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How a stargazing stay in Northumberland Dark Sky Park will reset your mind

The Hiddle Hut offers the ultimate stargazing experience in the darkest skies in the UK that's out of this world.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 11.11.2023

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Nestled in the enchanting expanse of Northumberland Dark Sky Park, The Hiddle Hut offers an unparalleled stargazing retreat that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

This cosy hideaway calls the Northumberland National Park home, a place that proudly boasts the country’s darkest skies, meaning Northumberland is a prime spot for stargazing – and The Hiddle Hut is right at the heart of this.

And guess what? This is the perfect time to book your stay because Northumberland is currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of being crowned England’s first and largest International Dark Sky Park back in 2013.

This two-story luxury cabin is where the magic happens, giving you the ultimate stargazing experience. It’s not just a place to sleep and relax; it’s a haven for connecting with nature and resetting your mind, spirit, and soul.

Whether you’re up for a relaxed soak in a roll-top bath with a glass of wine, gazing up at the starlit sky, or you’d rather lose yourself in the cosmic mysteries from the comfort of your bed through the stargazing roof window, The Hiddle Hut serves up the perfect opportunity to truly unplug from the hustle and bustle of the world.

The Hiddle Hut has recently been shortlisted as a finalist for New Tourist Business of the Year 2024, and here’s why…

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INSIDE THE SELF CARE HAVEN

Step into The Hiddle Hut, a warm sanctuary that shields you from the outside chill. With central heating and cosy sheep’s wool insulation, this cabin is a haven of comfort and luxury, crafted from reclaimed materials and filled with repurposed treasures.

After a revitalizing countryside stroll, where you reconnect with nature, unwind on the plush leather two-seater sofa beside the wood-burning stove with a steaming cup of coffee. Enjoy your favourite rom-com on the smart TV (finally you can watch what you want without any arguments) or get lost in one of the captivating books provided without any distractions.

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And when it comes to comfort food, The Hiddle Hut has you covered with top-notch amenities for all your culinary desires.

If you’ve been struggling to sleep, rest assured that The Hiddle Hut guarantees a good night’s sleep. After climbing the reclaimed spiral staircase, you’ll reach the second-floor bedroom mezzanine with a stargazing roof window over the king-sized hand-built bed. There’s no better way to unwind than immersing yourself in Northumberland’s pristine dark skies with a magical star-gazing experience from the comfort of your bed while listening to the soothing sounds of nature.

The Hiddle Hut truly is the gift that keeps on giving. A highlight is the ensuite bathroom featuring a dreamy double-ended roll-top bath with a window revealing breathtaking rural views as you soak. Indulge in the luxury body care products provided, bring along your favourite face mask, and pamper yourself for the ultimate self care experience, all complemented by a refreshing monsoon shower.

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A HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Expect a warm welcome as friendly owner Catherine really goes above and beyond for her guests. On your arrival expect to find a welcome hamper to help you settle in with your stay. From home-baked treats to eggs from her free-range hens and essentials like butter, milk and coffees, tea and pods for the coffee machine, Catherine has got you covered.

Or, if you’re after something more specific for your stay without the hassle of having to nip to a shop, Catherine offers four different kinds of breakfast hampers as well as different grazing boards at an additional cost.

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THE ULTIMATE STARGAZING RETREAT 

Nestled in its own private and exclusive paddock, The Hiddle Hut offers breathtaking views of the Northumbrian landscape while seamlessly blending into the rural surroundings with its charming agricultural aesthetic.

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Within the picturesque grounds of the Hut, you’ll discover an outdoor fire pit and grill, ideal for keeping warm and roasting marshmallows, creating a cosy atmosphere. The covered bar area on the outdoor deck invites you to dine while savouring the serene surroundings. Fresh herbs from the trough are at your disposal for enhancing your culinary creations.

As the sun begins to set, picture yourself with a glass of wine in hand, sitting beside the fire pit, soaking in the tranquillity of the moment. This is the perfect setting for a unique romantic star-gazing experience that you won’t forget anytime soon.

Venturing beyond the garden, you’ll find a small woodland copse, featuring a winding path leading to a peaceful clearing with a bench. Here, you can sit, unwind, and revel in the beauty of the changing sky, from sunrise to sunset, all while taking advantage of the stargazing with books provided.

The Hiddle Hut is not just a place to stay; it’s a haven for self-care and a serene retreat for those ready to discover what Northumberland Dark Sky Park has to offer.

NEARBY DARK SKY DISCOVERY SITES

Twice Brewed Inn

Twice Brewed Inn

Distance: 6-min drive

Join the stargazing team at Twice Brewed Inn away and witness Northumberland’s mesmerizing night sky through outdoor stargazing events and an interactive indoor Planetarium.

Find Out More
Cawfields Quarry

Cawfields Quarry

Distance: 9-minute drive

Cawfields Quarry is a Dark Sky Discovery Site, where gaze at the mystery of the Milky Way away from any light pollution.

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Walltown Country Park

Walltown Country Park

Distance: 12-minute drive

Walltown Country Park is a Dark Sky Discovery Site, an officially recognised place where anyone can stargaze that lies on the line of Hadrian’s Wall.

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Kielder Observatory

Kielder Observatory

Distance: 1-hour drive

Get lost the largest Gold Tier Dark Sky Park area of protected night sky in Europe at Kielder observatory that has a full calendar of stargazing events to discover.

Find Out More

THE HIDDLE HUT, BARDON MILL, HEXHAM NE47 7ES

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