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About Us

We (Simon and Karen) have lived in Haselbury Plucknett since 1998, loving village life and making firm friends over the years. Our two sons have lived here their whole lives and it was when they were due to leave home for university that I started thinking of building a temporary dwelling in the small orchard at the front of our property for holiday let. We had originally met through agriculture as did  Fred & Esme, the couple who built our home, and so a shepherd's hut seemed an appropriate style of accommodation for our guests, as it united our two love stories.

Simon is pretty clever with his hands, I don't mind getting stuck in as well,  and so a basic Shepherd's Hut kit was ordered from Blackdown Shepherd Huts and away we went. We managed to complete the whole project, from delivery of the kit to our first guests arriving, within 5 months. We worked during weekends, evenings, and the occasional time off work. You'll see in the images below that there has been a lot of cutting, hammering, painting, and fitting, but we're so pleased with the results and hope you will come, stay and enjoy the space we've created.


Esme's Escape Shepherd's hut is located in a small orchard in the centre of Haselbury Plucknett, a picturesque South Somerset village. It is tucked away from the main thoroughfare and is often complimented on its tranquillity.  As you will see from the photos we are nestled between residential houses and the Church and yet can offer a spacious, self contained area for our guests, with an outdoor seating area with a log-fired Hot Tub, perfect for dining and relaxing in the country air.  The Orchard features tools and workbenches that Fred & Esme used when they lived here.  Walkers will enjoy the proximity to The Liberty Trail and The Parrett Trail.

Locally Sourced
Breakfast Ingredients
Private BBQ &
Dining Area
Parrett Trail &
Liberty Trail
Flushing Toilet
Electric Shower

Complete perfection, we loved it here. romantic, loved everything about this beautiful shepherd's hut - the story, facilities and garden.

Mark S  June '22

Simply brilliant place... sitting in the hot tub was Bliss! Loved the story about Esme... as my mother was a Land Army girl

Paul M June '22

It was very romantic for our anniversary holiday. We've been in the hot tub every night, made our own pizzas and had late night roasting marshmallows.

Izzy W May '22

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