the garden – it truly is a doggy heaven!

Guests travelling with a four-legged friend will need to bring their own pet bedding and food but rest assured, you will have a fabulous time whatever the weather – and there’s no extra charge for dogs.

Bed pulled out inside glamping hut at Iford

Tell me more about The Hut

The rustic wooden Hut has been thoughtfully decorated and is surprisingly spacious inside. The comfy full-size bed is the focus of the room but there’s also space for a kitchenette and table and chairs for two.

There are plenty of things to keep you occupied on rainy days, from games and books to suggestions for days out. If you’re in danger of relaxing too much, however, the Wifi and DAB radio will keep you connected to the modern world.

There’s full power in the Hut but no running water – you’ll have to go to the stable block for that. It’s also where you will find the kitchen and eco-friendly bathroom, complete with shower, off-grid toilet (it’s not as scary as it sounds) and Scandinavian-style sauna.

We were lucky enough to visit when the weather was good so made the most of the Hut’s outdoor space. It would be wonderful in winter though, when you can curl up in front of the electric fire with a hot water bottle beside you.

A happy Ernie at Bun + Bean in Lewes

What’s the food like at The Hut?

Guests book the Hut on a self-catering basis but a generous breakfast is provided. All dietary requirements can be catered for too, which is great. Our vegetarian feast consisted of sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, beans, fresh bread and croissants. We were also treated to homemade jam, freshly-squeezed orange juice, a selection of cereals and yoghurt.

Cook it all up in the nearby kitchen area which has everything you need to create a culinary masterpiece. There’s a pizza oven, if you fancy making your evening meals, plus a table for two and fresh flowers.

As mentioned earlier, the Hut itself has a small kitchenette with an induction hob and kettle. There is a good selection of tea, coffee and hot chocolate to enjoy and the homemade apple cake went down a treat, too.

If you fancy eating out, there are loads of dog-friendly places nearby. Helpfully, walking maps are provided with detailed directions from the Hut. We took a 25-minute stroll to The Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell – and if you’re in Lewes, don’t miss Bun + Bean. This cool vegetarian cafe serves handmade burgers, freshly brewed coffee and local craft beer. The above picture of Ernie was taken in the cafe’s sunny courtyard garden.

Wookie, the resident lurcher at The Hut in Iford

Are there resident dogs at The Hut?

Oh yes. Wookie, the resident lurcher, is a very friendly girl who makes a great playmate. She loves human affection too and will often pop in to the Hut for a snuggle. That’s her pictured above, making herself at home on Ernie’s bed!

Where are the best dog walks near The Hut?

You can pick up the Greenwich Meridian Trail from the bottom of the garden. This long-distance footpath follows the line of the Prime Meridian and runs for more than 270 miles from Peacehaven in East Sussex to Sand le Mere in East Yorkshire.

From the Hut, turn left to walk to the historic town of Lewes (approximately two miles) or right to Rodmell, where writer Virginia Woolf once lived. Follow in her footsteps by doing this lovely six-mile walk, as recommended by The Guardian newspaper. Be prepared for a mix of footpaths, bridleways and overgrown sections of field!

The South Downs National Park is also easily accessible from the Hut and offers miles upon miles of walking opportunities. The city of Brighton is just seven miles away too, should you be in need of some beach action or a stroll around quirky shops. Dog owners should check out my Ruff Guide to Brighton & Hove here.

Ernie explores fields around The Hut, Iford

What Ernie loved about The Hut

Playing with Wookie for hours on end, the freedom to roam, the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside

What I loved about The Hut

Cuddles with Wookie, the cosy feel of the hut, the sauna

How to book The Hut

A night at the Hut starts from £60, including breakfast. For more information, check out the listing on Airbnb.

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