The past few months have been a travel free time for us all. I can’t see myself going abroad this year, but one thing I’m most excited about is being able to do some mini staycations. Pre pandemic, staying in the UK was something I loved to do anyway, especially Shepherds Huts. We usually go for 2 nights and I always find myself wishing we could stay longer. Shepherds Huts are one of those things that (with a bit of research) you don’t actually have to spend a fortune on. Many are listed for £100+ per night, but actually, there’s so many between £50-70 per night that are just as lovely! If you’re planning on staying put in the UK this year, here’s round up of my favourite cosy, yet affordable Shepherd Hut AirBnBs in the UK.
As the title of this post suggests, we love a good Shepherds Hut. They’re so cosy and are perfect for a few nights away. The most recent AirBnB that we’ve stayed in which inspired this post is this Shepherds Hut in Foel, North Wales. It was just me and my husband that stayed, although it does say it sleeps 4 people (which I think may be a bit of a squeeze). It was the perfect place for a digital detox and to just have that sense of ‘getting away from it all’. The delivered fresh bread in the morning which was a lovely touch, and the fact it was all off grid just made it feel even more magical.
A trip we did last year, and the most affordable on this list was camping in North Wales. We stayed in a tipi style tent with a cosy log burner, coffee machine and a little outdoor area to cook. There’s a hot tub available and they allow dogs too. It was the most perfect little summer getaway (if you don’t mind glamping!). The views over Barmouth were beautiful too!
This Shepherds Hut in Trelogan, Wales has been on my wishlist for around a year. It has a gorgeous interior, an outdoor space and just looks like the perfect little place to spend a few nights. From looking at the listing this one is dog friendly too. Although in photos Shepherds Huts can look a little small, we’ve always found there to be more than enough space for the two of us.
The first Shepherds Hut we stayed in was in Stillington, Yorkshire. I remember how magical it felt to be staying somewhere like this. Although the hut is essentially in someones back garden, it’s super private and almost feels like you’re in the middle of no where. This one is £70 a night, which I think is reasonable. We got an Indian takeaway from the local village and had the perfect two night stay. Fun fact, they also have land where they hold weddings and Ed Sheeran attended one of them… If it’s good enough for Ed eh!
Another Shepherds Hut favourite is this in Norwich. I’ve written a full blog post about our stay here, it was perfect for a wintery weekend away so we could make use of the log burner. They left us a hamper with so many goodies and it definitely felt like one of the most luxurious Shepherds Huts we’d stayed in. It’s called ‘The Nest’ and it definitely felt like that, it was tucked away in a gorgeous little village. It’s £65 a night which was so reasonable. There’s limited outdoor space which you may want to consider if you’ve got children or really like having a good view – but other than that it was perfect and I’d definitely stay again.
Moving on to a few more on the *I desperately want to visit list*. This gorgeous Shepherds Hut in Whitby is only £55 per night! It has everything you’d need for a cosy getaway/retreat and I love how minimal the interiors are. I feel like this space would really lend itself to an autumn getaway.
I know even when browsing Shepherds Huts and alternative accommodation it can get pricey! One thing I need to note, these do have a cleaning charge on top (for most of them it’s £10), so the price may be slightly higher, but before you check out on airBnB it gives you a full price break down. Here’s a few I have saved to visit that are under the £65 mark per night.
Just to be clear, I have absolutely no affiliation with airBnB, I just love sharing these posts because the Shepherd Huts I’ve booked through them have always been some of my favourite trips and experiences.
If you’re after knowing more about AirBnB, I’ve written a guide to finding the perfect place here.
Do you think you’ll be doing any staycations in the UK this year?
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