Shepherd’s Hut stays are becoming popular as the multiple lockdowns give us all a taste to break free from TV, electricity and even buildings with roofs.
Shepherd’s Huts are quirky getaways that have long been a hit with those looking for something a little sturdier than a tent for camping – you get all the comforts of a bed, kitchenette and bathroom, while still getting to enjoy remote landscapes. They tend to be popular with couples, but there are also some properties for families if you do want to bring the kids on an adventure.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite Shepherd’s Hut stays across the UK worth having on your radar…
1. Rock View Shepherd’s Hut, Devon
Hidden in the woodlands three miles from the village of Gunnislake, this cosy hut has everything you need for a comfortable stay -there’s no TV and no access to Wi-Fi.
Spend the day exploring the landscape there are some nearby market towns.
How much: Prices from £249 for seven nights with Sykes Holiday Cottages. Sleeps two people. Find out more here.
2. The Hot Tub Hideaway, Brecon Beacons
As the name suggests, this charming hut offers a luxurious perk for guests; an outdoor hot tub with views of the breathtaking scenery.
Located in a private meadow, you’ll get exclusive use of the hut and its hot tub, while other highlights include a wood burning stove inside, and a large fire pit if you do fancy some al fresco dining. There’s a separate hut for the wet room and toilet.
How much Prices from £409 for three nights with HolidayCottages. Sleeps two people. Find out more here.
3. Maylies, Northumberland
If you’re looking to get away from the daily grind, Maylies could be just the spot. For a start, the outdoor bath is the stuff of dreams with views of the sprawling countryside, while inside you’ll find two bedrooms with cosy beds, as well as an open plan kitchen and lounge.
The hut actually sleeps up to four people, so it can also be ideal for friends or families looking to have a fun countryside escape together.
How much Prices from £200 per night with Canopy & Stars. Sleeps four people. Find out more here.
4. The Happy Hare, Dorset
Couples after a romantic getaway surrounded by picturesque landscape won’t be disappointed at this quirky spot in Dorset.
The Happy Hare offers an idyllic camping break from the outdoor seating area and fire pit to the hot tub. Inside the hut expect modern and sleek interiors, including a double bed and a kitchenette with everything you need for a hearty post-countryside-walk meal.
How much Prices from £80 per night with Canopy & Stars. Sleeps two people. Find out more here.
5. Shepherd’s Hut Avon Farm Estate, Bath
Tucked away on a private 230-acre estate, this Shepherd’s Hut is cosy yet spacious, and even comes with its own hot tub.
The working farm means that you can hang out with goats and chickens you can even help yourself to fresh eggs, or of course the estate itself is ideal for a leisurely stroll.
The hut has a double bed, kitchenette and heaps of storage space, so it’s an ideal base if you’re planning to be out and about exploring!
How much Prices from £151 a night with HomeAway. Sleeps two people. Find out more here.
6. Megan Shepherd Hut, Snowdonia
This cosy hut overlooks the Dee Valley and has all of the basics you could want; a dining table, a bed, private shower and toilet facilities.
There are heaps of picturesque walking trails to be found nearby if you do want an adventure -and you may even spot a llama or two!
How much Prices from £70 a night with HomeAway. Sleeps two people. Find out more here.
7. Lady Bird Retreat, North York Moors & Coast
It’s not just its location amidst the spectacular moors and countryside that make the Ladybird Retreat so special. Inside you’ll find cosy interiors and a sitting area with a woodburning stove for an idyllic night in, while those who want to make the most of the outdoors will no doubt make full use of the hot tub.
As for intrepid explorers There are plenty of adventures to be had from the sandy beach half a mile away, to the local harbour or even the coastal walks.
How much Prices from £278 for three nights with Sykes Holiday Cottages. Sleeps two people. Find out more here.
If you’re after peace and quiet, this cosy property on a farm near Moretonhampstead is ideal.
You’ve got 40 acres of the Narramore estate to explore, there are horses nearby, or you can even have a barbecue if the weather is nice.
Then there’s the small pond just a stone’s throw away which means you can spot some local wildlife too.
How much Prices from £69 a night on Airbnb. Sleeps two people. Find out more here.
Overlooking Loch Fitty, this cosy yet modern Shepherd’s Hut is a hit with families after a mini break in the countryside.
There’s a woodburning stove to keep everyone warm, a DVD player so you can watch your favourite films for a cosy night in, and fold-down beds so you can make full use of the space when you’re not sleeping.
Other highlights include the firepit -ideal for toasting marshmallows-as well as activities for the kids such as collecting fresh eggs, or playing in the mud kitchen.
The hut is on a working sheep farm, and guests can opt for a complimentary farm tour.
How much Prices from £240 for two nights on QuirkyAccomm. Find out more here. Sleeps four people.