A Premature Anniversary Weekend

So Mr H and I have just got back from an early anniversary weekend away in the Peak District, and on this occasion we stayed in a shepherd’s hut. More specifically, this shepherd’s hut :


We spent the weekend in the hut, enjoying the view,


Visited Poole’s Cavern in Buxton (the Christmas lights aren’t usually there, it was for the benefit of Santa who was sat near the entrance)


Then went onto Bakewell to debate which is better, Tart or Pudding?

I voted for pudding, Mr H was a tart man. Coincidentally, the pudding was the dessert at our wedding.

L - Tart from the Bakewell Tart Shop. R - Pudding from the Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

L – Tart from the Bakewell Tart Shop. R – Pudding from the Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

Sunday we then went to Carsington Water for the “Strenuous Walk” although we struggled to see the horizon in the fog.


And then found a bizarre wooden house.


Yes, you can see a piano, cuckoo clock and telephone. The lamps and TV were in the corners?!

I gave up taking pictures after we came across the sheep, as I hadn’t quite realised how out of shape I was and I wasn’t in the best mood!


So, as a review of the hut, here goes:

When we arrived Linda, the owner, had put the fire on and a hot water bottle in the sheets so it was toasty as we arrived.

Yes, straight into bed with a book

Yes, straight into bed with a book

The hut is more spacious than the pictures show, both here and on their website.  Mr H is ~6ft2 and was able to stand up in it quite easily, just mind your head as you come in if you’re a tall one!


Everything was well thought out and comfortable and we are looking to book again.

Also, the bacon roll hamper was immense!


2 bacon rolls each wrapped in foil, china plates, china mugs, china jug of milk, ketchup and two types of brown sauce, napkins and you can get a thermos of coffee as well (we declined)

However, I would give some advice if you book :

If you like to read in bed, bring a bright light or head torch as the lanterns inside the hut offer a nice ambient light, but aren’t bright enough to read by. Having the light will be useful if you use the shower hut, as it’s a bit dark in there!

If you make a hot drink in the mugs, be careful as the handles get a bit hot :

Yes, that's a sock on my hand, why?

Yes, that’s a sock on my hand, why?

Because the mug is too hot to handle!

Because the mug is too hot to handle!

Food wise :

First night we went to the Bluebell Inn, just up the A515. Fantastic food, too full to even order dessert – WTF?

Saturday brunch we went to Bar Brasserie in Buxton. Fabulous French restaurant, the tartiflette was gorgeous!

Saturday dinner was at the Market Place Fish and Chip restaurant where you can eat in. Only the bread and butter let it down, but hey ho, we weren’t in Yorkshire.

Things to Do :

Poole’s Cavern in Buxton is well worth a visit. There is a lot for kids to do and there are woodland trails, but the weather was against us so we wandered around Buxton and Bakewell town centre. Strangest thing I saw in Buxton? People filling up massive water bottles from the Buxton water fountain.

We have visited Carsington Water so many times now. You can do one of three walks, each at a different energy level. There is a restaurant which we have never seen as the queue for it has always trailed out the door. There are also some shops to have a wander around – great place for families.

And on a side note, I did have a few wardrobe malfunctions this weekend because despite writing a packing list, I didn’t follow it.

Let this be a lesson to me – stick to the list!!!!!

Roll on Christmas, I am now chilled out to appreciate it!


One Response to “A Premature Anniversary Weekend”

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