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Len's Hut

  • Sheddie:

    Phil Russell
  • Location:

    field - Somerset
  • First entered:

  • More than £500


Lens Hut is likely to be Somersets best kept secret, until now.
Perched high up on the Mendip Hills overlooking Glastonbury Tor in the distance. Theres no sign and no doorbell.

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The long journey to Lens Hut.

I always had ambitious plans for our hut from the outset. It had to be fully self-contained as its no fun walking miles to use the toilets! It must have electric power to charge all the gadgets we use every day. I have stayed in a couple of shepherds huts in the past years; and I can personally vouch for those two points alone. I quickly discovered space saving solutions and storage solutions were required in the interior to make it a great experience. Its no good tripping over your own bags and cases in the night.

What I did not realise then was the long road ahead, if I knew then what was involved in this kind of project Id never have started in the first place! I had no budget, no planning permission and most people thought I was a little crazy.

First things first, planning permission took almost 18 months to fight the council and highways department. In the end I had to double my budget. I strongly believed we would be finished for Christmas 2012, but I was wrong on that too. However, with Tony my craftsman builder we designed and constructed everything by hand, working in wind, rain, snow and mud a foot deep. The conditions could not have been any worse - painting interior wood with 6 coats in a field at Christmas is not a lot of fun!

Prior to the hut arriving, we had installed the ground works and foundations for Lens Hut so that there would be mains electric and mains water ,which we all take for granted in our busy lives now. By spring 2013, the hut was looking complete.

Would I change anything? Not really, I am proud of all the blood, sweat and tears that went into Lens Hut.

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