Who Are We?

Elwy Valley Shepherds Hut Company is owned and run by Stephen Akred and Linda Newsome; we are based in North Wales but have clients across England. Stephen and Linda have a shared passion for antiques and the great outdoors, this is what led them to discover the beauty of shepherd’s huts. In addition, they both have a shared love with the ability to become detached from the stresses of everyday life, just a few steps from your front door.


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 and glamping pod.


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 bespoke creations.