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. I would buy a locally sourced food hamper, then there's no need to bring any food. We also sell local craft beer and local botanic gin and Fevertree tonic. Although, you are, of course, welcome to 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 included. There's a small fridge in the huts, but no freezer - Jo can provide ice in a thermos though (enough for two people), just ask when ordering food.
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.
Tell me more about this wood-fired hot tub...
We think they're 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 (the tubs outside Maggie and Huxley heat slightly faster) 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. They keep their 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. They're 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 - if this is something you'd like then do ask Jo to light it, when ordering your food hampers.
Can I bring my children?
Of course. Little ones are welcome to sleep in the bed with you, or you could bring a travel cot, or book a bell tent for older children - bear in mind the bell tent is a few metres away from the hut, so only for children that are comfortable sleeping in a tent on their own. If you're staying in Dolly we can put a single mattress on the floor; this will cost £30 and will include a duvet, pillow, bed linen and blanket. Just let us know when you book or contact Jo if you'd like to chat through options.
Tell me more about the bell tents...
The bell tents are 6m by 4m and three metres tall at the highest point. The tents are up all season, so even if you haven't booked on to sleep in, it will be up next to your hut - a great spot for sitting in if the weather isn't great or storing bags in, we tend to put a couple of deck chairs in the door way if you're not using it, great with the doors open for that evening drink if it's raining. Each tent has four single beds in, each about a foot off the ground. On each bed there's a mattress, single duvet, pillow and blanket. If you've booked the tent then bed linen is provided, but towels are not. We can push two beds together, but the bed linen will still be single bed linen. Each tent is about 10-30 metres away from it's hut. Those in the tent will share the bathroom and cooking facilities with the huts, however, there are also two compost toilets outside Dolly for those in the tent to use. The tents are not heated, so bring some warm pyjamas. Check out the "book the whole site" page for some photos of the tents.
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.
Do the huts have hot water, electricity and a flushing toilet?
Yes. All huts have hot water and a flushing toilet - with new toilets in all huts from 2022. 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?
Some of them. Maggie is a 5 minute walk from your car - you'll park at the farm barns and then walk for 5 minutes across a paddock, we have a trolley that you can borrow for your luggage, but I would suggest rucksacks and weekend bags rather than big suitcases. As of 2022 you'll be able to drive to about 100 metres from Dolly - the drive is down a gravelled farm track, which should be fine for most cars unless they're very low. If you'd like Jo to send you a photo of the track then do ask. If you'd rather not drive to Dolly then you'll park at the farm barns and Jo will drive you down at check in and pick you up at check out. If you leave your car at the barns you'll be about a 15 minute walk form your car to Dolly. Huxley is a similar set up to Dolly, but you can drive to right next to the hut. Again, if you don't want to drive, you'll be about a 15 minute walk back to your car (but Jo will drop you off at check in and check out).
How far are the huts from each other?
You can't see or hear any other huts from your hut. Ideal for a bit of peace and quiet. Huxley and Dolly are about a five minute walk apart. Maggie is about a 10 minute walk from Dolly and about a 12 minute walk from Huxley. If you're booking two huts for your group, we suggest you go for Dolly and Huxley.
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. 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.