5 Places to go Glamping in a Shepherd’s Hut this Summer

Here we are coming to the end of May and it feels like Summer could be just around the corner. This month, we’re feeling sheepish. So we thought we’d take a little look at the history of the humble shepherd’s hut, and check out five places to stay in one the UK.

Cue Julie Andrews and ‘High on the hill was a lonely goatherd’?!

Baa..ck in time (it won’t get any better!)

The inclusion of the shepherd’s hut in the list of one hundred objects that define our history of the world establishes it as an icon.

Yes!  that’s how important the shepherd and his hut were back in the 18th & 19th centuries.

We all know that the hut’s purpose was as a home for the shepherd while he was out with his flock – it’s all in the name! But why did he need the hut?

The answer lies in the soil

Long before there were artificial fertilisers and tractors to administer the same, farmers needed the shepherd and his sheep to ‘fertilise’ inaccessible farms and fields in a process known as ‘folding’.

The shepherd and his flock moved into the field with the sheep kept enclosed behind wooden hurdles. They could graze the crop, and leave their ‘packages’ behind. Once done, the shepherd and his entourage would move on. When they left, the landowner ploughed the field over turning the droppings, and their nutrients, into the soil.

If you farmed in the 19th Century, a well-managed flock of sheep and their shepherd were invaluable. Thus the Shepherd was the most important worker on the farm.

Original Shepherd HutThe original shepherd’s hut had a small stove, a straw bed over a cage, known as a lamb rack), to keep the lambs in and a medicine cupboard. Each hut would have had a window on each side, so the shepherd could see his flock.

The materials used to build shepherd’s huts varied depending on what lay around the farm. But corrugated roofs and iron wheels were standard features.

The earliest examples go back to the 16th Century – the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

It all changed though with the onset of World War I. Now farming changed big time, with the large-scale production of Ammonium Nitrate. Used to manufacture explosives and as an artificial fertiliser this substance transformed farming processes. Combined with tractors able to access all farm areas, sheep and their usefulness to folding became redundant.

The baaaaaa faced cheek of it. (I did warn you!)

Shepherd’s Huts Today

The huts are rarely used in the traditional sense now.  So today you’ll find them often fitted out as Glamping abodes, summer houses or offices in the garden.

5 Shepherd’s Huts to Glamp in this autumn

Dimpsey Glamping

Dimpsey Glamping

There’s still adventures to be had, and a shepherd’s hut is a great way of getting out there.

Dimpsey Glamping, Somerset – this is 5* glamping, on a small farm on the Blackdown Hills. The shepherd’s hut has a wood fired hot tub, garden oven and fire pit. Made from oak, it’s bespoke and created by Blackdown Shepherd Huts. Emma and Andrew have filled it with inspiring, luxury, UK only products.



Wriggly Tin HutsWriggly Tin Huts – originally appealed to us because of their name, which is the nickname for the shepherd’s hut. Alex Evans has created an oasis in a secluded meadow, surrounded by ancient bluebell woods in the South Downs National Park. The five huts have a decidedly vintage feel to them. Named Butser, Old Winchester, Beacon,  Boundary and Barrow, they provide the accommodation, with Boundary sleeping up to five people. Each hut comes with a wood burning stove, plenty of storage and beautiful linens.



Hesley Side HutsHesleyside Huts – these huts take a more modern view on this traditional abode. Made of reclaimed oak, each hut has an en-suite bathroom, with hot power shower. The interiors are minimalist in feel, but cosy, if that’s possible. The largest hut even boasts a four-poster bed! Hesleyside Huts are in the grounds of the Hesleyside Hall, located in the Northumberland National Park. Stargazing is high on their agenda, as they’re within the Northumberland Dark Sky reserve.

Hot Tub’s and Donkeys!

Shepherd Delight HolidaysShepherd’s Delight – our next offering, lies in a secluded 5-acre field, screened with woodland. Off- grid, the shepherd’s hut is wool insulated, double glazed and has a wood burning stove. And if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s an outdoor hot tub at the end of the path.

Its situation, with the Yorkshire dales to the west and the Yorkshire moors to east affords lots of walking and fresh air opportunities.




Skye Shepherd’s HutsSkye Shepherd HutsShepherd Hut on Skye Island – located on the Isle of Skye.  I must admit the two donkeys – Gilbert and George) attracted us to this place! The donkeys notwithstanding, the reviews of these huts are outstanding. It’s a hut with breakfast! These are special small spaces to retreat to. These huts too come with wood burning stoves, double beds and spectacular views in all directions.



We’’ve chosen these five huts for their amazing locations, where you should be guaranteed some summer sun, well adventure!.

If you do book with any of the shepherd’s huts featured, then let us know how you get on.

Until next time….#getoutside this autumn. Oh – and get yodelling??

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