I really don't want to share this review because then the secret will be out!
Watching Robson Green's 'More Tales from Northumberland' in the spring, we saw a feature on Hesleyside Huts. Six months later and we've enjoyed a great holiday.
We stayed in Bramble for 3 nights. The hut was well equipped with a king size bed, bunk beds, shower & toilet and a small oven, hob & fridge. In it's own enclosure, Bramble was private & peaceful and can accommodate couples or families.
We started each day with breakfast provided by the owners - thank you William! - and enjoyed walks around the estate and trips into Northumberland National Park. There is so much to do in the area and the huts are a great holiday base. Come home in the evening and toast marshmallows over the fire pit.
We had a fantastic week - thank you Robson!
We stayed in'Bramble' the largest of 3 Shepherds huts. Have to recommend this one for couples as it is in a paddock by itself, also the only one to have 2 'bedrooms' and an attached deck to sit outside. Very compact, may be an idea to take pre prepared or easy to prepare food. Well equiped with large shower, basin and flushing loo in a smallish space. A peaful location.
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My husband and I spent 2 nights in Bracken hut as part of our 30th wedding anniversary celebrations.
The setting is beautiful - in the Northumberland national park, within a 15 minute drive of Kielder Water.
The huts are beautifully crafted and fitted - the photographs on the website don't lie.
What the photos don't show, however, is the quality of the 'finishing touches' - 'Le Creuset' cookware and 'Feather & Black' duvet for example (the snuggliest I've ever slept under!!).
We toasted marshmallows 'under the light of a thousand stars' to quote Ed Sheeran..altogether an unforgettable experience - definitely to be recommended.
We (two adults and a 5 year old) booked the Bramble for 5 nights.
If like being close to nature but not actually "in it" then the Hesleyside Huts might be for you.
If you would like to go camping but don't like the thought of being cold, wet, uncomfortable at night, not having a shower or proper toilet handy then the Hesleyside Huts are definitely for you!
Don't assuming the huts are like an outdoor hotel room though. You still need to be able to look after yourself - cook meals in a compact environment with limited utilities, light a wood burner to stave off the chill (in the colder months) etc etc. but compared to actually camping in a tent, even a big posh one the Hesleyside huts are sooo much better.
Comfy proper beds, en-suite shower and proper flushing toilet, running (drinkable) water, [limited] electricity, indoor cooking, pans, plates and cutlery all contribute to making the outdoor experience that bit more enjoyable.
You'll be surrounded by birds and live stock (dozens of lovely lambs in the spring). On a clear night you'll have an incredible star filled sky to gaze at. Lovely walks on your doorstep and plenty of places nearby to visit and activities to enjoy.
All the huts are compact but the Bramble is large enough for two adults and one small child to co-exist for a few days without going crazy even if the weather limits leaving the hut.
Pack light (there isn't much storage for clothing/coats) but appropriate outdoor gear for the time of year and you'll be fine.
If you're after a quiet romantic get-away or a (small) family holiday break with a difference then you should definitely consider booking yourself a hut!
We stayed during December (stayed in Bracken) as part of our wedding anniversary celebrations. The Shepherds hut are a pure delight. Beautifully appointed and very cosy even with snow and frost on the ground.
The little treats were a great surprise (marshmallows and a bag of sweets) and everything has been thought about. The pre-ordered breakfast basket was fantastic and amazingly good value. Fruit juice, milk, muesli, croissants, bread, butter, marmalade, bacon sausages and eggs all for £15. Then you get the added joy of cooking it on the wood burner. Fantastic.
The suggested walks around the estate are great and we saw birds of prey and a couple of deer running through the woods.
We went to Kielder Observatory on our first night and witnessed the fantastic dark skies of Kielder on a very clear and starry night. You must try to book an event at the Observatory if you can. The second evening was overcast so we did not manage to get the most from the telescope that was kindly left for us in the hut.
We would thoroughly recommend staying if you can. We hope to return at some point in the not too distant future.
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