For a cozy countryside stay this autumn, look to Stein’s Shepherd Huts in Cornwall. Nestled within the grounds of The Cornish Arms in St Merryn, close to Padstow, the secluded hand-built huts offer peaceful countryside accommodation just a short walk from scenic beaches, walking trails, and of course, they’re surrounded by stellar food.

Designed by Ed Stein, an accomplished stonemason and artist, modern comfort is combined with craftsmanship. Each hut features a bright living and dining area, an en suite shower bathroom and a kitchenette along with a double-size bed. As for aesthetics, tongue and groove wood planks give a traditional English-style interior, and it’s finished with soft furnishings by Jill and Kate Stein that play to its Cornish country and coastal setting.

Calling all foodies, there are plenty of options here; wake up to a full English at The Cornish Arms or something lighter made from locally-sourced produce, and dinner at the pub showcases the best of British fare. Make your way to Padstow, and not only is there Rick Stein’s flagship seafood restaurant, but there’s also a whole host of other eateries to explore. Ed Stein, Director of Design across all Rick Stein Restaurants, tells us more about this tranquil Cornish escape.


The original idea of the site was to separate the huts by using stonework to create enclosures of privacy. Part of this inspiration came from the archaeological site in the Orkney isles, Skara Brae. The Neolithic stone-built houses used earth, being sunk into the ground to provide the houses with stability and also act as insulation against Orkney’s harsh weather conditions.


Stein’s Shepherd’s Huts are in the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty. This part of North Cornwall is surrounded by seven bays: Tregirls Beach, Trevone Bay, Harlyn Bay, Mother Ivey’s Bay, Bobby’s Bay, Constantine Bay and Treyarnon Bay. With so many sandy beaches near the Shepherd’s Huts you can explore a different one each day of the week!


The Shepherd’s Huts are in the meadow behind The Cornish Arms pub. We wanted to give the huts a good amount of privacy, so we reduced the ground level to hunker them into the landscape and make the most of the views. Offering a tranquil space with its tree-lined aspect and curved stone hedges, the plots feel hidden away, offering guest privacy, but at the same time, are a short walk to the pub and local amenities.

The Pub

With slate floors and rustic charm, The Cornish Arms offers a simple pub menu throughout the year using the best locally sourced meat and fish. Sunday roasts feature on the winter menus, where you can always find the fire roaring away. A perfect place to end up after a blustery beach walk.

The Huts

From the outside, the huts have a traditional agricultural look with corrugated iron cladding and cast-iron wheels. Still, on the inside, these rugged little structures are finished to a high standard with all the mod cons of a hotel room, from underfloor heating, ensuite showers, comfy Vi-spring mattresses, Nespresso machines, Roberts radios and minibars stocked with beer and wine to enjoy in the hut on arrival.


The summer months may seem the obvious time to stay, but out-of-season Cornwall offers storms with broody bleakness, empty beaches and quiet streets – you can discover a mystical landscape without the crowds. You don’t have those long summer days, but you have the intoxicating ozone sea air blasting your senses and revitalizing your mind, body and soul. It’s also an excellent time to go beachcombing.


North Cornwall offers a huge variety of outdoor pursuits with its beaches, estuaries, and coves. The nearby port of Padstow offers fishing boat trips and sea life safaris. The renowned surf breaks of Watergate Bay and Fistral are close by, or you can enjoy the simple pursuits of swimming or paddle boarding off one of the many beaches.


Park at Treyarnon Bay and walk the coast path by Constantine and Bobby’s Bay – some of the best beaches around.

Or head inland to walk at Golitha Falls national nature reserve, walk along the River Fowey as it crashes over granite mossy boulders through the woods on a circular walk back to the car park.

Explore Bodmin Moor and scale Roughtor, walking past Bronze Age hut circles on your way up to one of Cornwall’s high points. It’s a good place to get your bearings on the county, and on a good clear day, you can see both coasts. Maybe enjoy a pint afterward at the Rising Sun Inn at Altarnun.

Foodie Hot Spots

The flagship Rick Stein dining destination, The Seafood Restaurant, has welcomed guests in Padstow for nearly 50 years, with simple fish and shellfish in an informal yet elegant space.

Emily Scott at Watergate Bay is another great spot with perfect sea views. The seasonally changing menu showcases the best Cornish produce.

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen from chef Nathan Outlaw is located in a 15-century fisherman’s cottage turned restaurant overlooking Port Isaac harbor.

The St Kew Inn, if you feel like a rural Cornish village pub experience, has open fires, real ales and locally sourced ingredients cooked over coals.


We offer a range of breaks at the Shepherd’s Huts – that can include Sunday roasts and late checkouts or dinners at The Seafood Restaurant, as well as picnics and afternoon tea to enjoy in your own private terrace area. Each stay in the huts includes a breakfast hamper with smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels (using Rick’s own cured salmon), orange juice and homemade granola, yogurt and fruit.

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published 2022-11-04 19:37:05