Sheep move around the stilted hideaway which perches above an ancient drovers trail
A set of stilts ensures sheep can still be herded beneath Drovers’ Bough – a holiday cabin located in a stretch of quiet Herefordshire farmland.
Located in Golden Valley, the cabin sits on an ancient track used for moving sheep, meaning its designer, Akin Studio had to ensure there was space for the animals to pass through. The resulting cabin straddles the drovers’ path giving guests a treehouse experience.
The practice used locally sourced materials to build Drovers’ Bough, which contributes to its rustic, barn-like exterior. The stilts are green oak – timber cut within 18 months of a tree being felled – while the cladding is rough-sawn larch.
Outwardly, the hideaway has a homespun appearance but guests will be surprised by the interiors that greet them at the end of the cabin’s long entrance stairway. Inside, Akin Studio has taken a more refined, minimalist approach, using pale pink plaster and wooden floorboards. Visitors sleep in a kingsize bed beneath the sloping roof and can have their morning teas and coffees on the terrace.
Drovers’ Bough starts at £275 per night. Wellies and torches are highly recommended.