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Woodman's Huts

· Haverthwaite, Cumbria, England
1 acre hosted by Liz W.
3 glamping pitches
Liz is a Star Host
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Beautiful handmade shepherd's huts in the heart of the picturesque South Lakes

At just three miles long, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is one of the shortest lines in England. Yet what it lacks in distance it makes up for with sheer natural splendour. Threading its way south from the tip of Lake Windermere, polished steam trains chug along the Leven Valley, hugging the gently sloping hillsides as plumes of white steam drift skywards against a backdrop of endless trees. And where the trees end, the fells begin; peaks climbing skyward, scattered with heather and bracken and frosted with snow during the colder winter months. It’s precisely the scene the makes the Lake District so famous.

In the small village of Haverthwaite, where trains whistle to a halt outside the quaint old station, Woodman's Shepherd’s Huts is a glamping site lucky enough to enjoy the same quintessentially English setting. Ensconced in their own private woodland enclave, the site is made up of just two wooden shepherd’s huts, insulated with sheep’s wool and furnished inside to a seriously comfortable standard. Through gaps in the trees, views south reveal the Holker Valley and across to 16th century Bigland Hall while, closer to home, fledgling birds enliven the surrounding trees.

Inside, the shepherds hut are as ergonomic as you could ask for. One sleeps two, the other four, and each have their own en suite luxury bathroom with a powerful shower, sink and toilet and a few toiletries provided. There’s a well-equipped kitchen space, complete with an oven and fridge, and ample storage, plus – perhaps most impressive of all – under-floor heating! A real godsend if the weather turns all English on you.

Together the huts make for a wonderfully exclusive holiday for a small group, or you can book just one hut for an individual stay, socialising with your neighbours in the communal ‘Arctic Hut’ – a hexagonal, pine lodge with an indoor BBQ and fire pit in its centre. The Scandinavian feel of its interior is only enhanced by the reindeer skins and throw around the benches.

For most, though, the comforts of glamping remain a side note to the setting. The postcard panorama of Lake Windermere is just a few minutes away in the car, or you can set off into the national park right from the sites doorstep, with several excellent walking routes nearby. To the south, cross the River Leven and climb your way to Bigland Tarn, a pool of hilltop water just below a shallow summit. It’s a very gentle route but rewards you with some of the best views of the coast and Morecambe Bay. If you look carefully you can also make out your cosy shepherd’s hut back down in the valley too.

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57 Ratings · 54 reviews
Christina M.
July 14, 2024
Birch - Shepherds Hut Sleeps 4
The hut itself was really nice but I hadn't realised it would be so close to a main road and not have any views. It's also not in Haverthwaite village as I thought and the path through the woods to the train station wasn't at all obvious. Some more information about how to navigate to the train station, as well as places to eat, would have been useful.
Sharon C.recommends
May 19, 2024
Ash - Shepherds Hut Sleeps 2
We loved our stay in the shepherds hut. Clean and tidy and every detail taken care of. The arctic hut was a great addition although the weather was hot so we ended up using the BBQ instead and sitting outside. There is road noise from the dual carriageway which we weren’t expecting but we didn’t hear it indoors so not a bother. First time in this part of the lakes and will definitely be back!
Kelly M.recommends
April 13, 2024
Birch - Shepherds Hut Sleeps 4
A favourite of ours
This is the perfect place to stay to explore the lakes. The cabin is so cosy and has everything you need. Liz is the perfect host and has given us some great tips of places to explore. We’ve been three times now and will be planning our next trip soon!
Jacob W.recommends
April 12, 2024
Oak - Woodman's Cabin Sleeps 2
Absolutely perfect. The fire pit is a winner for T bones and marshmallows!
Kerry M.recommends
February 22, 2024
Ash - Shepherds Hut Sleeps 2
What a beautiful stay!
What a beautiful stay! Attention to such detail; there was absolutely everything you’d ever need in this lovely Shepherds hut! The underfloor heating felt particularly cosy with visiting in Feb too. Surrounded by trees and a tranquil location. I’d definitely go back! Thank you :)
Janine G.recommends
November 2, 2023
Ash - Shepherds Hut Sleeps 2
Lovely shepherd hut
Lovely facilities for a shepherds hut. Warn and cosy and all the amenities were to a high standard
Haverthwaite, Cumbria, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Liz W.

Joined in December 2015
From the host
In the small village of Haverthwaite, a mile from the southern end of Lake Windermere, you will find a tranquil hidden gem called The Woodmans Huts. A short walk from the vintage Steam Railway reminicient of years go. Woodmans Shepherds Huts is a glamping site lucky enough to enjoy a quintessentially English setting. Ensconced in their own private woodland enclave and beautiful cottage gardens. The site is made up of just two wooden Shepherds Huts , and a beautiful bespoke Wooden Log Cabin. All insulated with sheep’s wool and furnished inside to a seriously comfortable standard. Woodman’s Huts are located not only in a beautiful Lake District location, only three miles from Lake Windermere, but we also boast another accolade – “Foodie Heaven “. The renowned 12th century village of Cartmel is just 6 miles from us, where the world famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding is made. It is also home of the renowned 2-starred Michelin Star restaurant Le’Clume, where the rich and famous fly in by helicopter to enjoy their extravaganza delights. Cartmel is not only famous for its beauty, a wonderful 12 century Priory, food and location but it boasts another accolade – it’s reputed to be the “Country’s Prettiest Race Course“ where it holds several horse racing meetings throughout the year, a “must do“ for anyone’s bucket list! Ulverston is our pretty market town, with its cobbled streets, its just a ten minute drive away, where you will find lots of local bespoke individual shops and award winning restaurants, artisan tea rooms, and gin bars. It’s also the birth place of Stan Laurel, so a visit to The Laurel and Hardy Museum should be on your list of 'to do' list during your stay. And last but certainly not least is the fabulous “Drunken Duck”, just 20 minutes up the road, voted the best “Pub Restaurant 2019”. You will not only be served the most amazing food, but it has its own micro brewery producing some seriously good beers. The views from its front door are jaw dropping, and add to its perfection. Our little piece of heaven offers you everything you would want. You will experience staying in our lovely bespoke hand built Huts and Log Cabin, where you will enjoy glamping at its very best. Crisp white sheets, fluffy towels, underfloor heating and open fire, what’s not to like? It’s five star quality without paying five star prices !
Nearby attractions
It's a 15 minute walk to Haverthwaite Railway Station through the woods from your front door, guests comment they feel like the Railway Children! (015395 31594),  you can hop on a steam train and chug your way to Lakeside (via Newby Bridge) and then step onto the majestic Steamers on Lake Windermere and you continue your journey by water.  Steamers of Windermere Lake Cruises (015394 43360). The cruises cover the entire lake (the longest in England) from top to bottom. Alternatively Windermere town is just 15 minutes in the car.The  ancient village of Cartmel is famous for the 12th Century Cartmel Priory, and is well worth a visit. The village also houses a variety of interesting shops and traditional pubs around its main square and is home of the world famous 'Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding!' A must visit place during your stay. its" foodie heaven" here, as we are surrounded by excellent Gastro Pubs and Michelin award winning Restaurants, no other than the internationally popular Le'Clume based here in Cartmel, so if you love a great Food Experience there is no better than Le'clume.The campsite is also conveniently located 10 minutes from Grizedale Forest (03000 674495), with miles of good cycling, walking and hiking trails. Right outside the huts there is also a series of excellent trails, known as Haverthwaite heights. This allows you a quick ascent to the beautiful views of Morecambe Bay (01524 582808) or in the other direction, the charming Rusland Valley and Coniston Old Man.We are rural but central and you can be on a beach, water or fell in minuets.
Food and drink
Plenty of good pubs within a few miles – though the kitchen in the huts means you may just want to stay in! After a day in the lakes you can enjoy a hearty meal at the The White Hart (01229 861229; 1 mile) in Bouth, which also offers beautiful woodland views. The pub's horseshoe-shaped bar boasts 6 well kept cask conditioned real ales and 3 changing guest beers from around the UK. Also in Bouth, Old Hall Farm (01229 861993) has a lovely tea room offer coffees, cakes, lunches and their famous cream tea. The fabulous Drunken Duck Inn (015394 36347), in Barngates at the north of Lake Winderemere , only a short drive away. It won the Best Pub Restaurant Award 2019 and not only has excellent food but also its own micro brewery producing some seriously good beers. The views from its front door really seal the deal. The nearest sizeable town (6 miles away) is charming Ulverston, with beautiful cobbled streets and a market twice a week. There is also supermarket and plenty of small independent eateries and shops.
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