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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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84 Customer Reviews

  • "We have stayed here several times now as we love it It’s the perfect spot, so comfy and cosy."

    We visited lots of places on our stay such as Pickering, York, Ripon, Knaresborough, Robin Hoods Bay and Helmsley itself which has the most beautiful birds of pray centre that’s always worth visiting. The shepherds hut is super cosy to come back to and has the most beautiful views over the fields, we were able to see the hares jumping around, the deer’s pacing over and the owls perched on the fence looking in. The hosts are fabulous, Fiona and Tim are always around to help if you need anything, and the pet sheep and goats next to the hut are a lovely bonus. We love it here and will be returning again soon as we feel very comfortable and perfectly at home.

    Reviewed by Miranda5.0Mar 2024

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Bellwether , beautiful scenery and countryside"

    Reviewed by Emma3.8Mar 2024

  • "We had a brilliant weekend in this lovely shepherds hut and would be booking again soon."

    10out of 10.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Feb 2024

  • "I have just returned home from a short stay at Bellwether, and all I can say is that it is the perfect little bolthole to either kick back and relax or explore North Yorkshire and all it has to offer."

    I was a little concerned about keeping warm, with it being January, but I needn't have worried. The heating and log burner keep you really toastie, and the bed is both comfy and warm. There is a little bit of road noise but even for me, who craves complete quiet, it didn't bother me as the position of the hut is over looking the fields and set back. The facilities are perfect and the owners are very accommodating. I am really looking forward to returning when I can.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Jan 2024

  • "Loved staying here!"


    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jan 2024

  • "Bellwether was just lovely,very small as expected but very warm,cosy and clean."

    Well equipped with facilities, comfortable bed and the view was stunning on New Year's Day!

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Dec 2023

  • "This was a return visit to Bellwether, it's a perfect little escape."

    The owners have thought of everything and the shepherds hut is spotlessly clean. Cannot fault it.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a wonderful, comfortable stay in Bellweather."

    It was a snowy weekend and we were warm and toasty the whole time. Our hosts were so helpful and friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. It’s a lovely location for walks and for spending time in Helmsley. We can’t wait to come back and look at that lovely view again in the summer months. Thank you for a wonderful Christmassy weekend.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Nov 2023

  • "Our short stay in Bellwether was extremely comfortable, with everything we could need."

    It is very well equipped and Fiona and Tim have thought of everything when building the hut. We will definitely come back.

    Reviewed by Sheena5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay, everything we wanted and more."

    Will definitely be back and would 100% recommended.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Nov 2023

  • "Excellent property, finished to high standards."

    Lovely location. Just loved it.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Nov 2023

  • "Once again we were welcomed by our fantastic hosts at this warm and cosy shepherd's hut."

    Nothing is too much trouble for them. Looking forward to seeing them again at Christmas.

    Reviewed by Verdun5.0Oct 2023

  • "The accommodation is in an excellent location for exploring the area , close to lovely towns and accessible to the wider area."

    Great to stay in this cosy and quirky Shepherds hut. Lovely views and space outside to enjoy evenings when weather permitted. Responsive and helpful owners to any queries or issues . Perfect for our short break

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Oct 2023

  • "We loved the location and the view from the accommodation ."

    We had a lovely surprise of a welcome pack which was very much appreciated and a very pretty vase of garden flowers . We were very warm and comfortable in Bellweather and enjoyed our stay very much indeed .

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Sep 2023

  • "Had an awesome time at Bellwether, location, the views, facilities were just brilliant."

    Loved seeing the goats and George the sheep wondering around their pen, looked very well cared for. We met Fiona a couple of times she was very polite and friendly, just making sure all was ok, it was. We had a lovely hamper waiting for us on arrival. It's been so relaxing and a much needed break away. Thank you and I'm sure we'll be visiting again.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2023

  • "Very well kitted-out hut in a beautiful and peaceful location."

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2023

  • "We loved our stay at the delightful Shepherds hut."

    It was clean, light and airy, comfortable and extremely well equipped with absolutely every comfort catered for by the lovely kind and helpful owners. Bellwether is beautifully situated with gorgious views over the countryside and there is plenty to see and do in the area. We would not hesitate to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Jul 2023

  • "Exceptional, warm & welcoming and that's just the hosts."

    Fiona and family helped make it a such a special & relaxing stay. The Shepard's Hut was superb with gorgeous views with everything thought out inside for a perfect stay.Perfect location to travel to nearby places such as Helmsley & Castle, Nunnington Hall and Riveaulx Monastery. To have a perfect place to stay with hosts to match is priceless. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Glenn5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cosy Shepherds Hut."

    Very clean with everything that you need for a perfect stay. Very comfortable bed and wonderful views from your window and private garden.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay, central to North York moors"

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.7Jun 2023

  • "Absolutely loved our 3 night stay."

    Fiona welcomed us and was so friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. Within the grounds of the owners home but placed in a totally private position which means unobstructed views of open fields at front and watching the friendly goats from the window at back. Binoculars provided to observe wildlife which was plentiful sitting with a glass of wine and roasting marshmallows on the chiminea. Walks from the doorstep. Very close to lots of beautiful areas to visit and of course lovely Helmsley is very close by. We would highly recommend and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Moira5.0Jun 2023

  • "We have just returned home from a lovely cosy week away to the Bellwether."

    We had a fabulous week visiting so many different places, Helmsley town centre is lovely for breakfast and cakes and coffee, Castle Howard is worth a visit, and York isn’t too far away either. The shepherds hut was so cosy and had everything we needed. The sheep and goats and the hares and pheasants are lovely to watch. We had the best view from our hut and despite the weather being chilly we still managed to sit out and enjoy the scenery by the chiminea. We even managed to fit in a lovely massage with Fiona, highly recommended.Thank you so much for our stay and we have already booked to return again in the summer.

    Reviewed by Miranda5.0Apr 2023

  • "I booked my break at Bellwether on a bit of a whim and I’m so happy that I did!"

    The Shepherd Hut is a piece of idyllic heaven, hidden away in the countryside. By the time I left a week later, I felt completely revived and relaxed. Fiona & Tim have definitely provided everything that you will need for the duration of your stay here. Aside with how pristine and clean the hut was, I was also greeted with the sweet gesture of a lovely little welcome basket, filled with spring flowers, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits, eggs and cute little bottles of juice and milk chilling away in the fridge. There is also a very detailed guide booklet provided for guests telling you everything you need to know for the duration of your stay. Also be aware the tiny log burner (starter pack is provided) REALLY does kick out some heat. You really will be lovely and toasty in the cooler months! There is a suitable little table top cooker (this thing is amazing) a pan set which sufficed! Glasses, cups, cutlery etc and a great little toaster & microwave. You literally will want for nothing - The bed is lovely and comfy and provided with both soft and hard pillows for your own preference - (who even thinks of this)? I arrived late in the evening and I couldn’t get the internet to connect to my devices so Fiona & Becca very kindly popped across to help immediately. Honestly they couldn’t do enough to help me before and during my stay - There is a little outside seating area with chiminea and undercover seating area too. All overlooking the beautiful views of the countryside. The little goats and sheep will come to greet you as you come and go every day (the sheep is always up for a petting) there was only bad side to my whole stay unfortunately - I had to go home! But I will definitely be booking to come back here and highly recommend this place if you want some peace, quiet and lovely scenery with owners that clearly care about what they do and will go above and beyond for their guests

    Reviewed by Mandie5.0Mar 2023

  • "Fantastic, so cosy and our hosts Fiona, Tim and Becca are brilliant."

    Back again twice again this year. Highly recommend this place.

    Reviewed by Verdun5.0Mar 2023

  • "What a lovely little gem Bellwether turned out to be."

    We had a wonderful few days in the beautiful, tiny shepherds hut. It was very clean and inviting. The welcome pack was very thoughtful and welcome. There was everything we needed for our stay, including tea, coffee and cleaning materials, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve forgotten something, it will probably be in there somewhere. The views from the window were wonderful too. The only minor issue was that the quilt had a waterproof cover which I found uncomfortably warm. We would be very happy to stay there again.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Feb 2023

  • "Fantastic stay"

    Reviewed by Frederick5.0Oct 2022

  • "Quirky but most enjoyable"

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Oct 2022

  • "A wonderful week in your cosy Shepherds Hut, hare watching and exploring North Yorkshire - Thank you so much!"

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very surprised at the quality, cleanliness of this property and what with basket of goodies and Fiona's warm welcome what could go wrong."

    The views from property were breathtaking and will certainly go again.

    Reviewed by George5.0Sep 2022

  • "Once again what a fantastic time we had."

    So relaxing and peaceful. Back again next March and also booked for Christmas. Our hosts were brilliant. Would recommend this place to anyone. Thank you again to Fiona, Tim and Becca for a lovely warm welcome

    Reviewed by Verdun5.0Aug 2022

  • "Totally fell in love with Bellwether - wonderfully equipped, perfectly located and a stay to remember."

    Fiona and Tim are marvellous hosts, the welcome pack was an unexpected bonus and the hut was spotless. Loved the four-legged neighbours and the outside space has been cleverly thought out, with an undercover barbecue area and a lovely seating space with a fab chiminea and the most spectacular views. Located just outside Helmsley, there is so much to explore locally and we will certainly return.

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Aug 2022

  • "My wife and I stayed at this lovely shepherds hut for a week while we explored the area."

    We couldn't have been happier with our experience. Fiona was very welcoming, accommodating and kind. The shepherds hut was exactly as advertised and Fiona has it set up and organized in a way to make the best of a small space. The location is perfect honestly. Situated on a small farm and overlooking miles of uninterrupted English countryside it provides a place of peace and restoration. You are only 3 miles away from the lovely little town of Helmsley where you will find a quaint market square, small shops and excellent eaterys. Only half a mile away is a farm store complete with a great selection of groceries, spirits , restaurant and gift shop. You will not be disappointed should you choose to book Fionas hut. My wife and I would stay here again in a heartbeat. Thanks Fiona and all the best!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2022

  • "Everything about this holiday was excellent!"

    The shepherd's hut is exactly as described and is absolutely beautiful and the location is stunning! Fiona and Tim were the most wonderful hosts and made me feel like nothing was too much trouble - So friendly and genuine! (Would also recommend the massage!) I'm missing it already and I will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Jun 2022

  • "Bellwether was lovely place to stay if you want a bit of peace and quiet"

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0May 2022

  • "Absolute heaven!"

    ! What an amazing experience. Bellwether was a little piece of paradise in the North Yorks Moors! Far enough away from the madding crowd for complete tranquility yet just a stones throw from everything you could need and more. This quaint shepherd's hut was packed with all the amenities one could expect from a high star-rated hotel with lots of lovely little extras besides - freshly laid eggs, milk, flowers and goody hamper on arrival to name but a few. The cutest little wood burner supplied with ample logs really gave out some heat, but the underfloor heating was more than sufficient to make the accommodation cosy. With a beautiful vista over farmland and rolling hills to one aspect the outlook to the rear saw friendly little goats and a sheep (quiet and very well behaved!). Only booked for a short break so didn't have the opportunity to enjoy the chimnea heated patio area or the sheltered outside snug area. Truly fantastic. Can't wait to return!

    Reviewed by Celia4.7May 2022

  • "Absolutely gorgeous little hut!"

    Perfect for what we needed/wanted! Fiona greeted us on arrival which was very personal and we had a fantastic weekend spending quality time as a couple with no electronics loved the idea of the little box with a few bits in…. We enjoyed playing cards and dominoes and even a game of eye spy! Thank you

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely cosey shepherds hut sitting in its own area, great parking and awesome views."

    Great outdoors seating to enjoy local wildlife in the field deer and hare's often come into view. There's always a lovely warm welcome from Fiona and nothing is too much trouble for her. If the evening is colder then back indoors and fire up the wood burner and enjoy the views in comfort. A great place to stay with loads to see and do just a short drive away. This was our second stay and we will be back again next year.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "Comfortable, cosy and clean."

    A compact but perfectly formed base from which to explore the Moors and villages. With kind and friendly hosts, this holiday will stay long in the memory!

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Apr 2022

  • "What a Gem!"

    Such a gorgeous little hideaway with stunning views and every comfort you could need. Beautiful and well kept, the owners have thought of everything. We had a very relaxing and peaceful break and will definitely book again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Perfect stay at Bellwether."

    The Shepherd Hut was so cosy and the view was so relaxing. We experienced both sunbathing weather and snow on our break here, which gave us some beautiful photos. George the sheep and Aggie and Otto the goats were wonderful. Thank you Fiona, Tim and Becca for making our stay perfect.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Mar 2022

  • "What a lovely and cosy hut."

    Our hosts, Fiona, Tim and Becca could not do enough for us. We loved it that much we booked again for next March. Thank you Fiona, Tim and Becca.

    Reviewed by Verdun5.0Mar 2022

  • "The property was very cute, comfortable, cosy and clean."

    The view from it was lovely and it felt secluded even though it was just across the driveway the main house. There are no negatives and we'd love to stay again. I didn't realise there wasn't an oven in the property and we took a pizza but couldn't cook it. It wouldn't fit in the fridge either as the fridge is very small. It wouldn't have been a problem had we known. There's a microwave and an electric hotplate inside and a barbecue outside, but as there are lots of places to visit that have great cafes and restaurants, we didn't need or want to cook anyway. We met Fiona and she was very friendly and helpful. She had put together a lovely welcome basket for when we arrived. We had a perfect weekend!

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Mar 2022

  • "This is my fourth visit to Bellwether."

    I call it ‘My Happy Place’. I will always come here by myself or a weekend/week with my husband. This Shepherds Hut is so comfortable, every need is catered for in the hut and nothing is too much trouble for Fiona and Tim. You want time away to unwind/relax or come for a romantic getaway then this is perfect. To top it all you have spectacular views, peace and quiet and wildlife is all around. George the sheep, Aggie and Otto the goats are a pleasure to see and hear. Fiona also gives the most amazing back massages so do give them a try. Whatever time of year, Bellwether is the ideal holiday retreat. Do keep looking as Fiona and Tim will be opening a stunning cottage at Easter and the same as the shepherds hut it has magnificent views. I will certainly be giving it a try with my husband.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Feb 2022

  • "The owners were lovely people."

    Nothing was to much for them. I would highly recommend this place and will definitely return. Totally enjoyed our stay. Thank you

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely stay, very comfortable little place, plenty of places to visit Helmsley, ..."

    Lovely stay, very comfortable little place, plenty of places to visit Helmsley, pickering etc, would certainly go again peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle, plus the 2 goats and sheep were a added bonus thank you for a wonderful stay

    Reviewed by Garry4.7Jan 2022

  • "Shepherd's hut was perfect -immaculate with fantastic views!"

    The owners were so friendly and helpful - wonderful place to recharge your batteries. Will definitely return and sooner rather than later.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jan 2022

  • "Excellent! Lovely shepherd hut, very well equipped and good pack with guides and ideas, etc."

    Lovely view. Fiona was good and helpful. Would recommend staying here!

    Reviewed by Elliott5.0Dec 2021

  • "A wonderful, peaceful and cosy property, the owners have put a lot of thought into it and covered everything."

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Dec 2021

  • "Warmly welcome with goodies , very cosy shepherd hut with everything, very friendly , beautiful near villages , their sweet pets , very peace in gorgeous morning to see field view , any more I say ."

    . many thanks and we like to come back again one day ..

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Nov 2021

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at the Bellwether."

    We wanted somewhere to spend half term that was close to nice pubs and good walks, but also felt luxurious. The Bellwether gave us that and more. The shepherd’s hut itself is really spacious and bright. There were gorgeous touches, like we were left a basket of fresh eggs, homemade marmalade and marshmallows to roast on the fire. There is everything you could need- the kitchen is well equipped, and the bed is super comfy. The bathroom is spacious and modern. The hob heats up really quickly and was great for making breakfast. The outside space is beautiful- we loved sitting out and reading next to the chiminea. The animals are fab- we loved Otto, Aggie and George, and checked for them every morning to see what they were getting up to. Fiona was so accommodating and kind as a host. The hut is near to Helmsley where we had lovely meals, and enjoyed the local brewery. We also visited the farm shop at Beadlam, Pickering and Whitby. We joined English Heritage whilst staying and managed to visit Helmsley Castle, Pickering Castle, Whitby Abbey, Byland Abbey and Rievalux Abbey- totally worth it! We can’t wait to go back xx

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2021

  • "Had a lovely week in a beautifully appointed shepherd's hut, excellent views across the countryside and loads of wildlife to watch."

    Bellwether is in a great location with many places of interest within a 40 to 50 mile radius, castles, stately homes and spectacular ruined abbeys, fab little market towns and incredible cities. Not forgetting the great hospitality from Fiona, nothing was too much trouble, not to be outdone Otto, Aggie and George are always around for a pet. ( Goats and a tup) Can't wait to get back in May for another excellent relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2021

  • "Amazing expansive views across farmland and towards the Wolds."

    Very cosy if weather poor. Only slight downside is limited cooking facility if cooking indoors but good bbq for outdoor meals.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Sep 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation in a quiet but handy location for local attractions."

    Very friendly owners who left a useful welcome basket, and a clean and comfortable hut to stay in. Would highly recommend and we will be booking again!

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Sep 2021

  • "Far From The Madding Crowd Brilliant idea to restore the hut, really cosy within very peaceful surroundings."

    Ideally situated near Helmsley which is a wonderful town. We were able to visit the Moors and the Dales with ease. So much beauty up in this part of the world.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2021

  • "The shepherds hut was an excellent way to spend a week."

    Clean and comfortable with everything top quality. Underfloor heating kept it warm. Owners on hand if required. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful, cosy hut in an idyllic location."

    Bellwether is the perfect little haven to return to after days out exploring the North Yorkshire Moors. It is clean, cosy and has everything you need. The views from the hut are beautiful whether you are inside or sat out. The hosts were very friendly and accommodating, which made our stay even more wonderful. We especially loved making friends with the lovely sheep and goats. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Caitlin5.0Aug 2021

  • "Enjoyed the week at this lovely spot."

    The owner Fiona is the perfect host. Cannot wait to return and enjoy a glass of wine looking at fabulous view. A slice of countryside heaven!!!!!!

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2021

  • "Bellwether is a lovely little bolthole ideal for exploring the surrounding area."

    It may be small but it is immaculately clean and has everything you need for a relaxing break. The outside space is lovely with covered and uncovered seating areas, gas bbq and chiminea, along with fantastic views over open countryside. The good WiFi was a real bonus too - we took a laptop for streaming films and live TV as there is no TV in the hut. There is a good farmshop with a restaurant just down the road and the villages of Beadlam & Nawton (with pub & takeaways) are a five minute walk. The beautiful town of Helmsley is also just a 5 minute drive away and is a good starting point for various walks. Fiona is a super friendly and most helpful host.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Jul 2021

  • "Beautifullly presented Shepherds hut overlooking fields in a peaceful and tranquil setting ."

    We had a perfect stay , all the facilities we needed in and outside the Shepherds hut ( they have thought of everything ) and a lovely welcome basket of treats on arrival. The Owner was was very welcoming and available to contact should we need them during our stay . Loved looking out at the Sheep and goats …especially little 16 week old Otto the goat loved a chat over the fence . Had a lovely meal at the village pub just a short walk away and was very central for exploring Yorkshire , travelling to Whitby , Robin Hoods Bay , castle Howard and many lovely market towns Helmsley , Malton . 5 star stay , will definitely return for another relaxing break .

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Bellwether is such an amazing property, cosy and well equipped ."

    Fiona went the extra mile and trimmed up the property for my birthday . The view is breathtaking and the village nearby has some lovely shops and fab restaurants and pubs .The bed is like sleeping on a cloud and the fire makes it so cosy . We both booked in for a back massage with Fiona , which was amazing and so relaxing . Would recommend the bellwether and can’t wait to stay again . Thank you

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2021

  • "Couldn’t have wished for anything better from the Shepherds Hut, stunning views, very friendly, lovely accommodating owners."

    Can’t wait to go again.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Apr 2021

  • "Brilliant hut in a peaceful location with great views and short walk away from pub/restaurant."

    Everything you would need for a romantic break away

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Apr 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Bellwether and found it to be a great base for exploring this beautiful part of the country."

    Fiona was a great host and was always on hand to answer any queries. We will be back!

    Reviewed by William5.0Apr 2021

  • "Definitely."

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Oct 2020

  • "Bellwether is a delightful shepherds hut."

    The owners have thought about everything and it is well equipped with a homely feel. We were there in a few very wet days so didn't get to take advantage of the outside space however we plan to go back in better weather. The hut itself was very cosy and warm. The owners were welcoming and helpful, and on hand when needed to answer questions.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Oct 2020

  • "We have just spent a very relaxing three days in this delightful shepherds hut."

    Beautifully furnished, well equipped and spotlessly clean, Bellwether was a small oasis of calm in these difficult times. Fiona had left a lovely welcome basket of little luxuries for our arrival - a really thoughtful touch. We particularly liked the small log burning stove which made it feel all the more cosy in the evenings. The views are wonderful and we enjoyed the company of George & Aggie in the adjacent field. We highly recommend Bellwether and hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had a brilliant three-night stay at Bellwether."

    The setting, facilities and location were perfect for a relaxing stay away from it all. The hut is very cleverly and well put together and with no difficulty you can have an extremely comfortable stay. It stays warm, the log burner helps you warm things up even more in no time at all. Thank you very much to the owners!

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Oct 2020

  • "A luxurious shepherd's hut with wonderful views in a peaceful setting."

    Warm and comfortable with a surprising amount of space, with everything you need provided. We had a great time and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Sep 2020

  • "Spotlessly clean shepherds hut, fantastic location a perfect place to stay all the places like whitby and Scarborough about 30-35 miles away and smaller market towns close by."

    Fiona who owns the hut is lovely, she is close by if you need anything, and there are plenty of places to go if you dont fancy cooking. I would highly recommend this shepherds hut, we had a great week.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2020

  • "Excellent accommodation in a relaxing location, with amazing views."

    Bellweather was excellent with everything you need to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. The location was ideal for relaxation and visiting the area. Fiona the owner was very friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Aug 2020

  • "It was perfect could have stayed longer if there had been availability."

    It was spotlessly clean throughout with high quality equipment and furnishings. Fiona had gone above all expectations with all the lovely extra touches even though we didn't make use of them all. Freshly ground coffee,free range eggs,binoculars,ear plugs, lamp, cleaning materials to name just a few. It felt very secluded and private but also close enough to the gorgeous village of Helmsley. We enjoyed sitting outside in the evenings taking in the scenery.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2020

  • "Fantastic location with 5 star facilities in a beautiful area."

    The Shepherds Hut is extremely comfy with everything catered for and attention to detail. The owners are very friendly and helpful and left a lovely welcome basket with eggs and luxury snacks. Freqent visits from the goat and sheep really made the break more enjoyable. Must also mention the shower which was a wonderful surprise as experience of electric showers in the past havent been good but this one was very good and highly responsive. My husband is 6ft and we both fitted well in this gorgeous romantic hideaway. We are already missing Bellweather with the fantastic views, luxurious facilities and the most wonderful relaxing break. We can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by Tara5.0Aug 2020

  • "My stay at Bellwether was amazing."

    I came in the summer and was blown away with the peace and tranquility it offers. Luxury, amazing hosts Fiona and Tim, confortable and a place to destress. I came again to see how it would be in the cooler months. I was just as happy and had the added bonus of using the log burner in the hut. With under floor heating too I was so cosy and warm. You have definitely got to come and experience this way of living. If you like cosy, luxury, peace and quiet, fields and farm life then this is the place for you. A place to find yourself, relax or a great place for a romantic break for two. You have also got to experience a great massage from Fiona. Can’t wait to go back again.x

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Nov 2019

  • "Lovely location and ideal for the places I wanted to visit."

    Delightful owner who showed thoughtful attention to detail.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Oct 2019

  • "Shepherds hut perfect for romantic getaway."

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Oct 2019

  • "The shepherds hut was so cosy especially when we lit the wood burner in the evening."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2019

  • "Loved our 4 nights stay."

    Shepherd's hut was cosy with lovely bedding, towels etc. A welcome basket with eggs and bread was a lovely touch and Fiona was so welcoming. Perfect location for exploring. We enjoyed cooking outside enjoying the view

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2019

  • "The Bellwether Shepherd's Cottage was excellent in every possible way !"


    Reviewed by Ken5.0Sep 2019

  • "We really couldn’t have asked for more, the accommodation was comfortable and clean and had everything we needed."

    The location was perfect, peaceful and relaxing but close to some great little places for walking and exploring. I recommend the farm shop nearby for some great food for the BBQ. Fiona and Tim left a lovely welcome basket of goodies for our arrival which was really unexpected and thoughtful. Great hosts! I just wish we had booked a longer break but will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Sep 2019

  • "The shepherd hut beat expectations from sitting outside eating meals to using ..."

    The shepherd hut beat expectations from sitting outside eating meals to using the barbecue inside very very clean with a welcome pack the bed surprised us as both been quite big there is plenty of room the same in the shower the view over the fields is very relaxing

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Sep 2019

  • "What an amazing weekend, from start to finish couldn’t have been better, fantastic location, amazing hosts."

    Every detail thought of in the hut and facilities, from a lovely little welcome pack, cafetiere for your morning coffee through to a gas BBQ to make the most of the wonderful country side. The bed is very comfy and the fluffiest towels provided. Situated on the edge of a lovely little village with fab Indian Restaurant/Take away and Fish & Chips just a 5 minute walk away. We ordered a curry for Friday evening, collected it and enjoyed it sat outside as the sun went down. The coast is a very picturesque drive away so we made the most of it and spent a day in Whitby, calling at the farm shop next door to the Hut on the way back, to get a selection of their produce for an evening meal on the BBQ. The most relaxing break we have ever had. George the Sheep & Aggie the Goat are extremely welcoming and make great neighbours. We can’t wait to return

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Aug 2019

  • "A place to rest, relax and find yourself."

    Idyllic location, super views and owners that make you feel so welcome. I had the best week ever. I made two new friends Aggie the goat and George the sheep. Every day calling me for the fruit I used to give them. This is a super holiday for a romantic break for two and ideal for one if you just want to get away from everything. Extremely comfortable and fitted out to a very high standard with everything inside that you could wish for. Would definitely recommend to friends and family. Thank you so much Fiona. The massages were wonderful too.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Jul 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our stay :) it was just what we were looking for."

    The owner was so nice and welcoming.We would definitely recommend 2 anyone else.It was perfect:) Thanks 2 you 4 helping us find our lovely location:)

    Reviewed by Charlene5.0Jul 2019

  • "Throughly enjoyed our trip."

    Fiona went out of her way to make it comfortable for me and my partner. I really appreciated the little touches like providing us with a complimentary bottle of Procecco and cheese biscuits which was lovely! She was very approachable and friendly which made us both feel at ease and checked we were settling in okay when we first arrived and let us know to contact her if there was anything we needed. We both liked using the BBQ outside and also the wood burner inside the Shepard’s Hut. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a nice chilled and romantic weekend away. The views from the Shepard’s Hut was amazing! Thank you for having us. X

    Reviewed by Kate5.0May 2019

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  • All ground-floor
  • Open-plan studio with kitchen, dining area and double bed
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Electric underfloor heating and a woodburning stove
  • Microwave, electric hob, fridge and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Garden with lawn area and gravel area with table and chairs
  • Gas BBQ.Also a separate covered seating area
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking .Pub within 0.5 mile, farm shop 0.5 miles, shop within 2.3 miles
  • Note: The owner offers aromatherapy massages, which are done at the property
  • Massages are at an additional cost (the owner offers a 10% discount) and they need to be booked in advance.

The property

Helmsley 2.2 miles.

Situated within the endearing countryside of North Yorkshire is this well-presented shepherd’s hut, Bellwether.

This wonderful base comes within striking distance of the majestic National Park and all of the delights of the market town of Helmsley, offering a romantic retreat for a couple seeking to explore this lovely part of the country.

This unique accommodation houses a stylish interior design and is well-equipped for you and your partner to spend some time within the countryside setting.

The well-equipped kitchen houses all the essentials to whip up a home-cooked meal that can be enjoyed at the dining table, or venture outside to dine alfresco with a glass of wine in hand, whilst soaking up the surroundings.

As the evening draws to a close, look forward to curling up on the well-presented double bed, whilst the woodburning stove fills the room with warmth during those chilly winter months.

If you can tear yourself away from this romantic base, a short drive will bring you to the market town of Helmsley where you will find a selection of pubs and eateries, as well as the Helmsley Castle and the Helmsley Arts Centre to keep you busy.

Brush up on the local history further, by visiting the ruins of the 11th-century Rievaulx Abbey or the Byland Abbey with its museum of artefacts.

For those feeling active, you will find miles of walking and cycling routes upon the National Park, with the popular Cleveland Way starting within Helmsley.

Alternatively, there is the National Centre for Birds of Prey, situated within the Duncombe Park estate, promising a splendid day out.

Bellwether is a wonderful base to return to each evening after a day exploring this superb location.

This property can be booked together with property 1099725 and sleep up to 4 guests.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £50.

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About the location


Kirkbymoorside 6 miles; Thirsk 14 miles; Pickering 13 miles; York 26 miles.

Lying in a sheltered corner of Upper Ryedale, on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park, Helmsley is a prestigious market town with a spacious market square surrounded by houses, hotels and shops. The area is important historically - Helmsley has its own 12th century castle and English Heritage’s Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard are close by. Helmsley also boasts an arts centre showing films and plays, and an outdoor swimming pool, which is open during the summer. There is excellent walking on the doorstep - indeed the Cleveland Way starts in Helmsley - and the surrounding North York Moors with their hidden dales and villages are pretty in all seasons. York is less than an hour's drive south, as is Scarborough, Whitby and the east coast, whilst Pickering and the beginning of the famous steam railway line (North Yorkshire Moors Railway) are a little over 20 minutes' drive.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas