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Otter Camp - Shepherd's hut in Gloucestershire

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Great Farm

  • Shepherd's hut for 2 from £90 per night
    1 double

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...

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

31/07/2015

Robyn

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.

24/06/2015

Charlotte

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.

01/06/2015

Rebecca

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!

18/05/2015

Cathy

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

08/05/2015

Bridget

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 !!

04/05/2015

Abigail

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!

01/05/2015

Neil

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.

27/04/2015

Chris

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

20/04/2015

jen

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.

17/04/2015

Amy

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 :-)

02/03/2015

Emma

"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"

27/10/2014

Alix

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

19/09/2014

Charlotte

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

28/07/2014

Stephen

"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."

15/06/2014

Andy

"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!"

06/06/2014

Elisabeth

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

24/05/2014

Marie

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

24/04/2014

Sarah

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

11/04/2014

Katy

"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!"

28/03/2014

Sophie

"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."

21/03/2014

Victoria

"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." 

15/07/2013

Caroline

"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."

17/06/2013

Julie

"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!"

05/06/2013

Matthew

"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." 

24/05/2013

Carol

"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."

10/05/2013

Dawn

"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!"

26/04/2013

Jeremy

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

15/04/2013

Jennifer

"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!"

05/04/2013

Vicki

"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."

15/10/2012

Sarah

"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!"

12/10/2012

Nicola

"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."

07/10/2012

Hilary

"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!"

22/08/2012

Veronica

"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!"

04/07/2012

Jenny

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

02/07/2012

Simon

"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!"

25/06/2012

Beverley

"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."

22/05/2012

Samantha

"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."

29/09/2011

Thomas

"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."

17/08/2011

Lucia

"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."

10/07/2011

Christine

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