‘Rip off’: Rick Stein opens five glamping huts in Cornwall – but they cost a fortune

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Seafood chef Rick Stein has opened five brand new shepherd’s huts in the Cornwall countryside this summer after his pubs and restaurants were forced to close last year due to the pandemic. Fit with a double bed, tiny kitchen and small ensuite bathroom, a stay at one of the huts will cost tourists a huge £220 a night.

This summer has seen a boom in staycations and camping holidays as many Britons are still uncertain about travelling abroad.

Due to the uncertainty of British weather, glamping is often favoured for and shepherd’s huts are one of the most popular forms of glamping accommodation.

With Cornwall being one of the UK’s hotspots for staycations, Rick Stein has opened brand new shepherd’s huts.

However, visitors to Rick’s new shepherd’s huts will have to pay a fortune to stay there.

For £220 a night, tourists can make use of a small fridge, coffee machine and Wi-Fi, but there’s a catch.

Visitors are required to stay for a minimum of two nights, meaning they will have to fork out at least £440.

Rick’s website said: “Locally sourced stone is used to form a private decking on which to enjoy the view, hand-curved wooden planks form homely, Scandinavian-style interiors, brightly lit by sunlight through large windows on all sides.

“Each cabin is home to a bright living and dining area, an ensuite shower bathroom and kitchenette.

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“Expect a tranquil experience in the Cornish countryside, designed to help you relax, unwind, and spend quality time together.

“Soft furnishings and in-cabin amenities are by Jill Stein, artfully chosen in keeping with country and seaside setting inspired by the Cornish coast.”

Included in the price is Cornish milk, Origin Coffee, Birchall Tea as well as Stein’s biscuits.

The description also states that there is “parking nearby” to the shepherd’s huts.

The cost of shepherd’s huts can vary depending on size, finish and materials used but the average cost of a stay in one within the Cornwall countryside is around £100 a night.

Sharing their thoughts on social media, one person said: “I just saw Rick Stein’s hotels and huts cost upwards of £200 a night? Rip off.”

Another wrote: “Glad to see the hospitality sector doing well again, although I’m not sure I would be paying any of Rick Stein’s prices.”

“Just had a lovely meal in Rick’s Padstow restaurant, will definitely be returning to the hotel,” commented a third.

Last year, the pandemic hit Rick Stein’s business empire and caused one of his restaurants to shut down.

Announcing the news on its social media sites, a statement said: “We are very sad to say that our Porthleven restaurant will not be reopening.

“Thank you to all of our customers who have supported us. We hope you will find your way to our other restaurants where perhaps we can share fond memories of nights overlooking the romantic harbour.”

The restaurant group, which operates its flagship The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, also has an abundance of other restaurants in Barnes, Sandbanks, Winchester and Falmouth.

Rick is also owner of 40 hotel rooms in Padstow, as well as self-catering family breaks in other areas of Cornwall.

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