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Ali's Little Woodland Wonder

· Settle, North Yorkshire, England
1 acre hosted by Alison H.
1 glamping pitch
All to yourself
100% of recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp felt private.
Best in North West England: Finalist
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
A quirky and vintage-styled shepherd's hut on a farm near the Yorkshire Dales

The name says it all with Ali’s Little Woodland Wonder; its charming shepherd's hut — outfitted with vintage furnishings and retro touches exemplifying hosts Alison and Andrew’s love of all things old-school — is certainly little, while its woodland setting in reach of the Yorkshire Dales is certainly wondrous. This is a labour of love from a couple who want to share their scenic spot with guests, providing cosy accommodation tucked away within 12 acres of woodland you get all to yourselves, itself within a 270-acre family-run working farm.

This Little Woodland Wonder presents the kind of laid-back approach that you can only get from an off-grid holiday — although a heated, gas-powered shower, camp kitchen, and compost loo all to yourself certainly make it more comfortable than other stripped-back sites. Alison affirms that guests can enjoy themselves as they wish within these acres — if you want to go chop your own wood within this sprawling land, go right ahead, she says — and if your party is larger than the couples the hut accommodates, discuss that with your hosts before arrival and they’ll let them pull up in a caravan, campervan, or tent for an extra fee. Children are also welcome, you could sleep an extra 'little one' free of charge but please bring your own airbed and bedding and arrange this prior to arrival. Furry friends are allowed, though it’s asked that you keep any kiddies and your dog supervised given the open pond and the cows in the farmland.

However, the likelihood is that you’re looking for the solitude this shepherd's hut in acres of private wood presents, and as such, this is ideally suited for romantic getaways. Enjoy the wildlife that gathers around the site — owls, deer, and foxes are your companions during your stay — the dragonflies, ducks, and newts that call its newly created pond their home, and take a walk along the several footpaths that run through the land. Venture a little further out and you can take on the Three Peaks Challenge, a beautiful (though lengthy — make sure you come well-prepared) adventure to the Dales’ peaks offering stunning views of your surroundings. For cyclists, bring your bike (or hire one there) and cycle through Gisburn Forest, with routes for both novice and expert mountain bikers. If you’re looking for the ideal hub from which to explore Yorkshire, it’s a (Little Woodland) wonder you haven’t booked yet.

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Settle, North Yorkshire, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Alison H.Joined in August 2021
12 Ratings · 11 reviews
Lcma ?.recommends
November 24, 2023
Ali's Little Woodland Wonder Shepherd's Hut
This is a lovely place, Comfy, cosy hut with wood burning stove, a separate kitchen, quiet, peaceful location with pond and a wood, feels private and makes a wonderful escape,, very friendly hosts. Perfect!
Kitty Kate ?.recommends
September 24, 2023
Ali's Little Woodland Wonder Shepherd's Hut
Can't recommend it enough!
This place is absolutely magical, wonderfully bonkers and the most glorious place to relax, unwind and enjoy the Yorkshire Dales. Hosts Alison & Andrew were lovely & so warm and welcoming and the cows were an added bonus! We loved it and will definitely be coming back 🤗
Anna P.recommends
September 4, 2023
Ali's Little Woodland Wonder Shepherd's Hut
Simply perfection. Ali had thought of everything and was a wonderful host. It was just what we all needed. Will defo return ❤️
Nicky H.recommends
September 26, 2022
Ali's Little Woodland Wonder Shepherd's Hut
Stunning location, great host's. We wanted a retreat away from the hussle and bussle and certainly got that, the whole experience was fantastic, nice walks stunning views.
Hannah P.recommends
August 5, 2022
Ali's Little Woodland Wonder Shepherd's Hut
Just SO cool!
It was everything and more than I’d hoped for. Ali and Andrew were super-friendly and the whole place was cool, clean and utterly retro. Stayed with my dog on a writing retreat and haven’t a bad word to say about the place. The shower was better than my one at home and the hut itself is just a sanctuary. Will definitely be back.
Rosie B.recommends
July 24, 2022
Ali's Little Woodland Wonder Shepherd's Hut
The perfect weekend
Normally I wouldn't go for any kind of off grid experiences but my partner is all for it. Well... safe to say I will be coming back to Ali and Andrew's place! We happened to go on the friday of the hottest week in England on record...but you wouldn't know that as it was cloudy with drizzles of rain all weekend but it didn't put us off. Ali and Andrew couldn't be anymore welcoming if they tried! When we arrived everything was set up ready plus some cheese & biscuits,Chutney, chocolate and fresh milk from their cows! Along with some gravy bones for my four legged little boy :). During our weekend we were given more fresh milk in the morning. Along with a little drink each to apologise for farm traffic but thats what we expected with staying so close to multiple farms! The hut was cosy and so comfortable and we both slept like a dream! The compost loo is an experience as the signs say when you arrive! We werent quite brave enough for the shower due to the cool weather. My dog loved having free range of the hut and surrounding grassy areas! He wasnt sure on the cows who visited on our last morning but we were! Everything about this place was just perfect. We wish Ali and Andrew the best in all their businesses and ventures and we hope to be back at Ali's Woodland Retreat again soon. X
From the host
Ali's Little Woodland Wonder is an off grid eco retreat situated within 12 acres of woodland on our family run 270 acre working farm. We have used our love of nature to create a holiday experience for anyone to enjoy. We have a newly created pond on site which is a wildlife haven, that is already attracting dragonflies, newts, toads, frogs and ducks. Alison and Andrew the owners of the site have a love of all things vintage, retro, wacky and wonderful which is reflected throughout. 
Nearby attractions
Ali’s Little Woodland Wonder is ideally located for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, with visitors able to embark on the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, a 25-mile route with 1585 metres of ascent encompassing the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough. It’s a 12-hour jaunt, so guests should either be incredibly well-prepared for this day out, or can experience a slice of it before returning to the comfort of their shepherd's hut. Gisburn Forest is under 10 miles away from the site and boasts award-winning mountain bike routes, with four cycling trails and six walking trails along with bike hire on-site. An accredited Dark Sky Discovery Site, if you visit after dusk you’ll be able to enjoy an unforgettable evening of star-gazing. The market town of Settle is less than five miles away, with its traditional market appearing every Tuesday. For a big day out, head to the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway, where you can reach the Scottish border city in under two hours by train and take a scenic journey over the Ribblehead viaduct.
Food and drink
The Plough Inn (01729 840 243) in Wigglesworth will be reopening in the autumn after undergoing some new refurbishment, including making the pub thoroughly dog-friendly. Check to see if this popular local haunt has reopened before you visit, only a five-minute drive from the site and an ideal spot to settle down for a drink and meal while exploring the Yorkshire Dales. The Golden Lion (01729 822203) in Settle is a 10-minute drive from the site, which has received a recent refurbishment of its own, providing cosy corners in which to tuck into wholesome and home-made food. The Talbot Arms (01729 823924) is also a 10-minute drive to Settle, boasting a well-stocked bar with a large selection of real ale, hearty home-cooked food, and a beer garden. For your breakfast or lunch with a coffee, head to Dales Deli Sandwich Bar (07869 991626), also in Settle, for hot breakfast sandwiches, a Full English, or a make-your-own salad box.
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