Whitelee Farm Shepherd Huts

UK England North West England Cheshire

Romantic en-suite shepherds huts on a riverside farm in the Peak District National Park.

No matter how many times you visit the Peak District, it never ceases to amaze. Look up the word ‘epic’ in the dictionary and you might just find a dazzling landscape of the UK’s first national park – its chocolate box villages, rugged peaks, meandering rivers or innumerable idyllic valleys. Set in the heart of one such spot, Whitelee Farm is spread over 340 spectacular acres in the Dane Valley. Home to beef and dairy herds as well as a smattering of Herdwick sheep and assorted hens, this working farm can lay claim to 50 acres of enchanting ancient woodland, part of the Dane Valley Woodland Trust. Downhill from the farm, through pastureland and dry-stone-fringed fields, this tranquil scene is completed by the River Dane, a great spot for wild swimming (or paddling depending on the vagaries of the tide levels) beside the site of the old paper mill. The farm is an abuzz with flora and fauna throughout the year – bluebells in spring; wild garlic and elderflower in summer; blackberries in autumn; and wild deer rutting in their winter mating season.

Amidst this most richly varied of settings, two masterly crafted shepherds huts blend in seamlessly to their unspoiled surroundings. Both of these private huts are oak framed and oak floored throughout, befitting the ancient woodland nearby where one of the oldest oak trees in the entire national park can be found. Finished with wriggly tin and sheep’s wool insulation, these cosy self-contained huts come replete with all the comforts one could wish for. A dining and seating area, fit for four, ingeniously converts into the king-sized bed with memory foam mattress (premium bed linen supplied). An en-suite bathroom boasts a full-size power shower with instant hot water, hand basin, proper flushing toilet and heated towel rail. A fully equipped kitchenette – with gas oven, hob and fridge – includes all the kit and caboodle for cooking up a feast to enjoy on the cute mini veranda. With Whitelee’s very own farm-reared produce available for pre-order, you won’t have to go far to source the freshest of ingredients. And thoughtful extra touches like the outside log store fully stocked for the wood burner, complimentary towels and toiletries, plus basic provisions like a steady supply of tea and coffee show a considerate attention to detail.

Its peerless position on the western flank of the Peak District National Park sees Whitelee Farm border the three counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. An array of scenic walking routes emanate from Three Shires Head, with Whitelee Farm lying bang on Route 17 of the Peak District Boundary Walk. Ambles could lead you to the dramatic rock formations of Luds Church or The Roaches, or perhaps the less intrepid stroll into the postcard Peaks village of Wincle for a pint in the local. Wherever the paths take you, breathtaking views are promised.

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The Owner Says

Situated one mile off the beaten track and nestled in a lush green valley, Whitelee Farm offers a wonderful opportunity for those seeking to get away from it all. Continuous investment in traditional features such as dry stone walling, hedge laying and protection of ancient woodland ensures that the farm and its habitats are nurtured for future generations to enjoy.

Set inside the UK'S first National Park, Whitelee Farm is a working farm set over 340 acres of prime Peak District National Park farmland. A rich and diverse landscape ranging from pastureland to ancient forest (around 40 acres of the farm) we also border the River Dane along the Southern edge of the farm; giving private access to one of the reputedly fastest rising and falling rivers in the UK. We are extremely proud to be one of the original farms supporting the Dane Valley Woodland project designed to actively manage woodland and specifically Oak. The Dane Valley has one of the highest concentrations of semi natural and ancient woodland in the Peak District for example we have one of the oldest Oak trees within a 40 mile radius on the farm drive. In 2016 we planted 3,500 saplings as part of this project and our own woodland management plan.

Across the farm mixed livestock (sheep, dairy and beef herds) graze on the pastureland for much of the year; enabling us to produce meat products of such note that we supply a well known premium retailer with our products.

Working in such spectacular scenery is a real privilege for our family and we are delighted that we are now able to share this unique environment with others with the installation of two traditional Shepherd Huts: Dane Valley and Hen Cloud. Each sleeping 2 adults, the bespoke Shepherd huts have been individually designed to maximise their location following approval from the Peak District Planning authority. Sensitively built in order to be as much in keeping with their surroundings as possible, each hut is oak framed, clad in wriggly tin and lined with sheeps wool. Featuring many luxuries of a domestic environment; guests always comment on how much has been fitted into a small space. We wanted to create a luxurious environment that put access to the wild on the doorstep for all and we look forward to welcoming you to see how this has been achieved.

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Beautiful home away from home

We had such a lovely time in the shepherds hut. The views were gorgeous, and we very much enjoyed waking up and looking out over the hills and watching the sheep (and frolicking lambs!), cows and birds. The huts are tastefully finished and furnished with everything you need for a weekend away in the country. Emma was very helpful in communicating with us and giving directions, and meeting us when we arrived. The whole experience was really luxurious and we would love to go back again!
May 7, 2019 by Annie

Tranquil break from the city

Lovely warm welcome from Emma who managers the huts to begin our lovely weekend at the Shephards Hut. The huts are truly stunning with every detail well thought out including a king size memory foam mattress bed and very high speck immaculate interior. The wood burner makes it very cosy and toasty inside on cold nights (was below freezing when we stayed and we were very toasty inside the hut.) Extremely beautiful views across the Peak district with walking access fo several beautiful walking trails. A local pub which serves great ‘pub grub’ and a small brewery are both within walking distance too. Will definitely visit again would not change anything about the huts or our stay.
Apr 15, 2019 by Abby

Response from Whitelee Farm Shepherd Huts

Dear Abby, thank you so much for your lovely review. I very much appreciate you taking the time to review us; and totally thrilled that you had such a wonderful stay - we hope to welcome you again soon! Kind regards

Absolutely amazing!

I’m not surprised everyone gave Whitelee 5 stars it’s amazing! A super peaceful retreat surrounded my amazing views and lots of animals. The hut has everything you need and the fire kept us warm the whole time. The brewery, trout farm and pub provide the perfect amount of excursions for a 2 night stay. Emma is super helpful and I would definitely return. 10/10, would recommend!
Oct 28, 2018 by Emily

Response from Whitelee Farm Shepherd Huts

Thank you so much for your review Emily - so pleased that you had a great stay and loved the Shepherds hut and area. We loved being able to share it with you!

Gorgeous shepherds hut in lovely location

The huts really are lovely and the attention to detail inside is brilliant from the gorgeous en-suite bathroom with heated towel rail, to the little fridge and brilliant log burner which keeps you warm in winter. Emma really has thought of everything inside the huts - the king-size bed was so comfortable. The setting is really beautiful - listening to sheep, birds and the stags (we stayed in Autumn) in the morning really made this place special. A short walk into Wincle for the lovely pub and brewery and also the gorgeous walks up to the Roaches and along the river are definitely recommended. Emma is so friendly and helpful too - we can't recommend this place enough!
Oct 8, 2018 by Rach

Response from Whitelee Farm Shepherd Huts

Thank you so much for your lovely review and kind words Rach - so pleased that you had a wonderful time. We loved hosting you and really hope we get to see you again soon. Thank you very much for taking the time to review us too!

Amazing in every way!

We absolutely loved it here. The huts are absolutely beautiful with the most comfortable beds- it has everything you need. It is so quiet with lots of sheep & cows grazing in the nearby fields. Emma & Nick are so lovely and willing to help with everything from directions to walking routes. There is a fantastic walk to a local pub which we really enjoyed. Thank you Emma & Nick, we’ll be back soon!
Sep 24, 2018 by Gemma

Response from Whitelee Farm Shepherd Huts

Thank you so much Gemma - great to hear that you had such a lovely time. We were thrilled to share it with you! Hope that you do get to come back again soon; and thank you for taking the time to review us - much appreciated.

absolutely stunning place

Me and my wife stayed in the dane valley hut for our anniversary and it was the most relaxing ,beautiful place to be inside and outside the hut were both amazing, the views over the fields and woodland are to die for, we loved it and we couldnt recommend this place any higher ,its an absolute must stay for that something different in life and the area of wincle ,a short walk along the river from the hut to the brewery and pub for a drink is great !!! A big thank you to emma, the owner , who made us so welcome from the time of booking to leaving and her lovely children just made the stay perfect ,thankyou again !!! chris and dawn
Sep 5, 2018 by christian

Response from Whitelee Farm Shepherd Huts

Thank you so much Chris - it was an absolute pleasure to host you and Dawn and we are very appreciative that you booked us for something as special as your anniversary. Really hope that we do get to see you again soon; and thank you for taking the time to review us too.

Completely idyllic

Such a beautiful location and fabulous accommodation. We have stayed in a few shepherd's huts and this was the best - the en suite facilities meant everything was in one place and we could relax and enjoy the view (after walking to the lovely local pub for some food). We will definitely be back!
Aug 28, 2018 by Catherine

Response from Whitelee Farm Shepherd Huts

Oh wow! Thank you Catherine. You have made my day! Sorry for the delay in responding. Just seen your review. Thank you so much for taking the time to review us - much appreciated. Hoping to see you again soon!
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