Our aim was to provide traditional Shepherds Hut accommodation nestled in a rural setting, away from the hustle & bustle of daily life with no Wi-Fi or mobile access. We wanted to be able to share this area that we are lucky enough to call our home, in order for the farm to be future-proof and sustainable for the next generation.
We are Simon (43) and Sarah (45) Redman, along with our daughter Daisy (9). Simon is a first generation farmer, having studied an HND in Agricultural at Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire. Since then he has farmed in his own right, in England with beef, sheep and dairy, and after a reorganisation of the farm partnership in 2012 we moved here to Creeside Farm. Sarah was bought up on a family farm, and has a background in sales & marketing and is currently working off-farm as a medical secretary to generate much needed additional income.
Creeside Farm straddles the South Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway border. Here we farm a herd of native Galloway cattle, and a small herd of rare Whitebred Shorthorns. Our sheep are Blackface & Herdwicks. We own Creeside Farm, a 200-acre hill farm and rent a further 600 acres from Scottish Wildlife Trust and private landlords with much of our land being rough grazing or designated SSSI.
Due to geographical constraints and land type we are limited in our ability to make changes to our current business model. With Brexit looming hill sheep farming is under serious threat. For more than 40 years, UK farmers have relied on subsidies from the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) and significant export markets in Europe with free access to 500 million consumers. But the dramatic outcome of the referendum has created huge uncertainty about the future of farm support, regulation and access to the single market. We are surrounded by forestry limiting our ability to expand. In order for the farm to be future-proof and sustainable, we felt it necessary to develop a new micro-business to run alongside to support and enhance our farm work.
We sat down and looked at the assets we have here at Creeside Farm; barns to convert – no barns suitable & cost prohibitive; B&B – house too small; campsite/caravan site – no as we need our fields for our stock; traditional shepherds hut – YES!
We have now sited our Shepherds Hut in one of our fields, with fabulous views towards the Galloway Hills and overlooking the River Cree. We provide a place for people to stay who are seeking a peaceful, relaxing getaway in some of Scotland’s most breath-taking and landscape. With no Wi-Fi and limited mobile signal this really will be a back to basics experience. From here our visitors will be able to relax and while away the time looking out for the abundance of birds and other wildlife.
Imagine a place where traffic, pollution and the hum of the television are replaced by birdsong, fresh air and the tranquillity of the countryside. A place where you can relax without intrusion.
Welcome to Creeside Escape Shepherd's Hut.