Otter Camp | Shepherd's hut in Gloucestershire | Canopy & Stars

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Otter Camp - Shepherd's hut in Gloucestershire

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Great Farm

Suitable for children of all ages

Pets welcome

Children and pets are welcome, though dogs must be kept on a long lead as sheep and cattle graze nearby.

A touch of Swallows & Amazons in the Cotswolds. A riverside camp of peace and charm with a private woodfired hot tub

Otter Camp consists of two shepherd's huts, one of which is your bedroom and the other the bathroom, plus a fisherman's hut, which is your lounge and kitchen. The three are hidden away together in a clearing, with the riverbank and the woodland forming natural boundaries to the front and the rear. There's also your own private wood-fired hot tub in a secluded glade nearby.

As you wind your way along the leafy path through the trees and walk across the narrow footbridge over the river to reach Otter Camp, it's easy to imagine you've strayed into the Swallows & Amazons novels.
The shepherd's hut that serves as the sleeping quarters has a comfortable full-sized double bed and a traditional woodburning stove. The second shepherd's hut, just next door, holds the modern bathroom, with shower, toilet and basin. And the fisherman's hut, with its comfy chairs and wind-up radio is a great place to curl up with a book and shelter from the midday sun. A ladder on the bank gives access to the river for paddling or swimming, and you can glimpse the eponymous otters, who can occasionally be seen playing in the water.

Our guests say...

The location was amazing really secluded and private. We all loved the hot tub under the stars. The walks were nice and the small villages were lovely, great to walk around and relax. Being away from everything was one of the main benefits, back to basics, but it was really nice not to be pestered by today's technology and have a new freedom of no contact from the outside world. If you want to forget about everything for a few days or longer I would recommend this break it really does recharge the batteries and leave you refreshed.



We really enjoyed the location and the setting of the camp. Shepherds Huts were beautiful and the bed was super comfy. It was also a treat to have a bathroom connected to the mains water supply.



A very chilled couple of days. Just the right mix of roughing it and luxury. Cooking and lounging in front of a fire pit, lazing in the hot tub (which after I got a bit keen with the fire wood was almost too hot) and then falling asleep in the shepherds Hut with the doors open listening to the otters in the stream.



We had the best stay at otters camp and we will definitely be back!!



A fabulous stay! We loved the camp and it's situation right next to the river. It's really secluded and peaceful, which was just what we were looking for. We were lucky to have hot and sunny weather (and no rain!). The hot tub nestled in the trees was great once we'd got it going.



Stayed here for my boyfriends birthday as a treat. Had a lovely weekend in a tranquil and pretty setting. The hot tub was great although it does take a lot of effort to get it warm do be prepared to work for your relaxation. Would be even nicer in the summer I imagine.



When we arrived at great farm to meet leoni she took us the where we could park our warned its a walk across two small fields to get to the edge of the camp...something we weren't prepared for but it was fine! She showed us each area of the camp and told us a few hints and tips for walks and wildlife which was really helpful and nice to have some leaflets of the local area! After venturing to get our wellies (much needed) we settled in the camp really quickly! It was very basic but has everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay and is all very clean...considering we were surrounded by mud! We had such fun lighting fires and walking along the river. When we eventually got the hot tub hot it was sooo relaxing sitting under the stars and fun when it started to rain! The local area is beautiful and well worth the explore..we did this in the mornings and relaxed at the camp later in the day! All round an excellent 3night break that we will be doing again in the future!



Three nights at the otter camp at great farm in the Cotswolds. It was excellent, all the joys of camping but with none of the inconveniences.



We had an amazing weekend at Otter Camp. The location is absolutely wonderful, secluded and so peaceful - everything we needed. I could stay there forever just listening to the river flowing. The facilities were great, bed was bigger than we thought (my husband is 6'3 and was big enough for him), shower had plenty of hot water, everything was great. The wood burner in the bedroom is a plus. We tried to light the hot tub but took too long to heat up, maybe because it was an average of 5 degrees outside anyway. We spent our evenings watching the stars, by the outside fire and listening to owls whilst sipping in some wine. The walks are great as well and the towns around are really pretty and worth a visit. We will definitely come back one day.



We arrived in sunshine and left in sunshine with two days of rain, & one of sunshine in between. It was very easy to cope with rainy days as we were warm, dry and well stocked up with food & reading materials. The day of sunshine demonstrated just how perfect Otter Camp was for outdoor living. The hot tub was a great challenge!



Absolutely perfect. Peaceful, secluded, beautiful, wonderful walks and wildlife. Most comfortable bed we've ever slept in. Can't wait to return!



Absolutely perfect. Night in a hot tub in October under the stars with bubbly, freshly picked blackberries soaked in Chambord liquer for pudding just amazing. Cooking on an open fire with just the right amount of equipment! Cosy bed and log burner, beautiful clean river, super local food - thank you Leonie xx



Our stay was more then we expected it to be, tranquillity, beauty and peace and quiet at a stunningly unspoilt location



Perfect relaxing location... just what we needed! Even though we were stuck in traffic and arrived late Leonie was very welcoming. Our dog loved it too! The hot tub was amazing and preparing it yourself was all part of the fun, it stayed hot for ages too. The bedroom hut was lovely and has a log burner to keep you warm. The bathroom has a constant supply of hot water which added to the luxury! We went on one walk to a nearby town but apart from that just enjoyed sitting by the log fire at the camp or paddling in the river. Would highly recommend



Otter Camp was a lovely collection of three log cabins - one for reading/eating, one for sleeping, and a bathroom. We spent a lot of time by the log fire. It was refreshing to be so close to nature - we could hear owls, geese, and many other birds. Once we were paddling in the river when a swan unexpectedly glided right past us! We stayed as a couple - and it was a good romantic location - but I imagine it would be perfect for young families to have such freedom to run around and swim in the river, right in the heart of nature! There were also pretty villages - Fairford and Lechlade - nearby which you could walk to, and Kelmscott Manor, home of William Morris, which was in a beautiful riverside location. A very relaxing holiday!



Otter Camp was in a wonderful location, beautiful and quiet. Also great for a quick drive into the village. The hot tub was a bonus and my husband enjoyed the challenge of heating it himself.



Fantastic location for re-connecting with the outdoors and relaxing! The hot-tub was a bonus. Overall, a beautiful place to stay.



Otter Camp was beautiful. The sleeping hut was so warm and cosy which, considering it rained for much of our visit, was a lovely place to snuggle up. The location was to die for and the view onto the river was like something from a storybook.



It was a joy! A very chilled break tucked away in the middle of nowhere. Such an escape from reality. Only issue was that we couldn't quite get the hot tub warm enough - but everything else was awesome.



When we arrived our hostess Leonie was very welcoming. Our camp wasn't what we expected at all, very secluded & quiet. A really wonderful spot for a quiet few days. The weather wasn't great, but that didn't ruin it for us. The wood fired hot tub was amazing! The dog absolutely loved it, he was in his element. It's so nice to be able to take dogs to this camp as the walks are perfect for dogs. We will definitely return to Otter Camp, and hope that the weather is better on our return.



From our arrival across the fields and footbridge this was everything we'd imagined and more. Leonie was a wonderful host - gave us everything we needed and the bags of quiet and privacy that we were after. Beautiful location and fantastic facilities for a unique and wonderful honeymoon. Other couples go to the Maldives, we go to the Cotswolds and hot tub in a hailstorm!



Had a great stay, just what it said on the tin! Lovely getting away from it all.



We had a wonderful stay at Otter camp. It was quiet, tranquil and very peaceful. I was really enjoyable getting back to nature. We didn't need to go anywhere in our car for our stay, which was great. We spent our time collecting fire wood, paddling in the river, reading, relaxing in the fab hot-tub, walking in the lovely countryside, and generally enjoying the nature around us. It was exciting to cook on the open fire which is something we've never done before. Even though the weather wasn't great we still had an amazing time. Our rescue dog, Maisie was in heaven ! we couldn't keep her out of the river - she loved her holiday as much as we did. Will definitely be returning !!



My wife and I stayed here to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We wanted to switch off from the world (no mobile phones for a whole weekend was brilliant). Most of our time was spent tending to the fires or trying in vain to catch crayfish with no idea of how to go about it! We were happy that our dog had free reign of the place and even had company of the owners dog for most of Saturday. We had a walk to Lechdale one afternoon and a lovely meal in the first pub we got too. The hot tub was a wonderful addition and much needed after the decision to brave the river for a quick paddle!



We loved this holiday. Great for lovers of the countryside and wildlife. Lovely south facing site adjacent to the beautiful River Coln. Wonderful cooking over an open fire, listening to nightingales and then luxuriating in a hot tub before bed in a cosy shepherds hut.



It was so lush - Leonie was extremely helpful and the setting in wonderful. It's a lovely 2-3 mile walk to anywhere which is exactly what we wanted: a stroll down to the pub and back, plenty to do or not to do as you like. Cirencester museum was fun and there is so much good food around. The Gin bar is fabulous but has peculiar opening times - managed to get one drink in though. Can hire a boat at Lechlade which is really fun



Our stay at Otter Camp on Great Farm was heavenly. Leonie looked after us wonderfully, the position of the Shepherd's Huts couldn't have been better and there's loads of great walks and pubs nearby. We'll definitely be returning.



Absolutely fantastic stay at Otter Camp, I would go as far as to say that I have never been so relaxed in my life! We were the first guests to try the hot tub there and it was magical, it was quite cold outside but a quick dip in the tub warmed us up instantly. Leonie was so helpful and such a friendly host. We went on from Otter Camp to a 5* hotel but we longed to be back at the camp! Truly fantastic, beautiful location it was everything we had hoped and more. As soon as pay day rolls around this month I will be booking again for summer. I think Otter Camp may be my favourite place in the UK! We cooked an amazing jambalaya on the fire outside and it was delicious. Leonie recommended a great gin bar in Lechlade which isn't too far to walk to and I think it was the best gin I have ever tasted, thanks Leonie :-)



"We had a lovely honeymoon in this idyllic little spot. We had a friendly welcome from Leonie the owner and settled right in. The camp beautifully finished with a big comfy bed and pretty bathroom. There is plenty of great walks nearby and villages to visit"



"We had a wonderful time, it was so peaceful and relaxing."



"The accommodation was great. The owner was so friendly and helpful. Weather was superb. Saw hardly any people."



"Very enjoyable couple of days, ideal spot to get away from it all. Nestled in a clearing by the river it was beautifully sheltered with not a breath of wind which made the sun feel even warmer and the whole area more tranquil. The facilities were well kept and suited the purpose perfectly. Leone was very friendly and welcoming and very helpful with anything we required."



"it was absolutely fantastic. We had great fun and there was a lot to see in the local area. The huts were well equipped and we really enjoyed cooking over the campfire. Would definitely recommend it and would love to do it again!"



"Sent my daughter and husband, they really enjoyed it. They went for lovely walks and pub lunches."



"Really tranquil environment and lovely accommodation. Would definitely go back as we really enjoyed ourselves."



"We really enjoyed our stay, in particular the surroundings, the peace and quiet, the comfy bed and the fire pit."



"We absolutely loved the Otter Camp. It's a very beautiful, secluded spot, totally surrounded by nature. All you can hear are the birds singing in the trees and the stream bubbling past. Total bliss! The camp was really well equipped, and we didn't see another person the whole time we were there apart from the lovely owner Leonie who came and met us and gave us some great local info. Lots of gorgeous walks nearby, through truly beautiful countryside. We walked along the stream into Lechlade with only the ducks and butterflies as companions, and we had a delicious fresh trout for lunch by the river at the loevly Trout pub. It was all fab! Totally relaxing and soul nourishing - can't wait to go back!"



"A thoroughly muddy but very enjoyable stay! This camp is in a beautiful setting on the banks of the river. It was a wee bit too chilly for any paddling this time round - we even had hail storms! Although chilly, the wood burner in the bedroom hut keeps you warm at night. Would definitely recommend it - in the summer it must be idyllic."



"A fabulous place to stay enjoyed every minute. Great location cosy accommodation & good facilities. Loved the actual accommodation itself, fab location for exploring, and the river was great for swimming." 



"It was the most amazingly peaceful place we have ever stayed. Leonie was the perfect host. She showed us around the camp and gave us some information about the area. We also had a wonderful breakfast and picnic hamper that she made for us. We swam in the river, enjoyed the wildlife. Wonderful walks around the area. The camp was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. It was the most heavenly place, away from the humbug and buzz of the real world. We will go back for sure."



"The best things are the site, the venue, the owners help and the quality. The worst things was that we only stayed for 2 nights!"



"Thoroughly enjoyed our stay! It was relaxing, peaceful and located in a gorgeous secluded setting away from the hustle and bustle of our city life. Just what we were looking for in a countryside holiday.
Otter Camp exceeded our expectations from the moment we arrived! From our initial contact with the owner to how well equipped the camp was - there is really nothing we could find fault with except the end of our holiday came too soon! High points were the onsite facilities, evening camp fires, river side setting, amazing wildlife close by and the peaceful and quiet environment." 



"YES very much. It was a surprise for my fiance, and to say he enjoyed it is an understatement. Leonie welcomed us with a wonderful friendly smile, and was at hand when needed. Clean, romantic and peaceful have told all our family and friends."



"Absolutely fantastic stay we had a wonderful time and frankly will do it again - having the wood burner in the carriage made it a very cosy home away from home.  The walks in the area are wonderful too!"



"It was lovely. Leonie was very welcoming and friendly, the camp was well furnished and in a most beautiful private spot."



"Yes!  Wonderful setting, lovely comfy bed and gorgeous bathroom! Leonie was great with emails too before we arrived so we felt very welcome. It was amazing to re-charge the batteries and spend quality time with my hubby!"



"It was absolutely amazing. Loved every minute and as it was a surprise for my boyfriend's birthday I was extremely pleased with the stay. We loved it and plan to go back in the summer."



"I absolutely loved it. I took my boyfriend for his birthday, and whilst at times we were nauseatingly smug (red wine, stars and fires ...) it was perfect. Have become quite the salesperson for canopy and stars since!"



"It was most enjoyable even in October - very cosy. So peaceful, just wildlife for company. Being away from it all in such a rural setting was ideal for us.  Rather muddy but only to be expected in natural countryside by a river."



"We completely loved our stay! The whole secluded garden, Huckleberry Finn feeling was beyond gorgeous. We caught crayfish for dinner and picked blackberries for desert. I paddled in the crystal clear waters with the dog. It was practically perfect!"



"Loved every minute. It was a surprise for my partners birthday and he loved it. He does camping, I don't, so it was the perfect compromise. Lovely toilets and washing facilities, cosy bed, but the ability to cook on a camp fire and swim in the river with no-one around. Perfect!"



"Perfect location to spend our first two days of married life! Made very welcome, beautiful setting, peaceful location."



"Myself and my partner and our three dogs had the most amazing and relaxing holiday we have had in a long time and we did not want to come home, we could have lived there forever! The best thing about our stay was the complete solitude away from the madding crowd and our only neighbours being the birds and the cows!"



"The camp we stayed at was amazing and the location was beautiful and peaceful. it was great to not see anybody else unless we wanted to! Paddling in the river and having campfire at night was just what we needed."



"The location was fantastic, it was like stepping into another world. The river and wood were so pretty and being able to catch crayfish in your own part of the river whilst having amazing campfires to cook on made the whole experience incredibly romantic."



"We loved every minute. We caught and ate crayfish and trout, and we slept with the fire stoked. Being by the river was a delight and the absolute seclusion was exactly what we wanted, we saw one dog-walker for the whole of our stay."



"We really enjoyed our stay especially the secluded location and the peaceful surrounding. It was fantastic to be right by the river and to be led to our huts across two fields and through the undergrowth. It felt really magical."



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