A few years ago I decided to create a special garden room that we could use as an unusual, unexpected and rather fun extra guest bedroom that would be both comfortable and a little bit indulgent. A shepherd’hut seemed the perfect fit for this. It’s positioned in a slightly wild corner of the gardens surrounding our home, The Coach House, and is the perfect spot for an Easter picnic.

Shepherd’s huts really are unlike any other space and have a romantic ‘otherness’ very much anchored in the past. Such a bijou interior size requires thoughtful consideration so that it is neither swamped with detailing, nor too cold and empty in feel, and I found that careful material choice is key in ensuring a calm but cocooning feel. I chose little elegant touches like pretty home accessories, a sisal floor rug, a small wood burning stove and fun candle holders. Candle light, a flickering fire and soft rain on the tin roof all combine to create a magical atmosphere.

I commissioned a  custom designed hut from Artisan Shepherd’s Huts  with a corrugated-steel roof, reclaimed wheels from an old army truck and wooden panelling painted in Mouse’s Back by Farrow & Ball. I love the candle hurricanes I added to the steps, and the hydrangeas in the window boxes.  The shepherd’s hut is surrounded by large trees and looks out onto open fields. At this time of year lambs skip around delightfully which makes for a wonderful Easter picnic backdrop.

I incorporated a small log-burning stove and a little kitchen area in the design. It means guests can really settle in, make a cup of tea first thing or get the fire going on cooler evenings. For more tips on shepherd’s hut designs read this wonderful piece in House & Garden magazine which features my shepherd’s hut.

Katharine Pooley Coach House Shepherd's Hut Country Home Picnic Table

For an Easter picnic a few years ago I dressed the picnic table with a pretty floral cloth and added luxurious glasses and china and colourful flowers from the garden. A beautiful cake covered in pink icing and roses sits beside bowls of mixed salads and a jug of Pimms completes the picture. I am in Japan this Easter with my family, but if you are planning a picnic I do so hope you get a day of wonderful sunshine and warmth.

 At the moment my shepherd’s hut it is a private escape for reading, thinking or just some peace and quiet.  At one point I felt like we might need another one as my boys were also using it to play with their soldiers and strategize large battles. Instead we built them a beautiful tree house and refurbished a large old horse trailer to create a children’s snug and library.  The shepherd’s hut is mine once more! Wishing you all a peaceful and joyful Easter.

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