If you fancy the idea of camping but don’t want to sleep under canvas, then staying in a shepherds hut could be the solution. These are usually in rural locations and can be the perfect bolthole if you want to get away from it all. Here we look at five of the best locations in the UK for staying in this unusual accommodation.
According to ABTA research showed that in 2014, 68% of those surveyed took at least one holiday in the UK, while in 2013, The Guardian described how upscale camping, or ‘glamping’, was becoming a popular holiday choice for those wanting to stay in Britain for holidays. The idea behind glamping is luxurious camping, but for those who want something more unusual and more akin to caravanning, how about staying in one of the many shepherd’s huts that have sprung up all over the UK?
1. Skye Shepherd Huts – Bothan Buidheag & Bothan Beileag
These huts are small spaces but have everything you need. Each hut has a double bed, woodburner, electricity and even wi-fi. Located on the Isle of Skye, they are a great place to embrace the local scenery and wildlife.
2. Three Cliffs Bay Shepherd Huts – Gower, South Wales
These huts combine coast and countryside, located on the Gower Peninsula. They come complete with personal deck and woodburning stove.
3. Snowdonia Shepherds Huts
These shepherd’s huts in Snowdonia National Park give you a hut for living in as well as a private hut for washing. With an outdoor kitchen and firepit for cooking as well as a well equipped bathroom, these are the epitome of camping luxury.
4. The Shepherds Hut Retreat – near Crewkerne, Somerset
These eco friendly huts on organic farmland are a great place to relax and unwind as well as being environmentally friendly.
5. Lakeland Huts – National Trust Crom Estate
Located on the National Trust Campsite at Crom, these shepherds huts go back to basics with no electricity and communal facilities. The location more than makes up for it with activities and boat hire all available on your doorstep.
Hopefully this has whetted your appetite for staying in a shepherds hut in the UK, as a unique and more luxurious alternative to a tent or a mobile home.