Story 2 of our Blackdown Brochure Stories is of the ‘Heirloom Hut’ which you’ll see features in our new brochure! If you’d like to request a brochure scroll to the bottom of the page and go ahead! In the meantime, take five and enjoy the story behind The Heirloom Hut which we revisited this year and had a catch up with the owners!

Set in the glorious Devonshire countryside with stunning views of the surrounding rolling hills is Nick and Tanya Raymond’s Turnkey Hut affectionately called the ‘Heirloom Hut’, planted in the beautiful garden of their traditional style cottage. Back in 2018, having fallen in love with the cottage and it’s glorious location, Nick and Tanya saw moving house as out of the question when their need for more space became clear.

With the need for a flexible and user-friendly space growing along with their children, Nick and Tanya considered their options and decided that a shepherd hut was the perfect solution. Not only did it offer the luxury of extra space that was flexible and cosy, but it was also a fitting tribute the Nick’s father’s memory; a sculptor who sculpted a wonderful piece for his church in Durham called “The Good Shepherd”, inspired by the traditional Weirdale Shepherd. (See photo left)

“I trawled through websites looking at huts, but each time I came back to Blackdown -because they are so beautifully made. Being just over an hour away, Nick and I visited with the thought that we’d buy a self build! How wrong we were – when we saw the beautiful craftsmanship and the love and attention to detail the team put into making the bespoke huts, we knew we wouldn’t be able to replicate that. So, we placed our order for a 16ft Turnkey Hut.”- Tanya Raymond.

Later that year we delivered Nick and Tanya’s ‘Heirloom Hut’ and always remembered the breathtaking view the hut overlooked, the lovely garden and we totally understood why moving was never an option!

Two years later we revisited the Heirloom Hut and caught up with the Raymonds. We just love to see what our customers choose to fill their huts with and what it means to them and we are delighted to report that the Heirloom hut is a much-loved member of the family!

Tanya explained that it’s become a really flexible space; a place to relax and escape from the world,  a great environment for their daughter and friends to enjoy, and a private and cosy place for family and friends to stay in with just a pull on the leather strap revealing the comfy wall bed. Having made it their own with accessories like a Roberts radio, colourful blankets to wrap up in, and beautiful soft furnishings that really complement the homely feel of the hut along with its natural surroundings,  flourishing garden and views to be treasured from the comfort of their hut.

We love that our owners start their own stories with the huts when we finish our part, so it was great to hear that the Raymonds are getting as much use out of their Heirloom Hut as they had set out to two years ago, and that it has become a much-loved and used escape space.