Exquisite self-contained shepherd's huts for romantic couples, with luxurious detail and individual wood-fired hot tubs, secluded around a shimmering private lake on the edge of York.
  • Sleeps: 2 per hut
  • Bedrooms: 1 per hut
  • Bathrooms: 1 per hut
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Friendly and family-run, no loving attention to detail has been spared at Hart Lake Escapes.

Comprising five nature-themed, exclusively for adults shepherd’s huts beautifully positioned around a tranquil private lake, you’ll feel far away from hectic life back home… even though you’ll also be right on the edge of the historic city of York – a bus at the edge of the site even leaves twice an hour and will whizz you into the centre in 15 minutes, and take you back late evening!

You’ll note plenty of beautiful and welcoming touches before you’ve even entered your chosen hut, from the vintage-style lamps that illuminate the woodland pathways at night, to the expertly-crafted slate name and instruction signs.

And once you’ve stepped inside, you’ll be greeted by a mouth-watering, locally-sourced Yorkshire welcome pack, with treats including fresh bread, eggs, and coffee, to help your holiday get off to the most delicious start!

Owners Clare and Andrew have seen to it that your stay includes a wealth of home-style comfort, so there’s a log-burner and a Smart TV to snuggle in front of, and a Bose Bluetooth speaker to help set the perfect mood. as you savour a home-cooked feast.

You’ll also have full en-suite shower facilities (no midnight dashes to communal washrooms here!), complete with Neal’s Yard organic toiletries, freshly-laundered towels, and fluffy robes in two different sizes.

There’s also a heart-warming, handmade range of accessories, including plump cushions, bowls, and napkins, to reflect the unique theme of your chosen hut: duck for The Nest, pheasant for The Roost, and owl for The Hollow.

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At a glance

  • Detail-rich, individually-themed shepherd’s huts for couples, positioned around a tranquil private lake on the edge of historic York.
  • Each hut boasts themed home-made accessories and luxurious self-contained facilities, with a locally-sourced Yorkshire welcome pack to get your holiday off to a delicious start!
  • Outside awaits your own al fresco dining area and a wood-fired hot tub. Disposable barbecues can be purchased on arrival.
  • Fishing is available on the lake (guests only).
  • Head into York for shopping and sightseeing, or drive half an hour to Go Ape! for adrenaline-fuelled adventure.


  • Adults Only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Large Groups


Luxurious shepherd’s huts for couples only.  Kingsize bed with Egyptian cotton bedding, Yorkshire Mattress Company mattress, choice of pillows.  En-suite with WC, basin, shower, heated towel rail, Neal’s Yard toiletries, towels and fluffy robes.  Smart TV, mood lighting, Bose Bluetooth speaker, Wi-Fi, dual wireless charger, wood-burning stove.  Kitchen area with kettle, toaster, slow cooker, cafetiere, dual induction hob, fridge with ice box and wine cooler, microwave, pots, pans, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware, cleaning and washing-up equipment, wine rack, locally-sourced welcome pack.  Handmade bespoke accessories.  Outside: dining/seating area, barbecue area, wood-fired hot tub.  All firewood/fire-lighting equipment is supplied. On-site parking.

Local Activities

Shopping, sightseeing, walking, cycling, nature-watching, picnic spots, stargazing, Go Ape!

Accommodation Options

The Nest

  • Adults Only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Large Groups

The Hollow

  • Adults Only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Large Groups

The Roost

  • Adults Only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Large Groups

The Den

  • Adults Only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Large Groups

The Warren

  • Adults Only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Large Groups

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Open a bottle of wine and relax at your private al fresco seating area. You could even have a barbecue if you’re feeling peckish, and enjoy a sizzling sunset supper. Later on, why not toast the arrival of the stars from the warming comfort of your very own wood-fired hot tub?

When you step back inside your hut, there’ll be a downy kingsize bed ready and waiting for you, dressed in Egyptian cotton bedding and a sumptuous mattress from the Yorkshire Mattress Company.  You’ll even have a choice of pillows, to help you drift off into a perfect slumber.

What you do when you wake up is completely up to you. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a long, lazy lie-in, before brewing some fresh coffee and watching the local wildlife go about its daily business. There are cute home-made nesting boxes on the lake, and you may even catch sight of cheeky Phil the Pheasant, or grazing deer.

Head into York for shopping and sightseeing, or for more adventurous types Go Ape! is around a half-hour drive from the site. Oh, and if you don’t feel like cooking when you get back, you can round off another amazing day with a fish-and-chip supper just down the road!

Things to note

Check in from 3pm – 8pm, check out by 10am.

Where you'll be staying

York, North Yorkshire

What the guests of Hart Lake Escapes say

“We loved our stay in these beautiful huts, simply luxury in the woods. They are in gorgeous surroundings, next to a lake and well equipped just like home. The welcome pack was a delight with well thought out local produce. On top of that the wood fired hot tub was amazing and all ready to get straight into. A must for a relaxed, chilled get away. We will certainly be back.”

“Luxury with a capital L! The Shepherds Lodge is so well equipped, immaculately clean and there is everything needed for a perfect, relaxing break. We boiled the kettle on the little wood burning stove and enjoyed a mug of Yorkshire tea with chocolate brownie, just some of the treats in the welcome hamper. The wood fired hot tub is super. All set in beautiful surrounds over looking the pretty lake. We would most highly recommend a break at Hart Lake Escapes.”

“Luxurious shepherd huts nestled in a natural woodland next to the lake. Very well appointed with all mod cons you might expect to find at home or in a luxury hotel. There’s the cutest log burner that really adds to the cosy atmosphere. Our welcome hamper was excellent and full of quality local produce. The log fired hot tub had been pre-warmed prior to our arrival which was a nice touch and we got to enjoy it straight away.”

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