Our Shepherds huts are all hand crafted to a high quality and a traditional design by master craftsmen in York. They are made from Forest Stewardship Council certified timber and enjoy fully insulated walls, floors and ceilings holding a good three inches of Thermafleece sheep’s wool sourced from the Lake District. All of that, together with solid European Oak flooring, effective wood burning stoves and of course an electricity supply, means that they are fully habitable all year round.
Each hut has a double bed, dining table and two chairs, all bedding is provided and there is ample space for two more people if you don’t mind being cosy. In the hut you’ll find coffee or tea making facilities.
The toilet and shower block is built inside of an old farm workshop and enjoys all modern facilities as well as under floor heating. Outside and under cover there is a washing up area with hot and cold water, a butler sink and a stone draining board. All water comes from one of our own springs and is regularly tested; electricity currently comes from our solar system, supported by mains when needed.
Down by the pond and water wheel there is a small covered cooking area with a drinking water supply and electric point. You are welcome to use your own gas or other camp cooking stoves
At Tiplady, our aim is to live in a sustainable manner with a low environmental impact so the farmhouse is heated by wood grown on the farm and there is a well hidden solar array providing much of the electricity. Our water comes from two of the many small springs on the farm and is later returned to the ground in a clean state. One current project is to produce low voltage, off-grid electricity from our 200 year old water wheel but not surprisingly it’s turning out to be rather complicated!
Over the years we've planted 3,000 native broad leaved trees and 6,000 hedge trees, it's worked rather well and in July 2009 the farm received an award for "Environmental Stewardship and Wildlife Habitat Creation" from the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
We also manage our pasture very carefully and in 2014 the AONB carried out a Hay Meadow Survey, which commented that the wildflowers in our pastures “are really lovely and very variable, – there are patches on sunny slopes that are really species diverse - it is the numbers that are impressive with many local species frequent in the field.” As a result the variety of insect life has rocketed; bird and bat numbers have increased as have field mammals which now support a small number of birds of prey.
We are happy for our guests to enjoy any part of the farm, the pastures and the woodland.