Ketburn Shepherds Hut at Balnab Farm (2024)


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "Really enjoyed our time with you, it was a cozy little retreat."

    A real chance to unwind and just exist for us, I’ll be recommending the Shepherds hut to my friends, again the milk was great if we could order from you directly we would

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Sep 2023

  • "We didn't really want to leave the farm."

    We were looking for a relaxing time away and we found it here. We'll definitely be back, I'm already missing the milkshakes and Julie the horse haha. :)

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2023

  • "A unique experience in a lovely peaceful surround, we loved every minute of our stay, waking up to beautiful ponies and sheep in the field next to us was an added bonus, the only negative would be that there was not many places to eat out and with only having a microwave in the Shepherd’s hut was a bit of a challenge but on saying that we managed perfectly well, maybe if we had just been a month earlier we would have made good use of the BQ."

    Reviewed by Shona5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely spot for a peaceful break, hut was cosy and warm when logburner was lit, ..."

    Lovely spot for a peaceful break, hut was cosy and warm when logburner was lit, not much to do around the area but found some good walks, would visit again

    Reviewed by Trisha4.1Oct 2021

  • "We loved staying in the Shepherd's Hut."

    We had the loveliest time.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Oct 2021

  • "The Shepherds Hut was fabulous!"

    It's position on the farm is great with private garden area and parking. Its been very nicely converted and was really comfortable and cosy. Having the log burner indoors was perfect but we also appreciated the electric kettle for a quick cuppa! The gas BBQ is great as was the toasty shower. We added breakfast and BBQ packs and the contents were delicious. Our labrador pup loved the Shetland ponies and the sheep right beside us - even when the ponies decided to moonlight laps around their field!! The hut is really well equipped and kitted out - the only suggestions we had was perhaps a hook on the inside of the door for coats and something heavy or a hook to hold the door open coz the boot rack stops the door going all the way back to the original hook. The outdoor light and solar lights around the path were perfect for evening - and the torch was appreciated too - but the dark skies were perfect for watching the stars. We explored the whole area and found lots of great walks, swims and places to eat!

    Reviewed by Kirsty4.4Sep 2021

  • "Fabulous location The area is so quiet and peaceful."

    It is a working diary farm so there are smells of the country all around. The hut itself is just as advertised and we enjoyed a lovely week walking around the area and simply relaxing with nature all around. The hosts are very approachable and nothing is too much trouble. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to just get away from it all and relax.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a fabulous stay,at Ketburn Shepherds Hut."

    Chloe and Gavin,were perfect hosts,and have obviously put a lot of thought into their lovely hut.It has everything you need for a peaceful,relaxing break.The outside space was ideal for our dog Jake,who could safely come and go at his leisure.Had great fun exploring the area,and the coastal scenery is totally breathtaking.Thankyou too for the welcome pack,much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Jeanette4.7Jul 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Ketburn Shepherds Hut, it’s beautifully designed and has everything we needed."

    Very peaceful surroundings if you need to get away! One thing that could probably help would be a door mat inside of the hut, just in case of the rain! We would definitely be back for another weekend away on the farm!

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Jul 2021

  • "The setting of the hut was beautiful , surrounded by lovely countryside!"

    Great to have the farm animals close by. Hosts were very friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay! We were very lucky to have beautiful weather, which was an added bonus! The property is ideal for couples to get away from it all relax and unwind ( just what we needed) Would definitely recommend this property with great hosts. We will be back !!

    Reviewed by Kristina5.0May 2021

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  • All-one-level
  • One king-size bedroom in a studio-style layout with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • External shower room with walk-in shower and separate WC
  • The WC is adjacent to the Shepherds hut next to the BBQ
  • Wood fired hot tub.
  • Woodburning stove
  • Microwave, fridge
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking available
  • Garden with furniture, wood fired hot tub, firepit and barbecue
  • Farm animals to visit on site
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no children and no smoking
  • Shop 1.8 miles, refurbished Pub and Restaurant in Whithorn - 1.5 miles
  • Note: There is no WiFi in this property
  • Note: Opportunity to bring horse by prior arrangement with owner
  • Note: The owners have now launched their own pasteurised farm fresh whole milk to market and have milk vending machines located at Balnab Farmwhere guests are welcome to purchase farm fresh whole milk and/or flavoured milk7 days a week from 8 am until 9 pmfrom their small dairy herd of Holstein friesians that are milked twice a day at Balnab Farm.

The property

Tucked away in the former Royal Burgh of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway, is this unique shepherd's hut, offering a romantic escape for a couple looking to explore Scotland's coast and countryside.

Find this property in a remote working dairy farm, surrounded by picturesque views of far-reaching fields, where a winding pathway leads you towards your new home away from home.

Notice the external shower and WC, providing a rustic, campsite feel to an adventurous trip, accompanied by contemporary amenities for you to best prepare for your day.

Enjoy your morning coffee with the surrounding farm animals, kicking back on your private seating area as the fire pit warms and you watch the animals close up, there's also a barbecue here for a summer's day lunch.

Head up steps towards the entrance and be charmed by the impressive studio-style interior, mixing themes of rural nature, quirky bohemian and stylish fixtures, here you can prepare a delicious breakfast from your well-stocked kitchen space, to eat in front of the snug woodburning stove.

Resting behind is a spacious king-size bed, an inviting resting spot where you can wake up to dreamy sounds of nature and tranquility before an exciting day ahead.

Explore the encompassing fields and farmlands and enjoy a picnic outside, or take a stroll and meet the friendly animals, including Shetland ponies.

Enjoy a romantic adventure & relax in the wood fired hot tub during a rustic escape to Ketburn shepherds hut.

Note: This property can be booked with, 1024145, together sleeping eight guests.

Balnab Farm Cottages

Nestled on a remote working dairy farm within the former Royal Burgh of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway, are these two rustic properties, great for families looking to explore Scotland's true beauty. Surrounding the properties are lush fields, which are inhabited by many animals, including Shetland ponies, sheep and birds. The centre of Whithorn is less than a mile away, with a supermarket, café, cake shop, antique store and post office, along with a host of attractions, including Whithorn Priory & Museum and the Iron Age Roundhouse. Venturing towards the coast, you will be well-placed for discovering the beautiful low-lying countryside of the Machars peninsula, along with the Isle of Whithorn, one of Scotland's most southerly villages and sea ports, with a stunning harbour, and make time to visit St Ninian's Cave, a small cave though to be the retreat of Scotland's first saint. Wigtown, Scotland's official book town, is a haven for book lovers, home to the annual Wigtown Book Festival, there is also a golf club, for the golf lovers amongst you. If you want to venture further out of town, head to Newton Stewart; resting along the River Cree and known as the gateway to the Galloway Hills, you can begin to explore the Galloway Forest Park, with hiking opportunities through Kirroughtree Forest and amble through the ancient woodland of the Wood of Cree, home to more than 100 bird species, it is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Galloway Forest Park has had Dark Sky Park designation for over a decade, due to its breathtaking and rare stargazing conditions, with the Milky Way and 7000 stars visible to the naked eye, an incredible sight to behold for any keen astronomers. There is so much to see and do from The Dairy Cottage; a 30-minute drive from the property will take you to the ferry crossing, where you can even board a 40-minute ferry to Ireland. With endless opportunities available to you from this stunning location, make Banlab Farm your new holiday hotspot.

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About the location


Castlewigg 2 miles; Wigtown 10.5 miles; Newton Stewart 17 miles.

The former Royal Burgh of Whithorn on the Machars Peninsula in Dumfries and Galloway is renowned for having the first recorded Christian church is Scotland. Built by St Ninian around 397, the site of the Candida Casa, or White/Shining House, is now home to the parish church. The area of Whithorn is rich in history and is also home to a medieval priory and an archaeological site. The distinctive shape of Whithorn, with its spacious central area and narrow entrance-ways of elegant Georgian houses, displays its medieval heritage. The Machars and Rhins of Galloway are also home to spectacular gardens, a result of the Gulf Stream and mild climate. Logan Botanic Gardens, the Aldouran Wetland and the spectacular gardens of Castle Kennedy are all a must see. To the north of the Machars are the Galloway Hills, offering walking to all levels as well as world class mountain biking. Golf, fishing and wildlife spotting are well catered for and the sandy beaches of Monrieth, Garlieston, and along the whole of Luce Bay will delight any visitor.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
Ketburn Shepherds Hut at Balnab Farm (2024)


Can you live in a shepherds hut permanently? ›

All of the huts are insulated with Thermafleece sheep's wool, lined with vapour barrier and breather membrane and built in a similar way to the houses you might see on Grand Designs. So yes, it is perfectly feasible to be living in a shepherd's hut full time, and lots do.

Is there a toilet in a shepherds hut? ›

Shepherds huts can be equipped with toilets and showers, but this is not always the case. Some huts may have basic facilities, such as a composting toilet or an outdoor shower, while others may offer more comprehensive amenities.

What is the story of the shepherd's hut? ›

In The Shepherd's Hut, Winton crafts the story of Jaxie Clackton, a brutalized rural youth who flees from the scene of his father's violent death and strikes out for the vast wilds of Western Australia. All he carries with him is a rifle and a waterjug. All he wants is peace and freedom.

Do shepherds huts make money? ›

Rates for a shepherd hut currently vary from £100 to £265 per night. Even with medium to high occupancy, you can earn a significant amount of money from your shepherd hut rental business.

Can I put a Shepherd's Hut on my land? ›

The simple answer is the shepherd's hut itself doesn't need planning permission, it's what you are doing with it that may do. As the shepherd's hut structure is on wheels and is portable the answer is often no. But any change of use of the land that the huts stand upon may need planning permission.

Do shepherds huts have electricity? ›

Generally the supply cable to the shepherd hut will be an armoured cable buried in the ground. Our shepherd huts come with electric underfloor heating as standard to maximise internal floor space. Alternative heating systems can be fitted, including plinth fan heaters, electric radiators and electric log burners.

Can you move a shepherds hut? ›

The easy answer to this is Yes, it is possible to reposition your hut, and even take it with you if you move or change your mind about the original place you had your hut placed. Each Red Sky Shepherd's Hut has a fully working steerable chassis to allow it to be moved and allow the flexibility to reposition it.

Can you tow a shepherds hut? ›

Are shepherd huts movable? Yes, as they are on the wheels they can be towed.

How do you get water to a Shepherd's Hut? ›


Water would be connected via underground service at the depth of 2'6” below surface. As a temporary measure or for the summer months waterpipes can be laid on surface for all but the frozen winter periods. The usual gauges are 25mm pipe with 50mm recommended from a large storage tank for the hot tub.

What is another name for a shepherd's hut? ›

The shepherd's hut (or shepherd's wagon) was, since the 14th century and into the 20th century, used by shepherds during sheep raising and lambing, primarily in the United Kingdom and France. Shepherd's huts often had iron wheels and corrugated iron tops. Sometimes the sides were also made of corrugated iron.

Why do shepherds huts have wheels? ›

Old huts often had wheels which were much larger in diameter, which were cleverly made with a cast iron hub and rim with steel spokes. These bigger wheels would have made it easier for the cart horse to pull the heavy hut out of the farmyard and to negotiate rough farm tracks.

Where did shepherds sleep at night? ›

These shepherds did not have a comfortable, warm bed to sleep in, but rather slept out in the fields alongside of their sheep. With great attentiveness and compassion, the shepherd's job was to care for the sheep and their lambs.

How long will a shepherd's hut last? ›

How long will a shepherd hut last? The life expectancy of a shepherd hut can vary depending on use, maintenance and environmental conditions. One of our huts should last 25 to 40 years providing there is an adequate annual maintenance programme to ensure the longevity of the structure.

Are shepherds huts hot in summer? ›

No! They are so well insulated that they keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

How much does it cost to build a shepherd's hut? ›

A completed shepherds hut, fully built and delivered could cost anything from £30,000 to £100,000 depending on the size and specification.

Where can I live in a Shepherd's Hut? ›

Find a suitable location: You need to find a site with enough space for your shepherd hut, access to water as well as sunlight if you are planning to install solar panels. You also need to check if there are any planning permission requirements with your local council if necessary.

How long does a Shepherd's Hut last? ›

How long will a shepherd hut last? The life expectancy of a shepherd hut can vary depending on use, maintenance and environmental conditions. One of our huts should last 25 to 40 years providing there is an adequate annual maintenance programme to ensure the longevity of the structure.

Can you tow a shepherd's hut? ›

Are shepherd huts movable? Yes, as they are on the wheels they can be towed.

Are shepherds huts warm? ›

These original, uninsulated shepherd huts could often get cold in the winter, but now modern technology, insulation and efficient wood burning stoves ensure that Arbor Shepherd Huts stay beautifully warm in the winter and cool in the summer.


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