A NORTH Tyne holiday accommodation provider shortlisted for a Visit England award has opened a new hut.

Sycamore Cottage & Glamping’s The Black Hut has opened at Barrasford to honour the history of land on which it stands.

Built in Fourstones, by the Northumberland Hut Company, The Black Hut has been designed to marry the old and the new, creating a comfortable environment for guests to relax and enjoy nature.

“It’s totally bespoke, unique and designed by us”, said Debbie Longlands, who runs the business alongside husband Mark - a third-generation farmer. “It really maximises the site in terms of its design around stargazing, sunset, views and relaxation, but it’s also a contrast between the old and the new.”

Historically, miners lived in black huts at the bottom of the site’s fell; these huts are now longer there.

Debbie added: “It’s got everything you would have in a normal house or holiday let but in a quirky accommodation style. You’re completely secluded but you’re totally not roughing it. Everything’s there to make it comfortable so you don’t really want to leave.

“It’s very much aimed at couples wanting to escape and have that retreat and seclusion.”

The Black Hut has a mix of contemporary and old-style features and also has an outside porch with a log burning stove and a roll top, free-standing bathtub. Inside, there is a mezzanine level with a stargazing lounge. It is accessed by private woodland but is on the same site as the company’s other holiday lets.

The recently opened hut has been given the seal of approval by the Red Shepherdess and Danny the Farrier who enjoyed visiting the Northumberland countryside.

Debbie hopes the Shepherdess’ visit will encourage more people to visit this small pocket of the world. She said: “Everybody knows about Hadrian’s Wall, everybody knows about the Coast but the North Tyne is a little bit of a hidden area.”

Sycamore Cottage & Glamping started with a cottage in 2020 and later diversified with luxury, onsite glamping.