See this £65,000 shepherd hut which is one of largest ever built in UK
PUBLISHED: 15:51 03 February 2020 | UPDATED: 08:45 04 February 2020
This luxury shepherd's hut was so big that it almost got stuck when it came to transporting it out of a Norwich workshop.
But the team which made it for a local glamping site just managed to move the structure - the largest it has ever made - with an inch of 'wiggle room' either side of its workshop doors.
The English Shepherds Hut Company, based in Rackheath, was asked to design and build the 28ft x 11ft hut - ne of the largest built in the UK. It is almost twice the size of a traditional shepherd's hut which usually measures around 12ft x 7ft and costs around £65,000 plus VAT.
And not only did it surpass previous sizes, but it was also designed to push boundaries in terms of design. It was created with a luxurious fitted kitchen, an ensuite bathroom, a king-size bed and even a log burning stove. But the home comforts were all encapsulated in the traditional structure of a shepherd's hut with a tin roof and iron wheels.
The bespoke "mini hotel on wheels" is now being used for Airbnb guests including brides and grooms as a honeymoon suite with a difference at its new home at Top Farm, near Aylsham. And it has proved such a success that the English Shepherds Hut Company is already working on building another one for the same client, all with locally-sourced materials.
The huts are built from scratch by a team of 18 craftsmen who have built more than 200 huts so far over 10 years of the firm being in business.
Sales have soared as the structures become popular for holidaymakers looking for accommodation that is a bit unusual - and which, depending on their location, can command incredible views of the Norfolk countryside.
Craig Nield, founder, said: "We relish a challenge and so when we were asked to design and build a 28ft x 11ft shepherd's hut for a local glamping site, we had to say yes. We are always striving to innovate and push ourselves, and it's a credit to the team's precision craftsmanship that they managed to get the hut out of the workshop with just one inch wiggle room each side of the doors."