The Hemmel

One of the last parts of Hill House East that John got around to renovating was the 'Hemmel' or small stone byre adjacent to the house. We had used this old building in its dilapidated state to provide shelter for our little flock of black Zwartble sheep in the winter. When the roof no longer really provided much shelter, even for the sheep, John rescued and restored it; we then thought it was such a lovely little building it was really too nice to let the sheep back in, so he rebuilt the lean-to behind it as a 'sheep shed'!

The hemmel now is a very basic but clean space, still with its byre floor and wood beamed roof, with the warmth and company of a large wood burning stove, tables and chairs and a basic kitchen if you want to make a cuppa.

The hemmel can be used for a range of activities including spinning, felt making, craft work, simply sitting by the stove and reading or just relaxing.

The Hemmel
The Hemmel
The Hemmel