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Somerset shepherd huts taking up residence at Richard Corrigan's historic Irish hotel Virginia Park Lodge

Shepard hut
Blackdown Shepherd Huts, based in Ilminster in Somerset, are in the process of creating six of their original Turnkey Shepherd Huts for celebrated Irish chef Richard Corrigan at his exclusive hotel Virginia Park Lodge in Cavan, Ireland. Richard, who runs Corrigan's Mayfair in London and was crowned winner of the Great British menu no less than three times, is delighted at the addition of the six Blackdown Shepherd Huts at his exquisite country hotel.

He says: ‘We will be using the huts for additional accommodation at Virginia Park Lodge, and we are hoping to have them located beside the lake so our visitors wake up with undisrupted views of the beautiful Lough Ramor.'

Will Vickery and his team are constructing the Turnkey Huts, which are being built to Richard's specifications, for delivery at Virginia Park Lodge in April 2017. Will says: ‘Richard's guests will get the very best huts from Blackdown. Our Turnkey Huts are where we really come into our own, bringing all of our Blackdown Shepherd Huts skills and knowledge to the fore. We've worked with Richard to achieve what he envisioned with the huts. The huts are full of our clever solutions that make our shepherd huts unique and full of character.'

The Virginia Park Lodge Huts will have oak chassis and the Blackdown signature oak cladding, oak steps, hard wood painted windows and doors, oak floor, electrics and plumbing, light switches and light fittings, fold down wall bed, oak table and storage benches, hand-made kitchen unit with oak worktop, Neff hob, integral fridge and kitchen cupboards, shower, basin and toilet.  

Blackdown Shepherd Huts have seen a recent rise in demand for their bespoke shepherd huts from hotels and those in the hospitality trade for a range of purposes. From honeymoon suites to extra guest bedrooms, catering outlets, intimate dining rooms, spas, and treatments rooms, and even safari lodges, the shepherd hut is fast becoming the new add on for hotel and catering opportunities. Inspired by the traditional shepherd's huts of yesteryear, Blackdown Shepherd Huts, based in Ilminster in Somerset, create their Heritage, Turnkey, and Towby Huts with the hospitality industry in mind.

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