Unusual Places to Stay

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.


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! The minimum stay is 2 nights.

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 a very friendly cockerel.

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.

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

A session in the hot tub is an additional £20 paid locally. 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.

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 £595.  To book a non-refunadable 20% deposit is required. 

There is a 3 night minimum stay on bank holidays charged at £120 a night.

The owner apologises but it's NOT POSSIBLE TO ACCEPT PETS OR CHILDREN and Shepherd's Delight is non-smoking. 

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


Cancellation due to Coronavirus restrictions

If it is not possible to travel on your current booking due to the Corona virus restrictions, the preference is that you choose an alternative date in the future to move your booking too. If this is not possible then a 50% return of the deposit and full return of any balance paid is an alternative.


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