The Humble Hideaway

Shepherds huts on Kate Humble's farm

IN BRIEF

  • Off-grid shepherd’s hut and lamp hut
  • Privately tucked away in the woods
  • Perfect for a romantic break or some real peace and quiet
  • Fire-pit for cooking and sitting by
  • Shepherd's hut has a very comfortable king-size bed
  • On a working farm: help Farmer Tim with his chores
  • Excellent food and real-ale pubs short drive away

The Humble Hideaway is tucked away in the woods on the Humble by Nature farm, owned by broadcaster Kate Humble and her husband Ludo Graham. It is the perfect place to get away from the world, recharge your batteries and enjoy the great outdoors. You can simply stay put and enjoy this beautifully peaceful back-to-nature environment, or you can choose to take part in life on the farm, whether helping Farmer Tim with his day-to-day jobs (£50 for 2 hours) or taking part in one of the fascinating rural skills or craft courses available. There is a plethora of wonderful animals to look at and enjoy, as well as the 'edible garden', which, in the growing season, is a visual and botanical feast. Sleeps a couple (plus an infant). Two very good dogs welcome.

Firepit and hammock with secluded shepherds hut

The Hideaway comprises the spacious shepherd’s hut, the ‘lamp hut’, a composting loo, and a very luxurious dog kennel, all surrounded by a big fenced grassy area backing onto woodland. This all yours to enjoy, with your own view across the fields. You are well way from it here – a few fields away from the farm buildings proper. And the welcoming staff, who work for Humble by Nature, take you and your luggage on a delightful 4-wheel drive safari through the fields.

Bedroom with wood burner

There is a super-comfy king-size bed in the shepherd’s hut: the mattress is made from sheep’s fleece from the farm. If it’s a bit chilly outside, light the wood burner and you’ll be as toasty as can be inside.

Kitchen area

The ‘lamp hut’ is ship-shape, neat as a pin, and beautifully panelled in tongue-and-groove. This is the place to cook, eat and wash. There is a kitchen in the corner with gas hob and sink, plus all the equipment you will need, and a place to sit and eat your meals. At the end of this hut is a gas-powered shower, accessed from inside.  

Kitchen with hob

The Hideaway is completely off-grid, with solar-powered electricity, and a composting toilet. There are no plug sockets in the huts, and you are recommended to switch off your phone to truly enjoy this comfortable back-to-nature experience!

Gate to shepherds hut

THINGS TO DO AROUND THE HUMBLE HIDEAWAY

The Humble Hideaway is situated close to the handsome market town of Monmouth, which is great for supplies, good cafes, Indian restaurants, Italian bistros and a Thai cafe. It is also but a short drive to many interesting sights and things to do in the area: river walks (the Wye Valley Way is a great footpath to follow, as is the famous Offa’s Dyke), canoeing and cycling are all great things to do. Explore the beautiful ancient woodland of the Royal Forest of Dean, hunting ground of kings from the Saxon period onwards; the fantastic sculpture trail and playground at Beechenhurst; or bring your mountain bike and head over to Pedalabikeaway, which has trails for all levels. (You can hire bikes, tandems and tagalongs there, too.) You can admire the Wye Valley from the river by hiring a canoe from Monmouth Canoes. Start at Symonds Yat and work your way downstream to Monmouth or The Boat Inn at Penallt.

Monmouthshire is border country, and as a result of centuries of cross-border conflict, there are plenty of castles to explore: Raglan, a magnificent Tudor castle built for grandeur rather than battle, and ‘The Three Castles’of White Castle, Skenfrith and Grosmont – fascinating examples of the power of the Norman Marcher lords.

Pubs in the local area are really good, especially the nearby Inn at Penallt for excellent food and the Boat Inn for a fine selection of real ales and cider.

Honeysuckle in the fields surrounding Kate Humble's Shepherds hut

The nitty gritty

  • Guests are taken up on arrival in the farm 4x4. The Hideaway is only accessible by 4x4 or on foot. It’s a 10-minute walk through fields to the farmyard and car park
  • Mobile reception is patchy
  • Travel cot available on request
  • Fire-pit with tripod and cookware for outdoor cooking
  • Solar-powered lighting
  • Hammock
  • Wellies and torch essential
  • Up to two well-behaved dogs: dogs are not allowed in huts but have their own dog house
  • Fenced, but not completely dog-proof, garden
  • Wooden outdoor furniture made on the farm
  • Farmers live nearby and the farm office is manned during office hours in case of need or advice
  • Good local food pub and real-ale pub within a short drive (walkable, too)
  • Close to canoeing and mountain biking
  • 5 minutes’ drive from the market town of Monmouth
  • 30 minutes’ drive from the picturesque Forest of Dean and Sculpture Trail
  • 15 minutes’ drive from Raglan Castle and Tintern Abbey

Shepherd’s hut has:

  • Wood burner (basket of logs included in the price, with more available to buy)
  • Very comfortable king-size bed
  • Bedding and bedlinen included

Lamp hut has:

  • 2-ring gas hob
  • Sink
  • Small camping fridge
  • Table and bench
  • Gas-powered shower
  • Towels, soap, loo roll and cleaning equipment included
  • Store cupboard essentials included: tea, coffee, sugar, s&p, oil

Live online booking

Changeovers are normally Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.

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Stunning local sunset

Location map



Bathroom Bathroom sink

From the visitors book at The Humble Hideaway

‘What an escape! We loved this peaceful little spot and felt a world away from ‘real life!’.' Sophie and Adam

‘We have both loved every second here! It’s peaceful, beautiful and we feel so lucky to have come here. Every morning and evening we have cooked on the fire, sat there with wine and looked out at the beautiful surroundings. The happiest and most relaxed we have been for a while.' Ruth and Paul

‘I came here for solitude - what I found was peace. Absolutely all and more than I hoped for… Leg of lamb slow roasting over a fire… a few good books… lots of tea and a cheeky cider at the Boat Inn!’ Clive