The Orchard Hut

A beautiful little shepherd’s hut that sits on Meadow Head Farm in rural Lancashire.

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This luxurious shepherd’s hut is hosted by Nick and Debbie, who have lived at the farm for over 20 years! During this time, the couple have carefully managed the land so that it supports and enhances the local environment. This has been achieved through re-wilding projects and tree planting. Over the 20 years, Nick and Debbie have planted over 4000 mixed native woodland trees! As a result, there’s plenty of wildlife close by. Guests can often spot deer nibbling away at the alder hedges, and you might get to hear the odd hoot from the resident owl!

The hut has a great range of amenities for long summer evenings. There’s a large kadai fire bowl as well as a spacious outdoor seating area, and the hut even has a wood-fired hot tub that’s big enough for two, so you can relax together beneath the starry night sky!

The cosiness continues indoors, with our Hobbit stove sitting at the very heart of this rural retreat. Our small wood burning stove enables this gorgeous getaway to be enjoyed all-year-round, as you’re guaranteed to stay warm and cosy at any time of year! The walls of the hut are also insulated with sheep wool, and it’s been fully clad with oak, which is great at trapping the heat inside.

Nick and Debbie have also built an adorable little log store that’s joined onto the side of the hut, so you’ll always have some fuel at hand to keep your fire going!

After a dip in the hot tub, you can scramble across the deck and hop back inside the hut to get toasty warm again in front of our Hobbit stove. There’s nothing more relaxing than reading a good book, playing a board game, or enjoying a glass of wine whilst you watch the flames flicker away.

Inside, the hut has a quaint country interior, which adds plenty of traditional charm. The hut has still been fitted with a range of modern luxuries, so you can benefit from the likes of an induction hob and a Nespresso machine. 

Spending the day lounging around this heavenly hideaway is a joy in itself, but if the sun is shining then there’s plenty of spots close by which are certainly worth exploring! If you’re feeling adventurous, then you can head out to the Lake District, or venture across the Yorkshire Dales. If you fancy something that’s a bit closer to home, then you can also visit a variety of local pubs that are nearby.

If you’re wondering how you could incorporate one of our small wood burning stoves into the design of your own shepherd’s hut, then we can provide you with all the information you will need to get our Hobbit stove installed into your chosen structure!

It’s worth taking a look at our corner installation document, as this is probably the most common positioning when it comes to installing our small wood burning stove into a shepherd’s hut. Our heat shield option is also very useful, as shepherds’ huts are often tight on space! You can take a look at this document here to see how much space you will need to have around your small wood stove.

Once you’ve worked out where the stove can be placed, make sure you check out the two installation kits that we have specifically designed to suit most shepherds’ huts. If you’re at all unsure about what flue parts you will need and how they can be arranged, then please do not hesitate to contact us, as we offer a bespoke flue consultancy service free of charge!

Make sure you also visit the listing for The Orchard Hut on Canopy and Stars to find out more and to book your stay today!

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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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