Traditional English Shepherd Huts in the USA

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We have been following your blogs for some time now and love seeing everyones creations and informative “how to” articles. There are no limits to the imagination when it comes to tiny houses. We noticed that from time to time you feature Shepherd Huts from the UK! I am English and live in Northern Michigan.

My husband and I loved Shepherd Huts so much we decided to set up our own business hand building them staying as true to the original design as far as possible including importing the cast iron wheels from a forge in England. Having spent many years renovating and restoring older homes its exciting for us to build something new, with the same construction principles but on such a small scale. We hope you like what we have designed and built and will share it with your readers!

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The Shepherd’s Hut has been around for a long time dating back as early as the 1600’s from what records tell us. In Thomas Hardy’s “Far from the Madding Crowd” where Gabriel sat and tended his lamb in front of a warm stove, these huts evoke thoughts and memories of another era.

Their charm lies in their simplicity and portability! Originally starting in the 1600’s all the way through to the 1970’s they were designed as shelter for Shepherds while they tended their flocks especially during lambing season, often far from home. The hut combined, cooking area, sleeping quarters, sitting area, stove for heat and storeroom for supplies all rolled into one. Windows were on all sides of the hut so that the Shepherd could keep a watchful eye on his flock. A hinged stable door, which was always positioned away from the prevailing wind, enabled him to hear the sheep. Strong axles with cast iron wheels were used to withstand the motion whilst being towed by horse and later tractor from field to field.

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Over the past few years Shepherds Huts have had quite a revival. There are over twenty independent craftsman companies in England, Australia & Canada restoring or reproducing this wonderful piece of English Heritage enabling many to enjoy the taste of this English rural idyll.

The remerging popularity as a delightful retreat has grown enormously, the ultimate mobile home for charm and character. Finding their way into people’s back yards, country estates, vineyards and campsites, the Shepherds hut is very versatile. Guest room, home office, den, teenage hangout, summer house, pool house, music room, artist studio, suana…. the list of uses are endless not forgetting that bathrooms, kitchens, wiring, bunk beds, sofa beds, cabinetry, lighting & heating can all be added.

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There is also the commercial aspect. These make ideal units to rent out as mini vacation homes. Glamorous camping aka “glamping” offers people all the home comforts whilst still retaining the feeling of being in a romantic, get away from it all stresses of everyday life haven in a beautiful setting, maybe by a lake or on farm land or camp ground.

Owners of the Pixie Palace Hut Co. Rebecca & Larry Cameron have recently opened their business making these wonderful huts here in America in beautiful Northern Michigan. Years of painstaking research including several trips “across the pond” to meet with shepherd hut craftsman and visiting blacksmith’s forges, has gone into every aspect of the design and materials used to ensure maximum efficiency, beautiful esthetics and outstanding durability whilst remaining faithful to the classic proportions, taking pride in creating a bespoke and unique piece of art that will stand the test of time.

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Tiny House Magazine Issue 23

Tiny House Magazine Issue 23

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In this issue you will find some great articles, here is a sample: Chris Robinson shows off his “Extreme Weather Houseboat.” Malissa Tack shares 5 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Tiny House for the holidays. Gabriella Morrison shares there experience heating with the “Big Buddy by Mr. Heater. Eric Highland shares a Community Renewal. Go on the Wild Side with Bush Campers. Andrew Odom shares a vintage 1967 Scotty Sportsman camper conversion.

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Houston Tumbleweed Workshop Giveaway

Houston Tumbleweed Workshop

Will choose winner tomorrow November 15. Good Luck Everyone!

The winner is Jane Ferguson – Congratulations!

Jody one of the Tiny House Blog readers and builder of her own tiny house is donating a ticket for the Tiny House Blog to giveaway because she is unable to attend because of a family crisis.

This is a Tumbleweed Workshop ticket for two days in Houston, Texas on November 22nd and 23rd. I will pick a winner from the comment section using a randomizer program and you will be given a seat at the workshop. Submit your comment below telling how this workshop would benefit your plans for your future tiny house. I will choose the winner at end of day Friday November 14. The winner will be notified via email and the arrangements made with Tumbleweed Tiny Houses via phone.

Thank you and good luck!

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