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Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts Launches New Family-Friendly Offering

Kent-based Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts has launched its new family-friendly accommodation offering just in time for the start of the summer school holidays. ‘The Romney’ Hut joins two original huts (‘Rumwold’ and ‘Lookerer’) on a family-farm set amidst the wilds of the Romney Marsh. Sleeping two adults and up to two small children (or one older child), the bespoke designed new hut comes complete with an outdoor bath that has sweeping views across the marsh which is a sparsely populated wetland that’s designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The new hut is named in honour of the family’s Romney sheep, with the breed boasting a long legacy on the marsh, having been established in 1895.
 

Built by local craftsman, Julian, from Elham Valley Shepherds Huts using original 1900’s plans, families staying in the self-catering rental near Aldington can enjoy a rural retreat that incorporates a touch of luxury with an idyllic place to relax, recharge and get back to nature amidst vast open skies and miles of Kent countryside. The hut is located in an area that’s a paradise for walking, cycling, and exploring historic towns, quaint villages, ancient churches, and wildlife. The hut comes fully equipped with a double bed and bunk bed above, a kitchen including hob and outdoor fire pit, a built-in toilet and shower room and woollen goods and toiletries from the family’s sister business, Romney Marsh Wools (which won the 2021 award for the ‘Best National Artisan Brand’ at The Rural Business Awards).

 


During a stay with Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts, families have the option to enjoy a wide range of activities with local third party providers. Owner Kristina Boulden has worked with artists, artisans, and small businesses in her local community to curate a programme of creative, foodie, and active adventures for her guests to enjoy during a multi-activity mini break. Activities are individually priced as add-ons to give guests flexibility but Kristina can book these for guests. Some take place on site, others locally. Activity prices start from £25pp and include:
 
  • Alpaca Trekking with Alpaca Annie from £25pp
  • Bike hire with Channel Bike Hire from £25pp
  • Photography classes from £25pp for a 2.5 hour lesson from the comfort of the hut or spend the day learning analogue and camera less techniques such as cyanotypes and Lumen printing at a studio in nearby Evegate. Priced at £60 pp, including all equipment and lunch
  • Needle-felting tutorial sessions that take place in your hut and use wool sourced from sheep on the farm from £60pp for a three hour session 
  • A half day Marsh Jeep Safari from £70pp with Channel Bike Hire (picking up from the farm)
 
After a busy day exploring the marsh, families can order in picnic hampers (from £25pp), BBQ in a Box (from £25pp), and/or a Gourmet Dinner Service (from £30pp) to receive ‘finish at home’ style meals crafted by local company Kentish Home Feasts. After a sumptuous meal, it’s time to snuggle up in the cosy luxury hut wrapped in woollen goods from Romney Marsh Wools. Guests can also opt to have their hut stocked by Kristina with locally sourced breakfast produce (from £15 extra per booking). 
A one-night stay in ‘The Romney’ is priced from £220 for a family of four (2 adults; 2 children) – this works out at £55 per person per night. Two night stays are priced from £320. There is good availability throughout the coming months. Book via www.bloomstays.com/property/the-romney.

Images: Bethany Park

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