Shep­herd’s DE­LIGHT

With their sim­plic­ity, cosy pro­por­tions and prox­im­ity to the great out­doors, it’s easy to un­der­stand the ap­peal of a shep­herd’s hut

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Sarah Moore

The de­signer, writer and TV pre­sen­ter lives in the West Sus­sex coun­try­side with her hus­band Pete, their chil­dren Harry, Ed and Libby, and their dog Bram­ble. Why a shep­herd’s hut? I def­i­nitely have a thing for minia­ture, com­pact liv­ing spa­ces. I spent my child­hood out­side mak­ing dens and I’ve wanted one for years. Who de­signed your hut? We have a bril­liant crafts­man, Paul Pin­ning­ton from Hill Lands Huts, who makes them in an out­build­ing on our farm. This was his pro­to­type and I just couldn’t re­sist. The de­sign It is a new struc­ture us­ing lo­cally felled trees for the frame, along with re­claimed tin cladding and sal­vaged an­tique farm-ma­chin­ery wheels. In­side, the beds, shelves and shut­ters were all made from a £30 old win­now­ing ma­chine. Even the drum was used to cre­ate the oven back­plate. We have a per­ma­nent dou­ble bed and pull- out twin beds that dou­ble up as a sofa, plus an ex­tend­ing ta­ble that can be hid­den away. Wood-burn­ing stove or oven? Both! I love a fire and adore cook­ing. Cre­at­ing a full meal away from the house gives me a sense of ad­ven­ture. How do you use the space? For meet­ings, film crew lunches, book club sup­pers, sleep­overs, sneaky Sun­day naps and as a party den for the kids. How does it make you feel? Re­laxed, rest­ful and at home. Our house is pre-ren­o­va­tion so the hut is the only space that is dec­o­rated as I re­ally want it. Your favourite fea­ture The sim­plic­ity. Bon­fire night tra­di­tions We have a big party with friends, a huge fire, can­dle­light, out­door cook­ing and laugh­ter. Best dec­o­rat­ing tip Re­claimed ma­te­ri­als make a new struc­ture look old, and mean you are never pre­cious. What would you buy with your last pound? Lamp oil. It’s cheap as chips, but the glow is price­less.

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ABOVE Ad­ja­cent to the house and with views over the South Downs, the hut is the per­fect spot in which to un­wind. The can­vas awning is a valu­able ad­di­tion for out­door sup­pers, re­gard­less of weather RIGHT Sarah and Libby en­joy­ing some mum-daugh­ter time...

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