Huts at the Lodge

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Little Clacton, Essex

A pair of especially gorgeous huts in the Essex countryside, one lakeside and one overlooking fields, both with outdoor bath and a wild-swimming pond; perfect for solo escapes, romantic retreats and small groups (each sleeps 2)

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Alfresco tub

Beauty/wellness treatments

Close to a beach

Dog friendly

Eco conscious

Parking

Private garden

Walk to a pub

Woodburner

Space & setting.

Less than 1.5 hours from London on a direct train, these two hand-built huts hidden away in Essex’s countryside-on-the-coast are totally on-point for those who want a proper pause. In a true labour of love, the owners designed and created both huts from scratch, hand-sewing textiles, digging out the pond and sourcing preloved antiques from car boot sales and vintage fairs. A bone-white tree trunk ossified by lightning stands sentinel over the shepherd’s hut, where a Swedish-style wood-fired bath looks out over yellow rapeseed fields and glass-fronted design frames the trajectory of the sun throughout the year.

The gorgeous rustic-chic interiors and phenomenal attention to detail in their brand-new lakeside hut (2024) really blew us away: smooth cork panels set against up-cycled wood cladding; a bijou kitchen beautifully finished with locally-made ceramics; fold-away bedside tables (just the right size for a cup of tea) and a stunning floral headboard as the centrepiece. Mesmerising views set the scene for deliciously slow mornings of breakfast in bed, while the pond beckons the brave for a revitalising dip. Come alone or as a couple, or get some girlfriends together and book both huts for a weekend of beach walks, camp fires and wild swimming.

Getting here: drive, or train to Thorpe le Soken direct from London then walk (20 mins)

“Until 2018, we were both in the rat race, working in jobs that we didn’t particularly love. After taking time off to travel, we came back to live out here for a fresh start. Our house was once the 15thC Earl of London’s hunting lodge, which was rebuilt by Ollie’s dad in the ’70s. We started by creating the wild-swimming pond and an organic garden to try to be more self sufficient. This place offers everything that aligns with our values, and we hope others can benefit from it too, relaxing and recharging away from the hectic world we live in today.” Owners Ollie and Ffion

My Kip favourites

She loves
“Starting the day with a fresh dip in the pond. I love to float on my back and watch the trees swaying above.”

We love
Sinking into the log-fired outdoor bath and looking out for the barn owl that swoops across the skies at dusk.

You may not love
A cabin bed. A compost loo, albeit a fancy Swedish one. Possible noise from machinery on surrounding working farm. During school summer holidays there’s family friendly camping (max 5 tents) in the field behind, so you may hear children, though you’re still entirely private.

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  • "We had a wonderful 2 night stay and felt more relaxed than we have for a long time. The views are amazing and the hut has been finished to a really high standard. Being someone who finds it extremely hard to switch off and not do anything, I could have stayed in bed with the view all day. However, we did manage to get ourselves out and about to explore. The sea is not far away so there are plenty of options for a swim and to explore. Knowing we were returning back to a warm shower made the cold all the more manageable! We enjoyed starting the day off slowly with breakfast looking out at the countryside and then finishing the day with a glass of red looking at the stars. We went to Dedham for a Sunday lunch based on a recommendation from Ffion and both agreed it was the best we have had."

    Rebecca, August 2021

Sustainability.

A compost toilet and an organic garden on-site where the owners compost all food waste. Eco-friendly toiletries.

Surrounds.

  • Lakeside Hut at the Lodge
  • Lakeside Hut at the Lodge
  • Lakeside Hut at the Lodge
  • Frinton Beach
    Frinton Beach
  • River Stour
    River Stour
  • Thorpe le Soken, Essex
    Thorpe le Soken, Essex
  • Swim in the pond and drive to sandy St Osyth for paddle-boarding and kite-surfing (10 mins).
  • Book a special wellness experience at the hut, from yoga, massage and breathwork to cold water immersion and candlelit sound healing with crystal singing bowls.
  • Walk to the village of Thorpe Le Soken, for a pint of local ale and homemade pizzas at the Rose & Crown or dinner at the Bell Inn Bistro, overlooking the village church.
  • We love Frinton Beach (declared the UK’s second best beach by The Times) for paddling, picnics on the promenade and postcard-perfect beach huts.
  • Rent a boat from Flatford Mill and row along the River Stour.
  • Treat yourself to a day at the Lifehouse Spa in Thorpe Le Soken, walkable from the hut.
  • Spend an afternoon browsing the cool high street in Manningtree, filled with independent boutiques and cafés. Manningtree Arts, a creative space, book shop and café, does the best hot chocolate in town, while the owners recommend Maiz for Mexican dinners.

Specifics.

  • 2 hand-built huts on 3 acres of private land
  • Shepherd’s hut with field views:
    • Open-plan interior warmed by a woodburner
    • Double cabin bed
    • Ensuite shower bathroom plus a log-fired bath outside
    • Well-equipped kitchen including mini fridge and gas hob; basic supplies
    • Family friendly during the school holidays, with the additional option of a bell tent outside for up to 2 kids
  • Lakeside hut with pond views:
    • Open-plan interior warmed by a woodburner; sleeping and kitchen areas divided by a wall
    • Kingsize bed with 100% linen bedding
    • Cinema screen and projector with preloaded classic films
    • Ensuite shower bathroom plus a roll-top bath outside; bubble bath and epsom salts provided
    • Well-equipped kitchen including mini fridge, oven, gas hob, coffee beans with grinder and filtered water; basic supplies
    • Yoga mats provided
  • Bathrobes and eco-friendly toiletries provided
  • Outdoor seating and grill over firepit
  • Breakfast, brunch and meal platters on request
  • Welcome hamper of marshmallows (for toasting on the fire), fresh eggs from their rescue hens, tea selection and local wine or kombucha
  • Cards, dominoes, books and binoculars
  • Wild-swimming pond; paddle boards provided
  • Private wellness experiences can be arranged (massage, reflexology, yoga, breathwork, meditation, sound healing, cold water therapy with Wim Hof trained instructor)
  • Sauna opening July 2024
  • One small – medium size dog allowed per hut; extra cost
  • Walk to pubs, train station, restaurants and wellness spa; drive to a farm shop and supermarket 
  • Drive 10 mins to the beach
  • Phone reception but no WiFi
  • The owners live in the main house, available by phone if you need them
  • 2 huts ideal for 4 friends/2 couples to book together
  • Booking conditions: a minimum 2-night stay
  • Discount for 3+ night stays (£600 instead of £630)
  • Remember to pack: wellies, beach towels and swimmers for the pond or sea, bikes if you can

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30% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to stay.

Cancellations
8+ weeks prior to stay: deposit refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
6-8 weeks prior to stay: deposit retained, 70% balance refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
4-6 weeks prior to stay: 50% of the total booking fee retained, 50% refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 4 weeks of stay.
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FAQs.

Set in three acres of rolling fields and wildflower meadows, this bespoke shepherd’s hut makes a wonderful rural retreat for couples looking for a relaxing break. You’ll also have access to a lovely private pond, where you can try out wild swimming if you’re feeling adventurous.

We supply fire wood for the wood burner and outdoor fire pit for 1 night but if you wish to use it more than once please bring your own wood.

The nearest village Thorpe Le Soken, is within walking distance and has a good selection of traditional country pubs where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat.

Yes but with an additional £20 cleaning fee.

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