the shepherd's hut
£92 > £300 per night
Property Zzz 1 - 2
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South facing, small, traditional Shepherd's hut with views, internal shower, compost toilet, log burner, kitchen area. 2 mins by car to Kendal. Scenic walks from doorstep.
Kendal is an attractive market town with an eclectic range of shops, cafes, restaurants, and a lively Arts Centre with a cinema and theatre.
Please note we are NOT on a bus route. You must have a car or rely on taxis into town (2 mins).
Our Shepherd's Hut is a unique place to stay: It is situated on the junction between the rural road to Underbarrow and a bridle- way named Gamblesmire Lane which leads to Cunswick Scar and Scout Scar, so it's ideally situated for country walks. It is fully insulated with sheep's wool so is snug, comfortable and warm. There is a microwave, electric kettle, toaster, indoor shower and a compost lavatory. There is a thermostatically controlled electric heater and a Hobbit wood burning stove for cosy evenings in. The stove heats the hut up very effectively, and we often chuckle when people light it on a warm evening and then fling open all the doors and windows when it gets as hot as a sauna. A good tip is to open the little window above the top bunk as this created a cooling draught of air without being too cold.
You can walk out of the door and along Gamblesmire Lane, a footpath that leads to Scout Scar and Cunswick Fell.
There are bird feeders beside the window so you can watch the birds at close range, including woodpeckers, and will wake to bird song. As the hut faces south east, you will see the sun rise over the hills and the valley below. On clear nights, you'll see the moon rise. At night, owls hoot in the coppice nearby and in summer there are bats flitting about the hut.
At present, the shower works but isn't very powerful as there's not enough water pressure. There is cold water in the bathroom sink and hot water in the living area. In frosty weather the water supply has to be turned off and guests use the bathroom facilities in the house. There is bottled water in the hut.
There's a seating area outside the hut with a table and chairs and a small firepit. It is situated in it's own little garden, quite near to our house where we also host Airbnb guests and are on hand to help you with suggestions for exploring the wonderfully green, gentle hills of the Lyth and Winster valley with their numerous green lanes and lovely views. The hut is next to the fell footpath gate and there are horse riders, mountain bikers and walkers going by at times, so expect to enjoy saying hello and having a pleasant chat. In summer, there are Lakeland Hound Trail races up the fell. This is a traditional Lakeland sport and very exciting to watch if you get the chance. (It has nothing to do with fox hunting, by the way).
The living space in the hut is 7 feet by 16 feet, so it's about the same size as a small towing caravan but with much more charm and character! Shoes off indoors, please! Don't drain crockery on the lovely wooden sink top. Please dry up with one of our best tea towels instead!
Please feel free to use the garden areas at the front of the house. Logs and kindling are available from the house, please ask! Guests can request use of the laundry room in the house to dry and store wet outdoor clothing/boots. We can store your bike under the log shelter and there's a bucket and soapy water for washing it down.
Other things to note
We have a friendly cat who'll want to visit you but just shoo him off if cats aren't your thing!There are friendly ponies in the neighbouring fields, too! And the owls that live in the wood hoot at night.
In winter, if there's a hard frost the water pipe may freeze as it's not buried, so guests use our house bathroom on the rare occasions this happens.
There are Cumbria Life magazines, board games, tourist leaflets and a few walking books in the hut, but if you need anything, please knock and ask us. We want you to have a pleasant and enjoyable stay here in Cumbria! It's a great place to be!