A company that specialises in bespoke shepherd huts has seen demand soar, as hotels and other hospitality business seek quirky and more unusual add-on facilities.
Blackdown Shepherd Huts, based in Somerset, has created Heritage, Turnkey and Towby huts with the hospitality industry in mind, and has since seen a rapid take-up from hotels wanting to use the space for extra bedrooms, catering outlets, intimate dining rooms, spas and honeymoon suites.
Will Vickery, who started the company in 2011, said that the huts presented a great opportunity for hotels to use the flexibility of the space, offering new investment windows and potentially increasing room rate.
He said: “It’s wonderful to see so much passion for something that is so quintessentially British and traditional being used in the hotel industry for modern day use.”
Washingborough Hall, a country house hotel in Lincoln, installed a shepherd when searching for a location for an exclusive pastry kitchen for the hotel.
Without the barriers of planning permission and with the hut being on wheels, the hotel could start benefitting from the hut as soon as it was in situ.
Edward Herring, managing director, explains: “A shepherd hut is 100% fit for purpose for our business catering needs. It’s well built and makes an amazing additional work space. Sue, our pastry chef simply loves being in it, away from the hustle and bustle of the main kitchen.”
Self build huts start from £5,250 for steel rolling chassis and framework and hand-crafted bespoke huts start from £18,650 inc. VAT.