Original Hut

Unique Camping and Glamping in Bodiam, East Sussex

Glamping in beautiful Hand built Shepherds’ huts sited in a sunny glade in the woods, or camp in small secluded woodland on our 200 acre family farm. Wander through the orchards to the National Trust’s Bodiam castle and the local pub; take a ferry ride down the river, hop on a steam train, take part in adventure activities or just relax in front of the camp fire and enjoy the beautiful countryside.

Coronavirus COVID-19:

UPDATED 26/05/2020

Please contact us directly by email info@original-huts.co.uk to book your camping or hut stay! 

Hi de hi Campers,

We’ve been working hard here at The Original Hut HQ! As I’m sure you are all aware, we very rarely allow anything to stop us doing what we love; giving you the place to create unforgettable memories. Now more than ever, we feel so lucky to be in the place that we are; on a 180-acre family run farm in the East Sussex village of Bodiam. Being within an hour and a half’s drive or train journey from London and Brighton, we are the perfect escape from the city.

We wanted to try and briefly explain the measures we are putting in place to allow social distancing. Our social distancing policy is for the worst case scenario. We have not been given any government guidelines yet, this is just what we believe will be the first phase of opening.

Camping

  • We will be opening two extra fields beside the river allowing us to create spacious pitches that are 18 meters wide.
  • Given the shorter season this summer and our additional pitches we will be able to invite camper vans and caravans to the site.
  • We will be asking people to bring their own camping loo, shower and pop up tent as all communal facilities will be shut. We will have emergency toilet packages to be purchased on arrival if you forget but there may not be availability so please purchase beforehand.
  • We will have a place for disposal of the contents – as far away from the campsites as possible!
  • There will be standpipes for access to clean drinking water.
  • To allow for social distancing you will be allowed to park next to your tent.
  • We will allow campfires and BBQs and will continue to assess health and safety risks with the local fire brigade accordingly!
  • This will be monitored as we open and hopefully, we will be able to phase in the reopening of communal facilities.

 

Shepherd Huts

  • Each unit is several meters away from the next, with each having their own outside space.
  • We will be adding additional portable toilets meaning each hut will have its own allocated toilet.
  • the only communal area will be the showers which will have a schedule of use.
  • All cleaning will be done in line with the government COVID-19 Guidelines.
  • To help us protect our staff, we would expect guests to double bag waste and remove them from the unit, bins will be provided. We will supply a black bag for used bedding at the end of your stay.

Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

  • A Low deposit of just 20% to secure your booking.
  • Balance not due until 10 days before your holiday, in case of late changes to Coronavirus guidance.
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings for up to 18 months in the event of Coronavirus restrictions.
  • Due to low deposit and late balance payment, no refunds are offered.

 

Currently we are unsure of how or if our onsite Licensed Café will be allowed to open. However, we promise we will not leave you to fend for yourselves! As we pride ourselves in being the meeting place for local produce, we will have a selection of food hampers available for pre-order. We have reared our own pigs and chickens and have spent the lockdown time invested in our own veggie patches. Luckily with our license we’ll also be able to provide you with a selection of local beers, ciders and wines too!

 

We want to reassure you as much as possible that we are doing everything in our power to input Social Distancing Measures across every aspect of what we do here at The Original Hut Company.

 

Best wishes to all and stay safe,

Love Anna, Nick & The Hut Team x

This page remains under constant review, due to the rapidly changing circumstances, please check back regularly for any updates.

Beautiful, Comfortable, Sustainable

Hand built by Nick here on the farm in the tiny village of Bodiam in East Sussex, our huts are based on the idea of an old Shepherd’s hut. What makes them unique in today’s market is that (in true agricultural fashion) they are built using reclaimed, recycled and locally sourced materials wherever possible. The aim of this is to make them of the lowest possible environmental impact.

Camping and Tabernacles

Bring your own tent, or alternatively we have beautiful tin tabernacles available for hire, that will be all set up and waiting for you on your arrival in one of our picturesque campsites. Our campsites offer wash huts with 2 loos and 2 piping hot showers, private fire pit per pitch and a covered seating area in case of any changes in the Great British weather!

Original Hut Company, Bodiam, East Sussex. Camping and Glamping.

Publicity & Testimonials

We have recently been featured at number 18 in the The Telegraph’s ‘Best UK and Europe Glamping Holidays’


Here is a link to a lovely blog site called This is Your Kingdom, written by one of our guests:

www.thisisyourkingdom.co.uk/ article/glamping-in-east-sussex


This is what Giovanna Fletcher had to stay about their stay with us in her Blog for ‘HELLO’ August 2014:

blog.hellomagazine.com/ giovannafletcher


Metro Online have us down as Trendy (not a word often associated with Nick and I!):

metro.co.uk/2014/07/30/ 7-amazing-camp-sites-in-the-uk-to-visit-this-summer-on-a-staycation


Here is a link to a piece which was recently published in our local paper:

www.courier.co.uk/ Glamping-retreat-Bodiam-huge-success


And we made The Independent Top 10 best exclusive – use campsites in Britain 2014!:

www.independent.co.uk/ travel/uk/the-best-exclusiveuse-campsites-in-britain


And a piece by Inspired Camping:

www.inspiredcamping.com/ environmentally-friendly-campsite