The Shepherd's Retreat
Located amid the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, The Shepherd's Retreat is a simply luxurious shepherd's hut for two - with the added luxury of a private hot tub - where comfort, tranquillity and exceptional scenery combine in this unforgettable romantic hideaway. Every detail - from the bespoke fixtures to the cosy furnishings - has been taken care of to create a level of luxuriousness you'd expect in a five-star hotel.
The Shepherd's Retreat is located on the owners' grounds, perfectly positioned to overlook rolling hills and fields. Everything you need is in this one spot, meaning you can enjoy perfect privacy throughout your stay, yet your hosts are easily on hand if you need them. With your own garden area, two patios and self-catering facilities inside your shepherd's hut, this self-contained bolthole lives up to its name as a true retreat from the world!
The gorgeous green exterior and classic cream woodwork of The Shepherd's Retreat complement the lush surroundings, offering a dose of country charm. Three steps lead you into a small porch area, where you'll find handy space for boots, coats and brollies.
From here, a stable door takes you to the open-plan living area, with all you need to cook, eat, relax and unwind! The small-but-perfectly-formed kitchen offers bespoke wooden cabinets finished in stylish sage, topped with beautiful wooden worktops. The under-counter fridge is large enough to store all your favourite ingredients, while the electric oven and hob makes light work of any romantic meal! You'll also find crockery, cutlery and glasses, as well as sugar, tea and coffee (granules and ground for purists!).
Enjoy your meals at the foldaway breakfast bar, ideally placed for magnificent views through the French doors. You'll also find a comfy leather sofa here - perfect for snuggling in front of your favourite DVD or TV show - while cushions, blinds and curtains in a charming duck print will leave you feeling truly at home.
And if you have any worries about shepherd's huts being cold and draughty, think again. The Shepherd's Retreat is kept beautifully warm by both luxurious underfloor heating and a wonderfully cosy log burner, so you'll be perfectly toasty whatever the weather!
From the living area, a door takes you to the completely separate bedroom (a rarity in a shepherd's hut!). With its comfy double bed topped with charming cushions and plush linen, as well as plenty of storage space, you'll feel miles from anywhere as you drift off to sleep, with just the gentle moonlight slipping through your window.
The Shepherd's Retreat also features a modern shower room, complete with a shower, WC and basin, as well as a heated towel rail and complimentary luxury toiletries.
And if that wasn't enough, there's more to enjoy outside! The first of your private patio areas is where you'll find a BBQ for sizzling your summertime favourites, while the second patio offers outdoor seating and the fantastic hot tub. As you unwind in the jets with that glorious view before you, you might have to pinch yourself to check you're really here (spoiler alert: you are!).
If you can drag yourself away from The Shepherd's Retreat, there's so much more to discover from your doorstep. Luckily, you'll find a rucksack, picnic rug and flask indoors, so pack your favourite food and find the perfect picnic spot for a romantic day in the Dales. Take a walk along the River Nidd and keep a keen eye for birdlife, while the nearby village of Summerbridge has a range of excellent hostelries for a well-earned drink afterwards. And for a bit more bustle, both popular Harrogate and historic Ripon are within a half-hour drive.
However you choose to spend your days, the peace and luxury of The Shepherd's Retreat is always awaiting your return. So where better for a total escape from the world?
Things to note
No smoking, no pets permitted, no children, check in 4pm, check out 10am. A £100 damages and breakages deposit will be collected upon check in and this will be returned upon check out.
Tried and tested
"We visited for a weekend in October. We were both speechless when we arrived, it's beautiful and I love the little touches, completely finished the place off (fleece blankets, toiletries, little notes) we planned on several different trips, however we just ended up spending our time chilling in the hut and the hot tub! This place is a really a home from home! Food wise, we only ate out (takeaway) from Oriential Chef on the way into Harrogate, nicest Chinese we have had! We will most definitely be back in the near future! Such a delightful and peaceful place!"
"My partner and I stayed here for a 3 night break. What a gem we have found! The Shepherd's Retreat is a wonderful little place that has everything you need. Julie (the owner) has thought of everything to make your stay as welcoming as possible. The hot tub was the icing on the cake for us, we spent many an hour relaxing in there with a glass of fizz! I would highly recommend the Shepherd's Retreat, you will not be disappointed."
"This place is to die for! So relaxing and with the most stunning scenery. It is in the perfect location for Harrogate, Skipton, Brimham Rocks, Ripley Castle, Fountains Abbey... the list goes on. We spent a week there and had something to see or do on every day of the week. Julie and Keith have thought of everything that you could possibly need! We would recommend to anyone and will definitely be booking again!"
Region: Summerbridge, North Yorkshire
Cost (from): £160 per night
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 591
FacilitiesSleeps 2, double bed, bedding & towels provided, bathrobes, footwear, fully fitted private bathroom, shower, toilet, sink, kitchen area, oven, hob, fridge, underfloor heating, log burning stove, lounge, Freeview TV x 2, DVD player, books, maps, DVDs, Wi-Fi, dining area for 2, BBQ, hot tub, 2 terraces.
Walking, cycling, horse riding, airsports/flying, alpaca farm, golf, fishing, go karting, castles, caves, spa, Flamingoland.
At a glance
- Luxurious shepherd's hut with private hot tub near Summerbridge, Yorkshire Dales
- Sleeps 2 in double bed - perfect for a couple's retreat
- Well-appointed living area with kitchen and dining space
- Shower room
- 5*-standard finish throughout
- Private patio areas with BBQ and luxury hot tub overlooking the Dales
- Private garden area with bench seating
- Harrogate and Ripon in easy driving distance