After a day exploring the Cheviots what could be better than coming back to your own cosy hideout in the hills? The Shepherds of a previous generation spent lambing time in wheeled huts out with their flocks. These cosy mobile shelters were towed by horses into the hills and fells. As part of a recent investment and refurbishment programme we have added a little romance to the hostel by installing four brand new Shepherds' huts, in the grounds.
Similar to a Romany caravan, with a curved roof and cast iron wheels, they mimic the mobile huts that once dotted the Northumbrian Hills from the mid 18th-19th century.
Built by local craftsmen the design and exact measurements were taken from an abandoned hut found in the Cheviot Hills so they are a completely authentic replica of the huts that once provided shelter for Northumbrian shepherds.
The huts, which are unique to the North Northumberland region, are fully insulated. Each hut sleeps two in twin bunks and all have electric light, heating and cosy duvets. Located in the spacious hostel gardens, those staying in the huts can, unlike shepherds of old, use all of its facilities.