Approaching Robin Hood’s Hut through the dark wood, you come upon an apparently rustic cottage, with thatched roof and bark-clad door. Once inside, the elegant interior provides a fitting antechamber to the umbrello, from where the view stretches across the Mendip Hills towards the Bristol Channel and the mountains of South Wales beyond.
Two very different elevations
Robin Hood’s Hut has two distinct faces and commands a breath taking panorama. Approaching through a dark wood, you come upon an apparently rustic cottage, with thatched roof and bark-clad door. Once inside, the elegant interior provides a fitting antechamber to the umbrello, from where the view encompasses the Somerset Levels and Mendip Hills and on across the Bristol Channel to the mountains of South Wales. Like earlier visitors, you too may choose to dine al fresco beneath this elegant canopy, whose graceful ogee detailing has more than a hint of the early days of the Raj.
A specially designed bathroom hut
In order not to compromise the views and elegance of a building not designed to hold modern services, we decided to build an equally carefully designed hut of our own to house the bathroom, thus indulging both epochs’ notions of civilised existence. Would Robin Hood have approved? We feel sure our present day hermits will, perched above one of the finest views in southern England.
The Hermit’s Room – It is sometimes surprising to find how far Robin Hood strayed from Sherwood Forest. In fact, the name of this beautiful little pavilion has less to do with our eponymous hero than with Whiggish ideas of liberty and medieval romance in the 18th century.
Careful restoration -By the time the Somerset Building Preservation Trust came upon Robin Hood’s Hut in 1997, it had no roof or windows and had lost much of its plasterwork. Its umbrello was almost gone. After an exemplary restoration of the exterior, the Trust asked Landmark if they would provide a secure future use for the building. They have ..and how amazing does it look now? Wonderful! We love it!