Plankbridge Ltd is the home of the best contemporary shepherd's huts and larger living huts, offering a portable outdoor room solution to the need for extra space for home or business. Our huts don't usually need planning permission and are delivered 'ready to go'. We don't use tropical hardwoods or MDF, or cut corners in any other ways. Our standard windows and doors are made from durable English Oak - a Plankbridge shepherd's hut is here for 100 years or more.
Back in the year 2000 we, Richard Lee and Jane Dennison, were inspired by an ancient portable shepherd's hut near Thomas Hardy's cottage and felt strongly that the iconic shape and proportion may yield a useful contemporary space. Having trained as a furniture designer maker at John Makepeace’s Hooke Park College, gaining an MSc in Forest Product Technology (Design and Manufacture), Richard decided to build a reproduction on a set of old wheels. One hut led to another and by 2007 Plankbridge was making shepherd's huts full time. We now have the country's most experienced and fastidious team of eleven full time hutmaker craftsmen and painters, working out of a 15,000 square ft workshop on a downland farm above Piddlehinton.
The Victorian proportions of the shepherd’s hut proved to be perfect as an extra room, artist’s studio, bedroom, glamping venue or simply a whimsical retreat. It is striking how well the huts sit in any situation. People often comment how the hut 'looks as if it has always been there' which is great. It is so important that a shepherd's hut looks like a shepherd's hut!
Plankbridge has built shepherds' huts and living huts for places across the UK, Europe and the USA including Highgrove garden, Hampton Court palace gardens, The National Trust, Humble by Nature and The Pig on the Beach hotel. You may have seen Plankbridge in magazine articles and features such as The Telegraph, The Times, Country Homes and Interiors, Country Life and on BBC television.