Carraig Shepherd’s Hut
Newton Stewart, Scotland
Our Shepherd’s Hut is a replica of the huts that shepherds would live in during sheep raising and lambing. These were in use from the 15th to 20th century mainly in England and France, until mechanisation in farming removed the need for them. They are now becoming popular with people wanting a different holiday experience and huts vary from being extremely rustic and offgrid to luxury huts with full facilities.
Carraig is a luxury Shepherd’s Hut. It has a built in double bed, with a 2000 pocket-spring mattress and 1000 thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linen. There is a small wood-burning stove, a kitchenette with sink, fridge and tiny oven with 2 hot plates. Hot and cold water, provided from own private well. An en-suite shower room with proper flushing toilet, ‘The White Company’ towels, eco-friendly toiletries and cleaning products. There are wonderful views out to the fields and the Galloway hills. We provide crockery, cutlery, pots and pans and a selection of herbs and spices. Porridge oats are also provided, along with tea, sugar and non-dairy milk, salt, pepper olive oil and balsamic vinegar. To bring you right up to the 21st century there is a link providing wireless internet.
Outside, there is a decked terrace with table and chairs, and a parasol for when it gets really hot. Beyond that Carraig has its own private garden, a hammock slung between beech trees, and a patio area with bench, table and chiminea and a fire basket for outdoor cooking.
Parking is available in our courtyard, and there is an EV chargepoint for electric vehicles. We provide organic, shade-grown, fresh ground coffee from ‘ Bird & Wild’, fresh bread, vegan spread and homemade jam in our welcome basket.
Vegan breakfasts and vegan evening meals are available. All are homemade in our farmhouse kitchen. Andy is the main chef and his cooking has been highly praised by our guests. The meals are charged separately from the nightly rate of Carraig so that guests can have more choice of when, what and how much they would like to eat. Meals are payable on departure. We also cater for gluten and lactose intolerant guests.
Sample Breakfast Menu:
- Chia seeds with coconut yoghurt, fresh fruit and granola
- Full Vegan Breakfast – Tofu scramble, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns, vegan sausage, toast
- Sourdough toast, smashed avocado with chilli flakes and engevita.
Sample Evening Meal Menu:
- Caramelised onion tartlet, salad leaves
- Faux Gras Pâté with sourdough toast, crabapple and scotch bonnet jelly
- Aubergine Jalfrezi with brown rice, raita, Poppadums and pickles
- Mushroom Bourgignon with mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage
- Shepherd’s Pie with rich gravy, vegetable medley of peas, roasted carrots and parsnips
- Apple Crumble with vegan cream or ice cream
- Chocolate Cheesecake with cream or ice cream
Carraig is located in a small paddock at the far side of Carsebuie, our Galloway Steading, in South West Scotland. Carsebuie is off the beaten track and about 7 miles from the nearest town with supermarkets and a small community run cinema.
The tranquillity and peace of the surroundings make a wonderful retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Here you are close to the Sea, to Lochs, Mountains and Moorland, to Castles and Ruins and Ancient history.
Lulled by the gulf stream, unexpectedly, palm trees grow. Cows and sheep graze the lush green fields.
The sky seems vast. The quality of light has long inspired artists, both home-grown and from further afield. There is something special about the land here that instills creativity in all its forms. Writers and Musicians listen to the earth and let their words and music flow!
Carraig, as nearby Farmer Davy says, looks like it has always been a part of this landscape. It is possible to hire bicycles from nearby Kirkcowan Cycles, and there are wonderful cycleways of varying levels of competence through the Galloway Forest.
Stargazing is possible if it’s not a cloudy night. Galloway has one of only four worldwide dark skies parks, and from the garden at Carraig you can see myriads of stars magically twinkling, and pick out planets and constellations, even the Milky Way!
In Scotland walkers have a ‘right to roam’, meaning you can walk anywhere provided you follow the country code of leaving gates as they were when you found them, open or shut. However it may not be advisable to go through a closed gate in case you come across an unfriendly bull, or a herd of inquisitive cattle!
Along the coastline it is possible to sea seals, dolphins and porpoises, even basking sharks and minky whales. There is an abundance of wild birds, and nearby bird sanctuaries such as Cree woods and the Mull of Galloway. There is more to do and see than space to write about it! Andy, an artist, has a studio/gallery renovated from an ancient barn at one side of Carsebuie courtyard. In the grounds of Carsebuie, Jane has a therapy room in which she practises Reflexology and Reiki. It may be possible to have a treatment during your stay if requested on arrival.
Andy and Jane and their friendly Labradoodle ‘Wolfie’ live in Carsebuie, but discreetly leave guests to themselves, however they are on hand should guests need them for any reason.
Lactose free options available
Gluten free options available
Breakfast available, Half board available
Organic care products
Internet connection available
Horse riding, Cycling, Hiking, Golf
Spoken language(s): English
Certified by VeggieHotels
Number of apartments: 1
Price per apartment from: 100 GBP
for Carraig per night
For prices and availability please use the booking request or visit the website of the hotel
Address / Contact
Carraig Shepherd’s Hut
DG8 0EH Newton Stewart, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1671830281