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Testimonials for Elm Retreat Shepherds Hut

Our stay was absolutely lovely, just what we were looking for. We were provided with some breakfast bits which was a nice touch. Very separate from the other huts which is what we wanted. We made use of the bbq and building fires listening to the stream in the background was so peaceful. Would 100% recommend!


We stayed in the Elm Retreat Sheppards hut for a weeks break in October and it was the perfect cozy get away!

The host had layed out a welcome breakfast hamper of all local produce and a thankyou card on the breakfast table which was super cute. There was a binder full of all the information you needed from how to get the folding bed down to using the gas cooker to local walks and information for places to eat, see and explore!

The area the hut is in is very secluded, peaceful and quiet tucked away across a field into the woods next to a river. The host provides a little pull along carrier to help you transport your belongings to the hut.

Inside the hut is everything you would need. All the utensils to cook, cleaning products, towels and bedding, hand wash, shampoo and conditioner (no shower wash), even milk butter and eggs in the fridge. There is a bbq outside as well as a fire pit and the host has wood, coal and fire lighters for you too. I dont think there was anything we needed, the hosts have really thought of everything.

We found the hut on air bnb and the process of payment , directions , access and communication were all smooth and easy. Christine (the host) has thought of everything. I would recommend to a friend. We had a great time. Thanks Christine

Laura 25/10/2022Google

We would highly recommend this perfect stay. The location was brilliant for a peaceful stay whilst close enough to scenic hikes, amazing views and towns with everything needed. The cabin had everything we needed for a short stay and would definitely return.


Beautifully Clean , well stocked , welcome breakfast hamper , large comfy bed and the softest linen . Huge fluffy towels , heating was on when we arrived (oct) but its a cosy warm hut without it anyway . The location is stunning !!! . Christine is the best host, communication and special touches in the hut ....highly recommended .


Amazing location surrounded by nature, very well decorated and equipped shepherd’s hut. Very reasonably priced and an excellent welcome pack. Can’t wait to stay again


Thank you so much for providing such a cosy place to stay everything was excellent.

The surroundings where beautiful and peaceful with amenities not far away.
The welcome hamper was an added bonus full of quality items thank you for that.
The bed what can I say very comfortable and once again no expense spared on bed linen.
Everything was to hand nothing needed every item was there.
100% happy with our stay wanted to stay longer, will definitely be back and 100%++++ will recommend thank you again. X


This was a lovely place to stay. The shepherd's hut was perfect. A lovely bed and a great shower! For such a small place it had everything we needed. They'd thought things through very carefully! Our welcome hamper was lovely. The eggs, jam and bread were yummy so we had a delicious breakfast with the bacon we'd brought. We had a great time despite one issue with the fridge that was quickly resolved. We were a bit warm at night but that was our only negative. Other than that it was perfect. We'd have loved to make use of the firepit but the weather didn't play ball. The hut was incredibly well supplied for a great stay: logs, kindling, firelighters, citronella insence, tea, coffee, shampoo, conditioner and hamper goodies. We definitely recommend. Thanks, we'll book again.

Anna 02/08/2022Google

The Elm Retreat is the most beautiful place to stay!! It is well designed, exceptionally clean and there is everything you could need. The surrounding area is stunning and the people make you feel like a local within minutes. Christine was a brilliant host and made sure we had everything we needed. The welcome hamper was a nice touch as well. We will definitely be returning and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Mark 01/08/2022Google

Absolutely loved our time here. No TV or WiFi, so total digital detox. So beautiful and peaceful. The bed is super comfy, best sleep in ages! Will definitely come again.

Helen 27/07/2022Google

We really enjoyed our stay, weather was beautiful, the shepherds hut was cosy and very quiet. The location is very private and we really enjoyed the fire pit area near the stream. We would 100% stay again, and will recommend to our friends and family. The Hut is very well equipped and very eco friendly. Everything we needed to know was made available to us and we couldn’t rate our stay higher. Thankyou


Secluded, quiet, and perfect for a relaxing getaway! The Shepherd’s Hut was very well equipped for a smaller space, and the welcome pack left for us on arrival was lovely. Thank you to Christine and everyone at The Rowley Estates!


This is a really lovely place to go to get away from it all. It seems a little out of the way on the map but we found it genuinely easy to drive around the lake district from here.
The hut had all we needed and was very cozy, comfy and clean. The welcome hamper kept us well looked after with excellent, locally made, bits and bobs (especially the bread and jam!) and the WiFi worked great. It's all solar powered and felt like a genuine escape to get off the grid for a long weekend.
The support and communication from the owners was excellent throughout and they provided details of local events in the area for during our visit, which let us pick up some great little things we'd have missed on a Google search! They also had a folder filled with things like walk recommendations and local necessities like the nearest not-extortionately-priced petrol station.
We'd definitely be looking to book here again (or one of their other huts) for another lake district trip.

Ben Google

Amazing, incredibly comfortable and well-equipped shepherds huts in a secluded spot in the Lake District. Great location and exceptional service

Friend 21/06/2022Google

Great little hide away. We had an excellent time in the lake district full of adventure, and this treasure was a great place to come back to. Local pubs for the evening, and a fire put outside, couldn't have asked for more!


By far the most relaxing, tranquil and beautiful staycation I’ve ever had! The hut is beautiful inside with brilliant facilities and an equally beautiful outdoor setting. It is so private while also being a short drive away from Ullswater and Keswick. It really was the most special holiday and I loved every second I spent there. I honestly couldn’t recommend a stay at Rowley Estates more and I will be returning hopefully in the not too distant future!


Without a doubt the best location to just get away from it all, a little off the grid but still central to easily get to Penrith and Keswick and everything in between. The booking process was excellent, first rate, everything seemed to have been considered and this carried through to Elm Retreat itself, it is gorgeous, a perfect little place with literally everything you need to get away from it all. Great little touches , we wanted for nothing. We will definitely be back for another stay soon.


Fantastic place to stay, great communication from the owners prior to booking and staying, very clean hut with everything you could need during your stay, would highly recommend for a peaceful weekend away.


Amazing little place, exactly how it is on the pictures!☺️ Fantastic facilities, and beautiful location! thank you again!


We had a lovely stay in the Shepherds Hut over the Easter weekend. All communication was great and check-in/check-out was super easy and well explained. The hut was perfect for a few days away and a quiet retreat by the Lakes. Everything needed for a few days away was provided within the hut. Would definitely stay again and recommend to others. Thank you for a lovely stay!


Beautiful location! Can’t recommend enough, fantastic peaceful weekend! We did the Aira Force waterfall walk near Ullswater the views were amazing! We will definitely be back!


Amazing!! Worth every penny! So romantic. Perfect location! Such a cute experience and would come again 100%! Would highly recommend!


We enjoyed our holiday so much that I was gong to send you a Thank You text on our departure… but then thought you have enough to deal with.
So I addressed a postcard to you and left it in Elm Retreat, hoping the cleaner might give it to you.
I will write a review very soon.
We do hope to come back one day. I was particularly thrilled to meet our neighbour The Hare - who seemed to be sleeping very nearby .
Many thanks for all your careful attention and organisation,
Much appreciate.


We loved staying in this luxiurious shepherd's hut, which was kitted out with everything we needed and had such a comfortable bed. We loved the total privacy of Elm Retreat, set back from the road with only pheasants as our immediate neighbours. We had a couple of days of sunshine during our stay so seized the opportunity to use the Weber barbeque and firepit down by the river. Although it rained towards the end of our stay we didn't mind hunkering down with our books in this cosy shepherd's hut.


We needed a few days away for a mini honeymoon. We came across this place and it was perfect.

We loved the welcome hamper of coffee, tea, jam, cereal etc...

Was so peaceful and would come back anytime!