Nestled among the pines and oaks in Mimizan, France sits this charming Shepherd’s Hut owned by Evelyne. She rents it out on Airbnb for those looking for a peaceful, but luxurious vacation stay.
The hut has a little front deck that leads into a single-level living space, complete with a kitchenette and bathroom. The interior has a quaint cottage feel, with crisp white walls and robin’s egg blue/yellow accent colors.
Today we want to introduce you to Foxdown Huts! They recently reached out to show us their two amazing Shepherd Hut models — the Octagon (a shell) and the Fox Den (outfitted with tiny, collapsible furniture).
Starting at £10,000 (~$13,800 USD), these affordable homes are a great choice for a tiny house, guest room, or an Airbnb to rent out and make a little side income! They’re 12.5ft x 7.5ft, and the finished hut comes with a double bed with storage, double hob, electric fire or log burner, folding table & chairs and log storage! They also offer custom huts that can include a kitchen or bathroom area.
You can learn more and contact Foxdown Huts on their website here.
This is one very original vacation property! Unique Home Stays rents these two shepherd’s huts and cottage (all connected by tunnels!) out to vacationers. They call it the Nomad.
One hut features the bedroom, and the other houses the bathroom. Then the tunnel passage connects the huts to the hillside cottage where you can warm by the wood stove and cook in an updated 17th century kitchen. Even if you can’t book a stay, it’s worth being inspired by the beautiful craftsmanship of the place!
It’s stories like Robert’s that remind us you can do a lot without a lot of cash! He built this DIY Shepherd’s Hut for just $3,500, and then wrote a book about how he did it so you can do the same thing.
Right now he uses it as a guest cabin and camper, and has friends who live in their own hut all summer long. Robert’s book, “How I Built a Shepherder’s Wagon” ($23, Physical Copy) is completely illustrated with over 100 color photos and sources of the supplies he used to build the home. He’s sending us a copy to review and if you’d like one, you can check it out here.
If you’re just one person looking for a tiny house with a downstairs bedroom, I think shepherd’s huts offer the perfect size and layout. Here’s the “Duck” Shepherd’s Hut vacation home in Somerset, England to give you some inspiration.
It’s decked out like a English cottage, with quaint cream paneling, French doors, and hardwood flooring. The dining area transforms into the bedroom, making double use of the same square-footage, which you just have to do in something this short!
Staying in their “Wagon de Berger” means you have a quiet spot to rest on a 22 acre nature site with access to canoeing/kayaking, hiking, cycling, dog-sledding, ice fishing, sledding and more. Want to book your stay yet?
These Shepherd’s Hut tiny homes are unique because they’re designed and built on trailers with cast iron wheels. Originally beginning in the 1600s these structures were used as shelter for Shepherds while they tended their flocks during lambing season and they would tow them with by horse.
Inside you would find a tiny living space with a cooking area, sleeping quarters, sitting/living area, heat, and storage for all of your supplies. Today structures like these are being used as backyard accessory structures, tiny guest homes, bed and breakfasts, offices, writing cabins, and more.
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