Scarborough holiday accommodation offers luxury shepherd's huts to key workers to stay in

A holiday accommodation business in Scarborough has offered its luxury shepherd's huts to NHS workers who would like to protect their own families from coronavirus.

By Corinne Macdonald
Friday, 17th April 2020, 12:03 pm

In addition to its main accommodation, which is losing out on business during the outbreak, The Old Hall Cottage in Snainton has three shepherd's huts which the owners usually use as summer houses for family and close friends.

However, during the coronavirus pandemic, owner Helen Burrows has kindly offered the huts out to key workers who are continuing to work but are worried about taking the virus home to their families.

Helen is a key worker herself, working for Ryedale Council, and wanted to do something to help others during the crisis.

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The shepherd's huts.

Since making the offer on Facebook, the post has been shared over 300 times and she has received many enquiries.

Her daughter Jenna, who runs a seafront cafe and has also had to shut her business, said: "My mum is doing such a nice thing.

"We've had a doctor, a nurse, a nurse carer and a police officer so far and are still getting messages.

"It's a very scary time for hospital workers. One of the people we've had staying has three children and had been isolating themselves in one room in their house and is now very happy they can stay in one of the huts."

Helen, centre, with her daughters Megan, left and Jenna, right.

The huts have internet, ensuite bathrooms, cooking facilities, tv, log burners and double beds and are being offered to one person at a time.

All key workers have to do is bring their own bedding and towels.

The huts are currently all occupied but those interested in staying in future weeks can contact Helen via the Old Hall Cottage's Facebook page here.

Helen Burrows.
The interior of one of the huts.