Plankbridge Ltd is the home of the finest contemporary Shepherd's Huts, the first and still the best. We have been seen at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, on BBC Countryfile, several National Trust properties and the forthcoming remake of the 'Far From the Madding Crowd' feature film.
We, Richard Lee and Jane Dennison, were intrigued by an ancient hut near Thomas Hardy’s cottage, not far from our home near Dorchester in Dorset. We were inspired by the portable shepherd's hut heritage and traditional form. Having trained as a furniture designer maker at John Makepeace’s Hooke Park College, gaining an MSc in Forest Product Technology (Design and Manufacture) I decided to build a reproduction on a set of old wheels. By 2007 Plankbridge was making shepherds huts full time, and we now have a highly experienced and fastidious team of seven hutmaker craftsmen.
The Victorian proportions of the shepherd’s hut proved to be perfect as an extra room, artist’s studio, bedroom or any number of uses. It is strking how well the huts sit in any situation. People often comment how the hut 'looks as if it has always been there.'
Plankbridge has built shepherds huts for customers across the UK and Europe, including six huts for The National Trust, Kate Humble's 'Humble by Nature' and River Cottage HQ. You may have seen Plankbridge in many magazine articles and features such as Elle Decoration, Country Homes and Interiors, Country Life and the front cover of the new 'Shepherds' Huts and Living Vans' book by David Morris.