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  • 11th Nov 2023
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How a stargazing stay in Northumberland Dark Sky Park will reset your mind

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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 revitalising 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.

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.

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.

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.

BOOK YOUR STAY

THE HIDDLE HUT, BARDON MILL, HEXHAM NE47 7ES

NEARBY DARK SKY DISCOVERY SITES

Twice Brewed Inn 6-min drive
Cawfields Quarry 9-min drive
Walltown Country Park 12-min drive
Kielder Observatory 1-hour drive
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Rachael Nichol
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After gaining a first in her BA Media and Journalism degree at Northumbria University, Rachael worked at Newcastle’s leading regional newspaper with her stories being picked up in national and global newspapers She spent two very successful years giving a voice to those communities across the North East who otherwise…

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