Giving new life to
an old story


At Elwy Valley we pride ourselves on creating bespoke shepherds huts using traditional craftsmanship. Even if the use today is different, it’s this respect for the old ways that keeps the beauty of the hut alive. 

Created around an original 19th century design, each hut is customised to bring you everything that's wonderful about traditional craftsmanship with the creature comforts and convenience of the modern world.  Warm, wired for living, with charm woven into every inch.

Traditional shepherds huts would be made using local materials, and reclaimed items found around the farm. In keeping with this tradition, Elwy Valley huts are made using materials sourced from local craftsmen and suppliers with a unique twist of our own - each one features a reclaimed stained glass window. Another utterly individual touch you can choose when you customise your new outside sanctuary. 

Who are we?

Elwy Valley Shepherds Hut Company is owned and run by Stephen Akred and Linda Newsome. It was their shared passion of antiques and the great outdoors that led them to discover the beauty of shepherds huts. They fell in love with the ability to become detached from the stresses of every day life just a few steps from your front door. 

Created using time-honoured craft skills

Stephen has a superb eye for detail, and a love of traditional crafts. He started his career 33 years ago as an apprentice in coach building, coach painting and sign writing, a trade that very much draws on traditional methods and aesthetics. The craft skills he learnt then led to a love of restoring things to their former glory including some challenging, tumbledown properties. At every turn, it was Stephen's aim to stay true to the building's history, making sure that everything he did was sympathetic to the property's age. Over time, creating bespoke kitchens and cabinets, he gained valuable experience working with a wide range of natural woods. Today, he uses a lifetime's worth of skills, attention to detail and dedication to produce each and every Elwy Valley shepherds hut.

The finishing touches

Linda is Stephen's right hand woman. With years of practice in designing interiors, soft furnishings and upholstery, she is the perfect partner to create the finishing touches to Stephen's creations. 


Yours and yours alone

Wonderfully romantic, versatile and utterly unique. Our huts are suitable for a variety of uses from an extra room for guests, home office, hunting or shooting base, luxury fishing hut, a place to read, write or even just slip away to and sip a G&T whilst watching the sun go down.

Warm, windproof and wired for the modern world, each one makes a practical yet creative addition to your garden, field, wood or lakeside. And best of all, they need no planning permission* and should you ever move, you can take it with you.

* But always check with your own Local Authority

Each hut is 100% bespoke and built in any size from 8' x 5' for a sewing/reading hut to 18' x 7' for a hut with en-suite and cooking facilities. With prices starting from just £12999 (+ VAT) your dream shepherds hut can be a reality.

Small hut 8' x 5' 

Standard hut 13' x 7'

Large hut 18' x 7' 

The height of our huts are 10' 6" externally from ground to roof.

Strength and beauty

Each one is built on a solid oak chassis for strength and beauty and comprises pressure treated timber throughout. Built to last, you can expect to hand your shepherds hut down through generations, and take it with you whenever you move. It's perhaps one of the most beautiful, yet sensible investments you can make when it comes to creating more space from your budget.

As every shepherds hut is built to order, specifications and layout can be tailored to your needs or site location. You might decide it's better for your site to position the doors at the front rather than the sides, or if you're looking for extra guest accommodation or holiday rental income you could add an en-suite shower room.

At Elwy Valley we are happy to discuss the best ways to make your shepherds hut utterly, uniquely yours.

Built as standard:

  • Solid oak chassis
  • Solid French oak flooring
  • Fully insulated
  • Handcrafted day bed
  • Drop down French oak table
  • Electrics – lights and sockets
  • Reclaimed stain glass window
  • Wrought iron draw bar and window furniture made in our local foundry
  • Exterior cladding in pressure treated timber 


The options are endless but include:

  • Welsh made log burners
  • Underfloor heating
  • Extra sockets
  • Kitchen
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • LED spot lights
  • Bookcases
  • Awnings
  • Solar power
  • Exterior cladding in natural featheredge French oak boards that gradually weather
    into their surroundings
  • Exterior cladding in powder coated
    corrugated steel
  • Interior painted in a wide range of Farrow
    & Ball colours
  • Exterior cladding painted in a colour of
    your choice
  • LPG boiler mounted in a unique external cabinet (freeing up interior wall space)


At Elwy Valley Shepherds Hut Company we believe your hut is on a journey. It's important to us that your hut begins life with you in the best possible way.

That's why we are happy to personally deliver and site our huts anywhere in the UK and mainland Europe. Please ask us for a quote.

Price list

For our 2018 price list please click here

Introducing our Stylish Glamping Pods

We say glamping pod, you say idyllic garden retreat. We say extra guest room, you say valuable rental income.

The beauty of these hand-crafted pods is that they can be fully customised to your specifications, from the size, look and layout to the internal fittings. You can even choose the external timber cladding – larch, oak, shiplap or cedar shingles.

Just like our Shepherds Huts, these pods are hand-crafted from local materials here in Wales and designed to be as practical as they are picturesque.

They are built from pressure-treated FSC timbers on a rigid steel frame, so they can be easily lifted and transported should the need arise. They can even be fitted with our unique clip-in wheel system, which means they can be towed by any vehicle with a conventional tow bar.

• Available up to 30’ x 10’

• Pressure-treated FSC timber

• Fully insulated

• Electrics: 2 double sockets and LED lighting

• Starting from just £6,500 (+VAT)


You can view our show pod and wheel kits at our workshop in North Wales. Please get in touch – we’d love to show you around.

Contact us

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Elwy Valley Shepherds Hut Company

Unit 12, Minafon Yard, Betws-yn-Rhos, LL22 8AW, United Kingdom

Telephone: 01492 680509 or 07969 569541

Email: info@elwyvalleyshepherdshutco.com