The allure of a shepherd’s hut is an odd one. They are hardly full-time living arrangements with their single rooms, sherpa-style kitchenettes, typically non-existent restrooms, and platform beds. However, it is those very reasons that make so romantic for the casual onlooker. Like the Bodger’s Shepherd’s Hut these tiny houses harken back to a much simpler time the shepherd’s hut denotes a sense of nesting and comfort in its demure size and ultra portability. And for these reasons the Beacon – one of Alex Evan’s Wiggly Tin shepherd huts located in Hampshire in the South Downs National Park – is a prime example!
Set in a grassy Hampshire meadow Beacon is a three-person hut that Alex hand-wrought keeping the vintage and mechanical feel of older huts alive and well. From the kitchenware to the furnishings Beacon is as authentic as can be.
In terms of sleeping the Beacon has a very cozy double bed with a full-size single bunk above. The rest of the hut is reserved for living which seemingly includes a drop-down writing desk/table, a stand-up wardrobe, a prairie kitchen, and a cozy wood-burner. Note in the photo below the water bowl rather than a sink, the dried food and sundries, and the working lantern. The Beacon leaves no stone unturned in regards to giving an authentic experience.
Like its counterpart huts the Beacon is completely off-grid and shares a separate shepherd’s hut which contains showers and compost toilets. The landscaping is ample giving plenty of room to stretch out, view the stars, or just relax. On a quiet night it is easy to imagine a meal being prepared over the campfire outside the Beacon creating the smells of a world all but forgotten.
- Would you go stir crazy in such a small space?
- Are you reminded of a life gone by seeing the Beacon?