Sheep farmer loses dilapidated shepherd’s hut on 2 meters high – to wealthy Londoner who paid £16,000

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Sheep farmer loses on purchase of six-foot-deep, dilapidated shepherd’s hut – to wealthy Londoner who paid £16,000 to use it as a quirky holiday home

  • The Victorian hut sold for 20 times the estimated £800 at Charterhouse Auctioneers of Sherborne, Dorset
  • With a height of only 2 meters, a width of 3 meters and a depth of 1.8 meters, the wooden cabin with a leaky roof may not be your first choice for a retreat
  • An anonymous London buyer secured a hut for £16,000, leaving a Dorset shepherd ‘terribly disappointed’

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A sheep farmer has bought a dilapidated shepherd’s hut for a wealthy Londoner, who paid £16,000 to use it as a quirky hideout.

At just 2 meters high, 3 meters wide and 1.8 meters deep, the wooden hut with a leaky roof and rot is not the first thing that comes to mind when you imagine a relaxing retreat.

But despite the hut, which has stood on land in Shaftesbury, Dorset for 50 years, in urgent need of restoration, it was sold for 20 times the estimated £800 at Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne, Dorset.

The anonymous London-based buyer who got his hands on the dilapidated Victorian appliance turned down competition from a ‘terribly disappointed’ Dorset shepherd who hoped to use it for its traditional purpose.

A dilapidated late Victorian shepherd’s hut has been sold for £16,000 after a bidding war between a wealthy Londoner and a local shepherd

The 8ft high, 9ft wide, 6ft deep wooden cabin is covered in rot and has a leaking roof.  But despite being in dire need of restoration it sold for 20 times its estimated £800 at Charterhouse, Sherborne, Dorset

The 8ft high, 9ft wide, 6ft deep wooden cabin is covered in rot and has a leaking roof. But despite being in dire need of restoration it sold for 20 times its estimated £800 at Charterhouse, Sherborne, Dorset

The unnamed shepherd far exceeded his £8,000 budget in a desperate attempt to secure it, but his wallet couldn’t reach far enough.

The hut stood in the grounds of a small country house outside Shaftesbury, where it “hadn’t moved a wheel in fifty years.”

It fetched a hammer price of £13,000, with additional costs bringing the final amount paid to £16,250.

The trend for shepherd’s huts to be used as new vacation rentals to rent from places like Airbnb or as home offices is said to have sparked the bidding war.

In 2017, David and Samantha Cameron famously bought a brand new one for £25,000 to use as a garden office.

The London-based buyer who secured the cabin would like to turn it into a holiday home or outdoor office

The London-based buyer who secured the cabin would like to turn it into a holiday home or outdoor office

The inside of the charming cabin, which needs some restoration to make the roof leak proof and remove rotting parts

The inside of the charming cabin, which needs some restoration to make the roof leak proof and remove rotting parts

Auctioneer Richard Bromell said: ‘Although in decent condition, the cabin is such a charming item with so much character.

‘If you want to restore it, you have to deal with the leaking roof first.

“We had two bidders going against each other and when that happens, the price is pushed up.

‘The client was from central London and you can assume he wanted it for a holiday home or an outside office in a second home.

The hut achieved a hammer price of £13,000, with additional costs bringing the final figure to £16,250

The hut achieved a hammer price of £13,000, with additional costs bringing the final figure to £16,250

The wheels of the hut appear intact, despite being covered in foliage from years of sitting in the same Dorset location

The cabin stood on the grounds of a country house and hadn't moved a wheel in 50 years

The wheels of the hut appear intact despite being covered in foliage from 50 years old sitting in the same location in Dorset

“The other bidder just bought a flock of sheep and amazingly wanted to use it as a shepherd’s hut, which must be virtually unheard of these days.

“The underbidder was terribly disappointed. He stopped bidding for around £8,000, thought and kept going until he really had enough of £11,500.

“It was a hard-fought bidding war.

“The cabin stood on the grounds of a country house and hadn’t moved a wheel in 50 years.

“The father died, so we did a sale of the contents and the family was overjoyed with the result.”

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