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Withywood Shepherd's Hut

Sussex, United Kingdom

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Merrion Farm

Suitable for children of all ages

Pets welcome

Explore the South Downs, tour the farm, then get cosy around the campfire in the heart of the woods


Merrion Farm, the setting for Withywood Shepherd’s Hut and Withyfield Cottage has been in the Griffiths family for nearly 100 years. Its owners, Alan and Janice, are dairy farmers and their 100 faithful cows supply milk to the local shop. They somehow also find the time for their other venture: creating beautiful, eco-spaces, crafted almost completely from materials found on the farm. 

The hut is a perfect couples’ hideaway with a double bed, sheepskin rugs and colourful patchwork cushions dotted around - but that’s not all! Pull out one single bed, drop down the other and it can be transformed into a snug family hut for four. The hot shower and flushing loo are in a separate wooden cabin, along with a kitchen which is great for knocking up a rustic feast from your welcome hamper.

Badgers, barn owls, bats and woodpeckers all call these woodlands home. Arrive in springtime and you’ll be walking out through reams of wild bluebells. There’s lots of keep you amused; take the complimentary tour of the farm including milking-time, discover the nearby South Downs National Park, visit some historic Sussex villages, or take a drive to the coast. When night falls gather around the campfire and swap stories late into the night.


The important stuff

  • Check in: 3 pm
  • Check out: 11 am
  • Please bring a torch and wellies
  • 12v power point and 2 USB sockets inside the hut
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • One double

Extra space available

Space for 1 baby no charge. Please bring own travel cot

Space for 1 pet from £25 per pet per stay If you'd like to bring more, please call to discuss

Space for 2 children no charge. sleeping on pull out single beds


  • Camp fire
  • Small gas cooker and hob
  • Wood burning stove 
  • cool box with ice packs


  • Hot water (gas boiler)
  • Shower (in cabin about 20 steps from the hut)
  • Flushing toilet (in cabin about 20 steps from the hut)

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Bed linen and towels provided 
  • Wood burner
  • Portable gas heater
  • 12 volt lights throughout (solar powered)

Getting there

Merrion Farm, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 8EH

Front entrance: ///print.harnessed.firms

By public transport

Horsham or Shoreham are the nearest train stations and Horsham also has the nearest bus stop, both are 10 miles away. Janice, the owner, is happy to pick you up from nearby Partridge Green and can advise on buses from the station.

By car - satnav will bring you straight to the end of the farm drive, using the postcode

From the M25 - leave at Junction 7, then keep left and join the M23, sign posted Brighton and Gatwick Airport. The M23 turns into the A23 after about 15 miles. Leave the A23 after another 6.5 miles to join the A272. At the roundabout take the 4th exit onto the A272, signposted London, Petersfield. At the next roundabout, (approx 4 miles), take the 1st exit onto the A281 (Henfield). After 2.5 miles turn right onto Partridge Green Road B2116, continue along here for another .75 miles. At mini-roundabout continue forward onto High Street - B2116. At the end of the High Street, turn left onto the B2135 (Steyning). After 1.5 miles you will go over the river, take the drive which is the 2nd on the left after the bridge, just after the post box on the right. There is a sign with a cow and Merrion Farm on it. (If you go past the Fountain Inn you have gone too far.)

Food & Drink

A selection of pubs & restaurants near Withyfield

The Fountain Ashurst – specialising in local beer and food

The Bull, Shermanbury (good for dogs and children)

The Green Man – Partridge Green

The Chequers , Steyning

The Black Horse Nuthurst

The Orchard (a traditional family restaurant on the edge of the Downs Link) (lovely breakfasts before 12)


There are many lovely pastoral spots to explore around Withyfield. Here's a small sample:

Steyning - Historic market town at the foot of the downs, quaint High Street with tearooms etc

Arundel - With a cathedral, castle, antique shops and wildlife reserve

Shoreham - the nearest beach with historic airport

Lewes - County town of East Sussex , has a Castle and lots of history

Local produce

One of the things the area does really well is produce. Just about everything you could need is grown or reared nearby. All this good stuff is brought together for you to feast on at a series of farmer's markets in the area. There's so many that some kind of gruelling market crawl might be in order...

Arundel Farmers Market
 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm
 Where: The Square, Arundel, West Sussex 

Chichester Farmers Market
 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 9am to 2p
Where: East Street and North Street, Chichester, West Sussex 

Henfield Farmers Market
 3rd Friday of each month from 9am to 1pm
 Where: Village Hall, High Street, Henfield, West Sussex 

Horsham Farmers Market
 Every Saturday from 9am to 4pm
 Where: Carfax, Horsham, West Sussex 

Shoreham-by-Sea Farmers Market
 2nd Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm
 Where: East Street, Shoreham, West Sussex 

Slindon Farmers Market
 4th Thursday of each month from 9am to 1pm
 Where: Coronation Hall, Reynolds Lane, Slindon, West Sussex 

Steyning Farmers Market
 1st Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm
 Where: High Street Car Park, Steyning, West Sussex 

West Chiltington Farmers Market
 2nd Saturday of each month from 9am to 12noon
 Where: Village Hall, Mill Road, West Chiltington, West Sussex 

Lewes Farmers Market
 1st Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm.
 Where: Cliffe Pedestrian Precinct, Lewes, East Sussex 

Meet your hosts

Meet Janice & Alan Griffiths:

The Griffiths have been on the land at Merrion Farm since the 1920s, it's even named after Alan's grandfather's family farm over in Pembrokeshire. The traditional dairy farm of around 100 cows supplies milk to local shops on a daily basis and the cows are even involved in the community in another way, disposing of the grains from the brewery after they've finished making Dark Star, a local ale.

Wildlife and the environment

As you'd expect from eco-builds, the list of environmentally friendly features is pretty long for the build of Withyfield Cottage. So, please bear with us...The shower is solar powered, the insulation is sheep's wool, the shingles are cedar, the plaster is lime, the frame and cladding are all local and the plaster render that seals the gaps on the outside is made of Weald clay taken from the foundations.

In all aspects the Griffiths have tried to make Withyfield Cottage as sustainable as possible. They love the fact that you can sit on the deck and see the wood where the trees that clad the outside were felled and then replaced. They have aimed to use local materials and craftsmen as far as possible. The kitchen was made in nearby Partridge Green and the bedroom's chests of drawers are either recycled or made by a local charity.

  • Overview

Our guests say...

Glorious! An absolutely blissful stay in a cute, cosy shepherds hut surrounded by bird song and beautiful country walk options. Janice is super friendly and welcoming, the hot shower is, I think better than mine! And all in all I returned to life in the city feeling an enormous sense of well-being.



Excellent. Our second stay here and we love it. Janice is so easy to deal with and left us some nice treats!



We spent two nights in the shepherd's hut with our dog,with walks to a local pub for food and drinks,then long walks in the surrounding countryside, and cooking over an open fire



Absolutely delightful. So peaceful and quiet, everything we needed was included including all fire wood. Delicious brownies & fairytale eggs (they were so beautiful!) were left for us. So many lovely walks and places to explore around, really wonderful pubs and beautiful churches and castles! Hut was So cosy and relaxing, very sad to leave.



We had such a fantastic time, everything had been thought of in the hut. The surroundings were so beautiful and we really enjoyed the walks, pubs and are already talking about coming back next year!



We really enjoyed our stay here, it was so cosy in the cabin and we loved the campsite. The facilties were to a high standard, clean with hot showers adn water and an indoor kitchen, which was great to use! The weather was not the best but that did not stop us. we orginally planned to use the site as a base to explore the South downs but we like the site so much we just stayed there most of the time! Took long walks picked Blackberries, visited the farm. My daughter wanted to stay there!



We had an amazing 3 nights at Withywood shepherds hut. We were welcomed warmly, and everything we needed was explained. Every detail had been thought of and the hut was crafted beautifully. The facilities were immaculate and every essential in place including amazing chocolate brownies and eggs from the farm. We loved our little break at Withywood!



Absolutely fantastic! Janice is a lovely host and had baked brownies for us on arrival. The Shepards hut was a complete gem and the setting was picturesque. We wanted for nothing as the kitchen was well stocked as was the hut. The shower room and toilet were hotel standard. The campfire and bbq area was comfortable and well located. We couldn't have asked for anything more, but if we had Janice would have got it for us!



It was so peaceful/romantic with the log burner,we toasted marshmallows on the fire while star gazing.It was perfect for us as it was dog friendly,we visited Brighton for the day as it was less than 30 mins away



We had the most perfect and peaceful stay. Everything was included and thought of so there was nothing we needed! We loved the fact there were brownies on arrival and thoroughly enjoyed cooking on the campfire and relaxing in the hammock!



Three nights at Withywood Hut - fantastic stay, Janice was incredibly helpful offering us torches and wellies and great brownies on arrival! Great spot for long walks in the countryside on the Downs.



Withywood was completely magical! The hut was furnished and kept to an exceptional standard. It felt worth every penny.



Truly perfect!Private,luxurious our hosts provided everything you could imagine -even dog treats!The incredible bathroom may have spoilt usfor any other glamping. Will be back!



We were greeted on arrival by Janice who helped unload our luggage from our car and take it to the shepherds hut. In our own field we found a picturesque shepherds hut waiting for us. Janice was kind enough to run through a few helpful tips such as how to fold down the bed and pull out the dinning table. We were then shown a very well equipped kitchen with complimentary milk, fresh eggs, marshmallows and home made brownies. The shepherds hut, kitchen and bathroom all were all very clean tidy and well thought out. Every detail has been thought of! We very much enjoyed our tour of the farm which included watching the snowshoeing milked, meeting the latest calves and meeting the many friendly chickens who we had the opportunity of holding. As a family we enjoyed making a campfire, having a BBQ and lazing in the hammocks. We enjoyed animal spotting and the highlight had to be spotting a deer in our field! We left wishing we had booked stay a little longer! It was beautiful and relaxing.



We had the most amazing stay. We arrived down the little farm track and found the wheelbarrows propped up against a tree ready for us to take our luggage to the shepherds hut. Janice met us and showed us through the field to the hut which was in the beautiful little clearing of trees. We cooked all our meals on the BBQ over the campfire, watched the birds and the bunnies, went for lovely walks some literally from the doorstep, lounged and read in the hammocks in the lovely sunshine and just re charged! Such a peaceful setting in the middle of farmland. Milo (doggy) had absolute freedom for the whole stay which he loved! We'll most definitely be back before long!



Absolutely brilliant! Exactly what I needed & hoped for. Private, quiet except for usual farming noises, relaxing, comforting, idyllic



We stayed for 2 nights in May and had an absolutely fantastic time. Everything here is thought of, the hut itself is lovely and the kitchen and bathroom are really well kitted out. We had a great time wandering through the fields to the local pub and exploring the wider countryside in between enjoying some peace and quiet in a beautifully secluded setting.



Lovely relaxed weekend. Walking, getting up late, local pub for dinner, surrounded by birdsong even in February. Janice and Alan couldn't be more welcoming. Withywood is a special place.



We all enjoyed the most amazing, idyllic time. The accommodation was so comfy and every possible home comfort was to hand. The hosts were on hand but not intrusive and we so enjoyed finding out about the farm and the animals who live there. We are all looking forward to our next visit.



This is an amazing place so lovelingly put together. Chocolate brownies, tea coffee sugar matches torches everything you need. If you want to relax and chill this is the place to go total peace in a fantastic setting Janice has thought about everything we will be returning time and time again. Thank you Janice.



We had the most wonderful relaxing adventurous stay.



We have had an amazingly relaxing stay, the shepherd's hut was beyond our expectations and we would gladly go back for another stay



The hut was perfect. Very well equipped for a wonderful glamping experience. The owners were very accommodating and happy to show us around their working farm. We have had many glamping experiences but this one was by far the best in the way of accommodation and friendliness.



Amazing, amazing, amazing. Beautiful location tucked away in the corner of a field. Peaceful. Outdoorsy. BUT with amazing kitchen and bathroom facilities! We thoroughly enjoyed cooking dinner over a camp fire - toasting the marshmallows which were waiting for us on our arrival - and keeping ourselves warm in the Shepherd's Hut with the wood burner.



A fabulous 4night stay at Withywood! As we pulled up, the 'This way to Withywood' sign enticed us across the field, where we discovered the perfect little hut nestling in its own paddock. The attention to detail inside is fabulous, from the slide out bed to the folding bunk (which our 6year old daughter couldn't wait to jump into!) The double bed was incredibly comfy and the wood burning stove ensured we remained warm and cosy throughout our stay. Janice and Alan were perfect hosts, from the delicious brownies,eggs and milk on arrival to the guided tour of the farm. The cooking area has a large cool box, mini oven, food prep area and sink; the shower room exceeded expectations with cushioned flooring and a lovely hot shower! We cooked over the camp fire every morning and night (plenty of wood & kindling provided). If you want to get away from the stresses of work and get back to nature, this is the perfect place to do so. It was lovely to see the kids running round, playing hide and seek, gathering wood for the fire and then snuggling down for a great night's sleep. We could then enjoy the peace and quiet along with a spot of star gazing and a glass of wine by the fire!



We had an amazing weekend at Withyfield shepherds hut! The hut is beautifully restored and the bathroom and kitchen facilities are amazing. The site is private and peaceful, with enough space for a family to stay and play. Janice and Alan have done everything to make our weekend break special, including providing yummy homemade brownies, fresh eggs and bringing us a radio so we could listen to England being knocked out of the World Cup! There are some beautiful walks, and the local pub, The Fountain is only a short walk across the fields. We will definitely be back!



We're super excited to be adding Alan and Janice's latest space. A wonderful addition to the collection. The feedback for Withyfield Cottage should give you a good feel for what it will be like. Book a stay and be the first to write a review! 


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2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


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2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


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2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


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8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


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Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


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