William and Anna approached us to make two luxury shepherd huts to be sited at Hesleyside Hall. The huts were to be let out so that guests may experience all the comforts you would expect staying at a country estate whilst experiencing the stunning grounds of the hall within the Northumberland National Park and enjoying all that it has to offer.
If the tree lined avenue approach to the huts doesn’t take their guests breath away, then the first glimpse of the huts nestled in their own oak copse with the grandeur of the magnificent historic house in the background surely will.
The 18ft huts are both en-suite with shower, wash basin and state of the art composting loo! Both were built on our trademark solid reclaimed oak chassis with hand crafted wheels and ironwork. The interiors of each hut start with solid 1″ oak floors, a kingsize bed, kitchen dresser with mini Belfast sink and the all important wood burning stove/oven, amazingly Anna managed to source handmade tiles from the very Mexican village where William’s Grandmother was born. The design then varies for each hut. ‘Heather’ has a drop down bunk suitable for a child (fastened using a locally handmade leather strap and buckle) and a slightly enclosed bed area to make for a really cosy feel. The fold down table optimises space in the living area and the large pull out drawer houses everything their guests need for a night of stargazing within the grounds and under the dark skies of Northumberland. Other features such as oak shelves, wooden ladder storage and oak shutters paved the way for William and Anna to dress the huts and add the all important finishing touches.
‘Bracken’ hut has a higher bed creating space for a pull out child’s bed and pull out table of a generous size. A monks seat bench provides seating area and storage and further storage lies behind oak cabinetry under the bed. It was especially rewarding being able to reuse some timber which had previously been in Hesleyside Hall within the huts. We crafted it into the table and the monks seat bench as well as fascia boards on the exterior, a small touch but special none the less.
These huts really take ‘glamping’ to a new level, an abundance of oak and other high quality materials and craftsmanship gives them an elegance and class befitting their surroundings. It was wonderful to be able to bring Anna’s vision for the huts to fruition and do it proud. We are sure these huts will be very sought after destinations as they are an ideal base to explore the area. Contact www.hesleysidehuts.co.uk for more information