Rooms with a view...
Picture the scene: not just one, but two, rustic huts, (traditionally used by shepherds to tend their flocks), in their own field, overlooking open rolling moorland. Your shepherd's hut holiday includes the use of both huts in your own, completely private, field. These are both genuine shepherd's huts, carefully sourced for their authenticity & attention to traditional detail. One, tastefully furnished with a brass double bed & antique furniture, sumptuous bedding, fluffy towels & a cosy woodburning stove. And, next door, a quaint 'cook shed'; an original shepherd's hut, equipped with both vintage artefacts & all the 'mod cons' you need to prepare warm & tasty meals. The huts sit in a beautifully mowed field, with views over the moorland to Wendron church in the background, with the pond & conservation area at the bottom of the field & only a short stroll, (1 minute & 34 seconds to be precise!), from the toilet & shower block. These huts come with a huge dollop of nostalgia; reawakening dreams of the dens you never had as a child, conjuring images of Enid Blyton's 'Famous Five', Thomas Hardy's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' & the rich land of make-believe. Holidays just don't get more romantic than this.
Introducing 'Butterhut' & 'Squash!
This beautiful shepherd's hut was made especially for us by Eddie Butterfield; a Dorset craftsman & blacksmith whose family have been making & restoring huts & wagons for 150 years. Eddie continues to employ the same traditional methods, using some of his grandfather's original tools & the locally-grown wood is sawn on his 1890s rack saw bench, still driven by a steam engine! All the iron fittings are created in-house, including forged axle fittings, drawbar bolts, roof-bars and all the small hooks, latches and brackets used in the huts  are hand-made. This is a man for whom we have such respect that we've named the hut after him!
Butterhut is 14' by 7', with original cast iron wheels from the 1860s, a stable door, wooden steps & windows. It is tastefully decorated, with Farrow & Ball paintwork, a cast iron double bed, with natural bedlinen & a handmade patchwork quilt, fluffy towels, antique pine furniture for storage, oil lamps & lanterns, rugs, chairs & a cast iron woodburning stove. The curtains & quilt are made from vintage fabrics. Shelves contain interesting antique & contemporary books & games for your use.
This is an original hut from 1910, made by the Lott & Walne foundry in Dorchester. It has remained in a field nearby for most of its life until discovered by Eddie Butterfield, who kindly agreed to part with it & restore it to its former glory for us. This hut seems to have had an interesting past as, apart from sheltering shepherds, it is believed to have housed prisoners of war who have left graffiti in foreign languages inscribed forever on the woodwork!
It is a smaller, cosier hut; measuring about 10' & 6', (hence the name!), but provides an original & more than adequate kitchen & dining environment. It is equipped with all the crockery, cutlery, kitchen implements & glassware you might need, together with a two-burner meths stove for cooking. There are also kitchen items from our own families' past to awaken memories of your own, (if you're our age!), or your parents' childhood kitchens. There are two pitch pine pews & a pine table, big enough to serve dinner, play board games or spread out the Sunday papers. For al fresco dining, a picnic bench, outside lanterns & a BBQ are provided, to make the most of those balmy evenings & the view over the moor.
Prices include the use of both the shepherd's huts, which are available for hire from April to October.
Dogs by arrangement. Please email to enquire.