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Drovers’ Bough
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Stay in this English cabin, built on stilts so sheep can walk underneath

The low-impact cabin is above a drovers’ track for moving livestock on a Herefordshire farm

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott
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There are authentic farm stays, and then there is this cabin. The little wooden home has been built on stilts above an ancient drovers’ track, so that the farmers can still herd their sheep underneath. And yes, you can book it for a rustic weekend away.

Not only does the elevated position provide some lovely views and leafy treetop vistas out of the windows, but it means your stay doesn’t interfere with the workings of the Herefordshire farm. 

Drovers’ Bough
Photograph: Canopy & Stars

The clever, low-impact creation was the concept of architects Akin Studio, who also note that the stilts create the sense of being in a treehouse, without damaging the surrounding trees themselves. ‘The house reinterprets the experience of living within the tree canopies by building as close as possible to them, without felling or damaging their roots,’ say the architects.

Drovers’ Bough
Photograph: Canopy & Stars

Drovers’ Bough is nestled deep in the peaceful Herefordshire countryside, surrounded by overgrown hedgerows and trees, on a 27-acre farm in the foothills of the Black Mountains. It sleeps two and starts at £275 a night.

Once there, all you need to do is switch off, wake to birdsong and spend your evenings stargazing around the fire pit.

Apart from the odd passing flock, you’re likely to be entirely undisturbed. 

Find out more or book here

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