Magical but practical
Far from the madding crowd yet in the lap of luxury
Leonard Candy, like the hero of Thomas Hardy’s famous novel, was a shepherd. He tended his flock on the top of the Mendip Hills, looking south west over the mysterious Somerset Levels and legendary Glastonbury Tor.
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Country Living circa 1927
Almost a hundred years later his grandson Phil, living on the very same spot, had the urge to build a shepherds hut. The idea was to give people a little taste of what it was like to live off the land when almost everything was done by hand – shearing sheep, cutting peat, growing withies, digging rhines, catching elvers, making cheese and cider.
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Shaggy sheep chic
The style is definitely rustic and natural, with gentle pastel colours, enamel mugs, soft woollen rug, big fluffy faux sheepskin cushions, antique kettle and pan, shepherd’s crook, ancient maps, glazed earthenware cider jug, wood burning stove, old wooden trunk with kindling and a little library of vintage books on the local area and the traditional ways of life.
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We have the technology
However, Phil recognised that most of us are reluctant to give up the modern creature comforts we take for granted – so he carefully designed it to include everything you could wish for, from an
en-suite shower and flushing toilet to electric central heating and fitted kitchen, a luxury comfy mattress supplied with all the bed linen and duvet, to the DAB radio, Wi-Fi, TV, DVD player and mood lighting.
It was a true labour of love and very deep pockets, that then resulted in Len, a uniquely nostalgic handmade Somerset Shepherd’s hut that’s a charming recreation of pastoral bliss, yet with all the features you’d expect in a five star luxury apartment.
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Space to make yourself at home
Although it includes absolutely everything the clever design means that it feels surprisingly spacious – ingenious planning ensures that it all packs away neatly and you won’t be tripping over your bags, at every turn. Last but not least the views are stunning and the local area boasts a wealth of inviting things to see and do.
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It’s the perfect environment in which to escape from all the stresses and strains of the 21st century, to reconnect with nature and our heritage, and to make memories that will last a lifetime. No wonder so many guests have fallen in love with it in a very short space of time.
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