Dorset sheep farmer loses purchase of dilapidated shepherd’s hut from wealthy Londoner
A SHEEP breeder lost the purchase of a dilapidated shepherd’s hut – to a wealthy Londoner who paid £ 16,000 to use it as a quirky holiday home.
The 8-foot-high, 9-foot-wide, and 6-foot-deep log cabin is covered in rot and has a leaky roof.
But although in desperate need of restoration, the Victorian craft has sold 20 times its estimate of £ 800 at Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne, Dorset.
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The trend to use Shepherd’s Huts as new vacation stays in places like Airbnb or as home offices is believed to have led to the bidding war.
In 2017 David and Samantha Cameron bought a brand new one for £ 25,000 to use as a garden office.
The anonymous London-based buyer who got the dilapidated hut avoided competition from a ‘woefully disappointed’ Dorset Shepherd who hoped to use it for his traditional purposes.
The Nameless Shepherd far exceeded his budget of £ 8,000 in a desperate attempt to secure him, but his purse strings couldn’t stretch far enough.
The hut had been kept within the grounds of a small country house outside Shaftesbury where it “had not moved a wheel for 50 years”.
It achieved a hammer price of £ 13,000, with additional charges bringing the final amount paid to £ 16,250.
Auctioneer Richard Bromell said: “Although it is in pretty bad shape, the hut is such a lovely object with so much character.
“If you want to restore it, the first thing to attack is the leaky roof.
“We’ve had two bidders competing against each other and when that happens the price goes up.
“The client was from central London and presumably he wanted it for a holiday home or a field office in a second home.
“The other bidder just bought a flock of sheep and surprisingly wanted to use it as a shepherd’s hut, which must be pretty much unknown these days.
“The underbidder was terribly disappointed. He stopped bidding around £ 8,000, thought it over and kept going until he really had enough at £ 11,500.
“It was a hotly contested bidding battle.
“The cabin was in the grounds of a country house and hadn’t moved a wheel for 50 years.
“The father is deceased, so we proceeded with a sale of its contents and the family were delighted with the outcome.”