A pair of superbly romantic shepherd's huts, with alfresco baths and killer views
Each sleep 2
Tucked away on a working farm in Northumberland’s Dark Sky Park, these handcrafted huts-for-two are wonderfully remote. Each is in a separate field with breathtaking views by day and star-filled skies by night. But it’s not just the setting that’s idyllic – the huts themselves are gorgeous. Built from reclaimed oak and insulated with sheep’s wool, every inch of the interior is maximised with quirky space-saving features from the high-spec little kitchen to the ingenious table that slides out from under the kingsize cabin bed.
You’ll arrive to a welcome hamper of local goodies but given the nearest town is 12 miles away, you might want to pre-order a couple of the farm’s delicious home-cooked meals (we’d go Moroccan tagine and frangipane tart). Then, after a day of hiking in the Cheviot Hills or cycling the Pennine Way, you can simply slide them into the oven, pour yourself a glass of wine and kick back in the outdoor tub. With nothing to disturb you but baas from the Valais Blacknose sheep, life doesn’t get much better than this.
Getting here: it’s best to drive but you could train to Alnmouth then taxi (12 miles)
- Walk straight out from your hut and up into the rounded Cheviot Hills with their brooding moorland and thick forests. The views are breathtaking.
- Day trip to Bamburgh for an enormous pristine beach backed by a castle. Have lunch at the Potted Lobster, known for its incredible halibut and mussels.
- Barter Books in Alnwick is one of the largest second-hand bookshops in Britain – with its roaring fire and delicious cakes, it’s ideal for rainy days.
- On sunny days, explore Alnwick Gardens with its vast ornamental cherry orchard (stunning in spring) and the world’s largest treehouse restaurant.
- Pack a picnic for a day’s hiking or biking; the Sandstone and Pennine Ways are just west of the farm, while the Pennine Cycleway runs right past the door.
- Sit around the firepit and stargaze: on a clear night, you’ll see millions of stars, the Milky Way, meteor showers and even the Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away).