Otter Camp - Shepherd's hut in Gloucestershire
Suitable for children of all ages
Children and pets are welcome, though dogs must be kept on a long lead as sheep and cattle graze nearby.
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.