Shepherd's Delight

South Stainley, North Yorkshire, England

Romantic shepherd's hut for 2 surrounded by wildlife nr Harrogate. Soak in the woodburning hot tub + roast marshmallows on the fire pit! 2 night min stay.

Key Points

  • Shepherd's hut set within its own 5 acre field with private hot tub offers a romantic retreat for 2 near Ripon.
  • The hut is off grid but has a wood burning stove for keeping cosy and boiling the kettle.
  • Your WC + sink are nearby and you can enjoy an al fresco shower within nature.
  • Outside you can relax around the firepit, cook on the BBQ or use the 2 ring camping gas stove to cook.
  • Choice of local pubs within walking distance for that perfect lazy lunch.

Special Offer

Reduced rates for a weekly stay.


The shepherd's hut sleeps two adults and one child over 5, and is situated remotely within its own woodland in a 5-acre field. It offers a unique experience to really get away from it all, the perfect romantic retreat. The whole experience of staying here is enhanced if you choose to take a soak in the woodburning hot tub! The minimum stay is 2 nights.

Your only visitors will be the wildlife in the area including deer, rabbits, pheasants, squirrels, weasels, bats, red kites, buzzards, curlew and lapwings. You may be greeted when you enter and leave the site by the very inquisitive alpacas.

The shepherds hut is off-grid. It is insulated with sheep's wool and has double glazing so can be used all year round. A wood-burning stove provides heat and can boil a kettle or be cooked upon. Logs for the wood-burning stove are provided. 

The double bed has a proper fully sprung mattress topped with an alpaca duvet (the fleece provided by their own alpacas) and pillows with luxurious cotton bedding. There is a single top bunk suitably sized for a child over 5 years. A good nights sleep is imperative for a truly relaxing holiday.

The loo and basin are nearby and you can experience the wonderful freedom of an outdoor shower.  Towels are provided.

There is a fire pit adjacent to the hut, a BBQ and seating area. All cooking equipment is provided. 

A cool box with ice blocks, BBQ and 2 ring camping gas stove, plus hot plate on woodburner when on, means that Shepherd's Delight can be used as a self-catering property.

A session in the hot tub is an additional £20.  Allow time for it to heat and keep stoking the fire - a great way to relax in the evening.

We accept one dog at an additional charge of £10 per night.  The dog must be kept on a leash at all times as we have livestock in the field. 

Equidistant between Ripon to the north and Harrogate to the south there are many wonderful attractions nearby. There is a regular bus that serves the village which runs from Ripon to Leeds via Harrogate. If you're really keeping your carbon footprint down you can even get to the hamlet by bus. Come and enjoy the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire with the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors both close by, where you can enjoy many beautiful walks. Alternatively take a stroll to a choice of country pubs from the hut for a lazy lunch.

Get an instant price by clicking Check Availability and selecting your dates, with a minimum 2-night stay. To book a non-refundable 20% deposit is required. The price includes a simple continental type breakfast for each morning.

Shepherd's Delight is non-smoking. 

Gift Vouchers offered for any amount - part or whole stays, including the hot tub.


Room Types




 Not suitable for those with mobility issues


 Compost toilet

 Hot water

 Outdoor access to bathroom

 Shower - outdoor






 Clothes rack


Paid Extras


 Extra logs / firewood



 Dining area

 Fire pit


 Private entrance

 Seating area

Nearby (within 5 miles)

 Country walks


 Local shop

 Pub / Bar

 Pub within walking distance

 Public transport




 Board games


 Mobile - Strong mobile signal


 WiFi - No access to WiFi


 Private Hot Tub

On Arrival

 Included - Linen

 Included - Towels

 Personal check-in

 Welcome pack

Safety & Security

 Carbon monoxide detector

 Fire blanket

 Fire extinguisher

 First aid kit

 Smoke alarm


 Condiments & Oil

 Drinking water




 Kitchenware / Utensils

 Tea & Coffee

Young Children

 Not recommended for children under 5


 Free parking

 Guaranteed parking space

 Parking not alongside accom



 Only one rental here

 Quiet location


 Set alone


Are towels provided?

Yes. One bath towel per person and one extra hand towel in the hut and a hand towel in the loo.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, one dog is OK. There will be an additional charge of £10 per night and the dog must remain on a leash at all times as we have livestock in the field. You can take your dog into the local village pub.

Does the local pub do food?

Yes! It does very good food - we recommend you book as it is popular.

How long to walk to the pub or do I have to drive?

Walkable - only 6-7 mins through the village.

Which pub do you recommend to eat at.

There are some great local pubs which do good food, however we'd have to recommend our local village pub as a first option - The Inn @ South Stainley

Can I bring my guitar?

Yes. No immediate neighbours to upset. The alpacas won't mind.

Is there a fridge?

No fridge as we are off grid but I provide ice blocks and a cold box. Replacement blocks can be provided.

Do I need to bring logs?

We provide logs for the wood burning stove in the hut and any purchased hot tub sessions. The wood we provide is seasoned so burns well and locally sourced.

Can we bring wood for the outdoor fire pit?

Yes, you are welcome to do that.

Do you provide charcoal for the BBQ?

No, you will need to bring charcoal if you wish to use the BBQ.

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Content updated on 8th May 2023 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Mary Abbott from Shepherd's Delight