Woodman's Huts

UK England North West England Cumbria Ulverston

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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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 !

Reader Reviews

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★★★★★

Hitting Marvelous!

We booked the 4-berth Woodman's Hut for a 2 night Lake District adventure with our 6 and 3 year old. First impressions: awesome. Second Impressions: stills awesome. The huts have everything you could possibly need, and if there's anything else you could want then the hosts would be more than glad to sort it for you. Our kids loved the bunk beds, and the outdoor space (plenty of room to play out). I am not a small man, but was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the whole experience was. I'm 6ft5 but the sofa bed was great and the roof is plenty high enough so you don't feel as though you're in a hut. We visited in early April so had the benefit of some sun, but the underfloor heating was absolutely lovely and really warmed the place through rather than a small heater in the corner. The BBQ room was brilliant and we enjoyed toasting marshmallows over the open fire. It was a great place to spend an evening when the kids were in bed. Could not recommend this place more.
Apr 15, 2019 by Jon Wright
★★★★★

Lovely experience

My mum and I enjoyed a lovely evening here in September, where we cooked on the coal fire in the Arctic hut and enjoyed a bottle (or 2!) of prosecco in a our cosy hut. Liz and Neil were extremely friendly and helpful, and the huts were absolutely gorgeous. They were equipped with everything you needed, had underfloor heating and were super comfortable.
Nov 17, 2018 by Rachel
★★★★★

Perfect Winter Getaway

Whilst visiting The Lake District from my home in Normandy, my two sisters and I stayed for a night in the 4 berth Shepherd’s Hut. It was so clean, comfortable, warm and cosy with the under floor heating, even on a wet November night. We cooked our dinner on the charcoal barbecue in the Arctic Hut. This is a great space to cook and eat your evening meal, sitting round the fire with a glass or two of red wine! There is everything you need in the hut for a short stay and we all found the facilities to be well thought out and of a high quality. I would thoroughly recommend this little gem in its lovely surroundings.
Nov 12, 2018 by Kim

Response from Woodman's Huts

Thank you Kim for your lovely review.
Delighted you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards from Liz and Neil
★★★★★

All needs taken care of

We sisters needed a small weekend break and booked the small hut for two. It was idyllic, beautiful location, very well stocked, well located and came with all the amenities we could want, given our novice camping status. Liz and Neil were excellent hosts - they even had the BBQ going on night 1 and we enjoyed a social evening with the guests in the other hut. With lots of nearby attractions and beautiful drives whichever direction you choose to go, the hut was a convenient location. We could not have chosen a better place for our weekend break. Highly recommend to anyone who wants a bit of outdoor living with you own cosy bed and private bathroom + kitchenette.
Jul 31, 2018 by Durba
★★★★★

Beautiful huts!

Great location - so close to the lake and easy to get to from the M6. The huts are beautifully presented and the bbq hut was such fun for our winter bbq. The hosts were great - so welcoming. Muriel and Eileen the sheep were also great company. What a fab stay! Would highly recommend.
Jun 27, 2018 by Alison Hornby
★★★★★

Enjoyable glamping stay

We loved staying in these shepherd's huts. Really good Lake District location but also very accessible for us coming up the M6 from the south. Quite a small site but in a good way, it meant we were the only ones there during our visit. The arctic wooden hut thing was wonderful. Very warm and cosy when the weather was bad. We spent a lot of time in here around the fire and the kids absoloutely loved it. Thanks for everything. Super glamping site, we will return next time we head up north!
Jul 4, 2017 by Jeremy Lions
★★★★★

Love shack!

After a nice day looking around the lakes, we were greeted by a friendly face, a fired up barbeque conveniently located in an arctic hut and a beautifully decorated yet functional Woodman's hut. We were the only guests on the night that we stayed and so we had the barbeque to ourselves for a romantic evening with a few drinks sitting around the fire. The hut itself, although cozy, had all of the appliances and home comforts you'd expect and more. Quintessentially English in style, situated in a peaceful countryside retreat, we'd recommend the huts to anyone looking for a romantic getaway or a lovely family holiday if staying in the larger hut. We met Liz on the morning that we left and she couldn't have made us feel any more welcome. All in all a great stay and the only downside was that we forgot to buy anything the put on the barbeque. A definite 5 stars! :)

Apr 20, 2016 by adrianhull
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