A view of the huts from down the garden
The living hut by night
Red sky at night... the view from the huts

Luxury Shepherd’s Hut Bed & Breakfast

Need to get away? Come and stay in three beautiful huts in the garden of the cottage where John Steinbeck lived in 1959. One has a double bed, another a living room space with wood burning stove and day bed, the third is a luxurious shower room. Enjoy wonderful views and walks.


The Space

These beautiful huts are finished to a high standard and fully insulated so you will be comfortable come rain or shine. They sit at the end of our large cottage garden which is on an organic dairy farm. John Steinbeck and his wife stayed in the cottage for several months in 1959, and just before he died, agreed that it was where they had felt happiest. We hope that you can experience the same pleasure from visiting this truly magical place.


The Wildlife

The cottage is hidden down a long track on the pretty parkland surrounding Discove House. The mixture of woodland and meadows, it’s seclusion and the fact that the farmland isn’t intensively worked mean it is a superb spot for wildlife. Barn owls, green and spotted woodpeckers, foxes and a wide range of small birds are all a common sight from the shepherds huts.


Guest Access

The bedroom hut measures 7′ x 12′ and has a double bed, sheepskin rugs, storage cupboard and comfy chair. The living room hut is the same size and has a wood burning stove (logs provided), day bed (for one extra person by arrangement), and is where we serve a locally sourced delicious breakfast. The newly completed shower hut is slightly smaller and has a basin, loo and shower (thanks to all our guests who have had to walk across the garden to clean their teeth until now). All the huts have electricity.



We are serious about good food, and although this is a simple bed and breakfast, you can expect good-quality, thoughtfully sourced food throughout your stay. PLease let us know if you’d like to include supper during your stay. We cook with lots of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.


The Neighbourhood

You won’t want to leave the huts or the garden, but Bruton is a happening little town with several shops and restaurants worth visiting, as well as the newly opened Hauser & Wirth art gallery. We are close to several National Trust houses including Stourhead, and Lytes CaryLongleat is nearby. Also easy to get to are Bath, Wells, Glastonbury, Frome, Sherborne and the Dorset coast is just over an hour away.


Getting around

Buses are few and far between, but Bruton and nearby Castle Cary have train stations connecting us to London, Weymouth, Frome, Bristol, Bath and many more places. We can collect from and drop off at the station if that’s how you’d prefer to travel.

Shed & Breakfast

'It was a fortunate accident which drew me to this place.'

John Steinbeck on Bruton in 1959

Where to find us

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Discove Cottage, Discove, Bruton, BA10 0NF

Thank you for an unforgettable stay in the huts - what an amazing spot.