It’s no wonder that “glamping” is becoming so popular. It marries the fun and charm of camping with the comfort and luxury of staying in a B&B. What’s more, it has become a surprisingly easy way to earn a second income with the emergence of sites such as AirBnB.
Shepherd’s huts really lend themselves to this type of accommodation. They are comfortable, compact and can be set up pretty much anywhere — a forest, a field or in the corner of your garden!
Whilst our shepherd’s huts can be hooked up to electricity and plumbing, there are plenty of advantages to keeping them off-grid! Our off-grid huts are often cheaper to buy and to maintain, and there’s more freedom to move your hut from plot to plot if you don’t have to worry about connecting it to power and water supplies.
There are also plenty of ways to customise an off-grid hut so you don’t have to sacrifice any home comforts. Our huts are completely bespoke and we are more than willing to explore a wide range of options so meet your individual requirements.
While some might see a lack of electricity as an opportunity to escape technology, it might be a deal breaker for others. There are, however, a couple of ways to provide your off-grid hut with power.
You can, for example, install a battery pack or generator — not unlike those you might find in a caravan or boat. These batteries work in a similar way to a car battery; you charge them and power is stored ready for use.
A more environmentally friendly option is solar power. Panels can be installed on the roof of your hut or in a sunny spot nearby. Energy collected by the panels can then be used to power your hut directly or to charge a battery. The success of this option does, however, rely on the sun exposure of your chosen plot.
A solid structure that is off the ground already gives a shepherd’s hut one up on camping, but there are a couple of ways that we can make your hut even cosier and warm enough for use all year round!
Firstly, all our huts come fully insulated with closed cell insulation to the same high standard you would expect in your own home. The windows we use also have high thermal insulation.
For extra warmth — and to add a little traditional charm — we suggest including a wood stove. Our very smallest stove is more than adequate to heat a hut. Our stoves are easy to use and are made to a very high quality. What’s more, the flat top on the stove means they can be used to cook simple meals!
There is a wealth of options to choose from when deciding how to light your hut off grid. This is where you can really indulge in the romance of a flickering candle or the hiss of a Tilly lamp. Nowadays, of course, we can make great use of solar lamps or battery powered lighting. These are a great option if you are nervous of a naked flame or you want to avoid the mess of molten wax or the smell of methylated spirits. The choice is huge but below is a collection of our personal favourites.
One thing that many of us crave on a camping weekend is access to a decent bathroom. While our off-grid en-suite doesn’t have running water, it does allow you to have a good wash and use toilet facilities without leaving the privacy of your hut.
The en-suite contains a washstand with a traditional basin and jug set up and a composting toilet. To use the sink, it’s simply a case of heating water on your stove before pouring it into the basin. The composting toilet is also much simpler and more hygienic than you might imagine. Instead of flushing away your waste, you sprinkle wood shavings into the bowl to neutralise any odour. It’s remarkably effective! When the toilet needs to be emptied, the separated liquids can simply be poured straight into a compost heap and solids disposed into a separate sealed bucket.
Believe it or not, we can install a fully equipped kitchen in our on-grid huts. That’s not to say that cooking in an off-grid hut has to be any less convenient.
Consider setting up an off-grid kitchen on a movable cart. Pop a quality gas stove on top for cooking and boiling water, and keep a small gas-powered fridge for stocking perishable foods and a water container with an easy-to-use tap on the shelves below. Any remaining space can be dedicated to storing cooking implements, a washing up bowl and dry produce. The beauty of using a movable cart is, you have the option cook outdoors if the weather is pleasant!
If you’re considering an off-grid shepherd’s hut, it’s worth taking the time to explore the best options for your individual circumstance. We are more than happy to help guide you through this process! Don’t hesitate to contact us directly, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.