After 6 months of blood, sweat and tears (mainly by the builders!) we are delighted to be opening our second addition to the Dufton Barn Holidays portfolio. The Pennine Potting Shed is exactly what it says…a converted potting shed in the corner of our garden. It’s a perfect place to stay to explore the beautiful Eden Valley, or to rest up for the night when walking the Pennine Way as, of course, Dufton is a key staging point on this iconic national trail.
The project started back in November and we were excited to be working with the same builders that developed Shepherds View – Parkin Bell of Warcop. Different building, different challenges, with a lot to fit into a small space, but PB as always were up for the job, and as always had plenty of great suggestions as the work went on. Needless to say the original concept differed quite considerably to the finished article, but in a good way!
We started by extending the potting shed by 1.5m to give us extra living space. This meant that the whole of the roof needed to be re-slated, and properly insulated, but we were able to reuse most of the original slates on one side. Then the stone that we removed from the feature window in Shepherds View was used to dress the new extension. The floor and walls were properly insulated as well, and the original flags were then used outside in the private garden. We’ve also reused and reconditioned an old log burner, the original doors, and an old fire mantel. If you want to see how you will have to come and stay!
In the end we have created accommodation that we believe is a little bit quirky compared to other options on the Pennine Way and still delivers a great experience.
The Potting Shed sleeps up to 3 people and 1 dog. We’ve put in a reinforced adult bunk bed and an additional sofa bed. Guests also have a cooking area with a double hob, a fridge and a combi microwave. There is also a wet room with a toilet and walk in shower. Boots can be dried on a dedicated boot warmer, and clothes hung up on a Victorian drier above the log burner. Outside there is a private garden where guests can enjoy the warm Cumbrian evenings – hopefully!
In addition, we are offering a breakfast option by way of a continental breakfast, with enough food to make up a packed lunch for the long walk ahead, and we also have ready meals for sale as an evening meal option. As a final touch guests can choose treats from the Tuck Box that is under the bed, because you can never have enough chocolate…or crisps…or nuts!
We hope you enjoy your stay and happy walking!