The BIG move

Cornish shepherds hut workshop

After two year in our beloved Dutch barn, we have moved into our new workshop. It is still very much a novelty to have a flat floor, four walls and electricity! 

Here is a short time-lapse of us building huts 002 and 003 in our old workshop.

Cornwall Home Improvement and Self Build Show

On Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of October with help from Tom, Bex and Georgie, Mike and I took our show hut to the self build show. The constant rain on Saturday didn't dampen the spirits of the exhibitors or the public, and people arrived in the droves. The Sunday was a much brighter day. We met some really interesting people who came from far and wide. Here are a few photos from the show.

 

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Home and Lifestyle show success

On the 29th and 30th of April Mike and I with help from Bex and Georgie, displayed our beloved show hut at the Cornwall home and Lifestyle Show. We spent the two days talking to visitors about every aspect of Shepherd's huts. The show was  a great success as we sold our Show hut and generated a lot of interest which ahas since lead to orders being placed.

Lisa from Cornish Interiors did a lovely job dressing the show hut, with roman blinds, ship skin rugs and lots of great finishing touches

Lisa from Cornish Interiors did a lovely job dressing the show hut, with roman blinds, ship skin rugs and lots of great finishing touches

Delivery day for Woodley and Chevi's Shepherds hut.

On a rare warm and sunny February morning, Mike, Rob and myself delivered and sited Rob and Chevi's new Shepherd's hut. Everything went smoothly, and hopefully Rob, Chevi and the kids will enjoy their Shepherd's hut for years to come.

 

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5 clever ways a Shepherd’s hut can maximize your home space.

Shepherd's huts, with their curved roofs and cast iron wheels, were traditionally used, as the name pertains, as store rooms and shelters for shepherds and the occasional lamb. The shepherd's huts of today, not only look somewhat more polished and elegant, but are an ingenious solution for anyone with limited space, seamlessly fitting into their environment, be it country or city.

1. A holiday rental – With the rise in popularity of the UK’s 'Glamping' market, and increasingly small and shared housing, shepherd's huts are a great way to utilise available outdoor areas and even generate an income. A fully insulated shepherd’s hut, in the right location, can create a year round income of anything up to and beyond £18,000. Nightly rental rates range from £50 to £200, and occupancy rates of 200+ days a year are not unusual.

2. A spare room – Wow your visitors with a beautifully crafted shepherd’s hut they can stay in. As shepherd's huts are moveable structures, they generally don’t require planning permission, but it’s always worth checking with your local planning authority first.

3. A home office – A shepherd’s hut in your garden can minimise your commute to the office, while allowing you to escape the many distractions of having an office within the house, providing a better work / home divide. Shepherd huts can come complete with work desks, bespoke filing cabinets, and Internet and phone ports.

4. A studio - Do you have a passion for art, writing, knitting or something that may require your own uniquely crafted creative space? Shepherd huts allow you to escape to your very own bolthole and express your creativity in comfort and tranquillity.

5. A Teenagers/Children’s hideaway- Shepherd’s huts make ideal play areas for children, as well as the perfect place for teenagers to play games, relax and hangout.

Affordable, profitable, bespoke and innovative, a shepherd’s hut can be tailor-made to suit your budget, needs and style, both the interior and exterior. Mike and Byron, from Pumphrey and Weston Shepherd Huts, are happy to discuss your site to assist with key questions, such as: ‘What would be the best position for a shepherd’s hut?’ / ‘What would be most suitable; mains or off-grid solar?’ / ‘What would be the best plumbing solution; a compost toilet perhaps?’ and much more.

Byron Weston: Pumphrey and Weston Shepherd’s Huts: www.pumphreyandweston.co.uk

Delivery day for Debs

On Thursday on a Cold, windy but dry and bright day, Mike, Tom and myself delivered Deb and Kev's Shepherds hut complete with kitchen, bathroom and Hobbit wood burner. 

 

Our ever reliable delivery man Tom Wills loading up the hut  

Our ever reliable delivery man Tom Wills loading up the hut  

Kev's view whilst washing the dishes 
Kev's view whilst washing the dishes 

An interesting discovery...

Whilst out walking in the dunes of the Island of Islay, in the Southern Hebrides of Scotland, we stumbled upon a set of very old cast iron wheels buried in the dunes. With a bit of work we managed to free the wheels from the sand and clean them off. I was very tempted to bring them back to Cornwall for a new project but somebody may miss them. Maybe next time...

 

 

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The Hut - Scotland

After a 500 mile journey from Cornwall we finally arrived at  'The Hut', Secret Location, South West Scotland.  Hidden away amongst a cluster of pine trees, at the foot of beautiful Scottish hills, 'The Hut' was built in 1916 by Byron's great Grandfather. Totally off -grid, 'The Hut' runs on water from the nearby stream, gas and candlelight...it is a totally magical place where you can truly relax and switch off! Since it was built, The Hut has been maintained by Eddie's family who spend weeks at a time here throughout the year...whatever the weather. Written by Georgie.

 

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Delivery Day for Matt and Jo's huts

On Monday Mike and myself delivered Matt and Jo's two 'Shepherd's Retreat' huts to their beautiful lakeside setting. They will be renting them out under the business name Roots Huts and Tubs. the tractor used to tow the huts across the land was Matts 1968 Minneapolis-Moline tractor.

the two huts in their final place by the lake

the two huts in their final place by the lake

Sunday Times Home

Great to wake up yesterday to find our little business in the Sunday Times Home supplement. 

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burning the candle at both ends

With light mornings and bright evenings, Mike and myself have managed to make the most of our Cornish summer  workdays - fishing, surfing in the mornings and even managing to fit 18 holes in after work, whilst grafting on two 14ft traditional huts during the day . 

Dusk round at st Enodoc. 

Dusk round at st Enodoc. 

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A tricky delivery

On Wednesday Mike, Tom and myself had a very testing delivery of a 14ft shepherds hut down a narrow, disused train line at Trelill. Tom used his expertise to help navigate the hut down the overgrown train line, whilst Mike and myself with help from all at Cornish Tipis cleared the way. 

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It's been a very busy week at Pumphrey and Weston

It's been a very busy week at Pumphrey and Weston

It's been all go for Mike and myself this week. We have been finishing a mini bespoke kitchen for Gosel's hut, picking up and installing a Windy Smithy woodburner and  collected our cast iron placards from the Irons Brothers foundry. Also we have started designing and getting the ball rolling on two Shepherd's huts for Matt and Jo. 

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Grain store

When I recently rebuilt the rotten door frame for our old grain store I discovered this bit of history etched into the walls. I assume these related to the sacks or loads entered on this date, October 2nd 1945. With its corrugated sides, timber frame, interior tng cladding and being raised off the ground on granite it's not dissimilar in build to a Shepherd's hut. It's always been very dry so I hope this bodes well for our huts lasting a lifetime. 

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Lunch break surf

After a productive morning on Thursday whilst the Farrow and Ball paint dried, we decided to head off and meet Mark for a 30th birthday surf in the sun.  

Rolo and Tamar play whilst Mark has a post surf shower

Rolo and Tamar play whilst Mark has a post surf shower

Paint drying on the bespoke bed- a perfect excuse to sneak off for a surf. 

Paint drying on the bespoke bed- a perfect excuse to sneak off for a surf. 

Hurricane Imogen

Mike and I managed to get a quick break from the workshop on Monday to witness Hurricane Imogen truly showing her face on the Cornish Coast.

Photo by our good friend Mark Williams. Stay in one of his amazing summer lets at Port Quin Farm Holidays ( http://www.portquinfarmholidays.co.uk/ )

Photo by our good friend Mark Williams. Stay in one of his amazing summer lets at Port Quin Farm Holidays (http://www.portquinfarmholidays.co.uk/)


Our Original Hut

Mike and my first hut has been very busy on Airbnb over the winter. Lots of guests have been enjoying the cosiness of 'Primrose Shepherd's Hut' whilst listening to the therapeutic crackling of the log burner. Primrose Shepherd's Hut is located in the Cornish village of St Mabyn, just a quick drive from the surrounding towns of Polzeath, Port Isaac and Padstow. If you would like to stay, here is the link:

 https://www.airbnb.co.uk/Primrose_shepherds_hut

Sourcing for our latest commission

Sourcing for our latest commission

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The next Shepherd's hut Mike and myself are making is going to be as rustic, reclaimed and traditional as possible. We are searching reclamation yards and auctions high and low to find used, high quality timber. Our first call is with our friends at Eden Reclamation. www.edenreclamation.co.uk