With their simplicity, cosy proportions and proximity to the great outdoors, it’s easy to understand the appeal of a shepherd’s hut
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 in the hut. ‘It is such a great space in which to unwind and escape modern technology,’ says Sarah