Shepherds’ huts were primarily used between the 15th – 20th centuries by shepherds tending their flocks during lambing and raising periods. They were particularly popular in Northumberland and other large sheep rearing areas.
Traditionally, they were built on an iron chassis with wheels; a window was placed on each side to give the shepherd a 360’ view of his flock. They encompassed a kitchen, bedroom, dining area and some also had store rooms. A shepherd’s hut offered both practical and sturdy accommodation throughout the wildest of weathers. The hut needed to be of sound construction to endure the rigours of moving over rough and sometimes inhospitable land.
Here at West Wood we’ve kept our design as traditional as possible, with a few modern elements to offer guests comfort. You’ll find a sumptuous double bed, an indoor seating area in front of the fire, and the added luxury of plug sockets. Our Shepherd’s Hut also offers an indoor kitchen area with gas stove, sink and mini fridge. The drop leaf dining table offers mesmerising views through the patio doors, over the Derwent Valley. There’s no better view for breakfast in our opinion! The Hut is very well insulated and makes for a cosy retreat during the winter months, as well as the perfect spot to relax during spring or summer.
The Shepherd’s Hut has all cooking accessories that you will need and is offered with bedding and linen included. Please view the full inventory here.
Perfectly designed for 2 guests, the Shepherd’s Hut is nestled within its own private walled garden; this was originally designed and used as an indoor sheep enclosure but has now fallen into ruins. A washroom is located a short distance away, with a picnic bench, decked area and outdoor fire pit waiting on your lawn.
Whilst designed to sleep 2 adults, the Shepherd’s Hut can be furnished with a small single air bed to allow a small child to join you in this accommodation. We also have an option of pitching a tent in the walled garden, please see our FAQ’s for more information.