Welcome to The Shepherd’s Hut & Yurt @ Lewinshope


The Shepherd’s Hut & Yurt has been designed for adventurous nature lovers. The Shephersds Hut was originally used as a shelter for shepherds guarding flocks and nursing sick lambs on cold nights and the Yurt came from a woodland up in Wiston, lived in by Kathryn, not from Mongolia, although there are plenty of artifacts from Mongolia and around the world within.  We want it to be a quirky experience and a fun place to stay. We are in the process of putting in bathroom area.  It can be booked on its own, or as a large party.


How many can come?

(2 persons +1 child  for theYurt, 2 persons for the Shepherds Hut, depending on length  - see information) Tents allowed.  So, 15 people maximum, please ask if you would like more and we can see what we can do.  

The Shepherds hut is situated at the edge of the woods below the Mill as is the Yurt. You can get to it by a bumpy track or you can walk. This place is ideal for breaks away for biking, walking and just relaxing amongst the canopy of mixed woodland and sounds of the river Yarrow. There is a horse box to cook in and outdoor fire pit and seating areas with lots of hammocks to be put up in trees and outside the Yurt.  This place is a place to escape the busyness and to unwind.  All off grid and I think a bit of heaven. 

Contact: Johnny or Lulu Watson for prices, questions, and bookings.


A Cosy Haven


The Shepherd’s Hut is handmade and built to an incredible high finish, using locally sourced materials. The interior has been filled with Oak, Sycamore, Douglas fir and Elm and fabrics from Orwell and Goode with beautifully made blinds and cushions. A stunning Sycamore table has been made by John Hislop in a folding half moon table, seats and drawers.


Lovingly made with fun ideas and quality fixing by John Hislop.

Beautifully restored, The Shepherd’s Hut has all the basics you need:

  • A hobbit wood burner to nestle around and keep the Hut toasty warm!

  • A ring gas cooker, with utensils and a frying pan.

  • Running water and washing facilities in a old Belfast sink.


Please note that the two beds are only 172cm long (standard beds are 190cm). The top bunk is 62 cm wide, the bottom 85.5wide. We would say a child of 10 years to sleep on the top bunk and the adult below. Smoking is not permitted in the property.


At the site, in the winter four wheel drive might be useful, but cars can be parked at a distance and a small walk will be needed.

The Glamping Area

The Shepherd’s Hut is directly surrounded by fields and woodlands. Trees for hammocks, wonderful views looking across the valley. Bonfire for toasting marshmallows on the fire pit.  There is also a table and horse box to cook in.  You will see lots of wildlife. You can roam around the fields and woods, remembering to close gates.

The Mill - Glamping
The Mill - Glamping

Tennis Court

For sporty types, an astro turf tennis court is available. There is no need to book, it’s available anytime through the day (but please note that there are no floodlights). There is a seating area to watch the sport or just look across to the hills and take in the spectacular views up and down the Yarrow Valley. Rackets can be provided. Please bring balls.


The Shepherd’s Hut is not overlooked and offers a high level of privacy. We are on hand to help with any requests or questions.


The following is available free of charge at The Shepherd’s Hut for your use:

  • A ring gas cooker, with utensils and a frying pan

  • Plates, bowls and cups, knives and forks

  • Firelighters, kindling, matches & logs for the wood burner

  • Private all-weather tennis court, rackets. Please bring tennis balls.

  • Bath sheets and hand towels and bed linen for the Yurt and Shepherds hut only

  • Fairy liquid and drying up cloths

Catering services are available on request

The arrival of the Shepherd's Hut

The photos show the arrival of the shepherd’s hut at Faldonside in 1970 (where Johnny grew up, near Melrose).  It was used for several years by Johnny and his brothers.  In 1999 it was made properly mobile by being attached to what was the biggest farm trailer at Faldonside (see photos of trailer in action on the farm); and it was brought to Lewinshope for our children to enjoy.  In 2016 the hut was given a complete makeover: designed by Lulu, and undertaken by John Hislop.  Johnny on his tricycle and in the silage trailer.

Silage in the Loch field
Silage in the Loch Field