Plankbridge Ltd is the home of the finest contemporary Shepherd's Huts, the first and still the best. They 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.
Richard Lee and Jane Dennison were intrigued by an ancient hut near Thomas Hardy’s cottage, not far from their home near Dorchester in Dorset. Richard trained as a furniture designer maker at John Makepeace’s renowned Hooke Park College, gaining an MSc in Forest Products (Design and Manufacture) He was inspired by the portable shepherd hut heritage and traditional form. After researching the hut's history he carefully built a reproduction on a set of old wheels. By 2007 Plankbridge was making shepherds huts full time, and now has 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 have 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 You magazine, Country Homes and Interiors, Country Life and the front cover of the new 'Shepherds' Huts and Living Vans' book by David Morris.