Sheep farming is part of the landscape in the Lake District so a shepherd’s hut is a fitting place to rest your head after an exhilarating day in the peaks. The humble hut has evolved from its origins as a practical shelter and our Cumbrian collection comes with some serious luxuries like hot tubs, roll-top baths and even one with an on-site swimming pool. As you channel your inner shepherd or shepherdess, look out for the ‘smiling’ Herdwick sheep that are synonymous with the Lakes. You’ll find yourself grinning back at them as you spend idyllic days exploring craggy mountains, vast lakes, ancient castles and picturesque villages.
Our shepherd’s huts in the Lake District are dotted across some of the most beautiful spots in the world-famous national park. We know how special these places are because we’ve inspected each one on your behalf. From your front door you’ll have instant access to hiking trails, watersports, and wildlife. But you can’t beat the moment you return home, kick off your walking boots and relax on the deck with a cool beer, against a backdrop of spectacular scenery.
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Who we are
From seven places and a big idea in 2010, we’ve grown to become a leading voice in outdoor holidays. We want to help people live a life more wild through the most incredible glamping getaways and experiences in nature. We’re employee-owned with B-Corp certification and a charitable trust that supports environmental causes. Find out more about Canopy & Stars.
Our shepherd's hut holidays in The Lake District
Whether you like the simple life or the finer things, we’ve got the shepherd’s hut for you. Up in the Northern Fells, you’ll find a rustic experience in handcrafted huts in a woodland clearing at Blencathra camp. Explore the wilderness, try your hand at traditional campfire cooking then sink tired limbs into feather down duvets and cosy blankets for a long, deep sleep.
What to do in The Lake District
Epic outdoors adventures, fuelled by Kendal mint cake, are the order of the day in the Lake District. Stop to take in waterfalls, castles and picturesque villages along the way, and throw in a wild swim if you’re feeling daring. When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll find everything from quirky cafes and gastro pubs to Michelin-starred dining in the Lakes, particularly in bustling towns like Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick.
We care about responsible travel
The glamping sector still has progress to make when it comes to sustainability and at Canopy & Stars we are dedicated to using our business as a force for good. We’re a certified B-Corp with the highest score of any travel company in the world and a goal of becoming net zero by 2030. If you’re interested, you can find out more in our 2023 impact report.
We're majority employee owned, which means we all get a say in how the business is run.
Our Charitable Trust uses 24% ownership of the company to support environmental causes
We're committing to raise £50,000 by 2027 to help protect nature in our national parks.