Ploughman’s Retreat is an original ploughman’s wagon from the 19th Century which has been recently restored by ourselves. It is nestled into the bank and surrounded by picturesque & private views of our farm in the Alkham Valley. Our own restoration has ensured that this hut oozes individual character. The hut has vintage and antique furniture inside and a hand-crafted seat made from sleepers nestled into the bank outside making the perfect spot to watch the sun go down. Inside the hut comes with all the comforts you can’t live without and a cosy king-size bed.
The Restoration Story
Built at the turn of the 1900’s this hut was used as living accommodation for a gang of ploughmen who worked their way from farm to farm using steam traction engines to plough fields. The hut is believed to have been originally manufactured possibly by ‘Clayton & Shuttleworth’ or ‘Garrett’.
Recovered from a field in East Sussex, we brought it back to our farm and restored it ourselves over the winter of 2018. After many hours of restoration, we were able to keep many of the original features, such as the curved roof and sprung axle with wrought iron wheels and bring it sympathetically up to 21st century standards to create the luxury self-catered living accommodation you see today.
Ploughman’s Retreat has been sited to nestle into the hillside to take full advantage of the stunning private views of our farm and sunsets across the Alkham Valley.