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Gribbles Shepherds Hut, near Higham, Colchester

Gribbles is a bespoke shepherds hut ideal for a solitary retreat set in beautiful Suffolk countryside halfway between Ipswich and Colchester. Although only 30m from a single bedroom cottage it is private and quiet. Gribbles inside is heated and has a separate toilet, basin and shower, mains pressure hot water is provided by an LPG water heater. There is a very comfortable double bed, a writing desk and chair, a small armchair and shelving for a shrine. We now have a good range of meditation mats and cushions. There is ample room for private meditation and prostration either under cover or outside. The informal garden is surrounded by woodland.        

Gribbles has a well equipped covered kitchen with hot and cold running water, a two ring gas hob and a fridge with a small freezer compartment. Bed linen and towels are provided.

There is free access to an 8 acre Chestnut woodland, ¾ mile of the River Brett and a further 12 acres of land undergoing rewilding, and a beautiful ancient oak! Miles of public footpaths are accessible from the doorstep.

There is ample off road parking. The nearest train station is Manningtree which has a large co-op and the excellent Whole Food Store. Pick up from the station via the shops can be arranged; there are also several local taxi companies.        

For availability please contact cathmarno1 [at]

Please note: this venue is closed for the months of November, December (2021) and January and February (2022).


Minimum rental of six nights - from Saturday to Friday: £180
Up to 13 nights: £360
13 - 20 nights: £540
Longer stays by arrangement.

Booking Info & Location

cathmarno1 [at]
Details on booking,
near Manningtree,
United Kingdom



I have recently spent two weeks at Gribbles. It’s a small Shepherds hut but it has all you need for a solitary (a comfortable bed, hot shower and it is warm). The outside kitchen was also fine for simple cooking and it is protected from the elements.

I loved the chestnut wood, ancient oak, the surrounding countryside and the various creatures and birds that I shared the wilds with. I felt like I was living in a Zen poem.

Cath and Nick were very accommodating and friendly and there also left me to it.

With gratitude and appreciation 


Gribbles Shepherds Hut

The hut is delightfully located in a large wood not far from a cottage but it felt very peaceful. 

I enjoyed both eating and meditating outside - a real feeling of being in the midst of nature surrounded by birdsong.

There were plenty of visitors to the garden including a song thrush feeding her young, deer, a sparrowhawk and plenty of rabbits! 

Thanks to Nick and Cath who were very friendly and helpful. 


I spent last week at Gribbles and found it a really beneficial experience.  The hut is warm and the kitchen stayed remarkably dry even when there was heavy rain.  The local area is quiet and peaceful with beautiful local walks. The garden around the hut is secluded and peaceful so even though there were people staying in the holiday cottage next door, I did not find their presence intrusive.


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