Peak cosy in a Snug shepherd’s hut

For the third in our festive blog series, we find out from Rachel at The Hut Eyam in the Peak District why simple but cosy is always a winning combination…

What festive touches do you introduce to your hut at Christmas?

Dressing our little green hut for the festive season is my favourite thing to do. Our Plankbridge shepherd’s hut is the Snug model and we like to make it festive with seasonal bedding layered with vintage and hand-crocheted blankets and lavender pillows to help guests have a restful night’s sleep. We make and leave a Yule log for guests to burn, along with marshmallows to toast and hot chocolate to drink. There are festive garden pickings on the sill and Christmas-scented candles to light. It’s simple but cosy inside, perfect for couples escaping the Christmas madness. 

A homemade yule log to burn in the woodburner
All dressed up for the festivities to begin!

How do you use your hut during the winter months?

The hut has heating, fairy lights and no technology, which makes it a great place to escape to all year round. We are lucky that Eyam is a vibrant village with plague history, great places to explore, good pubs and cafes all on our doorstep. I think this might be our favourite time of year – the Peak District is such a beautiful place to visit.

The super cosy double bed

Describe how your hut makes guests feel in four words…

Safe, calm, cosy, special. It’s an escape from their busy lives, a place to relax and unwind. If it’s snowing outside, there’s nothing more romantic than staying in bed and watching the snowfall. If it’s dry but cold, the outside firepit is perfect for wrapping up next to watching the dancing flames while our resident owl hoots in the trees above.

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