A shepherd’s hut from the Goodlife company fitted out with Focus SB’s Deckle Edge slate-finished lighting plates has been chosen by the National Trust as a base for its volunteers at Canons Ashby House, near Daventry, Northamptonshire.The Goodlife company huts are a modern update on the traditional shepherd’s hut, in which shepherds used to sleep while away from the farm tending their flocks, but feature quality furnishings and modern extras including powered sockets. An optional extra for those wanting the genuine country house look and feel is the Deckle Edge plate from Focus SB.
The hut and its décor were felt to be ideal for the landscape of Canons Ashby House says Chris Smith, National Trust Garden & Park Manager at the estate: “The hut is being used as a warm, dry base for our volunteers and is located near the entrance to the estate, where it has been a great talking point with visitors.
“The traditional history of the shepherd’s hut is in keeping with the period narrative that we try to maintain across the site,” he continues, “and even its fittings and furnishings look the part, which was one of the things that led us to choose a Goodlife shepherd’s hut over other suppliers.”
Traditional with a modern twist, the Deckle Edge range from Focus SB boasts a rustic yet stylish slate finish with hammered edges and delivers a perfect balance between old style interiors and contemporary living. The range is also available with Wandsworth inserts for exceptional product reliability.
Roger Kemp, Managing Director of Focus SB, describes the design as particularly versatile: “The charm of the Deckle Edge design is that it looks equally good in a period country home or in the comfortable interior of a shepherd’s hut.
“All of the huts are hand built to specific specifications and we are pleased to be working with partners that have such a passion for working with traditional methods, as well as being proud to have received recognition for our products from such a prestigious organisation as the National Trust.”