The Damson Shepherd's Hut

UK England North West England Cumbria Bowness on Windermere

  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
A shepherd's hut for two in the lesser-known Lyth Valley, four miles from Lake Windermere

In the grounds of a 16th-century water mill with views across the valley, it’s hard to find a more quintessentially English setting for a shepherd’s hut. As the name suggests, this hand-built hut for two is tucked amongst a couple of damson trees that bear purple fruit in summer, while, in spring, daffodils give way to bluebells that blanket the shady area beneath the trees. Beyond, meanwhile, the quiet valley is hidden from the wider delights of the surrounding National Park. The best of the Lake District – Windermere, Ambleside and the mountains of the South Lakes – are on your doorstep but, despite its accessibility, this secret spot in the Lyth Valley is pleasingly lesser known.

The Damson Shepherd’s Hut is the only accommodation on the site, meaning guests have full run of the place, from the south-facing patio where you can sit in the sun, to splashing your feet down in the river (below the hut at the bottom of a steep bank). The hut itself is a self-sufficient home for two. There’s an en-suite shower room, a well-equipped kitchenette and a fitted king-sized bed, while a raised wood burner creates a cosy and warm ambience whatever the time of year. In summer, you may be better off lighting the campfire on the terrace instead, perhaps grilling some sausages from the Lakeland Farm Shop, 15 minutes away.

While it’s nice to ensconce yourself in the privacy of the shepherd’s hut, most people don’t come to this part of the world to sit around and sniff the bluebells. The most immediate walk is over the hill behind the glamping site to the village of Winster (around 25 minutes each way), where a country pub awaits, but for demanding hikes you can drive the 20 minutes to Ambleside, a popular starting point for hikes up Red Screes and High Pike, or continue round Lake Windermere for Grizedale Forest (popular for mountain biking) and the Old Man of Coniston. There are good watersports and sailing opportunities nearby, too, as well as ‘organised fun’ with the Windermere activity centre. It’ll all wear you out nicely for a kip beneath the damson trees at the end of a busy day.

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Facilities

The Damson Hut is en suite and has everything you need, with a fitted king-size bed (bedding provided), a shower room with a flushing loo and basin, a fold-out dining table, a wood-burning stove (logs provided) and a kitchenette with a gas hob, sink, fridge/freezer, crockery and cutlery. Outside there is seating and a campfire pit on the small terrace. This is an exclusive site, so you will be the only guests and the whole place is your own.

Suitable For

The shepherd's hut sleeps two and dogs are not permitted. Camping in your own tent, campervan or caravan is not permitted at this site.

Nearby

It's four miles to Bowness-on-Windermere, where you can hire boats to take to water on Lake Windermere or hop on one of the regular ferries to Ambleside. Bowness is also the home of the World of Beatrix Potter (015394 88444), if your on the hunt for a little childhood nostalgia, as well as the steamboat museum but, by and large, most people are coming to the Lake District for hiking, biking and outdoor activities. Footpaths immediately from the glamping site lead over the hill to Winster, while another footpath to and through Mitchelland eventually links you up with the Dales Way. Some of the most popular walks within a short drive are those around Kirkstone Pass – High Street, Fiarfield, Helvellyn – as well as taking the ferry from Bowness and driving to Coniston to hike the Old Man of Coniston. For watersports, gorge walking and other organised fun, try Ghyll Head Activity Centre (01539 443751) or Windermere Outdoor Activity Centre (01539 447183).

Food & Drink

There are five different pubs within as many minutes drive of the Damson Shepherd's Hut. In particular there's a good walk over the hill to The Brown Horse (01539 443443) in Winster, while The Wild Boar (03332 203108) in Mitchelland is also within walking distance (around 20 minutes each way depending on your fitness). Pick of the lot, however, is The Punchbowl (015395 68237) in Crosthwaite, a former Michelin 'Pub of the Year' with a good outside terrace in summer and log fires in winter. It's not far by car, though, to Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere, where further restaurants and tearooms abound.

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Open all year round.

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The Owner Says

Damson Shepherd's Hut is set close to the banks of the River Gilpin in the heart of the Lake District, National Park. Situated out of sight and peacefully set amongst damson trees and a spring bed of bluebells, the hut and its patio attract the sun all day long. Perfect for a blue sky breakfast or sundowners and alfresco dining. Having recently been lovingly built, Damson Shepherd's Hut offers new and luxurious accommodation to those wishing to rest and enjoy its tranquil surroundings.  The hut is located in the forgotten Lyth Valley, just a short drive from Lake Windermere and everything that the South Lakes has to offer. With an abundance of walks or cycling for all levels and gastro pubs available to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice when planning your days.

Social Distancing Measures

  • As we only have the one hut, you will be completely on your own and with no shared facilities.
  • Our hut will be deep cleaned with disinfectant, including all hard surfaces before you arrive and hand sanitiser will be provided.
  • All bedding will be washed at 60 degrees & hot-dried in a tumble dryer.

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Accommodation

Just the one shepherd's hut, so guests have the entire place to themselves.

The Damson Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Located in the forgotten Lythe Valley, The Damson Shepherd's Hut is a short drive from Lake Windermere and everything that the South Lakes has to offer. With an abundance of walks or cycling for all levels and gastro pubs available to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice when planning your days.

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Location

Contact The Damson Shepherd's Hut, Gilpin Mill, Crook, Near Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8LN

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Getting There

From the M6 South: Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and turn left, taking the A590/A591 (the Kendal by-pass) to the first roundabout. Take the B5284, the first exit, to Crook and Hawkshead via ferry. In the village of Crook pass the Sun Inn on your right and travel for a further three quarters of a mile up the hill before turning left at Crook Church. At the first fingerpost, take the right turn to Winster. 50 yards later take the next fingerpost to Winster. As you turn you will see a house directly in front of you down on the beck. Follow the lane over the bridge and turn immediately left into Gilpin Mill.

From the M6 North: Leave the M6 at Junction 39 and follow the A6 to Kendal. Take signs for Windermere and at the big roundabout above Kendal take the B5284, the second exit, to Crook and Hawkshead via ferry. ​In the village of Crook pass the Sun Inn on your right and travel for a further three quarters of a mile up the hill before turning left at Crook Church. At the first fingerpost, take the right turn to Winster. 50 yards later take the next fingerpost to Winster. As you turn you will see a house directly in front of you down on the beck. Follow the lane over the bridge and turn immediately left into Gilpin Mill.

From Nowness-on-Windermere: Travel East along the B5284 towards Kendal. Turn right down the lane directly opposite the Wild Boar Hotel. Go up the hill for half a mile and take the first left turn. Travel down the single track lane, bearing left where the lane splits, past Bateman Fold on the left and down to Gilpin Mill at the bottom.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews

★★★★★

Beautifully designed, self-contained accommodation in a sublime setting

The most peaceful and tranquil break anyone can ask for! This beautiful Shepard's hut is situated on grounds a short walk from the back of the owner's property. With a good distance and with trees in between the accommodations, you feel hidden away from the world. Yet, secure as someone is nearby. I also loved the wonderful greetings from grazing sheep in the mornings along side the hut. The dry weather meant I can cook all my meals outside (which I had prefer) and enjoyed the sublime setting, immersing in the sound of a running stream and outdoor fire. The bedding was very comfortable and the bathroom was spacious enough. The host, Jo, is warm and welcoming and ensures your needs are met. Will absolutely return!
Sep 1, 2021 by Lucy Chu Verified Review
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Blissful short break in the beautiful Lyth valley

We stayed for 3 nights in July and got extremely lucky with the weather! The hut itself is beautiful and very well equipped. There is a small stream down the bank and the location is very idyllic. We visited the brown horse Inn for dinner one evening which was also lovely with great food and just a short walk away (although we lost the footpath on the way there so found the road easier for navigating back). The owner Jo, was lovely and nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend for a short break and we hope to return!
★★★★★

Beautiful and peaceful short break

This was a perfect location next to a quietly running stream, with excellent facilities and everything you could possibly need for a peaceful weekend break. The owner was extremely helpful and there were a range of little guidebooks to help you get the most of the local area. Would happily go again for a longer break.
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A perfect escape

We stayed for 4 nights at the end of June and absolutely loved it. The hut itself has everything you could possibly need, the bed was really comfy and everything super clean. Though there isn't one in the hut itself, you have access to a fridge and freezer which are just near where the parking is (very short walk from the hut). There's a lovely table and chair set outside the hut as well as a BBQ/firepit so you can sit outside and chill until late. The owners are lovely and were there to help when needed. We'll definitely come back!
Jul 14, 2021 by Laura M
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A little piece of tranquility

Seasoned campers, glampers, this was a little piece of heaven. The host was just lovely, the shepherd’s hut and amenities beautifully considered and thought out (there were even flutes for the champagne we were able to chill in the provided fridge!), with an idyllic soundtrack to our stay of a trickling stream and friendly sheep! We can’t wait to return. Laura and John 😊
Jul 6, 2021 by Laura Huds Verified Review
★★★★★

An absolute gem!

The hut exceeded our expectations! Situated in gorgeous grounds we were lucky to have fabulous weather so made full use of the sunny outside space and the fire pit at night. Quality bedding and towels and well thought out decor attention to detail and facilities meant we had a really comfortable experience. The lovely owners met us on arrival, checking all was ok with the accommodation, then we were left alone to enjoy our stay, couldn’t wish for better service.
★★★★★

Lovely secluded hut

This hut is lovely. Great for a romantic weekend away, located close to major tourist spots. The owners are also lovely and everything is thought of.

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Coronavirus Booking Guarantee
  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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