Hut News

A round up of Hutting News


Finally a Shepherds hut book!

We are immensly proud to have assisted Dave Morris with his wonderful new book Shepherd’s Huts and Living Vans. This 128 page treasure is published by Amberley and contains 180 illustrations, including the now infamous Leonard Mascal’s quote from 1601 referencing a Shepherd hut. We have been credited with a number of images (included the beautiful hut above). Priced at ?16.99 its a fantastic reference for Christmas and beyond, it will be cherished by any ‘Huttist’ whether practicing,hovering with intent to purchase wood-worm or just a lover of old romantic stuff from days gone by. – We will include a full review here shortly, as Ian is recuperating from a knee op (non-hut related), and this book came at a perfect time – watch this space!

Protect your heritage with Shepherdhut Insurance

Following a spate of break-ins and requests for Shepherd hut insurance, we have teamed up with the good folks at Ryan Insurance Group who are offering a comprehensive insurance package to protect your pride and joy – click link for info Shepherd Hut Insurance

Huts for homing

See our new huts re-homing page with a selection of original Shepherd huts looking for pastures new. Have a look and send us an e-mail with the hut you are interested in, and we will send your details to the owner. Genuine huts for huttists who like the real thing – and at realistic prices!

Hillsidehomespun ? – Hut arts and commissions

A brand established in our own Shepherd’s hut by Carol McDonald some 10 years ago, we have for the first time brought together a selection of treasures aimed at those who already have a hut, aspire to the cause or just adore the beauty of these nostalgic old ladies. Reproduced from a selection of watercolours painted by Carol, we have launched a range of greeting cards depicting huts ‘as discovered’ in their natural environment. Carol is expanding this to include other hut images, and now offers a commission package of an original water colour of your hut, plus 20 high quality cards which you can sell, give to friends or send as personalised greeting cards. See our new Hillsidehomespun and new on-line shop pages. for details.

Shepherd hut scale model kit – ‘at last’ (and it’s a good one) Finally after being asked numerous times, Hillsidehomespun have managed to source a beautiful scale model construction kit of a typical Shepherds hut. Made in white metal, a steerable axle, draw bar, four cast wheels, steps and even a corrugated tin roof ! To top that, in the trues spirit of authenticity (that you would expect from this site), we have added additional material to line out the hut, create a simulated pitch pine floor and included a one-piece corrugated ‘easy paint’ card roof – if tin sheet isn’t for you. This is a 7mm/foot scale replica, not a toy – using your imagination, a few basic tools and a little time, you can assemble a personalised replica. It does not require much space, nor a crane to lift it or a lorry to get it home. (Neither will you have to argue with your children why you have just spent their inheritance on rusty iron and rotten wood). However we can help you there also………. We also have a whole host of accessories for sale including model sheep, shepherd, sheepdog, stove and hurdles – Start your flock by visiting our on-line shop