There are some places that are hard to find. There are some places that are hard to find and when you do, you wish you hadn’t bothered. And there are some places that are hard to find and when you do, you wish you’d never leave. That was how I felt when I stayed in a quirky little shepherd’s hut in the heart of Northumberland.
The luxurious comforts of PoSHHuts make for a very relaxing stay. Inside each of these charming shepherd’s huts there’s a compact kitchen, well-kitted out with cooking equipment, next to a shower room with stylish fittings. In the corner stands the smallest, brightest wood burning stove you ever did see. To the left a wooden table and chairs and above, a sparkling chandelier. Taking up the rest of the space is a comfy king-size bed looking out across the Northumberland countryside and a sparkling river.
According to PoSHHuts, ‘Traditionally, the shepherd’s hut was used in the 19th and early 20th century as a moveable home to allow the shepherd to keep an eye on his flock during lambing and summer grazing. Often these huts were cobbled together from sheets of spare corrugated tin and timber sat upon a set of cast iron wheels. Inside, the huts were Spartan but practical with a stove for heating and cooking and a bed to retire too after a hard day in the fields.’
They’ve taken the basic principles of the traditional shepherd’s hut – and ramped up the glamour to a whole new level! Every inch a traditional shepherd’s hut from the outside and every inch a luxury retreat in the inside.
Posh Huts is in the tiny hamlet of Falstone in Northumberland National Park. Falstone has a pub, church and local shop to stock up on essentials. This wonderful hide-away is the ultimate in glamping, perfect for a romantic break or a bit of self-indulgence. The Shepherd’s Huts are next to luxurious Falstone Barn self-catering apartments, popular for groups on weekend escapes and weddings.
There’s plenty to see and do in the area including water sports on Kielder Water. It’s geat walking country and Kielder Castle (actually a hunting lodge) has displays of local interest. See if you can go on a nightime visit to Kielder Observatory . This area has been given Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status by the International Dark Skies Association.
I stayed at PoSHHuts when researching for Laterooms 52 Sleeps where you can lots of other unique places to stay around the UK for 52 weeks of the year. And hopefully one day you too can experience the quirkilicious pleasure of staying in a shepherd’s hut far from that madding crowd …