FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are bed linen and towels provided?
Yes. Wonderfully luxurious bed linen is provided, as are two big towels, a hand towel and a tea towel. There are also a couple of blankets in the hut to sit under if the evenings are chilly. If you'd like extra towels for the hot tub, then you should bring your own.
What do I need to bring?
We hope that all the essentials are provided so you don't have to bring too much. I would bring a coat and some boots or old trainers in case it's muddy. There are some books, board games a bluetooth speaker in the huts so no need to bring those. We also provide Bramley shampoo, conditioner, body wash and hand wash.
What about food and drink?
There's a gas BBQ, with a side hob, and a fire-pit outside each hut. There’s a small hob indoor, but this is really just for boiling water on. You can, of course, order a locally sourced food hamper from us or bring your own food and drink. In the hut you'll find salt, pepper, cooking oils, tin foil and sauces. The tap water is drinkable. Cooking utensils - including some lovely cast iron pots and pans for the BBQ are all provided. There's a small fridge in the huts, but no freezer. Jo will provide a small amount of milk (just enough for that first tea/coffee), but please bring more if you’d like it.
What time is check in/check out?
We don't want you to rush so check out is by 11am. Check in is between 4pm and 8pm. You're welcome to leave your car parked at the farm barns if you'd like to go on a walk after check out. If you’d like an earlier check in or a later check out, then do ask Jo and if no one is in before/after she’ll see what she can do (but no guarantees).
Tell me more about this wood-fired hot tub...
There’s a wood-fire hot tub outside Dolly. We think it’s truly magical. It is essentially a large bath attached to a log burner. The tub comfortably fits two and the will be cleaned and filled with fresh water before you arrive. You probably want the water at about 35 degrees C (there's a thermometer in the tub) and it heats up at about 10 degrees per hour so can take 2-3 hours to heat up. You do have to maintain the fire while it's heating up, but that makes the basking in it, all the more satisfying. It keeps it’s heat quite well, so if you put the lid on over night, it should still be warm in the morning - so you can have that morning cup of coffee in the hot tub. It’s also very safe, so you can light the fire and then head off on a walk around the farm, if you'd like. Jo tends to light the hot tub for you before you arrive, so it will be starting to warm, but not fully up to temperature.
Tell me more about the outdoor bath…
Huxley has a beautiful pink cast iron bath outside the hut. It has running hot water and has views of the country side. It takes about 20 minutes to fill, but the water is super warm.
Can I bring my children?
Small children are very welcome. Little ones are welcome to sleep in the bed with you, or you could bring a travel cot. Just let us know when you book or contact Jo if you'd like to chat through options.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes. We allow one dog per hut. If you'd like to bring more than one dog then contact Jo as it might be possible if they're small and not too active - it will depend on breed and age. There’s a £20 cleaning fee per stay.
Do the huts have hot water, electricity and a flushing toilet?
Yes. All huts have hot water and a flushing toilet. There is electricity but no mains plugs; there are lights and two USB sockets if you'd like to charge your phone.
Do the huts have wifi?
No. The perfect chance to avoid those emails!
Do the huts have heating?
Sort of. Each hut has a small wood burning stove, with logs, kindling and firelighters provided. As the huts are off grid, there is no central heating.
Are logs provided?
Yes. Unlimited logs, kindling, fire lighters and lighters/matches are provided.
How do I get to you?
Our post code is Ox17 1JA. If you search "Fat Pheasant Shepherd Huts" in Google Maps it should take you straight to us. If you don't have a car then you can get the train to Banbury (about an hour from London) and then get a taxi from the station (about 10 minutes)
Where's the nearest shop?
Our nearest shop is Carpenters Farm shop, about 2 miles away. Sainsburys Local is on the outskirts of Banbury and is a 5 minute drive away. In Banbury there are your usual big supermarkets - Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Aldi etc.
Can I drive up to the huts?
Yes. You can drive to about 100 metres from Dolly - the drive is down a gravelled farm track. You can park right outside Huxley - again, the drive is down a gravelled farm track.
How far are the huts from each other?
You can't see or hear the other hut from your hut. Ideal for a bit of peace and quiet. Huxley and Dolly are about a five minute walk apart, but are in separate fields.
Can we bring our bikes? Can we borrow bikes?
Yes. We have two lovely ex-post office bikes for guests to hire. The cost is £30, which gets you both bikes for up to three days. Jo can suggest nice pubs to cycle to or other local routes; there’s a Walk Book in the hut, which also has some suggested cycling routes (on small, quiet roads). You're also welcome to bring your own bike. There are some beautiful cycle routes nearby. You can keep your bike by the hut or lock it in the barn at the farm buildings (to avoid having to cycle on the farm track, if it's a road bike).
What is your Covid-19 policy?
In the event of a national lockdown or travel restrictions we will do our best to move your booking, or offer a full refund. If you test positive or are having to self isolate and you let us know with more than five days notice, we will do our best to move your booking or offer a full refund; you may need to provide evidence of a positive test. If in doubt, give Jo a ring and she will do her best to help. If Jo has to self isolate for any reason she will do her best to move your booking or will offer a full refund.
What is your cancellation policy?
Bookings cancelled more than 30 days before the holiday start will be refunded, minus a 25% cancellation fee, equal to your non-refundable deposit paid. Bookings cancelled within the 30 day window will not be refunded.
If you have any more questions then do contact Jo on the email or phone number below.