I may have mentioned The Artisan Bakehouse before, partly because of their wonderfully aromatic and deliciously doughy bread-making workshops and partly because they’re now running luxury chocolate-making workshops. But they also have holiday cottages and a shepherd’s hut within the grounds where you can combine the undiluted pleasures of baking and chocolate, with the luxury of somewhere really special to stay.
The Brewhouse and The Milkhouse
The Artisan Bakehouse is a 16th century farmhouse just outside Ashurst and close to the South Downs. It’s set within five acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands with an abundance of wildlife and views of the mystical Chanctonbury Ring. As you turn off the main road, you follow a fairytale, wooded drive to the Bakehouse and you know you’ve found somewhere special.
The two cottages are steeped in interesting history and both are finished to a satisfyingly high standard. There’s crisp, white linen, a private heated pool, fresh grown produce and fresh eggs and you’re only feet away from the Bakehouse with its artisan workshops on offer.
The Baker’s Hut
New to The Artisan Bakehouse this year, is The Baker’s Hut, a hand-crafted oak shepherd’s hut, and a rare chance to escape from the kids and do something just for you. It’s hidden between an old oak and pine trees and sleeps two in a kingsize bed (crisp white linen and cosy throws a given) and has all the finishing touches your heart desires. There’s also a fire pit, BBQ, and the peace and tranquility you’d expect from a rural retreat.
It’s a minimum of two-nights stay and you’ll love the breakfast hamper of handmade bread, granola, jam, cookies, local juice, fruit, milk/butter & tea/coffee as well as a 10% discount off bread-making workshops. Better still, after long months of lockdown, The Artisan Bakehouse is now open for bookings. So, dump the kids, pack a bag, and head to the hills because this place is a little bit special.
You can find out more at: https://theartisanbakehouse.com/collections/shepherds-hut