Shepherd’s Hut Holidays
In the 1920s, an African safari holidays became “the thing to do” among wealthy Britons and Americans. But wealthy travellers, even those in search of adventure holidays, were not willing to sacrifice comfort or luxury. From electric generators, to folding baths, and cases of champagne, travellers were afforded every domestic luxury while on their adventure holidays.
Glamping is its modern equivalent, combining both yesterday’s amenities and today’s technology. Also called boutique camping, luxury camping, posh camping, or comfy camping, today’s glamping features such structures as yurts, tipis, pods, bell tents, vintage caravans, vintage trailers, safari tents, tent cabins, and tree houses.
The shepherd’s hut (or shepherd’s wagon) was used from the 15th Century and into the 20th Century by shepherds during sheep raising and lambing, primarily in the United Kingdom and France. Shepherd’s huts often had iron wheels and corrugated iron tops. Sometimes the sides were also made of corrugated iron.
Use of shepherd’s huts by farmers reached a peak in the late 19th Century and dwindled in the 20th century with the advent of mechanised farm machinery and electric power reaching even remote farms. Their use persisted in some northern counties in the United Kingdom, particularly Westmoreland and Northumberland, where the terrain of the uplands supports little else but sheep farming.
Our Shepherd’s hut has a king size bed with storage underneath for cases and a large pull out draw for clothing. The kitchen area has a small sink with hot and cold running water, storage cupboards and a two ring hob with grill and oven.
Under the window is a semi circular fold down table with two chairs. At the far end is a small log burning stove and easy chair. There is a feeling of calm for people to de-stress chill out and relax!