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Packhorse Shepherd’s Hut

(Ref. 1076139)

Alderwasley near Wirksworth, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Pictures are deceiving."

    On arrival owners seemed friendly enough and gave us directions as is incorrect on Sykes website and on What3words. Fridge is located outdoors and was mouldy and not working. We asked the owners to look into fixing this but it never really seemed cold enough to be working. The bedding and towels smelled of damp and didn’t seem clean from the cold. The bedding was a mismatch of leftover bedding with several old quilts and nothing which was very inviting. There was mould in the shower which we had to clean on arrival and there were many cobwebs and was overall very dirty. Hot water comes out in a trickle and after one shower you have to wait overnight for there to be enough hot water again. We had food on the kitchen counter such as a cereal box and biscuits which were unopened which became damp with how cold the property was. There was an electric blanket and an electric heater but our clothes became wet in our suitcase located under the bed due to the damp. After two nights we left early as with the damp and mould and the fridge not working properly we didn’t think it was hygienic to stay. Really really disappointed in this property and don’t think it’s up to standard. Should be advertised as more of a camping facility rather than a holiday let. When we came home we found we were bitten by either fleas or bed bugs from staying at the property and have submitted a complaint to Sykes.

    Reviewed by Holly1.6Feb 2024

  • "Stayed there over Christmas lovely little hut which the owners had made very ..."

    Stayed there over Christmas lovely little hut which the owners had made very Christmassy with decs wine & chocs if you are after peace & quite this is the place for you inside had cutlery cups plates etc set back in private with parking right outside didn't have much contact with owners but what I did have they were helpful & caring

    Reviewed by Debbie3.8Dec 2023

  • "I have visited Packhorse Shepherds Hut on many occasions, every time very enjoyable, comfortable and relaxing which is why I return."

    Once again the owners were very helpful and friendly. Thank you for a lovely holiday. I will return again. Vanessa.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Oct 2023

  • "Absolutely a quiet idyllic place to stay for a relaxing break, beautiful surroundings and owners were very friendly and welcoming."

    Reviewed by Sharon2.8Aug 2023

  • "Bedding old and stained, mattress very uncomfortable."

    .many cobwebs throughout. Fridge is located outside the hut in a storage area to the side which is a little inconvenient when it's raining and you need the milk lol. Decking area is excellent if you are taking a dog and is nice for sitting out on. Lovely clean and quiet site just let down by attention to detail.

    Reviewed by Jackie2.5Aug 2023

  • "Issue with the shower but the overall stay was lovely."

    Would definitely return in the future.

    Reviewed by Denise4.7Jul 2023

  • "The shepherds hut is an amazing escape with brilliant hosts ."

    Friendly and helpful. Facilities are basic but adequate. The fishing was fantastic

    Reviewed by Sue4.1Jun 2023

  • "The Shepherd’s Hut was good value and comfortable for me and my pooch."

    The scenery and walks nearby were excellent. The cooking facilities were a little basic but this was to be expected in accommodation of limited size. The owners were very friendly and helpful. Overall, a great experience!

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Jun 2023

  • "Once again I had a comfortable, warm, peaceful stay at Packhorse shepherd's hut."

    The owners are always polite, helpful and there if any assistance should be needed. Really recommended. Thank you for my restful stay. I will return again. Vanessa.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Apr 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay - however the main concern was value for money, the property was overpriced"

    Reviewed by Andrew3.4Nov 2022

  • "Hi, The owners were extremely welcoming and helpful, the property is amazingly quirky and different."

    The TV was a welcome addition and the facilities were fine.

    Reviewed by Victoria4.1Oct 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay, plenty sightseeing places to visit."

    Very friendly and helpful owners. Ideal surrounding walks, for our little dog.

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.1Aug 2022

  • "The bed was quite uncomfortable and the shower temperature was very ..."

    The bed was quite uncomfortable and the shower temperature was very temperamental but other than that we had a lovely stay

    Reviewed by Alison3.1Aug 2022

  • "Lack of hot water to the shower."

    Reviewed by Michael4.1May 2022

  • "For a start the directions off the website are wrong."

    The hut itself is lovely but was let down by cleanliness issues and the shower. There were crumbs and dust in places so it hadn't been hoovered or deep cleaned as expected at the moment. The water tank feeding the shower wasn't adequate so the shower became cold after a couple of minutes. A lovely hut let down by a couple of minor issues.

    Reviewed by John3.1Apr 2022

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Packhorse Shepherds hut, it was comfortable and very cosy bed was so comfy and had everything we needed for a great stay."

    The owners are friendly and welcoming. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely get away for a few days"

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Mar 2022

  • "On my return to Packhorse Shepherds Hut, once again I have a wonderful, relaxing, peaceful stay."

    I stayed longer this time because I enjoyed it so much on my previous visit. Once again the owners were very kind and there should I have needed any assistance with anything. I will be returning in the near future for my third visit. Thank you for my refreshing stay. Kind regards Vanessa.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Mar 2022

  • "We can't wait to come back again."

    It isn't very often we get chance for a break by ourselves and Packhorse Hut was just what we needed. Lots of walking and places to visit. Very quiet and relaxing with brilliant owners. Thank you for a lovely time, we will be back soon.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Mar 2022

  • "Fab little get away in beautiful surroundings we really enjoyed our stay and ..."

    Fab little get away in beautiful surroundings we really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend the host was brilliant and was on hand if we needed anything but was still held back also

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Feb 2022

  • "Well, what can I say."

    .. I had a lovely peaceful stay. The owners were really lovely. I felt comfortable. The walks were outstanding. I will DEFINATELY return. It was warm, homely, beautiful and would recommend to anyone. I really enjoyed it. It felt like home, clean. In fact I didn't want to come home. Thank you so much for my welcome stay. I will be back. Kind regards Vanessa Ward.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Nov 2021

  • "Brilliant experience,will definitely book again 5 star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2021

  • "We found the accommodation adequate."

    The only thing to suggest is that better bedding be provided. We had what looked like a child's unicorn duvet cover, a mix-match of pillow cases. The pictures on the sight for this listing doesn't really match with how the hut was layed out. Its great that there is access to a fridge, although this is kept outside the hut, under what looked like a small garage. Also, it was great that there is a shower in the hut, however the water starts off very hot without being adjustable, then gets colder until the small hot water tank empties just to run cold, this doesn't take long. These aren't complaints, just information for future customer. All in all, it was a nice break, apart from the weather, which was rain most of the time. As a side note, on our last day, I accidently broke a mug, which I am very sorry about. I left the only cash I had on me as a small token towards replacing it.

    Reviewed by Samantha2.5Sep 2021

  • "Enjoyed our 4 night break."

    Great fishing. Cosy Shepherds hut. Fabulous location. We have booked the lodge by the lake for next year!

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Sep 2021

  • "It is what it is,compact,but the balcony gives good outside space."

    If your looking for peace and tranquility,great skies and a plethora of bird life, this is a good venue

    Reviewed by Carolyn3.8Sep 2021

  • "Silence. Fresh air."

    Great place to walk your dog especially with the wood next to the site.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2021

  • "Advertised pub 0."

    8 miles away, this is permanently closed Lovely place but very small and fridge not in the hut. Found bed very hard but that’s personal taste

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Aug 2021

  • "The hut is a few of steps up from camping."

    Loved the balcony, with it being enclosed we could sit outside with the dog and knew she could not escape. A very clever design to fit everything in, a lovely break.

    Reviewed by Kim4.1Jul 2021

  • "The Shepherds Hut is located in a beautiful peaceful area with great walking in every direction."

    It has everything you need and is really comfortable. The site owners are very friendly and always helpful, they have many regular visitors which says a lot. There's a small herd of playful goats in the next field that are nice to see. If you want to jump in your car and head out there's plenty of nearby places to visit with some awesome scenery. For a lovely, relaxing holiday look no further!

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Jul 2021

  • "The owners were lovely and the accommodation was as described in a great location."

    However our big issue was cleanliness. On the 1st day I had to clean the bathroom as there were suspect marks. The floor didn’t looks like it had to been swept as there were bits all over the floor and in particular a lot of hair. There was also hair all over the towels, which I suspect maybe cat hair as I’m allergic. I also had to wash the cutlery and glasses again these were not clean. Especially in these times deep clean is needed. As much as the place was nice (other than the cleanliness issue) I don’t think It is worth the price but I do understand in these time all stay cations have increased their prices. I hope the owners do take action from this feedback as it’s a shame as all other aspects are great.

    We are very sorry the cleanliness of the cottage was not up to your standards our previous feedback reflects how high standards we keep in this property. We can only apologize that your experience was effected by this and if you reported it while staying at the property we would have looked to rectify the issues at hand to improve your stay. Thank you for this feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glynys3.1Jun 2021

  • "A lovely relaxing 4 night break , shepards hut exceeded expecations , highly recommended."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Open-plan studio accommodation with double bed, kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Electric heater
  • Hotplate, microwave, fridge
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Decking with furniture
  • Pet-friendly
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.1 miles, pub 0.8 miles
  • Note: This property does not accept children
  • Note: Though the property is all on one level, there are steps up to the decking

The property

Wirksworth 2.8 miles.

Nestled in the open countryside in the small village of Alderwasley, Derbyshire is Packhorse Shepherd’s Hut, a charming shepherd's hut surrounded by stunning greenery.

Perfect for a romantic retreat, this property boasts off-road parking and a delightful decked area perfect for the warmer months, while being within easy reach of local amenities and the glorious Peak District National Park.

Step into the property, the studio-style layout provides a compact yet homely feel throughout.

Rustle up a quick breakfast on the hotplate and enjoy your meal at the dining table while you gaze out over the far-reaching fields.

From here, jump into the plush double bed for some well-earned rest after a long day of discovering your surroundings.

Guests will also benefit from a handy shower room, fit with a walk-in shower, basin and WC where you can freshen up and prepare for your day.

Take advantage of the outdoor space at the hut; the decking offers furniture so you can take your dining al fresco, savour your morning coffee in the fresh air, and sip a glass of wine in the last of the summer sun, the perfect resting spot any time of day.

Choose Packhorse Shepherd’s Hut for a peaceful break to the Peak District.

This property can be booked with Ref: 966433 together sleeping 6 guests.

Alderwasley Rural Retreats

Situated in the peaceful countryside of Alderwasley in Belper, Derbyshire are the Alderwalsey Rural Retreat properties. Comprising a beautiful lakehouse and a romantic shepherd's hut, the properties have been thoughtfully planned with tranquility in mind. Surrounded by vast countryside and within easy reach of the magnificent Peak District National Park, these idyllic properties make for an ideal base for exploring, or just staying in and enjoying the peace and quiet. Guests are given access to a private fishing lake throughout your stay, perfect for any avid fishers in your group. If you don't feel like cooking in the evenings, there is a fantastic array of restaurants to keep you well-fed throughout your stay such as The Bear Inn, which is around a mile away so perfect if you want to leave the car and stroll to the pub. You will also find a good selection of cuisines in the area; why not try Vegan Revelation or Le Mistral, both are reachable by car. Nearby, you can venture into the delightful town of Belper, which offers a plethora of shops, pubs, and restaurants along with a cinema and a pretty park. This is a great place to explore what Derbyshire and the Peak District has to offer, the delightful towns of Matlock, once renowned for its hydro and spa treatments, and Ashbourne with its charming cobbled streets are within driving distance and are certainly worth visiting. The Peak District National Park is also accessible, with its incredible scenery, walking, cycling and wildlife, ideal for adventures and explorers, or even those looking for a relaxing stroll amongst nature.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Matlock 6 miles.

Wirksworth is a small, charming market town situated just a few miles from Matlock, on the edge of The Peak District. Wirksworth is full of character with many buildings of architectural interest, including its magnificent parish church. Independent shops sit alongside the deli, butchers and bakers with a strong local food ethic. Visitors will enjoy exploring the ancient “jitties” and courtyards of the Puzzle Gardens, along with the Heritage Centre and the delightful surrounding countryside including nearby Carsington Water, Black Rocks and the High Peak Trail. Rock climbing and cycling can be enjoyed here at every level, and there is fantastic walking all around. Well Dressing is unique to Derbyshire, and Wirksworth combines this tradition with a lively carnival in May. There is also an annual Arts festival with an amazing Art & Architecture Trail in September, showcasing contemporary art and international performers of every kind. With an art deco independent cinema and a range of places to eat there is plenty to entertain. The town offers a leisure centre with a climbing wall and a small trainer swimming pool, The Eco Centre, The National Stone Centre and the Mount Cook Adventure Centre. The weekly market and monthly farmers' market provide local produce and crafts. Beautiful Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are within easy reach, as well as Matlock Bath, with its spectacular cable car, the heritage Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and Gulliver's Kingdom. Only two miles away, the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in Cromford is not to be missed. In all, Wirksworth is a great location for a varied holiday.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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  • Christmas