A trio of contemporary-luxe huts hidden in a stunning natural wilderness; stargaze from your bed
Just an hour from London is a secret corner of Kent that few know about: the peaceful Isle of Sheppey. It’s largely made up of a breathtaking nature reserve – 3,200 acres of salt marshes and reed beds, home to lapwing, barn owls and thousands of wading birds. Skies are spectacular, views stretch forever. And the best news of all? You can appreciate the panoramas from your bed.
There’s a small collection of places to stay within the reserve, and these 3 huts are our favourites. Their design is exquisite – inky-blue panelling, rustic wood, copper accents – and an entire wall of each is a window. Ensuite shower rooms offer Bramley toiletries and bathrobes, and there are alfresco showers or baths, too; wildly romantic. Ask for breakfast to be delivered to your door (halloumi, bacon and avo sandwiches, excellent coffee), then stroll to hidden hides to watch wildfowl and relish the silence. Swallows swoop, dragonflies flit. Just being here will nourish your soul.
- Take a guided 4×4 birdwatching tour with Gareth or simply go on restorative long walks across the beautiful marshland, keeping your eyes peeled for wildfowl formations and boxing hares.
- Sheppey is home to some beautiful beaches. Minster Leas has a string of coloured beach huts and a lovely promenade; breathtaking Shellness is made entirely of shells.
- Or drive an extra 10 mins to Whitstable with its independent boutiques and oyster shacks – the award-winning Sportsman is amazing for lunch.
- Kent Downs is an AONB. Take a walk along its chalky white cliffs and rolling green hills.
- Faversham has a buzzy market 3x a week – antiques, art and food. While you’re here, head to Macknades, a farm shop and food hall, to stock up for supper at your hut.