The Hut B&B, Yorkshire, UK

Stylish shepherd’s huts in North Yorkshire offer luxury hospitality in a unique rural setting.

✓ Beautiful interiors, log burners and lovely views
✓ Home cooked breakfast delivered in a hamper
✓ Roll top bath, excellent shower and Bramley toiletries
✓ Well stocked tea trolley with freshly baked brownies

Two immaculately designed shepherd’s huts sit within the gardens of Holmes House – the family home of Melanie and Jake Phipps. The couple offer their guests a thoughtful style of hospitality, who are invited to hunker down in front of the log burner with a pie dinner delivered by hamper, or hike across beautiful countryside to one of the area’s rural gastro pubs. Essentially a micro design hotel in a field, The Hut B&B ties in perfectly to the Anti-Social travel trend that I covered here.

Who stays here? 

Couples looking for a rural-luxe weekend away. Ideal as socially distanced stay, post-pandemic.


A kingsize bed and roll top bath are two things you wouldn’t expect to find in a tiny shepherd’s hut in a field, but they are cleverly incorporated into the space, which doesn’t feel at all cramped or lacking in comfort. Quite the opposite is true. The tung-and-groove clad hut is roughly divvied up into three parts: bed to one side, table seating, log burner and tea trolley in the middle, and bathroom behind a sliding door to the other.

Food and drink

Breakfast is delivered in a hamper, with lots of hot and cold options to choose from from a tick list handed to Jake the evening prior. Smoked salmon and two poached eggs on limy, herby avocado toast; pancakes with maple syrup and blackberry compote; and ham and gruyere omelette were a few of the hot dishes we ordered during our stay. Mini cafetieres, fruit juice, toast baskets (with all the accompanying spreads), cutlery and placemats were also packed into the basket.

Design details

The two huts, Field Hut and Garden Hut, are equally lovely, one with a neutral colour palette and the other characterised by the deep moody blue on its walls. We stayed in the latter, situated in the walled garden full of hens, fruit trees and borders full of verbena, roses and dahlias. The bathroom is wallpapered in Sandberg’s Raphael design which gives just the right amount of chintz. Around the bed, fabrics by Veere Grenney sit perfectly with the embroidered cotton bedding.


Melanie and Jake are warm and friendly hosts who make sure guests have everything they need without being at all intrusive. Melanie delivers fresh milk in a flask after check-in, and welcomes each guest with freshly baked brownies.

The welcome pack includes details of a number of walks, local pubs and restaurants that the couple personally recommend, including The The Fox Hole in the local village and The Coach House at Middleton Lodge.

Packing list

Bubble bath and your best pyjamas. Chunky knits and walking boots.

Getting there

The village of Piercebridge is close to Darlington. Driving is your best bet; it’s 2 hours from Manchester.

Holme House, Piercebridge, North Yorkshire DL2 3SY
From £125