Hidden Valley Holidays is located at Charity Farm, Loscombe, a pretty 16th Century Grade II listed Farm House, sitting in 5 acres at the bottom of a beautiful Dorset valley siding a small river that meanders through. During lockdown in 2020 we built ‘Everdene’ our Shepherds Hut and rather than go down the traditional route we decided to give Everdene a modern twist making her more luxurious with a fitted kitchen and bathroom all plumbed in. Everdene is situated about 250m from the Farm House at the bottom of the valley next to the River Mangerton, and apart from the sound of the river and our pet sheep you will be at complete peace with the world and far from the madding crowds, which incidently was fimed close by at Mapperton House and inspired us to name our little hut after the books main character ‘Bathsheba Everdene’.
To book ‘Everedene’ please email ‘email@example.com’ or visit our website – http://hiddenvalleyholidays.com or book through AirB&B – https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/48696633.
Charity Farm is owned by Chris & Helen Atkins who are both around and about most of the time, and as we both believe in leaving our guests alone to enjoy their holiday in peace & quiet, you won’t be bothered by us unless you need us!
Whilst the farm no longer operates as a fully fledged farm, we are a small holding, so when you stay you can expect to meet our animals, and enjoy our fruit trees and vegetable gardens.
We have 5 pet sheep, all rescues, who are happy little lawn mowers and super, super friendly. They are so tame and love a good head scratch from time to time. Their names are Darcy, Willoughby, Mr Tumnus, Peck and Shaggy! We also have 5 Chickens, who basically have the run of the land! They are a funny little bunch, very friendly and just a little bit nosey! Their names are Josephine, Meg, Amy, Bluebell and May (sadly we lost one of our ‘little women’ , Beth, last year). They provide us with lots of laughs and the most gorgeous free range eggs – which we offer to our lovely guests during your stay.
Last but not least is Lucy… also known as Lucy Locket or Lucy Dog! Lucy is a toy poodle who despite now being four still acts like a cheeky little puppy. She absolutely loves people (and especially children) and is great fun. Her favourite past-times are teasing the sheep, rounding up the chickens and playing football.
If you are a nature lover, you will adore it here! The valley is an Area of Outstanding Beauty and we are surrounded by wildlife; owls, pheasants, partridges, wild deer, foxes, hares, rabbits, bats and occasionally (and wonderfully) otters. During the early Spring months the valley is renowned for it’s beautiful Snowdrops that grow along the river edge and in the Summer it’s the apple orchards that take over and so if you enjoy a cider or two you have come to the right place – we are surrounded by local cider artisans.
There is a Visitors Pack in the the hut that tells you all about the local area, the history, the walks, beaches, attractions, shopping and our recommendations for eating and drinking.
Our deluxe Shepherds Hut, Everdene, comes with a fully fitted kitchen, bathroom, double bed, TV, dining area, & WiFi. cosy & romantic.
Outside you can enjoy the fabulous, uninterrupted views of the valley, rolling green hills and access to the river that bubbles through the land.
Everdene has been designed with comfort in mind but she is also practical!
The fully fitted kitchen comes complete with basin, fridge, micro/oven, electric hob, toaster, kettle, cooking utensils and everything you need to serve your meals. We provide tea bags, coffee, sugar and everyday seasoning.
The bathroom has shower cubicle, wash basin, fully plumbed flushing WC and heated towel rail. We provide gorgeous fluffy towels, shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel and of course loo rolls!
There is somewhere to sit to enjoy a meal, read or catch up on emails!
There is also a cosy slumber area with a double bed and TV. When it comes to your comfort, we have spared nothing in the bed department and we’ll be utterly amazed if you don’t enjoy the most wonderful night’s sleep on our super, embracing mattress and topper. We offer you two pillows, one goose down and the other natural man-made so the choice is yours. The double duvet is the finest quality goose down so light but incredibly warm and cosy. All our bedlinen is of the best thread count and compliments the country feel of the hut and its surroundings.
The Smart TV has access to Wifi and from there you can access accounts with Amazon, Netflix, Now and all the normal terrestrial TV & radio channels via apps.
Conveniently the bed is an ottoman storage bed, so you can stash away all your holiday paraphernalia underneath and out of the way. There are additional bed throws, blankets and cushions for you to snuggle up with.
There is an electric radiator for you to heat the space if needed. We can also provide a heated blanket if required.
To make the most of Everdeen’s location, we have fitted floor to ceiling windows and doors to the front and a full-length window in the bathroom; allowing you to sit inside and watch the elements and nature from the comfort of your little hideaway.
Outside there is a dedicated area for you to sit and enjoy the hidden valley. There’s a picnic table, lounge chairs and a fire pit which double as a BBQ or a place to cosy up to and toast marshmallows whilst counting the vast number of stars on a clear night. The hut sits in its own small meadow with trees surrounding the borders and the river running behind.
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