The corrugated cottage was built in the spring of 1940, around the beginning of the Second World War when Britain felt under imminent threat of invasion. The cottage was built for the Women's Land Army, or ‘land girls', who were young women working in local farms.
The corrugated cottage was built in the spring of 1940, around the beginning of the Second World War when Britain felt under imminent threat of invasion. The cottage was built for the Women's Land Army, or ‘land girls', who were young women working in agriculture to help the war effort. More than a third of land girls came from major cities, so many rural accommodations had to be built.
The cottage is built out of corrugated iron with tongue and groove wooden panelling inside with modern cellulose insulation between.
It stands alone beside the owner's house in a small wood with badgers, foxes and tawny owls. The cottage is just a few miles from Glastonbury, on the edge of the village of Baltonsborough, which has a shop, post office,church and pub all within a short walking distance across the fields.
The cottage has been recreated in the style of the 1940s, with authentic details such as a forties enamelled range with back boiler, forties utility furniture and Bakelite switches and plugs. The kitchen includes an original fifties sink, larder and fridge with a modern electric hob and microwave.
In the bathroom is a claw-foot roll top bath and toilet with overhead cistern.
There is a record player and a selection of LPs from the era to get you in the mood.
The cottage sleeps four people-five at a push, with two bedrooms and four single beds and an additional sofa bed. The bedroom upstairs is reached by a steep staircase and very low doorway and ceiling, so is unsuitable for disabled or elderly people (but brilliant for children!). The house has wireless internet and no television. It is well-insulated and includes both a coal fire range with back boiler and electric heating.
There is a small enclosed garden with a wonderful view over the levels.
The garden includes table, chairs and an Anderson shelter, which has a small stove that can be used as barbecue. Or you can just sit in there and play cards, safe from the threat of the Nazi Luftwaffe. Children often make it their den.
The cottage was historic category winner in Channel 4's Shed of the Year 2015.
For those guests staying in the space as part of the launch of the Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year competition, they will also receive a hamper full of Cuprinol goodies to go home and do up their own shed*. We hope your stay will help inspire a bit of sheddie love and sheddie renovations of your own!
*limited numbers and subject to availability.
Your own small enclosed garden with shelter, plus private off road parking.
Interaction with guests
We live next door and are always available for help or a chat.
No smoking in the cottage (even pipes).
Dogs are welcome in your enclosed garden. Please do clear up after them.
The bedroom upstairs is reached by a steep staircase and very low doorway and ceiling, so is unsuitable for disabled or elderly people (but brilliant for children!).
We have hens, ducks and two old sheep in the field next door.
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I am a sculptor and conservator and have preserved and renovated our houses in Bellac, France and in Somerset, England.
I am interested in quirkiness too, which is reflected in some aspects of the houses.
We enjoy travelling, and sometimes bring our adult children along as they like being paid for.