Dateline 05.11.2021 - Wriggly Tin.
Well, we got through 2021. Roll on 2022! The pandemic put the brakes on some of my planned projects last year, but I did get St Bride’s finished. It’s been a big hit with our guests – one of them described it as “a hotel room, but in a field”.
Now that Wriggly Tin has closed for the winter, my main focus is to get ‘The Wriggly Inn’ fitted out and ready for guests. It’s been a long time coming, but will be worth the wait. The Inn will have its own en suite washroom and, as the name suggests, it will bear more than a passing resemblance to a country pub – complete with horse brasses!
Opening day next March seems a long way off, but I know from previous experience that the winter will flash by. As always, my to do list will get longer, rather than shorter! Before I know it, I’ll be back making the beds and heating the hot tubs in readiness for Wriggly Tin’s first guests of 2022. Until then, stay safe and take care.
Dateline 01.01.2021 - Wriggly Tin.
Who knows what 2021 has in store?
It looks as though the Coronavirus will still be dominating our lives but, with luck, we’ll all get our jabs in the spring and life might start returning to normal by the summer.
Wriggly Tin will open for the season on 19th March - lock-downs permitting! Last year I put in safety measures to protect guests against the virus. These included hiring in extra toilets to provide each hut with its own loo. The measures will be in force again this year, so I am
destined for another eight months of
On a positive note, there is a charming new shepherd’s hut to stay in this year. Little Sheepwash may be new to Wriggly Tin, but it was originally built in 1898. The hut has been painstakingly renovated and has a huge gated space beneath the bed which can accommodate two large dogs.
My other big news is that the Tin Houses will finally be up and running this year. The virus delayed completion, but St Bride’s is now finished and I’ll be working on The Wriggly Inn over the winter. Watch this space!
Keep safe and well,
Dateline 20.01.2020 - Wriggly Tin.
There’s plenty of work to do over the next two months, before Wriggly Tin opens for 2020 on 20th March. I have just taken delivery of two amazing new spaces, which need their interiors fitting out and decorating, and there is also another shepherd’s hut to finish off. Plus there are all the regular jobs that need to be done. Frankly, I think it’s time to start panicking!
The new spaces are a departure from my regular huts, being more like little cottages - or big Wendy houses! They are larger than the shepherd’s huts and have their own en suit shower and loo. Luxury indeed! I’ve named one of the cottages
St Bride’s, because it looks like a tiny tin church and will be perfect for mini-moons. The other has become known as The Wriggly Inn, so unless anyone has a better idea, that’s what it will be called.
My latest shepherd’s hut was built in 1898 and is a real beauty. It’s called Little Sheepwash and will be perfect for guests bringing their pets. There is a huge space under the raised bed that can accommodate up three dogs (or a brave child).
As usual, I’m already worrying about what the weather has in store for opening day, even though it’s two months away. It could be sunny, or it could be snowing (either is preferable to rain). Whatever happens, we always muddle through!
To keep up with progress on the new spaces and everything else that’s happening at Wriggly Tin, check out our Instagram and Facebook pages.
Wishing you all the best,
Dateline 23.02.2018 - Wriggly Tin.
Welcome to 2018 and my updated website, which is long overdue. It now includes a lot more info about my shepherd’s huts, as well as plenty of new photos. Hopefully it will make choosing which hut is best for you much easier.
This is going to be a big year for Wriggly Tin! I’ll have another hut ready for May. It will be called Walton, for two reasons. Firstly, Izaak Walton, author of The Complete Angler’, has a local pub named after him, but also I have some fishing memorabilia that I want to find a home for. Secondly, I was brought up in Walton-on-Thames, so there is a personal connection. There is also a third reason - I’ve run out of local hills to name my huts after!
Even bigger news is that a lovely young couple, Maddy and Jack, who have stayed at Wriggly Tin in the past, are coming to work here and move all things wriggly along. Between us all we’ll be introducing some new activities at the site and developing the food menu, to include seasonal and local ingredients (that means watercress around here).
Finally, I’m hoping to get two more huts, or to be precise, tiny houses. I’m applying for grants and funding to buy a tin tabernacle and a wriggly tin cottage. They are going to be so beautiful! Each will be for two people and will have their own shower and loo. They’ll still be off grid of course, but you’ll be amazed at how that can work!
Before I go, I want to give a big hip hip hooray to Jules, who has been working here for the last three years. Without her, Wriggly Tin would not have been able to function. There’s no way I could have kept things going on my own. So thank you Jules and keep up the good work!
That’s all for now.
Dateline 06.12.2016 - Wriggly Tin.
Well, another season is over and it’s been the best yet. I had nearly 250 bookings in 2016, with many guests visiting for the second, and even third, time. I must be doing something right!
The highpoint was getting my fifth hut finished, just in time for its first guests in May. The hut is called Barrow and it’s a bit different to the others. For a start, it’s yellow, but don’t let that put you off, as it’s a nice retro shade. Barrow also has double doors on one side, which really bring the outside in and make the hut feel that little bit more spacious.
There is now also a wood-fired hot tub at Wriggly Tin, so my guests can bath under the stars. Believe me, it’s bliss! The tub is hidden away next to Old Winchester hut and is big enough for eight adults (there were 14 children in it for a party back in May!) If you want to use the tub, you’ll need to book Old Winchester and there is an extra charge.
I had a great day here in September, when Victoria and Toby held their wedding reception in the meadow. It was a first for Wriggly Tin and I hope to host more, but I need to get planning permission first (yawn).
Bookings are already coming in for 2016, with March, April and May starting to fill up. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of availability. Best of all, I have two hen parties to look forward to!
Dateline 11.01.2014 - Wriggly Tin.
Looking out of the window at a grey, wet, January day, it’s hard to imagine that Wriggly Tin will be reopening for the season in a couple of months time!
Between now and then, there’s plenty that needs doing. Number one priority is to get Boundary, my latest hut, ready for April. This hut will be a killer! Rather than having a traditional door on one end, it has double doors on one of the sides. This enables the hut to have ‘bedrooms’ at both ends, with the kitchen and living area in the middle. Each bedroom has two bunks, making four in total, one of which extends sideways to form a double bed.
The fitting out of Old Winchester was completed towards the end of last season, allowing several visitors to use the hut during September and October. However, I want to make a few more improvements to it for this year - the main one being a better stove. Old Winchester will be available to rent from 4th April 2014.
The never-ending stormy weather we’ve been having may have hampered outside work, but at least it provides time for doing all the admin. I’m slowly ticking off jobs, including revamping the e-brochure for 2014. If you’re reading this, it means I’ve also updated the website successfully! On that subject, I’m sorry I don’t show availability on the site - it’s on my ever-lengthening to do list!
Dateline 26.02.2013 - Wriggly Tin.
With just over two weeks until the site opens for 2013, it’s still freezing here in the Downs. My house is like an ice box - I’m sitting here at the computer with my feet resting on a hot water bottle! I should move out to one of the shepherd’s huts, as they’re toasty warm with the woodburner going and all the insulation.
There’s lots to do before the site reopens on March 15th, including turning on the water supply, so fingers crossed that the cold eases up and there aren’t too many burst pipes! At least it seems to have stopped raining (hope I’m not tempting fate) and the field now has a chance to dry out. Luckily, we’re on free draining chalk and not under water like some parts of the country.
There are lots of plans for 2013. The main one is getting two more huts finished for the summer. I start work on fitting out the Bunk Hut in a couple of weeks time, which I’m really looking forward to. I’ll be posting photos on Facebook, so you can see how things are progressing (or not!).
Wriggly Tin lies between the A3 and the A32, one mile north of Hambledon, Hampshire and nine miles from Petersfield.
Journey time by car from the M25 / A3 junction is approximately 50 minutes.
The nearest station is Petersfield. Fast trains leave London Waterloo on the hour and at 30 mins past. Journey time is just about one hour.
Expect to pay around £25 for a taxi from Petersfield to Wriggly Tin.
Gravers Taxis: 01730 303030
Hambledon Cars: 07766 027301
To check availability, book a hut or for more info, just send an email or give Alex a call.
Telephone: 02392 632990
Mobile: 07785 522812
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