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The Damson Shepherd's Hut
21 reviews
· Near Kendal, England
1 acre
1 unit
1 Glamping
A shepherd's hut for two in the lesser-known Lyth Valley, four miles from Lake Windermere
In the grounds of a 16th-century water mill with views across the valley, it’s hard to find a more quintessentially English setting for a shepherd’s hut. As the name suggests, this hand-built hut for two is tucked amongst a couple of damson trees that bear purple fruit in summer, while, in spring, daffodils give way to bluebells that blanket the shady area beneath the trees. Beyond, meanwhile, the quiet valley is hidden from the wider delights of the surrounding National Park. The best of the Lake District – Windermere, Ambleside and the mountains of the South Lakes – are on your doorstep but, despite its accessibility, this secret spot in the Lyth Valley is pleasingly lesser known. The Damson Shepherd’s Hut is the only accommodation on the site, meaning guests have full run of the place, from the south-facing patio where you can sit in the sun, to splashing your feet down in the river (below the hut at the bottom of a steep bank). The hut itself is a self-sufficient home for two. There’s an en-suite shower room, a well-equipped kitchenette and a fitted king-sized bed, while a raised wood burner creates a cosy and warm ambience whatever the time of year. In summer, you may be better off lighting the campfire on the terrace instead, perhaps grilling some sausages from the Lakeland Farm Shop, 15 minutes away. While it’s nice to ensconce yourself in the privacy of the shepherd’s hut, most people don’t come to this part of the world to sit around and sniff the bluebells. The most immediate walk is over the hill behind the glamping site to the village of Winster (around 25 minutes each way), where a country pub awaits, but for demanding hikes you can drive the 20 minutes to Ambleside, a popular starting point for hikes up Red Screes and High Pike, or continue round Lake Windermere for Grizedale Forest (popular for mountain biking) and the Old Man of Coniston. There are good watersports and sailing opportunities nearby, too, as well as ‘organised fun’ with the Windermere activity centre. It’ll all wear you out nicely for a kip beneath the damson trees at the end of a busy day.
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Near Kendal, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Jo A.Joined in May 2021
23 Ratings · 21 reviews
Ann H.recommends
August 17, 2022
The Damson Shepherd's Hut
I bought the shepherds hut for my son, he absolutely loved it, jo was lovely and thank you for all her help
Emma K.recommends
August 8, 2022
The Damson Shepherd's Hut
Lovely stay! We stayed for 2 nights. Jo was so friendly and kind. Lots of recommendations for food nearby. Lovely walks close too. The log fire certainly warms it up if you need it on. Definitely be back again!
Paulmoly ?.recommends
August 7, 2022
The Damson Shepherd's Hut
Perfect little hut.
Gorgeous little cabin in a perfect location. Very quiet and private. It is located in a really nice secluded part of the lake district but is a very short drive away from Bowness and Windermere. Jo is very helpful as is Doug the dog!!
Samantha R.recommends
July 28, 2022
The Damson Shepherd's Hut
The perfect Mini-Moon!
We booked the Shepherd's Hut to stay in after our Wedding in the Lakes, and it certainly did not disappoint! Jo is so friendly and welcoming, and Doug the dog is so beautiful! The location is stunning and so peaceful, we loved every second and would definitely return in the future. Thank you Jo for making our mini-moon so lovely, and for the bottle of champagne! It went down a treat!
Helena J.recommends
July 18, 2022
The Damson Shepherd's Hut
Weekend retreat in the lake's
An idyllic hide away in the most stunning setting. The shepherd's hut it a real get away from it all but close enough to all the lakes has to offer. The hut is nestled under a old oak tree..Just so peaceful with the stream babbling away. I can imagine that in the winter the hut is the most cosy retreat. Jo was friendly and helpful and the hut had all you needed. A fantastic weekend away .we will 100% be back thanks Jo .
Mandy B.recommends
July 1, 2022
The Damson Shepherd's Hut
The perfect break away
We loved our stay at Damson Shepherds Hut. It was in such a pretty private spot under an old oak tree with the river soothing us to sleep at night. The owner was lovely and after showing us the ins and outs left us to it and fully respected our privacy for the rest of our stay. The hut itself was exactly what I hoped it would be with the added extra of luxury bedding and soaps. The little stove warmed the hut up in minutes and was so cosy. We left fully recharged and reconnected (no TV) after our 4 night break.
From the host
Damson Shepherd's Hut is set close to the banks of the River Gilpin in the heart of the Lake District, National Park. Situated out of sight and peacefully set amongst damson trees and a spring bed of bluebells, the hut and its patio attract the sun all day long. Perfect for a blue sky breakfast or sundowners and alfresco dining. Having recently been lovingly built, Damson Shepherd's Hut offers new and luxurious accommodation to those wishing to rest and enjoy its tranquil surroundings.  The hut is located in the forgotten Lyth Valley, just a short drive from Lake Windermere and everything that the South Lakes has to offer. With an abundance of walks or cycling for all levels and gastro pubs available to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice when planning your days.
Nearby attractions
It's four miles to Bowness-on-Windermere, where you can hire boats to take to water on Lake Windermere or hop on one of the regular ferries to Ambleside. Bowness is also the home of the World of Beatrix Potter (015394 88444), if your on the hunt for a little childhood nostalgia, as well as the steamboat museum but, by and large, most people are coming to the Lake District for hiking, biking and outdoor activities. Footpaths immediately from the glamping site lead over the hill to Winster, while another footpath to and through Mitchelland eventually links you up with the Dales Way. Some of the most popular walks within a short drive are those around Kirkstone Pass – High Street, Fiarfield, Helvellyn – as well as taking the ferry from Bowness and driving to Coniston to hike the Old Man of Coniston. For watersports, gorge walking and other organised fun, try Ghyll Head Activity Centre (01539 443751) or Windermere Outdoor Activity Centre (01539 447183).
Food and drink
There are five different pubs within as many minutes drive of the Damson Shepherd's Hut. In particular there's a good walk over the hill to The Brown Horse (01539 443443) in Winster, while The Wild Boar (03332 203108) in Mitchelland is also within walking distance (around 20 minutes each way depending on your fitness). Pick of the lot, however, is The Punchbowl (015395 68237) in Crosthwaite, a former Michelin 'Pub of the Year' with a good outside terrace in summer and log fires in winter. It's not far by car, though, to Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere, where further restaurants and tearooms abound.
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