A Lancashire husband and wife team has fulfilled a long-held dream by launching their own luxury business.
Mark and Lisa Gray launched The Lakeland Shepherd Hut Company at this year’s Westmorland County Show. The couple, who married in 2016 came up with the idea to build and sell shepherd huts around six years ago.
Mark explains: “We love outside spaces and want to create our own version of a traditional shepherd hut. We reimagined a dwelling that would have existed over 200 years ago combined with first-rate craftsmanship and high-quality furnishings.
"We designed the space as a luxury overnight retreat for use as an extra bedroom, office, bespoke work area, play room, artistic space, beauty salon or simply a relaxing escape at the end of the garden; the possibilities are endless!
“Although ‘glamping’ has been big business over recent years we still needed to do our research. We travelled around the Lakes, the North West and Cornwall, chatting to campsite owners and potential buyers to gauge the market.
"We also ran our plan by some key business people and were surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response.”
Mark and Lisa’s background and experience - 11 years running Mark Gray Creative Services Ltd, which renovated properties across North Lancashire and Cumbria – gave them confidence. However, they spent over three years planning and designing before picking up any tools in their workshop in rural Halton.