It’s not often that I return to somewhere I’ve visited previously, but Clavertye Shepherd’s Huts is a place that I just couldn’t get out of my head from our girly getaway last October. So as autumn started creeping up on us again this year, I couldn’t resist planning a trip back.
This visit would be slightly different to last year though when Evie was just a tiny seven month old baby who didn’t do much more than sleep, giggle, try new foods and sit nice and still for all the photos mummy wanted to take. Whereas this year my extremely active little toddler is now walking, talking and has a huge personality that never stops.
There are only two shepherd’s huts on the farm at Clavertye which makes it a truly peaceful countryside escape. While last year our hut at the top of the beautiful valley was perfect for us, the just as cute woodland hut was more suitable this year as it meant Evie had lots of flat ground outside to run around on, the woods to explore, fallen leaves to jump in, and the farm’s horses a couple of minutes away to say hello to each morning.
As soon as we arrived I felt a huge wave of happiness and calmness wash over me. It may have been partly down to the fresh countryside air or the sunny autumn day but mostly it was thanks to all the wonderful memories that came flooding back from last year. Although I knew I loved this place, until we returned and I saw the hut sitting up on the hill in the distance, I hadn’t realised quite how much our simple little trip had had an impact on me. It was the first time I had gone away with just me and Evie; the first time I had gone away since my marriage breakdown. It’s where I realised that I was strong and independent. I could do this whole single mum thing and I could still give Evie the adventurous life that I had dreamed of for her.
This place is special which is why I’ll keep going back – as well as the fact it’s the cutest little place I’ve ever stayed. I wrote in depth about our stay here last year so this time around I’m just sharing lots of photos from our visit. Despite her non-stop running around, I surprisingly managed to get plenty of lovely photos of Evie so this is basically a post on how cute a farm girl she would make!
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