Small-space-living aficionados, take note of the versatility of the shepherd's hut, the UK's rustic answer to the Airstream. Last week we presented a vintage version converted into a traveling kitchen. Today we're visiting The Shepherds Hut Retreat, a "glamper's hideaway" on the grounds of an organic farm, pond included, in South Somerset. The four cabins in the compound are built in the style of Victorian shepherd's huts, which originally offered refuge to herdsmen during lambing season. Each of the 20-by-8-foot-wide units comes with its own compact kitchen, bathroom, double bed, and private deck. Inside and out, a natural and neutral palette keeps things simple while the thoughtful design maximizes efficiency. And if you're ready to try another version of nomadic living, check out the owner's Yurt Retreat down the road.
Images via The Shepherds Hut Retreat.
Above: Each hut comes with its own private garden area. The structures are clad in vertical wood siding and horizontal shingles, and have corrugated tin roofs.
Above: Painted wood paneling adds a vintage feel to the kitchen, warmed by wood countertops. Compact backsplashes of stainless steel and tile protect the paneling above the stove and sink. Thinking of using wood counters yourself? Get the intel at Remodeling 101: Butcher Block Countertops.
Above: All set for tea and toast—a small platform built into the corner of the countertop holds appliances.
Above: Vintage finds from the nearby market town of Bridport decorate the walls.
Above: The platform bed cleverly combines a place to unpack and stash your bags.
Above: A flat-screen TV is perched on a ledge beside of the bed with storage underneath for books and sundries.
Above: Each hut has its own private eating area with views of the water.
Above: A slate sign marks the name of each hut.
If you're looking for other unusual places to stay, there's an Airstream trailer in the Boutique Lodging on Byron Bay and another at The Hotel Daniel in Vienna. And on Gardenista, take a look at a Tiny Retreat Built on a Boulder.
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Below: The Shepherds Hut Retreat is in South Somerset, near Devon and Dorset, a 2 1/2-hour train ride from London.