Chatley Shepherds’ Huts

Beautifully handcrafted shepherds' huts by Ben Sonnet, who's based in Bath, Somerset!

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Chatley Shepherds’ Huts is based in Bath, and the company is run by Ben Sonnet, who has over 18 years of experience in the carpentry and home renovation industry! Ben founded the company in 2016, as a new venture that would incorporate all of his skills and creativity after he had spent nearly 10 years making handcrafted furniture in his rural Somerset workshop.

He began by converting a vintage 1950’s railway carriage into a luxury glamping space, and following on from this successful project, Ben now builds traditional-styled shepherds’ huts from the ground up, which are sold to clients as garden studios and glamping spaces!

The external cladding of this stunning little hut has been made from Western Red Cedar – a beautiful piece of wood that lasts for over 60 years if left untreated, and even longer if it’s treated every 5 years! Inside, there is some gorgeous solid oak flooring and skirting, as well as a solid oak table and a set of benches.

We were extremely pleased to see that Ben decided to incorporate our Hobbit small wood burning stove into the design of this well-considered, excellently crafted shepherd’s hut! Here, our Hobbit stove has also been sited on a platform to raise it off the floor slightly. This provides a better view of the fire and makes life a bit easier when you have to bend down to refuel our tiny wood burner. A nifty log store has been created just below the stove, so that you always have logs to hand!

Our tiny wood burner makes a fantastic addition to shepherds’ huts, as it enables guests to stay warm and cosy all-year-round. This means that the hut can be enjoyed in every season! Whether you have people staying on a cold winter’s evening or a brisk spring morning, there’s nothing more comforting than lighting a fire and reading a book or playing some board games whilst you watch the flames flickering away in our small wood stove!

If you’re wondering how you might be able to incorporate our small multi-fuel stove into the design of your shepherd’s hut, then make sure you take a look at the two different flue kits that we’ve designed, which are specifically tailored to fit most shepherds’ huts!

If you think your flue kit might need adjusting to suit your structure, then please feel free to contact us, as we offer a bespoke flue consultancy service free of charge.

Our small wood burning stove will need to be sited at least 400mm away from any combustible surfaces, and 200mm away from non-combustible surfaces. However, if you’re particularly tight on space, then these distances can be drastically reduced with our heat shield option!

The stove will also need to sit on a hearth. This needs to be a non-combustible material that’s at least 12mm thick, and you will need to have at least 225mm of space from the front of the stove to the front of the hearth, in order to comply with regulations.

To read more about Ben’s work and to purchase one of his incredible shepherds’ huts, make sure you check out the Chatley Shepherd Huts website!

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Our Hobbit Stove Has Been Fitted!

"We had a Hobbit stove fitted this week by Alex Reay from Flues and Fires, and I just wanted to get in touch to say it is AMAZING and we love it! We have a lovely cast iron tiled fireplace which I was desperate not to lose when we installed a small wood burning stove, but until I found the Hobbit on Google, everyone told me it would be impossible to keep the fire surround. The Hobbit is perfect - not only does it fit very snugly, but it looks fantastic and the blue door complements the tiles very nicely. We are sitting enjoying a fire now and absolutely loving it! Thanks for creating such an amazing product."

Nicola Williams

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The Best Stove Ever!

"It’s the best stove ever! It’s easy to light, very efficient, burns anthracite and stays in overnight (ours has been in for three weeks now). It even keeps a kettle of water at the ready for a cuppa! What more can I say, we love it! Just the thing to make our Yorkshire home cosy, and the cat loves it too!"

Lynn and Andrew, West Yorkshire

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First Small Stove Installation

Was looking for a small stove for my first self-install. Found Mark very helpful. Knowledgeable, friendly service. Stove burns well and generates lots more heat than the previous open fire. What is not to like?


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A Huge Thank You!

"Dear Mark and Gill, a huge thank you for designing and making the Hobbit stove! We had two different London-based fireplace companies tell us that we simply had to knock out the old cast iron and tile fireplace to fit in a woodburning stove, and that there was no other option! Then we found you online. We are delighted with our little Hobbit, which swallows up logs and kicks out a good amount of heat. Perfect for the winter! I will also be writing to the London-based fireplace companies to put the Hobbit on their radar. Best wishes."


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Delighted With Our Hobbit Stove!

"Mark, Gill, thank you for your assistance, we are delighted with our Hobbit! I fired it up this evening after taking all afternoon making a register plate to fit the opening."


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It's Brilliant!

"Hi Mark, here's a photo of the Hobbit installed in my Yorkist grate. It’s brilliant! It also throws out a lot more heat than the grate did."

Roger T

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Just to Say Thank You!

"I just had a chat with Gill saying how delighted we are with our little Hobbit stove, and to also thank you both for your attention to detail and excellent customer service!"


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The Little Hobbit Has Stepped Up To The Challenge!

"We just wanted to say how impressed and how much of a life saver our little Hobbit has been! It was fitted a few months ago in our holiday home in Rhu, Scotland, which is a large open plan conversion in a Victorian house. This weekend our boiler decided it was not going to play ball. The little Hobbit has stepped up to the challenge, providing heat to a very large area, about twenty eight foot by twenty four foot with a high ceiling of about eighteen foot, keeping the room reasonably warm, warm enough for us not to use cardigans!”

Alan W

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Very Pleased With Our Hobbit!

"We are very pleased with the stove and think it looks great! We restored our fireplace (it was hidden under plaster!) and the whole look is better than we hoped!"


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Absolutely Delighted!

"Just had our Hobbit SE installed in our Victorian fireplace and we are absolutely delighted with the end result. We felt passionate about preserving our lovely fireplace!"


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Our Pride And Joy!

"What a fantastic fireplace with the beautiful Hobbit stove. It fits perfectly into the small space and throws out a lot of heat. Here's a photo of our little stove, now our pride and joy and much admired by all who see and feel the warmth."

Chris and C

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"Just to bid you all a Happy New Year and to say how much we’re enjoying having our Hobbit stove! It was easy to fit with the help of your excellent ‘how to’ videos and we’re just awaiting our inspection by building control for the certification. The Hobbit has fitted neatly into the hearth vacated by the old gas back boiler (with a little cosmetic rendering) and never ceases to surprise us how much heat it can deliver to the point that the new condenser boiler is having an easy life, thereby saving us on gas bills too! Everyone loves having a ‘real fire’ in the living room."

Philip Baird

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A Brilliant Little Wood Burner!

"The stove we bought from you is really starting to come into its own as the weather cools down. Here is a photo showing how much one of our dogs is enjoying it!"

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Brilliant Product!

"Just wanted to share a picture of our newly installed Hobbit. Absolutely delighted with it, and so pleased we were able to retain our existing fireplace as well. Brilliant product, thank you!"



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