Northumberland Shepherd Hut Stay

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THE Harvest Hut is a restored shepherd’s hut set in the Northumbrian countryside overlooking the Cheviot Hills.

Located in a small wooded area on the same land as Laverlock Law Holiday Cottages near Lowick, this secluded little  spot made us feel like we were miles from civilisation. And this is no bad thing when you are looking to get away from the fast pace of modern life.

I met my husband whilst we were both doing our Duke of Edinburgh awards at school so we are no strangers to the outdoors. Although we have grown up now and graduated to staying in luxury hotels (where possible) as opposed to a tent in the middle of a field, we still enjoy the occasional ‘glamping’ trip.

Northumberland is only a couple of hours from where we live and although it was the middle of winter, the post-Christmas blues pushed us into making a last minute decision to get away for the weekend.

Myself, Simon and our puppy dog made our way up to Lowick after work on a Friday evening – around 56 miles north of Newcastle and a 20 minute drive away from Bamburgh. It was dark by this point and we didn’t pass another car whilst we were navigating our way through the narrow back roads of Northumberland.

We were given a warm welcome by Harvest, the proprietor whom the hut is named after. It was raining and the temperature had dropped but we were greeted with a toasty fire as Harvest had kindly lit the wood burning stove in anticipation of our arrival. We soon warmed up with a cup of tea and a slice of the lemon cake left out for us – made by Harvest’s fair hands.

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The hut itself was small but cosy, clean and warm. It had a little kitchen which was fully kitted out with pots and pans, a fridge and a stove top whistling kettle – hot drinks took longer than we were used to but that first sip was always 100% more satisfying! There was a dining table and chairs where we enjoyed our dinner of boeuf bourguignon (click here for the recipe!) and a four poster bed complete with fairy lights and downe duvet.

I know what you’re thinking and the answer is yes, there was a ‘proper’ toilet and shower. Exclusive to the residents of the hut, it was a short walk to the bathroom in the barn. It was modern, clean and had the bonus feature of underfloor heating. It’s a thumbs up from me!

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Although it continued to rain through the night, the following morning we awoke to fresh, misty views of open fields. I can imagine that this is stunning during the summer months too.

We stayed for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the local area with lots to see and do including Lindisfarne, a number of ancient castles, stunning coastlines and seeking out some of the amazing local seafood. We would really like to go back to try out the stargazing platform and sit round the campfire as we got a little unlucky with the weather.

A night in the Harvest Hut costs £85 for the first night with a reduction on any subsequent nights. Visit http://www.laverocklawcottages.co.uk to book your stay.

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