We love Yorkshire but sometimes our travels take us to other beautiful places and this is one we wanted to share. It’s a luxurious, hand-built shepherd’s hut in the most beautiful location. It belongs to Alun Moore, owner of Beacon Hill Farm, an award-winning holiday idyll at Longhorsley, near Morpeth, in Northumberland.
He and his son, Christopher, built two of them after deciding that they could go one better than the competition (there are a lot of holiday huts out there!). “We went to stay in some shepherd’s huts to see what they were like but most were very basic and there were issues,” says Alun, who spotted that a traditional corrugated iron roof was not conducive to a good night’s sleep. “When it rains you can hear the hammering inside,” he says. His shepherd’s huts have ply roofs topped with welded rubber and they are toasty warm thanks to a wood-burning stove, a boiler and three radiators each.
The interiors are sensational and brilliantly thought out. While the shepherds of old had a bed of straw and a camp fire, Alun’s guests have a kitchen with oven, hob, fridge, trendy copper worktops and a Dualit kettle, along with a little dining table and sitting area.
The walls are in fashionable Farrow and Ball and there’s a separate shower room and a bedroom that has a raised bed with storage underneath and a headboard topped with a shelf for the lights, radio and books. There is also a wall-hung telly, though the view from the bedside window is far better.
Most impressive of all is the location. It is “a little piece of heaven”, something Alun recognised 32 years ago when he turned part of his farm into a holiday retreat. He loves designing and building and from one small cottage, he now has 15 holiday lets, an indoor pool with gym, a stargazing observatory and a fishing lake.