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A romantic glamping escape for two – close both to York and the rural glories of North Yorkshire.

Buttercrambe Shepherd's Hut

Near York North Yorkshire YO41 1AR 01865 594 349

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Tucked away in a small orchard on a working farm, Buttercrambe Shepherd's Hut is a unique glamping alternative, handy for York if you fancy a city break with a difference, but also close enough to nature to enjoy a fantastic and very comfortable shepherd's hut farm stay, with lots to see and do in the immediate area – Castle Howard and the Howardian Hills AONB lie just to the north, and the glories of the North York Moors National Park just beyond that. Above all it's a cosy spot for a loved-up couple, with vintage wall lamps and a retro feel, an electric stove heater and power for all your gadgets. The hut has basic cooking facilities – a kettle, toaster, teapot and cafetiere – and a breakfast basket is delivered each morning; your own shower room is just a short stroll across the garden in an annexe to the farmhouse, where you'll also find and additional cooking facilities.

When you wake in the morning, you can loll around in your bathrobe, enjoying tea and toast from the supplies in your breakfast hamper. There's a day bed to relax on, an iPod docking station and radio, and in the autumn/winter months a flask of hot soup and tasty bread is provided on arrival. Come evening, you can relax under the stars by the barbecue and fire pit or cosy up inside by the glow of the fire, before retiring to your comfy double bed. There is no mobile reception (hooray!), no TV either, but you can use the wifi in the farmhouse if you're desperate to stay in touch with the outside world. But this is a such a romantic and homely retreat that you'll soon be operating at a quite different pace, oblivious to what's going on beyond the walls of your cosy hut. What's more it's dog-friendly, and what romantic break would be complete without the company of your four-legged friend?

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