Welcome to our luxury Shepherd’s Hut near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales

Brand new for 2019

  • The path and steps leading to the Shepherd's Hut
  • Access via steps to the front of the Shepherd's Hut
  • The kitchen and dining area and door to shower room
  • The kitchen area
  • Table for two with a view
  • Tableware
  • Kitchen, heater and hanging space
  • towards the sleeping area
  • The comfy double bed
  • Double bed
  • Close up of the Bed
  • Shower
  • Compost toilet
  • Outside table and chiminea
  • The Shepherd's Hut + chickens!

Extracts from our first reviews:

"...The hut is truly wonderful. Every space has been used efficiently and with all the amenities you could need for your stay. It’s also beautifully decorated. So warm and cosy. 

"The highlight, however, has to be the location. I was actually speechless when we were shown to the hut..."

"The cabin is literally set apart within the woods, facing away from the road and onto the woodland ahead, which was perfect for adding privacy to out [sic] stay. We were told that there are an abundance of wildlife living there including red squirrels, and with our expectations not being too high of seeing much I can tell you that we saw loads! And right out side our cabin. We saw so many bird varieties and a whole family of red squirrels from the comfort of our cabin, where we ate breakfast and enjoyed a spectacular view. I can't recommend highly enough what a little gem this cabin is, especially if you want to get closer to nature."

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A luxury self catering Shepherd’s Hut, situated in our privately owned semi-ancient woodland. Experience the peace and tranquillity, enjoy the views across Widdale Beck to the fells beyond and delight in watching red squirrels in nearby trees.

An ideal place to stay for those wanting to explore Wensleydale and the Yorkshire Dales. Perfect for anyone who wants to relax and pursue a passion such as photography, art or writing where nature can inspire you!

The hut is located in woodland opposite Thorney Mire Barn B&B, in a secluded location just outside Appersett, 1.5 miles from the market town of Hawes in Wensleydale. Red squirrels, roe deer and many species of bird frequent the woodland. There is a squirrel feeder located in front of the hut, and it is visited most days by red squirrels. There are numerous footpaths that take you on wonderful country walks in all directions from the hut. Hawes is just a 25 minute walk away, with its shops, tea rooms, pubs, restaurants and the Wensleydale Creamery (where the famous cheeses are made).

Offering unique and characterful accommodation, the Shepherd's Hut includes the following facilities:

  • Small bathroom with eco toilet, shower, washbasin & heated towel rail
  • Pure Yorkshire water from our borehole
  • Double bed with Egyptian white cotton bedding
  • Fluffy white towels and bathrobes are provided
  • Kitchen facilities include kettle, toaster, fridge, microwave and all the crockery, cutlery etc. you’ll need
  • Complimentary tea/coffee and toiletries
  • Table and chairs
  • Open wardrobe for storage of clothes and bags
  • Power and USB sockets
  • The location receives EE and Vodafone 4G. A 4G wifi dongle is available to hire if required.
  • Large windows offering views of the squirrel and bird feeders, the woods and beyond
  • Outdoor table & chairs, barbeque and chiminea.

Shepherd's Hut Accommodation Price: 

  • Friday & Saturday nights: £80 per night self catering
  • Weekday nights: £70 per night self catering
  • Please note that there is a minimum stay of 2 nights
  • A 20% deposit will be required to secure the booking

How to book the Shepherd's Hut

  • Book Direct
  • If you have any questions, or if you prefer to book by phone or e-mail, please contact us:
    • By phone:    (0)1969 666 122
    • By e:mail:   

Some factors to consider before booking the Shepherd's Hut

  • The hut is accessed via some uneven stone steps, a woodchip path and wooden stairs.
  • After dark, the woods can be very dark, and due to the National Parks “darker skies” policy the path is not lit. A torch will be provided. There is a light at the hut's entrance.
  • The Eco Toilet isn’t very different to a normal toilet, but it does require a small change to your “normal habits”  (see https://www.kildwick.com/shop/eco-loo-divert-waterless-composting-toilet/ for more info).
  • The changing seasons each have their pro’s and con’s:
    • Spring:  Spring flowers and in May a carpet of wild garlic. Before the leaves form on the trees, red squirrels are easier to spot and views beyond can be seen through the trees. The weather can be delightful in Spring, particularly in May.
    • Summer:  The trees are green and beautiful, the weather can be hot and sunny. But the warmer months can bring out the insects, midges in particular. We will have midge screens fitted in the hut but if you’re bothered by insects, June to September may not be the best months for you. Please talk to us if you have any concerns.
    • Autumn:  The trees turn to stunning autumn colours in late October. The red squirrels are busy collecting and storing food. The weather can turn very wet and windy in Autumn. In extreme windy conditions we may have to advise that it’s unsafe to stay in the hut due to the possibility of falling branches.
    • Winter:  Once again, the bare trees make red squirrel spotting easier and the views open up. The colder temperatures make for bracing country walks and welcome visits to the local pubs to sit in front of a roaring fire!
  • Baby squirrel
  • Red squirrel kit (baby)
  • Red squirrel kit (baby)
  • Red squirrel kit
  • Autumn colour
  • Wild garlic in spring
  • One of the red squirrels
  • A red squirrel at a feeding box
  • Red squirrel helping himself from squirrel feeding box
  • Handsome red squirrel with dark tail
  • Woodpecker
  • Curlew
  • Woodcock
  • Roe deer doe and stag

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