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.
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 !
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Rated ★★★★★ over 30 reviews
Fantastic quirky hideaway
Highly recommend this quirky accommodation. Liz and Neil fantastic hosts. Due to CoVid you have to book using the fire pit hut instead of the normal communal use. Just off the main road and the noise did not effect us. The hut has a microwave that you can grill/cook as well as 2 hot plates. Tea,sugar and coffee is provided if you like instant coffee please remember to bring your own. Since you need to drive to the local pub/eatery we used Rusland pool hotel lovely food and reasonable prices. We would definitely use the accommodation again.
Booked the Woodman Hut for me and a friend as a little retreat and so glad we found this little gem. Had everything you need for a perfect break, the bunk beds were very comfy! There’s no oven, so bear that in mind. The communal kitchen/bbq is a great addition and a great way to get talking and meeting new people so a fantastic idea! Not far off the main road so you can hear passing traffic but it’s not too much of an issue (wasn’t for us anyway). We arrived late and the owners were very friendly and nice about us getting there so late. I would definitely book this again, the 4 berth hut would be a bit of a squeeze having 4 in there at the same time. Really do recommend this lovely little place!
We stayed in the 2 birth woodmans hut. Fist time staying in a shepherds hut and we were impressed at how well thought out it was. There is everything you need in there for a comfortable stay, it’s modern, there’s underfloor heating to keep you warm although it’s well insulated. The little extras like tea, coffee, cleaning products and shower gels were really thoughtful. The owners looked after us, providing logs for the outdoor fire pit and coal and fire lighters for a small charge for the arctic hut. We had the hut to ourselves, it was nice to have somewhere to chill and cook our tea and have a few drinks. The owners even recommended a local taxi driver to take us to L’Enclume in Cartmel, so we didn’t have to worry about getting there and back. The huts are really well placed for local walks, pubs and to use as a base to explore the lakes. I would not hesitate to book to stay here again, there is nothing to dislike. Thanks for having us.
Absolutely brilliant. Very clean and the owners where incredibly welcoming. Couldn’t have asked for more!!
A little slice of heaven
I stayed in the Woodman's cabin with my son for a few days last week and had the most magical time. The site is absolutely beautiful and the accommodation for me was perfect. The hut we stayed in is amazing. There is absolutely everything you need there. The bed was the most comfortable I have slept in and the attention to detail in design and decor is outstanding. Liz and Neil are probably the best hosts I have ever come across. They are warm and welcoming and went over and above to make my stay special. Thank you so very much for your kindness :) I honestly didn't want to leave this place. I could quite happily live here. Ohh and my son loved it to. So peaceful
Me & my partner stayed in the Woodmans Cabin for our Anniversary weekend and it was lovely and cozy with everything we needed. The bed was comfy and duvet/bedding were straight out of a hotel. The site was lovely and quaint and parking was a breeze as just park outside the entrance as on a dead end road. Liz & Neil were a great help, both before getting there and while staying there. You aren't too far away from things to do but also just far away enough to enjoy the peace and views. Just a few cons - The cabin advertised in room wifi and smart TV but the Wifi signal cuts off a bit before the cabin so renders smart tv to just a freview tv, there is a skinny pathway to get round the bed to the bathroom and the bathroom is quite small to manoeuvre around but overall a great place, cosy and comfy and lovely place to come back to after a day of adventure. Just wish we had more time there to do more!
Response from Woodman's Huts
Thank you for your review.
It’s good to hear you had a great stay in the Cabin.
We do apologise you incurred issues with the Wi Fi dropping and not providing you with the Smart TV facility.
It is regrettable you did not notify us of this during your stay as it transpires the modem in the Four Berth Hut has been switched off in error, hence the speed dropping.
This could easily have been resolved and we apologise for the disappointment caused.
In light of this happening, we are installing a modem in the Cabin to prevent this happening again.
Although a little “overkill “ as the Wi Fi signal is excellent throughout all the Huts, it has dropped when one of the modems had been switched off.
We really appreciate you bringing this to our attention, it allows us to prevent this happening again.
We hope you may return to the Lakes and stay with us again.
Liz and Neil
Quirky, cosy, but without missing comfort
The huts were fully booked so we booked the cabin and wow, we were delighted!! It’s easy to keep your own privacy even though there are others onsite. The quality of accommodation is wonderful and it felt like a special and luxurious experience. We were warm and cosy :) The shared artic cabin is a fantastic addition for a rainy evening and just a little something extra. The cabin is situated in a Japanese garden at the back of the site and gives you the feeling of true privacy and also has a breakfast table that catches the sun. My holidays are made or broken by the quality of my shower and this was hot, powerful and perfectly clean and so passed the test with flying colours! The only fault I can find is that the road nearby is a busy one and you can hear the noise, but the parking for the site is on a quiet dead end road. Overall an experience I won’t forget and it’s clear love and attention has been applied in bucket loads to this site, hosts are friendly and relaxed. If you can book the whole site as a group DO IT! It’s perfect for three couples / group of friends as you have a wonderful communal space in the arctic hut but plenty of privacy in your own units.
Clean, quiet and very relaxing
We stayed in the two berth for a week and enjoyed the whole experience. There were only two small areas where we could comment and that was storage and nowhere to sit inside on a wet day except for the bunk beds. We were lucky and had good weather for four days, so sitting next to the fire pit having had a Bar-b-q was ideal. We definitely are going back but either in the log cabin or four berth hut for that added luxury. We ate at the local pub in Bouth one evening and the food was excellent but the service (as most of the country is experiencing with lack of staff) was very slow. If singles, couples or families are going to use the Huts as a base for day trips etc then you will struggle to find a better all round accommodation.
Beautiful friendly & different
We stayed for 4 nights in the Woodmans Hut and we loved each and every minute. The accommodation is very comfortable and it is set in a lovely area with privacy in the beautiful Japanese garden. We just enjoyed sitting having breakfast in the morning and a quiet drink in the evening. The facilities in the hut are perfect and some really nice homely touches. The shower is great!! The owners are very friendly and helped us with advice on things to do which made a big difference to our enjoyment. Their check-in and out was so easy. Must go to the White Hart Inn. It's a 30 minute pleasant walk to get there and the food is marvellous. We would thoroughly recommend this accommodation for those who prefer tranquil setting. It is such a nice place to spend a short holiday. ❤
Very pretty setting
Very pretty with everything you need! We used the artic BBQ hut the first night then the outside fire pit the last 2 nights, beautifully presented. We struggled to find a takeaway that delivered but Ulveston was only a 10 minute drive to pick up food. We went to Bowness on Windermere which was only 25 minutes away. The new cabin looked gorgeous and we would have booked that too for added privacy and space would highly recommend! Thank you.
A perfect location in fabulous accommodation.
The Woodsman hut had everything and more that we needed. Spotlessly clean, comfy beds, hot shower and intimate surroundings as there are only three huts to stay in. The owners were brilliant, friendly, informative and extremely helpful. A great location for exploring the lakes away from the crowds of the honey pot sites. Will definitely be booking again. Thank you Liz and Neil!
Where can I start, we have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Woodman’s Hut (4 berth) over the half term holidays, with our 2 children in tow (5years & 10 month old) and our stay was nothing but perfect. It was our first family staycation since lockdown has eased and it exceeded all our expectations, the hut was absolutely beautiful, and it has everything you could need which really helped us pack light, even with 2 children. The gardens in which the huts are set, are something else, it’s been really well thought out, you don’t cross paths with your neighbour so is completely in line with social distancing, it really is the perfect place to relax, we were instantly made to feel welcome and at home when greeted by Liz & Neil. We used the Artic Hut on the first evening for a family BBQ which was just fantastic, we played music from their stereo, toasted marshmallows fro the jar which was left for us and played games until it was time for the kids to go to bed. Location was perfect, nice and quiet yet only a short drive to the nearest town, we had a meal in the sunshine at the Manor House Oxen Park which was a cute 15 minute drive away with some gorgeous views. Overall an excellent stay with wonderful hosts, I would highly recommend to anyone looking, so much so we’ve already rebooked and will be back to stay again, but this time in their new cabin, 26-29th July!! Look forward to seeing you guys next month. Thanks again Tina, Danny, Olivia & Sienna x
This place is honestly so lovely. Accommodation has everything you need. Warmth, comfort even free WiFi. Owners are lovely. Close to lots of places lake Windermere only 10 mins drive away.
I am heading home today after four lovely days in the two bed hut. It is tiny, but everything is there that you would need. I have seen much worse equipped kitchens in much bigger properties. The hosts are lovely and very helpful. I brought my bike and they allowed me to keep it in their garage. Would I stay here again? I am already planning the next trip! These huts are easy to find and not far from the southern Lakes, but off the beaten track enough to not be surrounded by other tourists. You can hear traffic from the road but that is better than hoards of people walking past while you are eating on the deck by your hut. I would 100% recommend a stay here.
So cute and homely!
Absolutely loved staying at Woodmans, it was so cute and warm and full of love. We felt safe and made ourselves at home. Lovely owners, very welcoming. Take some marshmallows to toast! Definitely be going there again another year. Thank you again xxx
Amazing! One of the best stays I've had!
Me and my Girlfriend stayed in the 2 bed hut, it had everything we needed and more! We were welcomed by the owners upon arrival (such a nice couple) and given a quick tour, no messing about with check ins and waiting around. The location is fantastic with scenic views, near by walking paths and many places to go within a short driving distance. My favourite part was in BBQ hut (not to worry if you don't know how to use as the owner was happy to help) just next to the hut we were staying in where we had a charcoal grilled meal, listened to music through the radio and played board games. The huts are well equipped with all facilities such a toilet, shower and small kitchen. It was an amazing stay and assisted perfectly while exploring the lake district for the first time. WILL DEFINATLY BOOK THIS AGAIN NEXT YEAR!
Cosy and comfortable hut,the under floor heating is amazing, located in a lovely peaceful area,everything needed is provided,close to local attractions and the lakes. The owners were very welcoming and helpful, would highly recommend,will definetly be booking for next year.
Lovely mini break.
Lovely cosy hut,spotlesly clean. Everything needed was provided. Under floor heating was amazing,peaceful location and within short distance to the lakes and other attractions.The owners are very nice and welcoming, well worth a visit will definitely be booking for next year.
Amazing, peaceful...glamping experience
This is our second stay here and this stay was even better. The outdoor space has been developed so we sat under the stars with the fire pit on... The hut is cosy and is well equipt which we love! The next night we had the BBQ hut fire and marshmallows was just perfect! The host are excellent, helpful and very friendly, thank them again for a fab stay! We all had a fab time and cant wait to book up next year!
A fantastic stay!
Just spent 2 nights at woodmans huts! And it didn't disappoint, the owners couldn't do enough for us. The Huts were immaculate throughout and great facilities. We loved the fire hut..we are already planning our next trio here..I will definitely recommend to friends and family.
We spent 3 nights at the woodmans huts in the 2 berth hut. The attention to detail the hosts provide is superb you want for nothing the hut was comfortable and just lovely the garden and artic hut were great 2. The huts are easy access to walks cycling paths nice pubs were they sold great food with lots of choice. We will stay here again the hosts Liz and Neal are the perfect hosts and this little gem glamping at it's best 5+ stars well deserved
We stayed for 4 nights, you couldn’t fault the cabin (2 berth) everything you could wish for in glamping. Good access to the Lakes, lots of short walks with the cabin area, ulverston just a stone throw away, nice pubs and good places to eat. Thank you very much for looking after us.
What an experience, three nights in the well maintained and equipped two berth shepherds hut. We had the place to ourselves and had a great time chilling in the garden and cooking and eating in the barbecue hut. Spending time their to enjoy the warmth of the fire on our full stomachs. Everything you could possibly need and more supplied by the great hosts Liz and Neil. We will Definately be back and next time may bring friends/family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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! :)