A trio of romantic shepherd huts with alfresco Jacuzzis, in rolling East Yorkshire countryside
Each sleeps 2
Tucked away in stunning countryside, these luxe shepherd huts offer a great base for the East Yorkshire Wolds, and a restorative break into the bargain. It’s the small things that count here. Each has a private hot tub; breakfast is included and owner Mandy makes a cake to welcome you; there are soft towelling robes and toiletries, even firepits for toasting marshmallows. You’re here to really relax. You can ask for a hamper of local produce to sling on your BBQ or head to the rustic Lambing Shed to self cater, a quirky shared kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven and honesty larder of treats. Or just wander into the village for a pint.
If you’re a cyclist, bring your mountain bike; there are gentle hills and evergreen forest trails to hurtle along. If you prefer to walk, head for the heather-strewn North Moors York Park – views stretch for miles. And make sure you bring some binoculars; the nearby coast is a haven for seabirds, including puffin, who perch precariously to the vertiginous chalk cliffs.
- Admire wild puffins on towering chalk cliffs at the RSPB’s Bempton Cliff Reserve. Bring binoculars and you may spot guillemots, too, nesting in the narrow crevices.
- Go walking in stunning North York Moors Park, with its purple carpets of heather and dry-stone walls. At sunset, barn owls swoop low, hunting for prey.
- Part of the park, Dalby Forest offers 8,000 acres of evergreen woodland trails – brilliant fun on bikes (hire available).
- Filey Beach is a golden arc of sand sandwiched between birdwatching reserves. Though it won UK Beach of the Year 2018, it’s quieter than its famous neighbour Scarborough, which offers a fun day of amusement arcades and ice-cream parlours.
- Visit charming traditional seaside villages and watch local fisherman at work. Or day trip to Whitby (a pretty harbour overlooked by a majestic ruined Abbey) and medieval York.