Traditional Shepherd's Hut - Samphire

From the comfortable double bed soak in the sweeping vistas across the marsh, Swale Estuary and the mainland beyond. On a clear day you can see Whitstable. In winter spy rafts of wildfowl sheltering on Swale, and short-eared owls gliding over the ponds. This charming hut has a romantic, nostalgic feel with modern comforts for a very peaceful night’s stay. There is a full sized double bed, wood burning stove and ensuite bathroom.

Prices from

These are the average 2020 off-peak rates please enter your dates for an exact quote
Standard rate £115 per night
3 nights or more £90 per night
5 nights or more £85 per night
Two night minimum stays on weekends
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In the Summer months, children can also stay with you. We can put up a lovely traditional canvas bell tent with bed and bedding next to the hut. Please just call 01795 664896 or email [email protected] to arrange.

Ensuite bathroom

This is glamping but who wants to run outside in their pyjamas? The hut has a lovely little ensuite with hot shower, eco (composting) loo, fluffy towels and gorgeous products by Bramley.

Home cooked food

If you don’t fancy cooking, just relax and we can deliver our scrumptious supper baskets and breakfast rolls to your hut door. All food is locally sourced and home-cooked.

Fire pit

Wrap up in the chunky woollen throws and toast marshmallows over Samphire’s cast iron fire pit, and watch the moonlight on the water in this wilderness hideout.

Wood burning stove

Enjoy a slower place of life with the wood burning stove and enjoy cosy cups of tea while you play scrabble in bed.

Eco credentials

The design and development of this traditionally crafted shepherd’s hut is fully sustainable and complements our eco-friendly approach.

For more information on Staying at Elmley please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or view our site map.

Welcoming you safely

We are so looking forward to welcoming guests again from 4th July. Bookings are now open under flexible terms so you can arrange an escape into nature without any worries. 

All our accommodation is well spaced in nature to allow you to come and unwind amongst the wildlife.  With 3,300 acres to explore social distancing is what we do best!

Each accommodation has private cooking & eating facilities, huts and houses have private bathrooms and there are plenty of loos and showers for bell tent guests.

We are excited to welcome you as warmly as ever, and as always we will do all we can to make your stay wonderful.  Our team will be onsite and available at all times for anything you need.  

Whilst this Summer might be a little different, we're are so excited to offer you an incredible experience and escape into nature. We're opening up our secret beach, just for guests' use - and invite you to wild swim at this idyllic spot with sea shells galore.   

We have developed a fantastic new food and drinks menu with local suppliers, including gorgeous Summer salads, cocktails and coffees - all of which can be safely delivered to your accommodation.  

And later in the Summer, we'll be holding outdoor yoga sessions in the meadows.

There will be a few changes, as the safety of you, your fellow guests and our team will always be the priority, so please be reassured we are taking our responsibility very seriously.  These measures can be seen in full here.

  •  We have enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols for accommodation changeovers and shared areas.  This includes following strict hand washing guidance and having hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities available.
  • Soft furnishings have been removed from huts (but if requested we'll happily give you cleaned & stored items)
  • Check and check out times have been changed slightly to 4pm check in and 10am check out, this is so the accommodation can be aerated before our staff enter and to allow a good airing between guests.  You are very welcome to enjoy the Reserve before and after your stay, and tea, coffee and cake will be available!
  • There is self check in and check out.  You may not see our team in person, but they will be there throughout your stay and can be contacted at all times by telephone 
  • Our team abide by social distancing at all times and we will ask all guests to do the same
  • We will take symptoms very seriously in guests and staff and follow government self isolation guidelines

The additional hygiene measures can impact the environment, so we have thought very carefully how to implement these with minimal additional environmental impact, so please read more on this here.

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes

Gareth, Georgina and the Elmley team x