What’s new for 2024 at Hutton John Estate

January 26, 2024

For those who have been following our journey on social media for the last six months or so, you may already know that throughout 2023 we have been working incredibly hard to add two new additions to our Highgate Cabins collection. We are absolutely delighted to share that they are officially complete!

Introducing Herdwick, the fourth cabin in our collection, boasting a luxury interior and stunning views, and the Gardener’s Retreat, a one-of-a-kind shepherd’s lodge set within the Estate’s walled garden.

Both properties make for a perfect romantic retreat, so as we head into the month of love this February, make sure you’re among the first to try out one of our brand new cosy countryside getaways. If you’d like to know more about them, though, then keep on reading as we take you behind the scenes.


Behind the scenes: A true labour of love

As with any large-scale project, we’ve seen our fair share of hurdles and hold-ups as we worked towards the completion of our two new additions. It’s never just about the building, we had to get the drainage and the water treatment works right too, hence diggers, trenches and sometimes, admittedly, a bit of mess!

From the typical Cumbrian weather delaying our progress to unforeseen challenges to overcome, all of our hard work paid off when we achieved completion before the end of 2023, and had the pleasure of welcoming our first guests in early January.

Working alongside our talented team of local tradesmen (special shoutout to the brilliant Shaun, Stephen and Louis for the building work, our plumbers Mark and Darren, and Gary and Martin for their building and groundworks!), we have created quite the dream team here at Hutton John.

While it may seem all about our Highgate Cabin additions, rest assured we are not ones to rest on our laurels! The team have been equally dedicated to continuously restoring and improving our other properties to maintain our high standards. Most recently, Home Farm House received some good old TLC, including some new year room refreshes and a brand new wood-fired hot tub for our guests to enjoy.

Finishing touches to Gardener’s Retreat & filling in the trenches, fitting the beautiful pink kitchen at Herdwick Cabin, welcoming a new addition to Home Farm House – a swanky new hot tub!


Herdwick Cabin: A secluded corner of Cumbrian countryside

The fourth and final cabin in the Highgate collection, the Herdwick Cabin was every bit worth the wait. With a bold, dusty pink kitchen, cosy L-shaped interior and wood-fired hot tub, it’s the ultimate retreat for couples looking to escape the everyday hustle and bustle. 

Inside, the plush interior lends itself nicely to relaxing evenings accompanied by a good glass of wine after a day of exploring, before resting your head on plush pillows and cosying up in the luxury down duvet. Step outside, and you’ll discover a private decking space overlooking Brow Wood and the Ullswater fells beyond, best enjoyed from the cabin’s wood-fired hot tub that is tucked away for total seclusion and privacy. 

Click here to find out more about Herdwick Cabin.


Gardener’s Retreat: A boutique bolthole for two in the Estate’s historic walled garden

The first and only of its kind on the Hutton John Estate, the Gardener’s Retreat is a secluded getaway situated within its own private enclosure of the Estate’s walled garden. Quaint, quiet and cosy, this traditional shepherd’s lodge is an ideal choice for those looking to switch off and soak up the nature that surrounds them. 

Featuring earthy, terracotta tones, plush furnishings, a spacious open plan layout and luxury amenities, the Gardener’s Retreat is equal parts a nature lover’s dream and a luxury retreat for those who enjoy the finer things. Add a private patio complete with a rustic wood-fired hot tub to the mix, and you might just find you never want to leave!

Click here to find out more about the Gardener’s Retreat.


Kate’s Design Inspiration: Bringing the outside in

Just like all of the properties in the Hutton John collection, both of our boutique additions celebrate the beauty of the stunning scenery that surrounds them. From reflecting the rewilded woodland of Brow Wood in Herdwick cabins botanical-inspired finishing touches, to choosing fabrics and colour palettes that complement the flora and fauna within the walled gardens at the Gardener’s Retreat.

It’s those subtle extra touches that make all the difference, and owner and designer Kate was passionate about maintaining that attention to detail in both properties.

“The design for Herdwick, in contrast to the Yew Tree and Bluebell cabins, was to incorporate traditional yet romantic tones throughout, with the pinks, reds and greens,” says Kate. “It’s a perfect place for a getaway for two, with views of the ancient woodland and the fells above Ullswater.” Finishing touches, including botanical crockery from Port Meirion, locally sourced Larch in the cabin’s insulation and a bespoke L-shaped layout to enhance the panoramic views, all helped tie into the cabin’s natural setting.

Not only that, Kate says, “All of our fabrics are sourced locally from Stead McAlpin just up the road, and all of our soft furnishings are lovingly handmade by a talented local lady”, serving as a testament to our dedication to supporting independent, local businesses and always thinking of those finer details.

Speaking of finer details, “As in all of our properties, we always include one unique item from the main house,” says Kate. “In Herdwick, we’ve added a little Victorian watercolour in the bedroom, and in Gardener’s Retreat, you’ll find a picture of an Egyptian painting on the wall – we’re nothing if not eclectic!” Finding a new home for some of the little trinkets residing in Hutton John House is a favourite tradition of ours, and sharing them with our guests brings us joy.

“As for the Gardener’s Retreat, it is situated in the old walled garden near to the Gardener’s Bothy, and maximising its view of the garden was crucial,” says Kate. “With the lodge situated in the expanse of the walled garden, guests can enjoy the fresh open air from the comfort of their wood-fired hot tub without being overlooked or hemmed in.”

The property’s orientation was key to making sure we achieved this fine line of privacy within a large external space. Tucked away in a cosy corner of the gardens, the lodge looks onto a section of the curved wall that will be flourishing with flora and fauna come springtime. Plus, in the distance, views over the impressive Lakeland fells can be seen just through the woodland, allowing guests to relax and unwind while basking in nature.

Inside, the interior is soft and calming, with a pale grey painted wood kitchen, neutral linen blinds to blend with the exterior views, and a pop of terracotta and floral fabrics to incorporate the botanical inspiration behind this bolthole.

Both Herdwick Cabin and the Gardener’s Retreat are available to book online, with 2, 3, 4 or 7 night stays available. We do hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you to our one of our luxury abodes nestled within nature.

Three beautiful and lovingly restored cottages. Where heritage meets modern-day living. 

Sleeps 4, 6, or 10.

Four contemporary cabins, immersed in nature. Where the outdoors meets luxury. 

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Passed down through generations, our family and history are at the heart of the approximately 300 acre Hutton John Estate.

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