3 of the best Shepherd’s HutsBack to latest posts
Shepherd’s Huts – or shepherd’s wagons - were originally basic dwellings, dating back to the 15th Century, found on remote hillsides, designed to keep the elements off shepherds tending their flocks, especially during the lambing season.
Comprising one room, they were generally constructed from timber on top of an iron chassis, with a corrugated roof. And they could be wheeled, if needed, from field to field. Tucked away in one corner, they would have a small stove, to provide basic cooking facilities and much needed warmth.
However, with the advent of modern farming methods and electricity to the most remote of farms, their use began to decline. And by the 20th century, they became a much sought-after collectors’ item, with many being repurposed as offices, workshops, dens and summer houses.
Shepherd's huts as holiday cottage accommodation
Modern versions can be built from scratch and come highly insulated, wired to the mains and cosy even in the harshest of frosts! Making them the perfect romantic escape for two.
Popular as holiday cottage accommodation, Holiday Cottage Compare has over 15 shepherd huts that you can stay in for as little as £223 for a week!
We’ve chosen 3 of our favourites Shepherd's huts:
With far reaching views out over the countryside, towards the coast, this Shepherd’s Hut on The Isle of Anglesey in Wales, is the perfect get-away-from-it-all retreat for two.
Located on a working farm, we love its cornflower blue exterior and pretty interior décor. A double bed one end and shower with WC the other, means that everything you need is on site. And the galley kitchen in between provides ample space for cooking.
Warm summer evenings can be spent on the raised decking area built around the hut, as you take in the views and watch the sun set. Whilst the wood-burning stove provides ample warmth if it turns colder.
The town of Holyhead is nearby and the beach is just an 8 minute walk. There are also restaurants, pubs and shops within 1.5 miles. Sounds perfect if you ask us!
Sleeping two, prices start from £262 for 7 nights.
This Shepherd’s Hut in the Borders, near the town of Longtown in Cumbria offers both incredible views plus a hot tub!
We love its location - set in 3.5 acres of grounds, which include a stream and millpond and which provide great space for guests. We also love the dark skies at night, virtually free from light pollution, which make stargazing just that little bit more special.
And of course, there’s the hot tub! Perfect for relaxing in, it’s screened for privacy. And there’s even a firepit – which comes complete with free marshmallows and a starter pack of eco-logs. Heaven!
The hut itself has a double bed plus a wet room, with shower and WC. There’s also a wood-burning fire to keep you cosy.
The property offers walks and cycling routes straight from the door. Or you can wander further to the town of Carlisle, walk along Hadrian’s Wall or explore more of the Lake District.
Sleeping two, prices start from £1225 for 7 nights.
If you fancy a Shepherd’s Hut with extra space, then this property in Leighton in Shropshire could be just for you!
The hut comprises a double bed plus wood burner, for an open plan and luxurious feel. There’s a separate shower room and kitchen, with dining area, in the barn. The hut even comes complete with a TV, DVD player and Wi-Fi. Plus there’s cycle storage if you fancy bringing your bike to explore the surrounding area.
The hut is located in a farmyard setting, in the village of Leighton, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1087, and stands in the heart of Shropshire, being just four miles from the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge.
The village itself has pubs, restaurants, shops and tearooms. Or you could drive further afield and visit medieval towns of Much Wenlock, Shrewsbury or foodie capital, Ludlow.
Sleeping two, prices start from £255 for 7 nights.
For more properties like these, check out our complete list of Shepherd's Hut holiday cottages in the UK.