When we were looking to start Shepherds Retreats we wanted to design something which fitted in with the surroundings and the environment around us and the ideal solution was two Shepherds Huts – The Sanderling and The Sandpiper. They are named after my some of my favourite birds on the Northumberland Coast. (Look out for them when you visit the beach – the Sanderlings are the little ones that race the waves along the sand!)
Next decision was who would build them? We identified a local craftsman and his team, based in Hexham, Northumberland, which was perfect as we could visit most weeks to discuss the design, choose materials, which changed along with the way as the project progressed. The majority of the materials used are recycled from old mills, schools and for some of you local people, the Rex Hotel in Whitley Bay. Sheep wool insulation and the wood burning stove keep the huts toasty and warm.
We are more and more aware of the potential impact that tourism can have on our precious environment and this is why we have joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme as a measure of our commitment to running a sustainable tourism business.