Woodman's Huts

UK England North West England Cumbria Ulverston

  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
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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Facilities

Huts are fully insulated with sheep's wool. Inside, the huts feature quality fitted kitchens with fridge, oven, hobs, sink and all the utensils and crockery, an en suite bathroom, underfloor heating, BOSE sound, TV/DVD, bedding and linen. The huts are also accompanied by an arctic cabin where guests can congregate and cook their dinner/hang out around a real fire. This comes with sheepskin rugs and throws. Plenty of parking space and private, gated access.

Suitable For

The 2 berth hut and the 4 berth hut can be let individually or as a group. Glamping only, so no tents, campervans, caravans, pets.

Nearby

It's a 15 minute walk to Haverthwaite Railway Station (015395 31594) where you can hop on a steam train and chug your way to Lakeside (via Newby Bridge) and then, if you want, continue the journey by water on one of the 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!' The campsite is also conveniently located 15 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.

Food & 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 (20 minutes by car), is worth the extra distance. 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.

Opening Times

All year round.

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The Owner Says

In the small village of Haverthwaite, where trains whistle to a halt outside the quaint old station, Woodmans Shepherds 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.

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, 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 !

Accommodation

2 handmade, cosy shepherds huts in the beautiful Lake District National Park.

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Getting There

The site is just off the A590. 15 minutes from Junction 36 of the M6. If you are using a SAT NAV use postcode LA12 8AB. The main bus route to Kendal and Barrow has a stop just 2 minute's walk down the road. It is a 15 minute walk to the steam railway (015395 31594), which takes you to Lakeside and then take Windermere Steamers onwards to Bowness and Ambleside.

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Charming, relaxing & fun

My mum and I recently enjoyed a lovely stay. We wanted to get away from everything and relax for a couple of days in the Lake District and the huts had everything we could ask for. The hut was clean, beds extremely comfortable, had kettle, toaster and fridge and an excellent shower. It was very cosy inside when it rained. We had great fun cooking dinner on the bbq and enjoying some fizz in the arctic hut and the hosts had provided everything from kindling to coals, lighters and a varied cd collection! The location is superb near to Windermere and Coniston. Liz recommended some places we hadn’t been to before as well and we had some good walks with great views. We will definitely return!
Aug 26, 2019 by Lauren
★★★★★

Wonderful time in the woodmans hut

I stayed at the woodmans hut with my 7 year old daughter. One word to describe it was WOW. We had the most amazing time. The hut was just perfect and had everything you could want under one little roof. It was so cosy and pretty. The artic hut which was in beautiful surroundings was just outstanding. It was furnished with beautiful sheepskin throws and pillows and had old fashioned board games which you could whilst waiting for your food to cook on the open fire or whilst toasting marshmallows. It was outstanding. It has given my daughter wonderful memories that we'll cherish. The hosts were exceptional. So lovely and nothing too much trouble. We'll definitely be returning
Aug 15, 2019 by Patricia
★★★★★

Cosy & Good Lake District Location

Stayed here back in 2016. Great time. Was there in autumn and very cosy in mixed weather. The Arctic Hut in particular is amazing. You don't stay/sleep in it, it's just a space for relaxing around a big fire and is super warm! So nice at that time of year. Huts have plenty of space. Great location in South Lakes, we were mainly there for hiking. These are essentially really small self catered cottages. Don't like quite as classically 'shepherd's hutty' as others but worth it for the extra space.
Sep 6, 2018 by Jeremy Lions

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