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Skiddaw - Shepherd's hut in Cumbria

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Scales Plantation

Suitable for children of all ages

Pets welcome

Children and pets both welcome, but please be careful of the resident sheep. Be aware there is only room for either 2 children OR 1 child and 1 baby.

One of three beautiful Shepherd’s hut camps in a forest clearing with views of the Lake District...

In your own clearing at the edge of the woods you will find a camp with everything you need for an adventurous holiday of comfort. Not only are you going to be tucked away in your own corner of woodland but there will be the backdrop of the North Lake fells to gaze out to. Full size doubles with feather down

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duvets and sheepskin rugs soften up your traditional shepherd’s hut which will keep you warm and cosy thanks to the wood burner. Tinker away in the kitchen, just a few steps from your hut, or take one of the most special baths of your life in this well designed forest shelter. There’s the opportunity to go even more rustic with a fire pit for campfire cookery. Groceries can be supplied by your hosts. Simply order before you get there from the list provided and get a delivery of local, seasonal produce to your camp.

Our guests say...

All positive. Very special place: total seclusion but very helpful host who was nearby enough if anything had gone wrong. Cosy and warm, more mod cons than I'd expected. Would love to go back.



This was our first experience of a Canopy & Stars type break and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our children thought it was the best thing ever so that is always going to give it a winning start. We used the camp as a base for exploring the whole of the lake district but spent evenings either roasting marshmallows on the camp fire or attempting to cook on the log burning stove. It was a nice layout and, though there were other camps, these were so far away that you could believe we were the only people there. A very warm welcome was received from the owner and it was made clear that if we needed anything all we had to do was ask. A welcome basket with a variety of eggs, bacon and bread was a nice touch.



We had a fabulous time the weather was perfect. I loved the fact that the girls could run about the camp while we were sitting having breakfast or a cuppa without having to worry about anything. It was great sitting about on a night watching the bats flying about and so nice to see so many stars. We are definitely booking up again.



It was one of our planned 'mini-moons' we are endeavouring to fit in this next 12 months following our wedding at the end of March. We love the outdoors and stylish rustic living, camping , walking, nature and fresh air in our beautiful native countryside.



We had a fantastic stay at Skiddaw. I would have no hesitiation in returning or recommending to others. Tab was a great host. We are looking forward to out next Canopy & Stars holiday.



Fantastic ! The kids and parents had a really great time. Accommodation was beautifully done , well looked after and spotlessly clean. beds were amazingly comfy - had best nights sleep in ages. Didn't want for anything - even had a cheese grantor. The pictures on website don't do it justice. Husband now wanting to install wood burner. Will use this place again .



"Our stay at the site was brilliant! Everything we needed was provided and Tab greeted us with a hamper on extra provisions inc bacon and some duck and hen eggs. The fire's were also all pre-built which meant we could get warmer, quicker. Plenty of wood supplied to last the weekend and considering the time of year we used most of it up. The shepherds hut you sleep in was really warm with the fire on and a great cosy place to sleep. The kitchen was great and the hot water was instant almost. The area was beautiful and when we woke up to snow on the last day that was the tip of the iceberg! The whole area looked amazing!"



"A princess visited the cold lands of the North  For a solo adventure away from her everyday life. During the day she climbed mountains that reached up into the clouds,  Dipped her toes into ice cold tarns whilst surrounded by mist  And rode her bike past curious sheep and hens along seemingly forgotten lanes. Occasionally chatting to new folk brought together by the call of the North. At night she built wood fires whilst listening to the owls whoo-whooing, then snuggled up with a book or gazed at the millions of stars.  A time of solitude, seclusion and quiet, to appreciate a slower and simpler pace of life, Until it was time to return to the warmer lands of the South. With a little bit of the North tucked in her heart"



"Lovely setting being in a clearing all on our own - had 2 great campfires and enjoyed the woodburning stoves. Hut was cosy and comfortable!"



"We had an amazing time staying in one of the Shepherd's Huts - Tabitha welcomed us with a basket of goodies, including fresh eggs from her hens! Our forest clearing huts were extremely well equipped and were very warm and cosy. The children were in their element, exploring in the forest clearing, patiently waiting to have a campfire and helping Dad get the log burners going!  The fact it rained constantly didn't bother us at all.  Quality family time was spent playing cards and board games - no tv, mobile phone signal or internet connection enabled us to actually talk to each other - bliss!!  We will definitely be back, hopefully in warmer climes, however, this is the Lake District so you never know!!"



"Loved it! The hosts were lovely and very helpful, the accommodation clean and well equipped, lots of wood and kindling supplied free and all fires set for lighting on arrival"



"A lovely, lovely break in a great location and novel accommodation! Even coped with the composting loos - a first for me. Cosy, cute and clean and a great place to relax without technology. Felt we reconnected as a family!"



"It was brilliant! Everything we needed, facilities excellent, kids loved it - a real childhood memory created!"



"We absolutely loved it. The accommodation was lovely everything you needed was there. we were so lucky with the weather dry and sunny all weekend but it wouldnt have mattered as the fires were great especially the campfire outside, we loved cooking over it whilst we all sat round. The dog especially loved sitting there.It was lovely to be greeted by the owner with a welcome basket with a few treats, they were very accommodating."



"Yes, we really enjoyed our stay. We arrived in a storm and once we got over the journey and mastered the wood-burning stoves we were very happy"



"We absolutely lovde it.  Getting back to the Shepherds hut to get the fire on the go, curl up with man and dog was as rewarding as climbing to the top of Helvelyn. The shepherd's hut was extremely clean and comfortable whilst feeling like you were sleeping under the stars in the forest."



"We had a brilliant time, very relaxing. Best - The provisions and help provided by Tab; the wood burning stoves; the beds;  Worst - nothing."



"Wonderful shepherds hut, really warm even in October. Location and surrounding area amazing!"



"we really enjoyed our stay, the weather was quite rainy but accommodation was really warm and snuggly so rain didn't matter. The surrounding area was great with farm shops and amazing food in the local pubs, we just drove around a bit until found some great walks around the lakes, hills and surrounding country side. TOTES AMAZE!"



"It was extremely enjoyable. Tabitha our host was on hand at all times and very welcoming. The location was as described, very remote and tranquil - it was bliss. I'd say it was a unique and invigorating experience."



"We had a great time our almost 3 year old loved the campfire, sleeping in the shepherds wagon and feeding the ducks. We loved the warm welcome we got and the delicious breakfast basket, a real treat. Would definitely come back."



"Yes, it was amazing. The shepherds hut was so cute and comfy. The log cabin was wonderful and allowed me to cook up some great camping meals. The hot hot water was so nice, having a lovely shower is a real bonus!"



"From the very first minute we pulled up, the place had a really magical, secluded feel. The weather was bleak, but we knew that before even setting off, and the cozy well thought out layout more than made up for it. The place was amazing, we could have stayed a month. Tab was really laid back on the phone beforehand and made every effort to settle us in and see that we were familiar with everything on the site. Tab made prior reservations for a table at the Old Crown in Hesket Newmarket for our first night's evening meal, FANTASTIC!! Steve and Bev the hosts were superb, what a truly quaint, friendly local with amazing grub.They made us so welcome that were going back for seconds. And we're definitely looking forward to a longer stay at Scales when the weather is a little on the warmer side..  Huge thumbs up with a capital WOOHOOOOO!!!!!!"



"A lovely holiday; the children both said they want to go back! The Sheperds Hut was surpprisingly warm and cosy despite there being snow on the hills on the Thursday morning. Tab gave fantastic service and the carved pumpkin lantern was a lovely touch for Halloween. We're already planning another stay."



"We loved it. We took our 3 year old and she loved sleeping in the hut and being in the great outdoors. Great location for exploring a beautiful part of the world. We received a warm welcome from Tabitha and the breakfast basket was a lovely touch."



"We had the most wonderful time - so much thought has gone into providing everything you could possibly need, and it's as glamorous as 'glamping' gets. Tab, the owner, is very kind and friendly and really goes out of her way to make sure you're happy. We loved it and wouldn't hesitate to go back. The weather was rubbish but even that added to the experience in a way - we spent a very cosy Sunday afternoon reading in the shepherd's hut, with the stove going and a cup of tea. The perfect antidote to city stress, and something I'm sure my children will remember for ever. And Daren will always remember the owl that came and watched over him at the camp fire!"



"We had a wonderful time at Skiddaw.  Tabitha greeted us with a lovely welcome pack of fresh eggs and milk amongst other things, plus had collected our pre-ordered food from the local farmshop (which was all delicious).  The campsite was set up wonderfully and we particularly loved the wood burning stoves, and especially the one in the bathroom!  This made the place so cosy when the inevitable rain set in!"



"We loved it - great setting and a lovely camp. The welcome basket was lovely and was a great base for lots of cycling. Best thing - being able to cook outdoors.  Can't wait to go back"



"Had the best two nights sleep in months - so peaceful, cosy and comfy - and despite the heavy rain, warm and dry! We played Monopoly and Boggle, read books and went for walks - great to be a family without TV, computers and electronic games. We even had to talk to each other! Everything we needed was on hand - and it was quality camping at its best. It was lovely that it wasn't busy - a small enterprise leaving it peaceful and unhurried. We'll definitely be going back."



"We had the most wonderful time! The camp was just perfect and really well designed. Fabulous facilities, amazing location & views, lots of little touches that made it really special. Tabatha was the most welcoming and friendly host. Absolute heaven on earth."



"The reception from our hosts was warm and welcoming and the welcome basket was a nice touch. We felt looked after while also being left in peace to enjoy the beautiful surroundings without interruption."



"I don't want to tell my friends as then it will be too busy to book again!"



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