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You know that you’ve found a great place to stay for a weekend when it pours down with rain all day and you’re not in the slightest bit bothered. That was exactly how I felt when I stayed at the Wild Sheep Shepherds Hut in the Lake District recently.
I’d got a weekend of exploring planned. Nothing too strenuous on this occasion. This was more about relaxing than bagging Wainwrights. I’d been daydreaming of lakeside strolls, slow wanders up some small hills and, of course, a few thousand calories worth of breakfasts at the Lake District’s best cafe, Homeground.
But, as is so often the case, the British weather had other ideas for how I should spend my weekend and the rain began almost as soon as I pulled off the M6 towards the Lakes.
Fortunately, the Wild Sheep Shepherds Hut is one of those rare places that would still be a great place to stay in any condition. Hot and sunny – perfect. Wet and stormy – perfect. Cold and snowy – perfect.
Wild Sheep Shepherd’s Hut, Lake District
Hidden away in the fells, just a short drive from Windermere, this quirky little hut had everything we needed for a weekend getaway – and bags of character to go with it.
Wild Sheep is a luxury, hand-crafted hut that contains a king-sized bed, ensuite bathroom, wood-burner style heater, Nespresso coffee machine, and a small dining area. Outside the hut there is a terraced area with table and chairs and far-reaching views over the valley and surrounding fells.
Considering the rain, I can’t say that I got much use out of the terrace, but even in the bad weather the views were stunning. But it’s the inside of the hut that makes this place so special. I’m sure there are thousands of hotels, lodges and cabins that use the words ‘cosy’ and ‘retreat’ in their marketing, but Wild Sheep is the very definition of cosy retreat and I was almost glad of the rain so I had an excuse to spend a lazy afternoon inside.
Things to do Nearby
However, when the sun is shining this little hut is a perfect base for a more adventurous weekend. With Windermere just a short drive away there is easy access to a whole range of activities such as walking, cycling and kayaking. Drive a little bit further and you’ve got the hills and mountains that make the Lake District one of the best places in the UK for hiking.
This hut isn’t for everyone, of course. It is small and cosy which isn’t to everyone’s taste, and you definitely need your own transport to base yourself here, but I absolutely loved it and will definitely return again one day.
Maybe I’ll even leave the hut and explore the local area next time too.