The Shire Huts merge glamping with a fantasy world of
dwarves, dragons, trolls and wizards.
The cabins are fully mobile, which makes them unique in the UK. These glamping pods are also
handcrafted in the heart of the Cornish countryside using ‘waney’ timber (planks which
feature the original curve and bark of the tree).They are made by local joiner, Ali Mikail at his secret
workshop deep in ancient Cornwall, and constructed from scratch following Ali’s own
design. The artwork, by Paul Fullman, includes stained glass windows. Each hut is unique,
with names like Beeble, Whistler, Butternut have been named by our eager guests,
like Irishman Dave, who dubbed his Shire Hut‘Solas.’ He wanted one so bad we had it
specially made for him. Solas means ‘light’ and ‘home’ in Irish.
You won’t need to go on a quest to find added luxuries as these heated, lockable huts
come with power sockets and lighting, as well as a mirror, bedside table and a wellies
stand. Campfire furniture and a fire pit and tops off the outdoor/indoor experience.
These two-berth huts can be made into a cosy double or two singles. Every bed comes with a comfy foam mattress, cover and cushions. There is also a
rug and door mat with each hut, two plug sockets for charging phones in the bedside
table, as well as a lamp. Heating is also provided to keep everyone warm and toasty. The
huts have four coat hooks and a stand for two sets of wellies – perfect for you festivalgoers.
All doors are lockable with your own set of keys, along with chairs and fire pit to
share with the rest of the shire hut dwellers. Dimensions: 6ft (wide) x 8ft x 6ft3in (apex
Fresh out of the workshop from 2015 are the latest addition – the four-berth huts. Perfect for families or larger groups, they are twice the size of our standard huts
(and come with your choice of single and double beds). These cabins also house the
same features and home comforts as the standard, two-berth, size, except they have two
electric boxes and an stained glass extra window. Dimensions: 12ft (wide) x 8ft x 7ft
Rent the whole of Shire for your event. This includes up to 20
huts (with a minimum of three) with exterior lighting, fire pits and extra furniture to
create your tranquil piece of fantasy… anywhere you want. This package includes
a site manager to offer a helping hand where needed. The Shire package can sleep 44 guests.
For weddings, anniversaries, Valentines Day or any other romantic occasion, we also
have a special cabin with a larger bed and extra decor to create that extra special effect.
Of course, this comes with a bottle of champagne and chocolates, compliments of
If you are expecting half of the woodland at your event, we can add extra
accommodation for your party. Bell tents all come with lighting and can
sleep six comfortably, but they are unfurnished, so it’s time to get out that Venetian rug.
We have two beautifully hand-painted tipis which include cushions, roll mats, lighting
and a shared fire pit, and they sleep five comfortably. If at a festival, bell tents and tipis
are usually located in a secured glamping area with showers and toilets nearby.
Our own ‘unexpected journey’
Shire huts is a family-run events accommodation company based in Camborne,
Cornwall, which manages a growing ‘Shire’ of mobile, cabins to
festivals and other outdoor happenings around the country.
The idea came about when Hannah Batt and her partner, James Durbin, first saw the
curious cabins at one of Cornwall’s famous Masked Ball festivals in 2013. It was the
event’s organiser, Hannah’s brother, Kelvin Batt, who suggested the business venture
and, in May 2014, The Shire Huts was born.
“We just saw them and thought, ‘why is no-one making and selling these around the
country?’” says Hannah. “‘Everyone should have the chance to stay in one’. So we took
out a loan, got a van and started approaching festivals around the country.
“It’s taken us a full year to get things moving, but now it’s booming and we haven’t
stopped. Now we hire them, either individually or as a set of 20 or more, to events
venues, like festivals or campsites, and people holding their own affairs, like weddings,
birthdays, hen nights and pretty much anyone who is running an outdoor event.
“Britain is not the most reliable with weather, and not everybody enjoys the full-on
camping experience, so this offers everyone the chance to stay warm, just like a cosy
Hannah’s dad, Roger, deals with suppliers and acts as a business consultant to the
entrepreneurial pair. Hannah’s mum, Lesley, and younger brother, Harry, also help out
with the business. To get in touch, contact us here.