Elmley Escape

Elmley Nature Reserve

When you’re in need of a time-out from city life and a digital detox, hop into the car and head to the countryside.

Imagine long walks, comfort food and being nestled in the great outdoors in a place that’ll make you feel like you’ve travelled to the middle of nowhere. Less than 1.5 hours from Central London you’ll find Elmley Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey. Set in a 3,200-acre estate, which is a National Nature Reserve and working family run farm.

Elmley Nature Reserve

The population is small; ok actually teeny tiny being a grand total of five. The reserve is off the grid as it is the most remote spot in southeast England, but surprisingly has 4G although you should definitely switch your phone off.

Elmley Nature Reserve

The closer you get to the grounds you’ll see some of the 800 suckler cows and sheep grazing the marsh. Once you’ve parked up you’ll instantly feel relaxed with the only sounds you’ll hear from the wildlife.

Elmley Nature Reserve

As we strolled to our new home down a little path, we passed pheasants and bunnies, until we reached the marsh.

Elmley Nature Reserve

The grounds are simply breathtaking.

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You can stay in adorable shepherds huts, a cottage for larger groups or if you fancy really spoiling yourself then in the new Saltbox hut. Let’s face it we all need to spoil ourselves every now and then so Saltbox was the top pick for us.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Fling open the barn doors and lay your eyeballs on the phenomenal view.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Blessed with blue skies, we sat out admiring the scenery.

Elmley Nature Reserve

The owners deliver mini milk bottles for the much-needed tea you’ll be downing throughout your trip.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Before the rains arrived, we slipped on some wellies and went for a long walk.

Elmley Nature Reserve

The furthest hide is Spitend hide, which is a 5.5km stroll from the farmyard and is well worth the adventure.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Despite it being winter it was very mild out, and luckily for us the winter wildlife were still out and about. Wildfowl filled the sky flocking in large groups.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Nestled in a timber shack viewing point you’ll find treasure, a secret hamper filled with tartan blankets and goodies.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Grab the binoculars, munch on choccies and sweeties, there’s even a Polaroid camera to take some snaps on and a mini bottle of gin. Yes you read it correctly – gin!

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

After having a little rest, we strolled back passing lots of hares on our way.

Elmley Nature Reserve

When we arrived back at the farmland we had a peek into the Kentish barn that was the remains of a Victorian brick-making village.

Elmley Nature Reserve

When it’s raining outside the barn is a great spot to nestle inside with blankets and watch the world go by through the gigantic windows.

Elmley Nature Reserve

If you don’t fancy cooking on your stay you can order in delicious dinners and eat them tucked in the barn under the twinkling fairy lights.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Right so back to our home Saltbox, as I know you are dying to see what is inside.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Step up and in, Saltbox is clad in white-washed timber panelling has natural light pouring throughout with it’s floor to ceiling window looking out on the reserve.

Elmley Nature Reserve

The miniature kitchen basically stole my heart; copper panelling formed the backsplash, reclaimed timber barn style cupboard doors and shelves stocked with all life’s essentials.

You instantly ask yourself what more can one need from a kitchen, well pop the kettle on the stove, as there’s always a need for tea.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Industrial lighting kept the entire space warmly lit.

Elmley Nature Reserve

The bed zone had a reclaimed timber headboard, striking palm print cushions, the softest white linen and the world’s comfiest bed. No lie.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

The hut is lovely and warm thanks to earthwool insulation a breathable carbon-neutral insulation made from 80% recycled bottles. Plus there is a radiator that’ll keep the entire space heated in case you’re the type that feels the cold.

Elmley Nature Reserve

The bathroom is small but well-appointed offering everything you need for your country escape.

To help protect the reserve the huts are all decked with Green & Spring products, natural products that smell dreamy – trust me.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Panelled in a stony blue tone, with exposed copper sanitaryware that looks striking against the beautiful blue. The overhead shower has great pressure, and is lovely and hot.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Dressing gowns, fluffy towels, and snugly wool throws and hot water bottles that will keep you feeling extra cosy.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

We watched nighttime begin to fall and had a snack whilst we relaxed.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Followed by a cheese board as we played scrabble on the comfy bed.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Piled our layers on and headed out to pick fresh herbs from the herb trough for dinner. Collected some timber for our outdoor fire pit, when we eventually got it going.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Lauren attempted to not set her marshmallows on fire whilst we toasted s’mores.

Elmley Nature Reserve

We sat by the fire sipping our favourite bubbles.

Elmley Nature Reserve

The rest of our evening was spent giggling the night away amongst the pitch black skies and the rustling wildlife.

Elmley Nature Reserve

Book Elmley Nature Reserve here – stay for two nights, as one just won’t be enough. You can thank me later.

Elmley Nature Reserve

I cannot picture a better place to escape the busy day-to-day life. After all sometimes the best things in life are the simple things.

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