Over the half term holiday, we decided to make the most of our time and go for a mini-break in Hampshire. We found a fantastic, adult-only campsite called Two Hoots which provides award-winning, glamping holidays. Situated in a fantastic location, close to Winchester, the New Forest and Portsmouth, it really was an awesome base to explore the surrounding area.
On arrival, we were greeted by one of the owners, who met us in the parking area and gave us a tour of the facilities and accommodation. The whole campsite was immaculate and spacious, really well maintained and very welcoming. In the distance we could see a cloud of steam from the local Watercress Railway steam train and much closer, a field of sheep and a woodland area. It was very picturesque and had a peaceful atmosphere. We knew we were in for a very relaxing stay.
Two Hoots offers several types of accommodation which include Glamping Pods, hard standings for campervans and our accommodation – a shepherd hut. We had never stayed in one of these before and were definitely not disappointed. The hut has a covered veranda, with a couple of cute seats and a table. Although the sides were down to keep any bad weather out, these can be opened or taken off during the summer if required. The decking was very spacious and clean, giving us a nice space to sit out and have a cup of coffee or breakfast in the morning.
When we opened the ‘stable door’ to enter the hut, we were very impressed with what we saw. The cottage-style decor was superb and made the whole place feel very cozy. The colour scheme is really quaint which makes the hut very inviting. It was ever so clean inside and lots of effort had clearly been made to ensure the hut is kept looking as good as new.
There is a kitchen with sink, fridge and a mini cooker; the two hobs and single oven were the perfect size for the two of us. There are pots, pans, cups, glasses, plates, cutlery etc stored away in the cupboards, so there was no need to bring any of our own camping equipment. The hut also has a fold-away table and two chairs, these are tucked away to ensure lots of space when they’re not in use. We made the most our glamping experience, by staying in for dinner although there are lots of nice places to eat and drink nearby.
Despite the size of the hut, there was a very comfy, king-sized bed at one end. It made for an excellent night’s sleep and was of a much better standard than most hotels! If you enjoy your mod-cons there is even a TV for you to enjoy. There are also very useful draws and a small cupboard for storage under the bed, so you can tuck away your belongings during your stay. This further ensured we always had lots of space available.
At the opposite end of the hut you will find a toilet and sink. Again, it was super clean and added to the convenience of our time whilst glamping. It meant that we didn’t have to walk back and forth to the main facilities on the campsite. Inside the toilet, there was a useful clothes rail and coat hangers to hang up larger items.
We were so lucky to have such good weather during our stay and some fantastic sunsets. As the campsite is located in quite a rural area, the views are just lovely and it felt very peaceful; the perfect place for a relaxing, romantic get-away. In the hut, the owners had created a file to ensure our stay was as hassle free as possible. Not only did it contain information about the hut and campsite itself, but also things to do in the local area. What we loved about it was the variety of things on offer. There are walks from the campsite to some local pubs and other mentions for local attractions.
On our first full day, we headed to the city of Winchester. If you haven’t been before, I would thoroughly recommend visiting the Cathedral there. Winchester also has a good variety of shops to browse through and so much history; it really is a fantastic day out. On our second day, we headed to Portsmouth to check out its famous Historical Dockyard. We bought an ‘all attractions pass’ which we would recommend as we had a really great time going between all of the ships, including the Tudor Mary Rose, the Victory and the Warrior. Closer to the campsite there is an amazing selection of walks and hikes that you can do to explore the beautiful, local countryside. This includes the South Downs Way which stretches 100 miles, all the way from Winchester to Eastbourne. The campsite is also reasonably close to the New Fores, making it an excellent place for walkers to stay when trekking around gorgeous Hampshire.
After being out in the cool, Autumn air all day, it was fantastic to head back to the shepherds hut and warm ourselves up. Inside, there is a wood burner and kindling (provided by the campsite). The owner showed us tips to use the wood burner and it was super easy to set up and light. It managed to heat the whole hut very quickly and was the perfect way to get cosy for the evening.
I love camping, but during the colder months with the unpredictable weather, it’s sometimes not that fun. However, glamping in a shepherds hut is such a perfect way to have a camping experience without the hassle. This particular hut is kitted out with everything you need, making sure you really can just chill out. This is even more so the case in the cooler or wetter months when the shepherds hut becomes a luxurious retreat from the British weather.
We were so impressed with the Two Hoots campsite and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing break. The location is awesome, facilities spot-on and the hosts very friendly and welcoming. A really amazing place that we will be sure to visit again in the future.