Customer Stories

The Heirloom Shepherd Hut

The Heirloom Shepherd Hut

Blackdown says that every hut has a story, and this is the story of The Raymond family’s shepherd hut. ‘We are the Raymonds, and our hut is an heirloom for our children from their grandparents. Nick’s father was an artist and sculptor and sculpted a wonderful piece for his church in Durham called “The Good Shepherd”. […]

The Cotswolds Country Retreat

The Cotswolds Country Retreat

Have you ever fancied a little bit of heaven in your back garden? Your own little country retreat, perfect for relaxing in? Well, the Tribe family have created just that, and they couldn’t be happier with their self-build shepherd’s hut – it’s one of the family! About the Tribe family Sarah and Mark have lived in […]

The Isles of Scilly Award Winning Hut

The Isles of Scilly Award Winning Hut

When Visit England award you Gold for your shepherd hut holiday home, you just know you’ve created something very special. 95 Watermill is on the Isles of Scilly, and it is special in very many ways. Think eco-friendly, fabulous location, amazing views, and a guest experience like no other. Find out about Aisling and her […]

The Hunter Hut: A Self Build Journey

The Hunter Hut: A Self Build Journey

Ian Hunter’s self-build hut story is inspiring, and the building of his new project has been a cathartic and rewarding process. Plus, he says, Blackdown Shepherd Huts are ‘overall not just good – but brilliant’, so he’s deserving of a customer story that shares his journey, which involved battling the Beast of the East during […]

On Chesil Beach  – The Coastline Holiday Let

On Chesil Beach – The Coastline Holiday Let

Beaches, coastline, glamping…never was there a more perfect mix of beauty, breathtaking views, and a Blackdown Shepherd Hut! This special holiday let lies on Chesil Beach, and is Michele Vassar’s extraordinarily charming and personal project. Meet Michele and the hut Our hut is situated in the garden of my house which is a chalet fronting onto Chesil Beach […]

The Farm Diversification Glamping Hut

The Farm Diversification Glamping Hut

Farm diversification for glamping purposes is on the up-trend, and our customers are keen to take either a self-build or a full-build shepherd hut and repurpose their land and space.  Tessa and David from Staffordshire saw the potential in their farmland and thus, their Turnkey shepherd hut has transformed their land, with ‘The Parlour’ now […]

The Scottish Shepherd Self Build

The Scottish Shepherd Self Build

If you’re headed to Scotland, there’s a beautiful place to stay in one of our huts. Located in Midlothian, think quiet shepherd hut retreat in a valley. It’s been quite a journey for the McClung clan, but they’re over the moon with their self-build shepherd hut as part of their farm diversification, and with a […]

The Self-Build Success!

The Self-Build Success!

We’re all about self-builds, especially when the weather is good! If you are hands-on and like to achieve something really special, this self-build success should inspire you! About you: can you tell me a little bit about yourselves and your family? We are David and Deborah Dobson and have grown-up children who have left home. We […]

Shepherd hut heaven in Devon

Shepherd hut heaven in Devon

Nick and Sian live at Lydford Farm and we at Blackdown are always overjoyed when our huts can truly transform a place; they did just that at this Devon glamping site. Here’s their story…. ‘Nick’s grandparents came to Lydford Farm in the 1950s. It used to be a working farm but now we are just farm tourists. We […]

The Fairy-Tale Magic of a Shepherd’s Hut

The Fairy-Tale Magic of a Shepherd’s Hut

If you’re after any hut inspiration, or are in two minds about whether to get a shepherd’s hut or not, Sasha’s ode to her hut is some powerful prose! ‘My property developer husband and I moved to Somerset from Devon last year, having completed our own barn renovation on the edge of Wellington. I am an […]

Joanna and Graham’s “Trundle”

Joanna and Graham’s “Trundle”

Who or what is Trundle? A shepherd’s hut, of course! This is the story of Joanna and Graham’s hut, Trundle, and how she became a very integral part of their lives. ‘We both have, or strictly speaking had, pretty full on jobs.  Joanna was the Business Partner for a very active, caring and dynamic GP’s […]

The Glorious Guernsey Hut – Case Study

The Glorious Guernsey Hut – Case Study

We love our road trips to deliver our huts, and we get the chance to see some truly glorious locations, and wonderful people. This is The Glorious Guernsey Hut, as we call it…. John and Alison (a retired Marine Engineer from Guernsey, and a retired UK lawyer respectively) are 2nd time round-ers with six adult children between them. They have […]

Cornish Creation – Liz’s Case Study

Cornish Creation – Liz’s Case Study

Nestled in Cornwall, a self-build Blackdown shepherd hut took shape, and made owner Liz’s dreams come true. This is her story… I’m Liz, and I first saw an article in a magazine featuring a lady who had bought a shepherd hut in need of renovation. I knew instantly I wanted one. That was in 2010, and I cut […]

One Happy Guy!

One Happy Guy!

We chatted with one of our newest customers, who is also definitely one of our happiest! Guy is over the moon with his hut and was more than happy to share his tale from his hut. ‘My name is Guy Jennings and I have recently moved back to Somerset after living in Paris, New York […]

The Home Office Hut – Michael Gould, York

The Home Office Hut – Michael Gould, York

We like it when people dream big, and so many people come to us with the hope of a home office in the shape of a shepherd’s hut. We are pleased to say that one very happy customer, Michael Gould, did that very thing and created his cosy home office in a hut near York, […]

Dogs Go Glamping!

Dogs Go Glamping!

DOG FRIENDLY RAVEN’S RETREAT SHEPHERDS HUT If you have a four-legged friend or two, you know how important they are to be part of your lives, and sometimes not taking them on holiday with you really tugs at the heart strings. Being a bunch of dog-lovers ourselves, we were delighted at Blackdown to create a […]

The Beautiful Business of Shepherd Huts

The Beautiful Business of Shepherd Huts

If you fancy having your nails done in a cosy, relaxing room with a view, then we know just the place. Chloe Dennis has set up her own beauty business just off the edge of Dartmoor, in Devon, in a self-build shepherd’s hut, and it’s going down a treat with her customers. Here’s Chloe’s beauty-business-in-a-hut […]

Glamping on the Isle of Wight

Glamping on the Isle of Wight

Our shepherd huts are in all nooks and crannies of the world, and four of them are resident at a spot on the glorious of Isle of Wight, and you’ll be surprised to learn how they’re being used. We think this is a perfect place for our traditional self build huts to reside. Here’s more about […]

The Joy of Our Shepherd’s Hut – Phil & Penny

The Joy of Our Shepherd’s Hut – Phil & Penny

Phil and Penny wanted a shepherd’s hut for them and for their friends. They wanted one specifically for fun – and why not?! Our huts are meant to be enjoyed! Here’s their delightful story of how they acquired their wriggly tin hut and what they’ve been enjoying in the hut. About you We are Phil […]

Tilbury Farm

Tilbury Farm

Romney or Jacob? Choose between two Blackdown Shepherd Huts that offer luxurious accommodation in a stunning location! Tilbury Farm shepherd huts are tucked into the perimeter hedgerows and native trees of a hillside meadow, the huts are situated privately from each other and enjoy stunning southern views across Taunton Vale. Watch the red deer at dawn, light […]

Wellington Barn

Wellington Barn

The Luxury Romance Suites When our huts are in their new homes, wonderful things happen. For those who take use of them as guest accommodation, they have often been described as having the same facilities as a luxury hotel room, and that’s exactly what Keri at Wellington Barn did, with the bridal party in mind. […]

Canopies & Canapés Shepherd’s Hut at Thorpe Farm

Canopies & Canapés Shepherd’s Hut at Thorpe Farm

The Luxury Office Hut Our shepherd huts have a multitude of uses, and a fabulous office space is just one of them. How about working from your own luxurious office that’s something a little bit different and makes your business even more special? This is exactly what Canopies and Canapés have done. Meet Zoe and […]

Clever Kate’s Strapping Success

Clever Kate’s Strapping Success

Kate Hetherington is one of Blackdown‘s many secret weapons! Kate’s creative streak adds some real charm to our huts since she makes the leather straps that hang from a handle on the wall to pull out the shepherd hut beds that are stowed within the wall to create more day space. Kate got her brief from […]

Cornwall’s Panoramic Paradise Near Padstow

Cornwall’s Panoramic Paradise Near Padstow

We’re often blown away by how our shepherd huts turn out. Whether they become offices, lodges, playrooms, writing rooms, or glamping huts, the locations and personalities of the huts when they’re with their new owners shine through. John and Alison have taken one of our huts and placed it in a pretty spectacular location. Read […]

The Clayesmore School Shepherd’s Hut Project

The Clayesmore School Shepherd’s Hut Project

Who says shepherd huts aren’t educational?! Well no one, probably, and they certainly won’t when they see what the pupils at Clayesmore School in Dorset have been getting up to with one of our huts! We supplied Years 9, 10 and 11 at the school with a self-build shepherd hut back in May and they’ve been working […]

Glamping at Stanley Hut in Somerset

Glamping at Stanley Hut in Somerset

We’re always proud to showcase Blackdown Shepherd Huts’ new locations and we’re big supporters of our glamping clients. This one’s close to home (like, right next door to us!), and we wish the best of luck. Say hello to Jordan’s Estate Glamping! Hello! We are Rich and Em. We are two local GPs who met as youngsters […]

Glamping at Park Farm

Glamping at Park Farm

Glamping businesses are bang on trend, and when you have the winning combination of a Blackdown Shepherd Huts, perfect location, and some great clients running a fantastic business, we’re more than happy to shout about them! Meet Park Farm in Daventry, Northamptonshire. This is a great case study from Jill and her family about how to […]

Salt Chef’s Super Shepherd Hut

Salt Chef’s Super Shepherd Hut

When our eagle eyes spy some fabulous pictures of our huts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, we can’t help but have a nose to see how our huts are coming along once we’ve delivered them. When we spotted Salt Chef shouting about their super new shepherd hut, we wanted to find out more about the […]

The “ibladesmith” Shepherd’s Hut

The “ibladesmith” Shepherd’s Hut

We’ve been making huts since 2011, and we always like to find out what our Blackdown customers are up to with their huts, and discover more about them. Garey Hull has had his wriggly tin hut since 2013. He says: ‘I first had it nestled in our woodland garden where I used it as my […]

A Unique Bridal Suite & Guest Accommodation Shepherd’s Huts at the Carriage Hall

A Unique Bridal Suite & Guest Accommodation Shepherd’s Huts at the Carriage Hall

Sometimes the Blackdown team in the workshop are asked by our customers to create something a little different in the world of shepherd huts. Of course, we’re always more than happy to get stuck in to some creative carpentry, and we do relish a challenge. So, when The Carriage Hall, a wedding venue in Nottingham, […]

The “Manor Farm” Shepherd’s Hut

The “Manor Farm” Shepherd’s Hut

Our customers love to share their hut stories with us. In fact, some are so kind, generous and warm that we feel we’ve created a real Blackdown family. One such delight is Jenn Dickens, who adores her hut. (We think there might be a little bit of a soft spot there for Alan too!). Jenn’s […]

“Dolly Blue” the Shepherd’s Hut

“Dolly Blue” the Shepherd’s Hut

Sometimes we are overwhelmed by the response to our shepherd huts from our customers. It’s very much like the huts become part of the family! We also love the names they are given, and Dolly Blue might just be one of our favourites. Your customer stories are very dear to us, and Martine’s is especially […]

Adrian Herring’s Man Cave designed by Blackdown Shepherd Huts

Adrian Herring’s Man Cave designed by Blackdown Shepherd Huts

British shoe designer Adrian Herring has created the perfect retreat in nature by building his own shepherd’s hut and says investing in the Oak self-build hut designed by Blackdown Shepherd Huts was “the best thing [he’s] ever done”. Inspired by traditional shepherd’s huts, Blackdown Shepherd Huts are the Somerset-based creators of luxury dream huts, man […]

Susan Hartnell Beavis’ Paradise Hut

Susan Hartnell Beavis’ Paradise Hut

Susan Hartnell Beavis calls her Blackdown Shepherd’s hut a ‘visitor’s paradise’, despite the fact that she bought the hut as her own private den. She says that her hut is so beloved by friends and visitors that they always want to take their tea inside the garden retreat. Susan, 80, from Somerset, adores her hut […]