We’re delighted to be showcasing one of our brand new Shepherds Huts at Wroxham Barns for the second year running! It hardly feels like a year since we were sat in our Retreat model hut, Lola, with the stove crackling and doors wide open for visitors to come in and warm themselves.
Today we delivered Betty, our most recent hut from our 2014 Glamping range to stand in pride of place in the courtyard as our next showroom. She features a side stable door and end windows with our new chunky timber shutters, a solid oak floor and a wood burning stove- come see her now!
It’s safe to say that 2013 ended with a bang! Less than 12 months after our official launch we’ve had the absolute pleasure of delivering two gorgeous Shepherds Huts to two separate celebrity customers, both to be placed in good time for Christmas!
Our first delivery took us to Kent to the home and meadow of comedian and author Andrew Clover who chose our Shepherds Hut as his personal writing space- A 13ft Hideaway style hut complete with a bespoke fitted bookshelf, folding desk, double bed and a wood burning stove.
He’s the handsome one on the right, not the pudgy, bedraggled one on the left!
Our second delivery resulted from a call about a week ago with an urgent call for any Shepherds hut we had in stock, so long as it arrive by Christmas- The callers client was very clear on this! Luckily, we like to keep one about and in this case it was our darling Mama Cass, the very first Shepherds hut we’d made! Although we were very sad to see her go, we were absolutely ecstatic to discover that the client was none other than Liz Hurley!
This Shepherds Hut is now a playroom and hangout for her young son- Not bad eh?
So that completes the first chapter of The English Shepherds Hut Company- in a year we launched ourselves, began building a fleet and created spaces for a range of incredible customers and have met and worked with dozens of extraordinary individuals and groups among the way- long may it continue. In 2014, we are building ten more Shepherds Huts to provide to camp sites across the UK so if you’d like you’re own hut, book early so we can fit it into our busy schedule!
We’re putting together this delightful writing hut for acclaimed author Andrew Clover, writer of Dad Rules and Dirty Angels. We received the enquiry out of the blue and he really is a charming fellow (His emails read much like his books). We often design our huts based on the specifications from the customer, so having a specification written by Mr Clover made the whole design process feel incredibly Mary-Poppins-esque!
It’s based on The Hideaway, our classic Shepherds Hut design, with a double bed, oak floors, a wood burning stove, extensive book shelf and of course, a writing desk!
We will keep a running commentary going on this one and have more pictures of the finished hut up soon- If you’ve got your own design in mind and would like us to bring it to life then feel free to call us any time.
Turns out that it’s not a “Bunky”, it’s a “Bunkee”! But what’s in a name?
The proud new owner of this hut was absolutely ecstatic at the final result of his new Shepherds Hut. Even more so after having the delivery postponed due to some particularly foul weather. However, as soon as it was clear and relatively dry we were straight back on the job!
An additional hurdle to jump was that, although we’d gotten permission to access the clients garden via an adjacent field so that we could deliver the hut, the farmer had gone ahead and ploughed it two days before! This made it practically impossible to get our loading transport in position without the risk of miring a 14 tonne lorry in a muddy field!
Fortunately, with the use of lifting strops and a telescopic fork lift courtesy of Mrs Temples Cheeses, producer of the renowned “Binham Blue”, we were able to take the hut off road and experienced the most intense touch-down since the Apollo landings.
Now there are only a couple of minor finishing touches- The solar panels simply need to be hooked up and the steps cut to fit the angle of the ground! Out of all our Shepherds Huts, this one was definitely the most inventive, eco friendly and fun one we’ve built so far and the customer, Ian, who led the design with his clear brief which was a perfect balance of imagination and practicality.
If you’d like to buy a Shepherds Hut but want it to be made exactly to your own design, The English Shepherds Hut Company are on your side!
This month we started construction on a brand new hut for a client’s garden- named by the client as his “Bunkee”! We probably say it too often, but we offer a bespoke build- built exactly to the specifications of the customer. We relish the customers’ ideas and use their own influences and lifestyle to create them something unique.
That’s why we leapt at the opportunity to start this one. Our customer got in touch after seeing our Boutique Glamper at Top Farm and wanted something similar- and different! This was to be a guest room and a crafts and writing den. As it was to be positioned quite a long way from mains electricity, we needed to provide some way of powering a laptop, a phone charger and even a sewing machine.
Always one to rise to a challenge and embrace clean energy solutions, we have sourced a simple and surprisingly compact solar panel- flexible to fit discreetly with the curved roof, which will be more than sufficient to power these appliances. Not only this, but it can be upgraded and linked with several more for additional power. And if the hut is to be moved elsewhere with less sunlight, we have a simple 240V 16 amp socket which can be attached to the mains or a generator. The solar package also contains two long life batteries making it convenient and economical.
The insulation is made from snug and environmentally friendly sheep wool from Thermafleece Ecoroll which makes the Shepherds hut warm all year round- it even smelt a little bit sheepy! We are also fitting it with a classic wood burning stove and a beautiful natural larch finish giving the whole hut a rustic and welcoming feel.
Delivery has been postponed due to the wet weather- this one requires us to drive a hi-ab lifting truck through a field and lift it over a fence, so we’d rather play it safe… But it’s going to be worth the wait!
If you’d like us to design or custom build a shepherds hut to suit you call us now on 01603 397777.
Chief Combobulator Wong. While the rest of the team gallivant and build Shepherds Huts, I sit here and combobulate.