Exmoor Huts are based in Filleigh close to Barnstaple. Our shepherds’ huts are made using traditional craftsmanship at our workshop in rural North Devon. They are built to the highest standard, using reclaimed materials wherever possible, traditional fittings and hand forged iron work, to provide a truly authentic feel. We aim to combine a little nostalgia for a bygone era with the comforts of modern day living.
Our aim is to build shepherd huts that are beautiful, hardy and sensitive to the history and heritage of their past but also well suited to our modern age of creature comforts. On the outside, the huts should sit naturally and in an unassuming way in any environment while not distracting from their surroundings. On the inside, they should be crafted to a standard and finish that the owner or user can never tire of. Above all, these little huts should be peaceful, relaxing and fun.
We use, wherever possible, reclaimed period materials to add to the charm and atmosphere within our shepherd huts. We believe that things were made to a very high quality in bygone years which is why we source and carefully restore even some of the most basic details on our huts. If you look closely you will see that most hinges, hangers and fittings are either antique or handmade replicas of items used in quality buildings from the late 1800s through to the early 1960s. Even the light switches in our huts are restored Bakelite switches dating from the 1920s onwards.
The wheels and axles on our shepherd huts are also pretty special. In most cases the wheels are cast from iron and the axles are forged by hand by Nigel Barnett, an artist blacksmith from Norfolk. His team also hand forge the iron roof struts and some of the new handmade hinges, coat hangers and door handles. Occasionally we find original wheels and hut framework to incorporate into a designs.
It is the attention to detail, the traditional proportions as well as the methodical steady pace at which we carefully build each hut that makes them so pleasing to look at and to step inside. It is the quality of the materials and craftsmanship that means, provided they are well looked after, our huts should still be here in the next century.
Once you’ve been in contact with Exmoor Huts, Paul will arrange to come and see you and look at the site where you wish to put a shepherd hut. You will be able to discuss your requirements with him and he will sketch out some ideas. He will then draw up your design on paper, including details of paint colours etc and provide you with a price.
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