Wednesday, 7 September 2016
For those of you who aren't regular readers of this narrative, about four months ago I spent part of the afternoon at the National Trust's Mount Stewart estate on the Ards Peninsula, County Down.
At the beginning of the Blue and Red trails there is a blue shepherd's hut, where a member of staff greets visitors and provides information.
It seems that shepherd's huts or keepers' watch huts do have a history.
The one at Mount Stewart (above) was built by a company in County Fermanagh.
My cousin and her family have recently purchased one and it's installed in the grounds of their home at Fittleworth in West Sussex.
In fact, if you like the look of it and its location at the village of Fittleworth, you can stay in it.
It's close to Goodwood, ancestral seat of the Duke of Richmond.
Shirley apprises me that Maggie's Hut has a double bed and even a wood-burning stove.
The Swan Inn, a family-run 15th century pub, is a short stroll away, too, convenient for the South Downs National Park, Chichester, Petworth and Arundel.
Maggie's Hut has a separate outdoor 'Eco' composting loo, and showering facilities are presently available in the main house.
I wish them every success with their imaginative endeavour; and may many guests enjoy Maggie's Hut.
I know who "Maggie" is, by the way (!).