Top five British shepherds’ huts you can stay in

The latest in rural glamping chic has arrived, or was it here all along? For those whose heartstrings are tugged by nostalgia or excited by a quirky adventure a renovated early 20th century shepherds’ hut is the perfect escape. Bethany Brown picks her favourites. 

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1. Three Cliffs Bay Shepherd Huts – South Wales

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From £200 for two nights

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Situated back from the cliff edge of the Gower Peninsula, with spectacular panoramic views of sea and countryside, the Scamperhuts harmonise with their surroundings whilst boasting cosy interiors with wood-burner effect heaters. From alfresco dining while savouring the spectacular views to surfing the waves or reading a real page-turner on your personal canopy deck – this hut is a great base to envelop yourself in nature. 

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Phone: 01792 202 325

Email: enquiries@scampervanhire.co.uk

 

2. The Shepherd Hut Retreat – Somerset

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From £160 for two nights

Nestled in South Somerset, just a stones throw from Dorset and Devon, and only a 30-minute drive away from the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast, the Shepherd Hut Retreat is not only a great base for exploring but also an eco-warriors dream.

Established on organic farmland, powered mainly by solar power, fed with twice filtered natural spring water, built from local timber and recycled materials and cleaned using eco products – this is the perfect place to relax your mind and your body!

Awaken from your slumber and step down from your shepherd’s hut onto the decking, have breakfast overlooking the water, then relax in a deck chair or hammock reading a book under the tree. Finish the day with a barbecue, a glass of wine and marshmallows toasted on the open fire.

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Phone: 07813 393 164

Email: theshepherdshutretreat@gmail.com

 

3. Skye Shepherd Huts – Bothan Beileag & Bothan Buidheag

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From £90 a night

Located on the croft in Heaste on the Isle of Skye, these huts are very special, secluded, small space retreats offering a great way to engage with wildlife in luxury.

Each hut has a wood-burning stove, electricity, water, double bed, tea- and coffee-making facilities, wifi and spectacular views in all directions. The toilet and shower room, along with washing and drying facilities, are to be found around 50m away from your hut, in the hallway of the site owners house.

The area has a good selection of both relaxed local eateries and more formal award-winning restaurants for a romantic evening out. 

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Phone: 07580559745

Email: janet@tlachd.co.uk

4. Lakeland Huts – National Trust, Crom

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From £48 a night

Set in the 2000 tranquil acres of the National Trust Crom Estate Campsite on the shores of Lough Erne, these little huts are surrounded by nature and wildlife.

Choose to spend your holiday fishing, biking, kayaking or walking without ever needing to leave the estate. The jetty, just 400 metres from the hut, is the perfect spot to sit back and watch the world float by or to set off by boat (available for hire from visitors centre) on an adventure to one of the islands.

Oceania, named after the colour of her corrugated tin, is a two-person hut designed with charm and efficiency. It’s completely off-grid (no electricity!) and the décor of soft linens, enamel and cast-iron kitchenware will cast you back into a simpler age.

The site also includes a toilet and shower block, wash up area and a communal fire for campers to use.  The visitor’s centre has a tearoom and small selection of supplies, but you will find all the basic essentials in Oceania, even the marshmallows for toasting on the campfire!

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Phone: 07971858299

Email: enquiries@lakelandhuts.co.uk

 

5. Snowdonia Shepherd’s Huts

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From £85 a night

Tucked up in the hills above Betws-y-Coed, these shepherds’ huts really are a hidden gem. As an added bonus to the secluded riverside setting in Snowdonia National Park you’ll also get the use of not one but two huts- the living hut and the private washing hut. The living hut boasts a wood-burning stove for chillier nights and a pull-down bed with feather down duvet and pillows, welsh blankets and a sheepskin. In the private wash hut you’ll find a toilet, shower, washbasin and even a sauna! There’s also an outdoor kitchen with a fire pit and, as a nod to modern convenience, there’s a double gas burner for making a quick meal or just a cup of tea.

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Phone: 01690 710067

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Email: hazel@snowdoniashepherdshuts.co.uk