Fall for a dreamy shepherd’s hut – this summer’s must-have garden retreat

Looking for the perfect garden hideaway? Invest in a traditional shepherd’s hut in which to relax and unwind, just a stone’s throw away from your back door. Country Homes & Interiors share 4 ways to make the most of this happy little space

Originally made in blacksmith’s forges, shepherd’s huts have been a feature of the British countryside for centuries. Typically, the original huts had a curved roof, stable door, high window and cast-iron wheels to allow them to be towed by horses to new pastures.

Modern shepherd’s huts capture all the rustic charm of the traditional buildings, but with the benefit of modern technology. Ideal as tranquil sanctuaries away from the house, they are highly insulated and soundproofed against the elements, and can even be fitted with shower rooms!

1 Relax and unwind
Take a few moments to reflect in your own little garden reading room (built by Plankbridge Hutmakers). Soft pastel paint shades make the most of compact spaces, creating a calm and serene atmosphere. Add a playful touch with cushions and bunting made from bright vintage fabrics and polka dot prints.

2 Let in the light
A large fold-back door creates a welcoming dining space (built by Plain Huts) complete with veranda and woodburning stove – a welcome addition for chillier days! The interior is brought to life by a bright retro feature wall, pared down by rustic weave baskets and plain table linens.

3 Wake up to countryside views
Ditch the tent – transform your shepherd’s hut into a snug little bedroom. Fittings and accessories sourced from antique fairs make for a lived-in feel and layered up linens add extra comfort. Bring the outdoors in with a beautiful country-inspired wallpaper.

4 Share a rustic lunch
Make an effortless transition between inside and outside living by throwing open the doors and dining alfresco. Shade the table with a striped canopy and use lush floral linen and chunky crockery for a bohemian flourish.

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