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The Shepherds Hut at Marley

(Ref. 1075279)

Marley near Barham, Kent, Kent Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "The shepherd's hut is located in a secluded area of the farm."

    It was very cosy once we lit the log burner. There was everything we needed and a very comfortable bed. The outside area was secure for our escape artist terrier so we didn't worry about letting him out on his own. The surrounding area is great for walking. We walked to The Mermaid pub but they don't do food on Mondays so we walked on to The Black Robin. Our lunch there was excellent. Considering Marley is only 7 miles from Canterbury the roads are very quiet. Thank you Lucy and Steve - we would love to return, perhaps in Spring or Autumn.

    Reviewed by Lori5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a great stay at the Shepherds Hut at Marley, with its wonderful surroundings."

    There were great local walls that we enjoyed with our dog. The hut was so snug and comfortable with everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Ryan5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lucy was fantastic, she was friendly and obliging over text and helping me get in."

    The Hut itself is a beautiful thing. I was able to cook easily and one can make the space quite toasty of a chilly evening if you so wish. Its on a very pretty farm; I enjoyed seeing Velvet the pig in the morning from the bathroom window and loved the horse who would often approach the enclosure out of carefree curiosity. The Hut door faces the sunrise. As I was there to meditate and relax, I was delighted to discover the open to public spiritual gardens and yurt of "The Quiet View" only two minutes up the road (give it a google). I really enjoyed the country lane and woodland walks the surrounding area had to offer. I was surprised how quiet and left to my own devices I could get as its only 7 miles from a city. I popped into Canterbury for the Cathedral (and Tesco) and it was only 20 mins on the bus with a £2 card tap. That said, a breezy walk into next village Barham has quite a nice shop and Bishopsbourne the other way had a nice pub and cafe. About 150m up the road from the Hut was a blue plaque for the Sculptor Henry Moore who lived there in the 30s (for any fellow nosy art nerds out there!). A really gorgeous stay, I shall return.

    Reviewed by Karl5.0Oct 2023

  • "We were delighted with the location and the peace and quiet."

    A great deal of fun for those who also love having the farm animals close by. It’s coming to end of the season so some of the pots maybe need updating/replacing, otherwise everything worked well for us.

    Reviewed by David3.8Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Shepherds Hut."

    Lucy was extremely helpful and friendly and the accommodation was so comfy and had everything we needed. We enjoyed sitting out and just enjoying the peace and countryside. We loved meeting the pig and sheep too. Outdoor space was enclosed meaning we had comfort the dog was safe. Would recommend :)

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Aug 2023

  • "Loved the Shepherds Hut Clear instructions to get there, amazing rural location in area of outstanding natural beauty but close to Canterbury & Dover The hut is surrounded by farm animals, sheep grazing all day & an impressive pig called Violet The hut is well appointed, v comfortable bed & good shower We loved fact we could cook outside on an open fire Only noise you could hear at night was owls!"

    Very friendly welcome & easy check in, loved the informality & chance to get away from it all in the peace of the countryside. No TV which is fab but excellent WiFi Great that we could bring our dog called Marley & he enjoyed it, as much as us for sure Amazing experience & we plan to return

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely stunning location."

    Beautiful hut set in lovely grounds. I was met on arrival as planned otherwise left to my own devices which was great. Guide to hut available with contact numbers should I need anything. Beautifully decorated hut and very comfortable. Was nice to have bread, eggs and milk left as well as lots of books to read and maps/guides available for local area. Will definitely recommend and will go back. Thanks so much

    Reviewed by Daryl5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful location, friendly welcome, farm animals made great neighbours!"

    Reviewed by Diane4.7Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful location and the Shepherd's Hut is lovely with great views down the valley."

    Ideal for exploring the Downs and Canterbury, Folkestone and Whitstable as well as having some excellent local walks and a fab pub a short walk away. Only comment is that a corkscrew would be handy - I couldn't open my wine!

    Reviewed by Carl4.7Jun 2023

  • "Had an excellent week."

    Everything we needed was provided and cabin is surprisingly spacious. We loved the surroundings and animals being very close. Dog can be off lead when in the gated enclosed space. BBQ and fire pit a lovely bonus. Kent AONB and local wooded walks add to the natural beauty of the location.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely couple of days the surroundings were lovely too and it was great to see all the animals the dog loved it as well and the owners were very nice they just left you to it ."

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jun 2023

  • "The hut was a perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway."

    It was situated in the countryside with lovely backdrop of rolling hills. The sheep and resident pig in the next patch was lovely company. The hut was clean, and nicely decorated. Comfortable bed and adequate cooking facilities. The host provided bread, eggs and milk which was a nice welcome. It was a little tricky finding the location of the hut but we saw a little sign and the hostess came to meet us and was very friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0May 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our stay in The Shepherds Hut."

    It was clean, cosy and had the necessary amenities. It’s a close drive to a couple of nice local pubs and 10mins from Canterbury. Lots of lovely countryside surround the area and it’s in an ideal location! We will return at some point!

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Feb 2023

  • "The only minor point (as the rest of the hut is perfect) was that the shower holder wasn't very good at holding the shower head in place."

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Dec 2022

  • "Had a 3 night stay in the shepherds hut with our dog, great place to unwind and relax with plenty of outside space which was securely fenced off."

    Will definitely be making a return visit

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Aug 2022

  • "Fabulous location and lovely quirky and comfortable Shepherd's Hut."

    Had everything we needed including thoughtful welcome breakfast pack. Our young dog enjoyed the new sights, sounds and smells, even the enormous pig next door to us! Wonderful lunch too at the Jackdaw pub in Denton. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely little hut in a beautiful location."

    Very peaceful and loved Violet and the Portland sheep! I would happily return.

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Aug 2022

  • "Great accommodation and a beautiful location"

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very nice place, lovely views and great place to unwind."

    All round a lovely peaceful place to chill. I would recommend a visit to The Haywain, lovely food and great entertainment.

    Reviewed by Tony4.7Jul 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay was very relaxing and nice to get away from it all."

    Lovely fields and animals surrounding the shepherds hut especially miss piggy who liked to come and say hello.The shepherds hut was very comfortable and had everthing we needed. Some bread eggs and milk were left for us which was a nice touch. We would definitely return and stay there again. Also lovely resturaunts the pig and the bridge inn in the next village 10 mins away the food was amazing.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2022

  • "The shepherd’s hut was ideally placed in the corner of a field fenced off from the sheep, pig & horse that were close by - if you love farm animals as I do, this is the place for you."

    The hut is nicely fitted out & comfortable - obviously space is at a premium but you have everything you need including a little wood burning stove which makes it very cosy. The cooking facilities are quite adequate for one-pot meals or stir-fries - there are 2 rings which are super-fast. You won’t manage to do a roast as there is no oven but there are nearby pubs that do good meals. There is a toaster & a fridge & a separate bathroom with shower. Canterbury is a very short driving distance & is always a delight to visit. Happily back to its busy, buzzing self after Covid. A lovely place to stay - owners provided bread, milk & eggs - what more could you want for a lovely countryside break?

    Reviewed by Janis5.0May 2022

  • "Everything you would wish for in a relaxing few days away The animals were the best neighbours I've ever had Loved it"

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2022

  • "We had such a lovely stay in the hut."

    It had everything you might need and has been designed in such a beautiful way. We loved watching the lambs out the window and having a cosy fire in the evenings. Lots of places to visit nearby. Would recommend phoning ahead to the local pubs as we struggled to find somewhere that food (it might have just been bad luck). Would definitely return and highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Elly5.0Apr 2022

  • "Wow. This was my first ever solo trip away to clear my head and what a place to stay!"

    I felt safe, cosy and very welcome, I cannot recommend enough!!

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a really lovely stay here in December, the shepherd's hut was immaculate and it was in a great location."

    We loved hearing the owls at night and felt fully rested after a few days. The owner has clearly put alot of thought into attention to detail and it was really appreciated so we will absolutely be coming back. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Ellen5.0Dec 2021

  • "A great experience all round thank you very much."

    Simple check in, simple check out and everything in between was perfect. The log burner is a lovely touch and my wife loved having horses, pigs and sheep to talk to.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2021

  • "A quiet and cosy home with beautiful scenery to top it all off."

    The property was clean, the bathroom and kitchen facilities basic but excellent quality - everything you could need for a little getaway to Kent. Perfect if you want to sightsee Kent, easy and quick drive to Dorset or Canterbury. It is such a charming property with its fireplace indoors and a campfire outside where you can stargaze or just enjoy the peace and quiet. Lucy and her family were great hosts, gifting us a few farming goods for breakfast, very responsive but also respected our space and left us to enjoy our holiday. It was great that the property was dog-friendly as well so we could bring our dog with us.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Oct 2021

  • "Wonderful place to stay."

    Fabulous views. Very cosy. Nice touch to have some essentials supplied too.

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0Sep 2021

  • "Relaxed, tranquil and chilled experience."

    Our first time in a Shepherd's Hut. Quirky but enjoyable. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    The hut was tastefully kitted out in beautiful surroundings. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Aug 2021

  • "Gorgeous on every level , have booked to come back in September,can’t wait!"


    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in the Shepherds hut."

    The facilities were very good and we had a warm welcome. We were able to store enough food in the fridge to prepare simple meals on 2 ring hob. The view was wonderful. The animals and birds around us made us feel very relaxed. We would be very happy to stay again.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2021

  • "The shepherds hut was immaculate and cosy and all the personal touches really made us feel welcomed."

    The local produce was delicious. The site of the hut was really private and it was wonderful to be surrounded by wildlife. We had a really friendly welcome from the owners and we’d couldn’t recommend this shepherd’s hut more highly.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jun 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Open-plan living with kitchenette, dining area and a double bed
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Woodburning stove
  • Electric hob, fridge, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Garden with log burner/barbecue and furniture
  • One dog is accepted
  • Sorry, no smoking at this property
  • Shop 2.2 miles, pub 1.2 miles
  • Note: The owner will be able to offer fresh produce for breakfast if the guests request it

The property

Situated on the fringes of the owner’s smallholding, presenting an enviable position surrounded by green fields, ever-growing wildlife and buttercups, is The Shepherds Hut at Marley.

With lovely views and location, within walking distance of two pubs, this humble abode can offer the ideal romantic getaway for a couple.

If you are looking to explore the wonderful countryside and coastline of the South East of England, this is the spot for you, where you can relax and unwind on return from each magical day out with your better half.

Climb inside to find a beautifully decorated shepherd's hut featuring a kitchenette for you to stow away chilled drinks and essentials in the fridge, cook a light meal on the electric hob and do your washing up at the Belfast sink.

While the kettle boils away for your morning tea after you've had your shower in the separate shower room, prepare a spot of breakfast and enjoy it at the dining table, before heading out for the day to explore the area.

On return, you can sit outside of an evening and soak up what's left of the summer sunshine and when it gets cooler, light the log burner and get all cosy under a blanket and the starry night sky, there is also an electric wall heater.

You also have a woodburning stove within the shepherd's hut to take the chill off before you get into bed.

The village of Kingston, just moments away is home to The Black Robin pub, while Barham village has The Duke of Cumberland, each accessible on foot.

This is also a good area for cycling and the nearby city of Canterbury has many tourist attractions to grab your attention, including the oldest cathedral in England.

You can take a boat trip out on the River Stour and drink in the wonderful, scenic views and ancient history or perhaps you might want to explore one of the many walking trails in the city.

If you like long walks though, the North Downs Way is not to be missed, where you'll discover history at each twist and turn.

Find the perfect escape with your loved one at The Shepherds Hut at Marley.

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About the location


Canterbury 7.4 miles; Dover 11.1 miles

Barham is a country village in the district of Kent, formed of two hamlets and enjoying a wonderful position near Canterbury and the south coast. It is the ideal village from which to explore fine scenery and over a thousand years of history. The famous and colourful city of Canterbury has cobbled streets and a long history, its cathedral being the oldest in England and well worth a visit. You will find cosmopolitan restaurants to dine out of an evening, or during the day you can choose to meander along the high street and enjoy a spot of shopping before having a light lunch at one of the traditional pubs. There are many walking trails within this city, eager to be explored by tourists visiting from far and wide, while the River Stour offers wonderful boat trips on which you can peruse Canterbury's ancient architecture and beckoning views. Blean Woods National Nature Reserve allows you to get lost in your imagination with miles of walking and cycling routes, a plethora of wildlife and 11 square miles of ancient woodland. You might be lucky enough to spot woodpeckers and nightingales as you wander through mature oaks in the Spring or late April and May, and be sure to look out for the for the rare heath fritillary butterfly during the Summer. If you fancy a day out to the coast, you have Whitstable, Herne Bay and Margate all within driving distance to the North of Barham, whilst the port town of Folkstone to the South, has an array of art galleries and a lovely harbour. Explore the 153 mile-long North Downs Way National Trail and its spectacular scenery, which stretches through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Barham is a lovely spot for a holiday in Kent.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas