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Shepherd's Delight

South Stainley, North Yorkshire, England
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Romantic shepherd's hut for 2 surrounded by wildlife near Harrogate. Soak in their woodburning hot tub + roast marshmallows on the fire pit!


The shepherd's hut sleeps two 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!

Your only visitors will 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 and hill racing chickens.

The shepherd 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.

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. A good nights sleep is imperative for a truly relaxing holiday.

The loo and basin are nearby and you have the option of showering inside the owner's home or experience the wonderful freedom of an outdoor shower.

There is a fire pit adjacent to the hut, a BBQ and seating area. All cooking equipment is provided and there is a plentiful supply of logs. 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.

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. Locally there are many beautiful walks to country pubs from the hut and the fantastic new pub in the village (7-minute walk from the hut) called The Inn South Stainley.

Price is £100 per night all year round for up to 2 people, with a minimum 2-night stay. For a weekly stay, the price is £585. A remote DVD/CD player can be used if charged in advance.

The owner apologises but it's NOT POSSIBLE TO ACCEPT PETS OR CHILDREN and Shepherd's Delight is non-smoking. One of the most popular Shepherd Huts on

Gift Vouchers offered for any amount - part or whole stays, including hot tub and bottle of bubbly on arrival.

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