I don’t know about you, but I definitely missed going on holiday last year with the restrictions in place.
I was lucky enough to get away for a short shepherd’s hut holiday in Anglesey at the turn of year heading in to 2020. Little did we know what was coming around the corner.
Living in an urban city area is great when places are open but the daily dog walks can get a bit repetitive after a time – there’s only so much green space in a city after all!
Although the time at home has allowed me to get on with some jobs, such as a start on rewilding my garden, a healthy change of scenery to somewhere beautiful with plenty of fresh air is always welcome.
This is why I can’t wait to be free to go on holiday for a nice break somewhere – I’m sure you feel exactly the same way!
A fantastic choice for your next short break is a shepherd’s hut holiday. Let’s take a look at some of the best places where you can find your next perfect stay in the UK.
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Why a shepherd’s hut holiday?
However, if you’ve not and you’re thinking of a first time stay in a shepherd’s hut, let me briefly explain why this is a fantastic idea.
A shepherd’s hut offers a more unusual place to stay that will give you a whole different holiday experience. They’re sometimes classed as a luxury glamping holiday but I think they’re more than that.
A shepherd’s hut can pack in everything you need for a perfect weekend away, including double bed, kitchen and cooking facilities, outdoor space, en-suite toilet and shower. You can also find many shepherd’s hut with hot tubs, which is the ideal addition for a short break stay.
By their very nature, they tend to be in the countryside. This means they offer a good dose of tranquillity, a place away from the bright lights and loud noises, and some brilliant walking opportunities.
They almost always come equipped with a cast iron wood burner, which is much needed for those chilly nights or when you’re looking for a cosy night in.
A shepherd’s hut holiday makes for a perfect UK break for a number of reasons:
- It’s different
- There will be lots of nearby countryside or beach walks if you’re near the coast
- Surrounded by nature
- Quiet and peaceful
- Usually close by to a village or town with a pub and place to eat (hopefully)
It’s for these reasons why shepherd’s hut holidays in the UK are particular popular with young professional couples and couples with a dog. I tick both of these boxes and I love a shepherd’s hut holiday.
Finding a shepherd’s hut holiday
You can now find a shepherd’s hut for a short stay all over the UK. From huts in Cornwall, to Derbyshire, Norfolk, the Lake District and Wales, they are popping up all over.
The process of finding a holiday is often the most difficult part. Trawling through Google and wondering which website is best or most reputable is the first hurdle to finding your holiday.
I’ve been there, done plenty of searching around and have booked through a number of different organisations. The result is this list. It will hopefully make your search a bit quicker and easier and give you confidence of finding the best place to find a shepherd’s hut holiday.
Some huts will be on multiple websites whereas others will just be listed with one. These places are often the hidden gem you’ve been looking for. And believe me there are plenty of hidden gems within the list of places here!
Making plans is a little tricky at the moment but I’m an optimist and believe we’ll be able to get away, at least for a UK holiday, by the summer. Fingers crossed. With time on our hands, you might as well get some research in so you can add any perfect places to stay to your own holiday wish list.
9 best places to discover a shepherd’s hut break
The places below are some of the best sites in my view to find shepherd’s hut holiday accommodation.
If you’re looking in something in particular, for example a dog friendly shepherd’s hut rental, make sure you filter it down.
In my experience, because we always take Murphy the Cocker on our hut holidays, I’ve found a roughly 50/50 split on huts that are dog friendly versus those that are not. I think it’s because many of the huts have such pristine, immaculate and compact interiors to which the owner can’t pair up with a dog after a muddy countryside walk.
Without further ado, here are some of my favourite places to research and book a shepherd’s hut holiday.
1. Cool Stays
A great website showcasing a wide variety of unique and unusual holiday rentals in the UK. Their collection of places to stay covers shepherd’s huts as well as cabin, romantic retreats, tree houses, barns and more.
They currently list 63 shepherd’s huts to rent across the UK.
2. Quirky Accom
Quirky Accom offer a wide range of, as the name suggests, quirky accommodation. They have over 300 huts and cabins on site and many of them are so unusual and absolutely stunning!
Quirky Accom are also a very personal company. Led by the founder Jess, they donate all profits to charity twice a year. A fantastic place to find your next shepherd’s hut, or other quirky, holiday.
3. Host Unusual
Host Unusual is an independent, small booking partner with a range of extraordinary hidden gems across the UK.
They have over 100 huts and cabins available for short breaks, as well as pods, lighthouses, tiny homes, eco houses and more.
4. Rural Retreats
Ruralretreats.co.uk tends to focus on cottages and similar properties but they do have a good shepherd’s hut section under their glamping inspiration.
5. Cool Camping
Cool Camping offer not only a top notch range of camping sites, but glamping accommodation too. There are many wonderful holiday types on the website including yurts, geo-domes and shepherd’s huts. Well worth having a look.
6. Canopy and Stars
Another great website, Canopy and Stars currently have over 100 shepherd’s huts ready for your perfect holiday. They have a whole host of other quirky accommodation types on their site.
They also have good ethical values and pledge, amongst other sustainable initiatives, to plant one tree for every booking made on their site.
I probably don’t need to say much about Airbnb to you. It has been very useful to me in the past for finding some fantastic holiday accommodation and they do have a great unique stay section.
8. Holiday Cottages
Since their start in 1989 as a family business, Holiday Cottages have continued to grow. They now offer an excellent choice of quirky accommodation, cabins, lodges and huts that may very well fit your perfect holiday plans.
9. Forest Holidays
Forest Holidays is slightly different in the fact that they offer an authentic holiday in one of their UK forest cabins. The have a close partnership with the Forestry Commission and a part of that is to encourage sustainable tourism to connect people to nature and look after our forests over the long term.
I’m positive you’ll be able to find an ideal shepherd’s hut holiday from one of the 9 places above. They are so many fantastic huts to stay in across the UK with the number growing all the time.
A shepherd’s hut holiday offers the chance for you to get back to basics (although some of them can be very luxurious), experience the nearby nature and revitalise yourself. After the year 2020, we definitely all deserve a holiday break that’s for sure and a shepherd’s hut holiday when the time is right will provide the perfect refresher for you.