Bluebell Shepherd Huts
With its wild and beautiful landscape, Northumberland has long had a tradition of sheep on the hills…
…and with the sheep came shepherds huts, in remote and isolated locations giving shelter and warmth, to those tending their animals.
…protection from the hostile weather the region can often provide.
Today we are privileged to continue this tradition with the construction of huts in rural Northumberland…
for a variety of modern uses garden rooms, play rooms, offices, extra bedrooms, glorious personal spaces
…it’s up to you
History of Shepherd’s Hut
The shepherd’s hut also known as a shepherd’s wagon, was used in the 19th and 20th century by shepherds during sheep raising and lambing, primarily in the United Kingdom. Shepherd’s huts often had iron wheels and corrugated iron tops. Sometimes the sides were also made of corrugated iron.
Use of shepherds huts by farmers reached a peak in the late 19th Century and dwindled in the 20th century with the advent of mechanised farm machinery and electric power reaching even remote farms. Their use persisted in some northern counties in the United Kingdom, particularly Westmoreland and Northumberland, where the terrain of the uplands supports little else but sheep farming.
There have been numerous different materials used to construct shepherd’s huts and after World War One, when metal was in short supply the chassis were often built with wood and the sides built with interlocking planks of larch or spruce. Sometimes the roof covering would be constructed from felt and tar and insulated with lambswool. Cast iron wheels were frequently recycled from other farm machinery. There are now very few examples of the later 20th-century shepherd’s huts in the county of Westmorland which became Cumbria in 1974.
The shepherd’s hut was a kitchen, dining room, bedroom, sitting room and storeroom all rolled into one. The designs vary but all were constructed to provide the shepherd with practical and durable accommodation. The old huts had a stove in one corner for warmth and cooking, and a window on each side so the shepherd could see the flock. A hinged stable door, which was always positioned away from the prevailing wind, enabled him to hear the flock, and strong axles with cast iron wheels were used to withstand the constant movement from field to field
Each of our huts is individually designed and put together on a bespoke plan, made specifically for you.
We build following traditional ideas and materials.
Starting with a traditional cast iron wheeled chassis, we build a timber frame to form the body.
Internally the walls are timber clad, with solid oak flooring.
- Typically the huts will be 12’ to 20’ in length, with an overall width of around 8’
- Roofs are clad in wriggly tin, with walls either similarly clad or timber panelled.
- All our huts have solid insulated walls and noise reducing roof insulation.
- Windows and doors are solid timber with cast iron ironmongery, and double glazing.
- Electric Installation
- Solar Power
- Paint finishes and colours at your request
- Furniture, country rustic or shabby chic
- Kitchens, bathrooms, toilets..if you wish
- A pot bellied stove, to my mind a necessity
- Beds, romantic or practical
- Canvas canopies
Our Bluebell Shepherd Huts
Imagine it and we can create a hut to satisfy your romanticism.
It’s now up to you…?
So, if you’re looking for something you’ll love forever, get in touch, I’d love to help.