Festive Fun and Christmas Cheer…

Escape to a special place to enjoy wrapping up your festive shopping

Buttercrambe Shepherd’s Hut is designed to be enjoyed for a romantic breaks at any time of year.

Buttercrambe Shepherds hut cosy breakfast toaster Buttercrambe shepherds hut xmas Books & Hot Choc

The hut is cosy with electric heating and a flask of hot soup provided on arrival.  You  don’t need to leave the comfort and warmth of the hut with a toaster and kettle, tea, coffee & lovely cookies all provided as well as a breakfast basket each morning.

We do recommend you get out and about as the festive events in nearby York make The Shepherd’s Hut an even better place to visit during November and December.

Threading around York’s medieval streets its Christmas markets have to be the most atmospheric in the country.   Catherine the owner of Buttercrambe Shepherd’s Hut loves wandering the beautifully decorated streets and mooching in the Shambles makes a really festive place for shopping.

The main event is the St Nicholas Christmas Festival 27 November to Sunday 21 December.
Traditional wooden huts, pretty lights, a traditional carousel and stall holders in Dickensian costume selling everything from local produce to traditional gifts and crafts, all accompanied by the smell of roasting chestnuts and the sound of carol singers.

At the same time Made in Yorkshire Festive Fayre is at the medieval Guildhall so if you are searching for really special gifts and have friends and relatives with a passion for art and craftsmanship then you may find some special gifts from the local arts here.

York Does Vintage Xmas market York St Nicholas fayre

York Does Vintage – 30th November at the stunning Merchant Adventurer’s Hall (10-30-16.30)
Quirky shopping experience with a retro vibe York Does Vintage’ will be bursting at the seams with vintage delights for inspired & unique Christmas gifts or a treat for yourself with clothes, accessories and homewares.

Make your Xmas gifts really personal by creating them yourself at one of York Cocoa Chocolate and truffle making workshops
The inspiring workshop will show you how to create your own chocolate masterpiece, temper the chocolate and decorate your chocolates before beautifully packaging them to take home to share or just enjoy.

visit York Xmas fayres from Buttercrambe Shepherds hut Indulge with York Cocoa chocolate making


Laundry Cottage transports you to one of the most desirable villages in England, Combe Hay.

A picture postcard, grade 2 listed, traditional stone cottage made sociable and inviting with its locally sourced, antiques, contemporary furnishings and plenty of luxurious toppings. There’s a ‘Good Food Guide’ pub within walking distance and just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Bath makes it a truly special place to stay.

In the festive season it gets even better when the magnificent city of Bath, all decked out in full seasonal glory, is a magical experience.  The areas between the stunning Bath Abbey and the renowned Roman Baths are transformed into a Christmas shopping wonderland in the run up to 25th December.

Bath Christmas market Bath festive lights for christmas shopping

180 little wooden chalets nestled in the streets brimming with handmade, beautiful gifts and trinkets. The only truly British Christmas market in the country with stalls selected for their locally sourced produce. Find presents to delight someone special whilst you enjoy festive food and tipples to get you in the mood for festive feasting ahead. (Market dates: 27th November – 14th December)

Bath Xmas market Gascoyne Place for festive drinks Bath Festive market Ridge-and-Furrow Christmas gifts

Post browsing, work off a few calories with some seasonal ice skating on the city centre rink set up especially for Christmas in the beautiful Royal Victoria Park just below the Royal Crescent. (21st November – 4th January).   Then, Bambi legs allowing, head to the pop up Apres ‘skate’ bar for a mulled wine or hot chocolate.

Bath-on-Ice-Regency-Skaters Bath Xmas market gifts Speckled-Wood


Robin Hood Cottage, near Baslow in the Peak District.

A boutique base from which to explore the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales at any time of year and with Chatsworth House on door step there is always so much to explore and discover from Robin Hood Cottage.

During the festive season Chatsworth is a magical place with events throughout November and December for all ages, this year with events are inspired by Alice in Wonderland.  Wrap up your Xmas shopping early and find some inspiring gifts at the Christmas market 13th -23rd November

Chatsworth Christmas market, derbyshire dales

The farmyard will be sparkling with Fairy lights and have lots of festive fun for the family.

Enjoy a Christmas Twilight evening with the family, mince pies and wine accompanied by carols and for a grown up treat a Twilight three course dinner in their Cavendish restaurant. For something very different attend the enchanted masquerade ball on the 29th November or 13th December.

Chatsworth Christmas Farmyard twilight evenings at Chatworth House

A visit to Chesterfield and its ‘Crooked Spire’ Church is also a must with the church holding Festival of Christmas Trees 22nd – 30th November from 10-8pm.

Xmas lights switch on in Bakewell 29th November so in the run up to Christmas your shopping trip for Bakewell tarts will be even more enjoyable.

Chesterfield, peak district, christmas lights Chesterfield church Festival of trees


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Like a personal trainer – but lots more fun!

Want to try something different whilst on holiday?

New skills that do us good (and preferably don’t involve press-ups in a muddy field).  And what better skill than cooking, eh?

Our cottages have some wonderful kitchens so we have teamed up with some friends here in The Cotswolds to bring private cookery classes to you in selected Sheepskin properties.  Designed around your interests, these relaxed and entertaining classes take place in the comfort of  your Cotswold Sheepskin cottage and focus on seasonal recipes that are easy to recreate. They’ll even do all the washing up.

Gluts and GluttonyGluts & Gluttony was founded by Kathy who will be your private tutor for the day. She trained at Ashburton Cookery School, works at Daylesford Cookery School and is a jobbing private chef for hire.  Her classes are inspiring and relaxed and are the perfect activity to enjoy whilst on holiday for an alternative learning experience.

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Are we nearly there yet? Planning a stress free journey with kids.

The phrase that many parents know only too well, usually called within the first hour of a four hour journey. But with a bit of planning the journey can be relatively stress free.


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Live like a local at Burrell Hill

Places to visit with children

We have now been welcoming visitors since July and so during a recent stay at Burrell Hill in August we wanted to try some of the fabulous local activities with the children….


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Blackberry and Apple Jam – a hedgerow favourite

All you need to make this simple and straightforward fruity favourite is:


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Wrap up & kick leaves…

Autumn pleasures to share.

As the long hazy days of summer ebb away we can watch autumn creating its dazzling display of warm reds, rusty oranges and chocolate browns, making the time ripe for jumping off the 9-5 treadmill into the rustle of fallen leaves on a weekend autumn escape.

Autumn at Chescombe Lodge

Autumn at Chescombe Lodge

Such rural and rustic pleasures are lent an atmospheric topping by time spent in front of a woodburning stove and Sheepskin have a heart-warming array of properties with tempting firesides to cosy around.

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Win a luxury weekend getaway with BLOOM Gin

696QB on trade Brochure_Cards_BloomKVIf you enjoy a little Gin and tonic now and again, have you experienced BLOOM?

BLOOM is a light, delicate and floral gin with a totally unique slightly sweet taste created by a bespoke blend of 3 botanicals: honeysuckle, chamomile and pomelo.

Our friends at BLOOM are running a fabulous competition which we can’t help but get excited about as the main prize is a stay at one of our unique rural holiday homes.

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Unique and quirky style that makes people smile

Tall-Tapered-Dark-Oak-MottlThere is always a fantastic response to the Baa Stool, they literally attract flocks of admirers and never fail to make people smile. Baa Stool is a luxury sheepskin hardwood footstool with a removable cover lovingly created in beautiful North Wales by a traditionally trained upholstress, Michelle Bartleet-Greavey.

Say hello to our new friends at Baa Stool.


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Enjoy a Cotswold Picnic created by Kathy Slack from Gluts & Gluttony

Sheepskin has recently moved to the Oxfordshire market town of Chipping Norton and to celebrate the move and enjoy this lovely summer weather that we have been having, Kathy Slack from Gluts and Gluttony has created a delicious picnic celebrating her home-grown Cotswold strawberries.

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Live like a local at Nantwen…

We speak to the owners of Nantwen, Daniel and Jemma who are also  new parents having recently had a baby girl, Elsie.  We ask the couple where they like to go and what they like to do in their spare time.  The couple live next door to Nantwen, in the village of Felindre Farchog and very much enjoy the good-life and why not! Jemma is a wonderful baker and has also started making artisan chocolates, upon your arrival there is nothing more welcoming than a loaf of home baked bread sitting in the kitchen waiting for you.  D & J  kindly share their favourite places locally in and around Pembrokeshire.   You certainly won’t be short of things to do, if anything you will be looking to book a longer stay…

Daniel and jemma walking

Daniel and Jemma walking, a favourite pastime

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