The Bothy – Winter Stays

The Bothy is hidden in an old oak woodland in the rewilded park surrounding Knepp Castle.

Originally a dairy for the three milk cows for the castle, the Bothy has been converted into a charming rustic cabin suitable for a single person or couple. The spacious main room features a four-poster bed at one end and comfortable sofa and armchair around a woodburning stove with a plentiful stock of sustainable, home-sourced wood at the other. Radiators supply additional heating.

Additional furnishings are reclaimed, antique and/or have their origins on the estate. The floor is made from cedarwood planked from 300-year-old trees that fell around the castle during the 1987 storm, and the bathroom (which also features a deluxe rain shower) has an enormous vintage bath salvaged from Knepp’s dower house, Floodgates.

While you’ll be close to nature, falling asleep to the hoots of owls and – in autumn – roaring stags, we’ve done our utmost to ensure you’re as cosy and comfortable as possible. The kingsize bed with luxury natural-fibre mattress is made up with four down pillows, Egyptian cotton bed linen and down duvet, topped with a beautiful quilt for additional warmth. Towels are provided and we can provide hypoallergenic bedding on request.

The well-equipped, country-style kitchen contains a Rangemaster 5 ring gas cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine, with a Sheila maid from the ceiling for eco-drying.

The Bothy does not have a TV but there is good WiFi so you can stream away for cosy movie nights in, or simply curl up for a read from the Bothy’s bookshelves.

You are just a short stroll from Knepp’s extensive network of public footpaths through the rewilding project. A map of circular walking routes is provided, along with information on local shopping, pubs, restaurants and recommended activities for rainy days.

You’ll find complimentary organic tea, coffee, milk and sugar for your arrival so you can make yourself a cuppa, put your feet up and settle in.

Interested in a three night summer booking? Please visit our website here.

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Important information

The Bothy is open year-round.
Check-in any time from 3pm. Check-out by 10am.
Minimum stay one week.
The Bothy sleeps a maximum of two people.
Accommodation prices are per unit.
All guests must be over 12yrs. We cannot accommodate unaccompanied guests under 18yrs.
We do not accept any large groups or pets.
We regret we cannot offer refunds or date changes once your booking is made.

Our 12+ Policy

Knepp Wildland Safaris and campsite are all about the quiet and patient observation of nature.

Some of the species we are likely to encounter are shy or can be frightened by loud noises or sudden movements. Our campsite with open-air fire-pits, wood-burning stoves and an on-site pond is unsuitable for small children.

For this reason, our safaris and campsite are suitable only for children of 12 and over.

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