Toadlands Shepherd’s Huts

Sumptuous, romantic hideaways with hotel-suite facilities, plus your own stargazing wood-fired hot tub, nestled in one of Northern England's most beautiful ‘secret' settings.
  • Sleeps: 2 per hut
  • Bedroom: 1 per hut
  • Bathroom: 1 per hut
  • Minimum stay: 2-3 nights

Further off the beaten tourist track than its neighbours Northumberland and the Yorkshire Dales, Teesdale is a chocolate-box valley that forms part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Described in The Guardian as a “well-kept secret”, Teesdale is the perfect place to escape from hectic everyday life. And when you add the luxurious confines of Toadlands Shepherd’s Huts, the scenery gets even better.

Set amongst tranquil farmland that’s teeming with wildlife, you’ll find the bespoke Hut No.1 nestled beneath a mature elm, and the exquisite Hut No.2 secluded in a sun-dappled countryside corner.

Both are surrounded by incredible views of the dales, of course.  There’s a firepit and comfy chairs to help you enjoy these to the fullest… not to mention a wood-fired hot tub to help sunset-watching along.

Inside, you’ll be welcomed with stylish, detail-oriented interiors that are sure to remind you of an indulgent hotel suite, rather than a rural shepherd’s hut. For starters, full kitchen and shower facilities are sumptuously covered, so there’ll be no awkward midnight stumbling to communal facilities.

All you’ll have to do is sink into a gorgeous upholstered chair with a refreshing cuppa (or glass of wine!) and relax, as you take in the elegant décor (rich dark blue in Roundabouts Hut and Devon Green in Bill Lunes Hut), well-chosen accessories, and oak flooring.

Yet it isn’t simply the look that promises to enthral here; opulent Linwood fabrics, fluffy bathrobes, and electric thermostatically controlled heating ensures your other senses will be more than satisfied, too.

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At a glance

  • Bespoke, sumptuous shepherd’s huts for two, both secluded on private farmland in Teesdale, close to the Yorkshire Dales and part of the North Pennines AONB.
  • The stylish, heated huts feature full kitchen and shower facilities, with a window-flanked kingsize bed and sumptuous décor throughout.
  • Relax al fresco by the firepit, or pop open a bottle of bubbles and greet the sunset in the wood-fired hot tub, instead!
  • There are plenty of walks, ancient villages, bustling market towns, and beauty spots to enjoy close by, including the High Force waterfall and Grassholme Reservoir.

Features

  • Adults Only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Off-Grid

Facilities

Bespoke luxury shepherd’s huts, sleep 2 guests.  Upholstered chairs, dining table and chairs, well-equipped kitchen with induction hob, ceramic sink, microwave, fridge with ice compartment.  Bathroom with electric shower, heated towel rail, cotton towels, bathrobes.  Hypnos kingsize bed with luxury linens.  Double-glazed windows and electric heating throughout.  Outside: seating, firepit, wood-fired hot tub.  Private parking 100 metres from the hut.

Local Activities

Walking trails, cycling, historic sites, villages, market towns, waterfalls, sailing, shops, pubs, museums, restaurants, picnic spots, stargazing

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Flanked by windows and offering plenty of handy storage, your kingsize bed is topped with a snuggly Hypnos mattress, prompting both a sound night’s sleep, and stunning views to wake up to… even if you’re tempted by the lure of the lazy lie-in.

Prepare a hearty breakfast to enjoy at your dining table – or al fresco on sunny mornings – then freshen up in the electric shower, complete with a heated towel rail to keep you perfectly toasty.

If all you feel like doing is opening up a good book and getting lost in these idyllic surroundings, we wouldn’t blame you one bit! But if you do feel like exploring, there’s plenty to see and do in every direction.

You could start by lacing up your walking boots and heading out on stellar trails that include the Tees Valley Railway Walk, the Teesdale Way, and the Pennine Way.

There are plenty of charming towns and villages to visit nearby, too, including ancient Mickleton, mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, the now-infamous Barnard Castle, and Middleton-in-Teesdale, a bustling market town from which you can reach High Force, one of the most incredible waterfalls in the country.

From here, you can amble along a beautiful stretch of the Pennine Way, surrounding yourselves with heady blooms that include mountain pansies, early purple orchids, and the rare Yves Klein blue flowers of the spring gentian… a true botanist’s delight!

However you spend the day or evening, coming back to your sumptuous hut and relaxing under the stars makes the perfect finish. There’s little light pollution and few neighbours so, on a clear night, just sit and soak up the stillness of starry skies and the sounds of the countryside around you – either from inside the hut, or from the private wood-fired hot tub.

You may hear cuckoos and owls, or  see badgers and foxes, hares boxing in the morning mist, or peewits performing their dramatic aerial displays… meaning your retreat into rural holiday heaven is truly complete.

Things to note

Please bring waterproof footwear to access the huts from the grass lane (just in case!)

Where you'll be staying

Mickleton, County Durham

What the guests of Toadlands Shepherd’s Huts say

“Congratulations on your new business venture! Mari & I are honoured to have been your first guests here. We have had one of the most special stays and adore the place and how you have fitted it out. What an idyllic setting…. to wake up to the view of the rising sun through the bed window will stay in our memories always!”

“A beautiful surprise from my other half to celebrate my birthday in style. Toadlands offers a slice of interior heavens surrounded by tranquil countryside, the perfect post-Christmas escape. We enjoyed the hot tub in all weathers and some lovely walks in the surrounding area. Will be highly recommending Toadlands and hope to be back in the near future! Thankyou so much for making our birthday break so special.”

“We’ve had a lovely stay at Toadlands, the bottle of prosecco was a lovely surprise too! Absolutely everything we could have needed in the hut and the hot tub is heaven! We had a lovely walk around low force & high force waterfall. We will be recommending Toadlands to everyone!”

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