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  • July – 2015 – Barrel Top Wagons
    the neighbours would be good enough to let us take the trailer across their field And so after meeting with Ian and local farmer George it was decided that this would be the solution We set a date and worked towards it Thanks to accuweather we soon realised that the date set was looking like a wash out and had to bump the delivery by a further week What a good move this turned out to be the rain was horizontal and the wind was wild definitely not good weather for putting up a cabin The following week though was sunny dry and calm Perfect Supplies had been bought biscuits had been made tents had been packed and the trailer and vans were ready to go At 4am on a Monday morning the boys headed to the workshop checked one last time that they hadn t forgotten anything gave another pull on the ratchet straps and headed off By 8am they were at the meeting point where George lifted everything off with his tractor onto one big trailer and they all trooped across the field where George emptied the load at the closest point to the site The boys then manhandled the load across a stream and set about assembling the structure Sleeping platform and wood burner The site work took 8 days with blissfully good weather Trout were caught canoes paddled and fallen out of fires cooked on The result is a beautiful cabin set in stunning woodland ready for many years of family camping C M are delighted with their structure and have already spent several nights there This cabin is 12ft x 16ft with a 4ft veranda It is built using traditional timber frame construction has 150mm insulation in the floor 2 x 6 pane windows 1 x 9 pane window 1 x small window sleeping platform for 4 Windy Smithy Louis wood burner green tin roof Douglas fir and larch mix cladding Price is in the region of 18 500 depending on location and access 12ft x 16ft cabin with wood burner in Uncategorized Woodland cabin July 13 2015 2 Comments Life after The Contemporary Craft festival The wagon being mobbed The first weekend in June saw us trundling along the A30 to the fabulous Contemporary Craft fair at Bovey Tracey on the southern skirt of Dartmoor What fun we had Sarah James the organiser of this quite amazing event had given us the most fantastic pitch right slap bang in the middle of the site It would be hard to miss us The lovely Katie from madebyhandonline com spent Thursday dressing our wagon whilst I enjoyed using Plant Belles beautiful Chelsea props to titivate the outside space And at 6pm the queue to come for the preview night was long and my were they a handsome bunch It did feel rather like the great the good and the gorgeous had wandered down off Dartmoor and up from their lovely South Hams towns and villages to

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  • May – 2015 – Barrel Top Wagons
    choose six winners each week and retweet their details to his 500 000 followers the next day So I tweeted our details with no luck Until this January I tweeted to TheoPaphitis on the Sunday night and went about life as normal On returning from badminton at 10pm Monday I booted up the laptop and was rather stunned Instead of the normal 5 or 6 notifications on my Twitter account I had 160 170 195 230 WE D WON Respected bespectacled business man and all round good guy Theo Paphitis had noted our tweet looked at our business and decided we were worthy of the SBS Small Business Sunday award one of 6 to be chosen that night Well I was cock a hoop L il ole us Fancy that I was also stuck in a 140 character vortex trying to reply follow retweet and thank for following but as each notification got replied to another 20 appeared It was incredible Past winners are immediately supportive and advised that I hold onto my hat as it would be a busy week They were right The tweet I had sent to Theo had reached over 1 5 million people it transpired through my Sum All stats that week It had been retweeted endless times and that tweet had an image attached of one of our structures 1 5 million people seeing one of our wagons thanks to Theo and Twitter That level of coverage FREE is unimaginable for a small business like ours Website hits went up Facebook likes soared and best of all I was welcomed into the inner sanctum of SBS winners groups These are closed groups which work as part therapy session part sounding board part support group part business advice networks It is wonderful to be able to dip in and out of a group with good news bad news sweary shouty comments suggestions and support for and from fellow small business owners who all understand the rollercoaster ride that is running your own business By some further stroke of good fortune Theo hosts an SBS event for winners every year or so and we had won 2 weeks before the next event My eldest sister was keen to get involved so in February off we toddled through blizzards and blankets of snow to reach the ICC Birmingham 800 winners gathered for a day devoted to Us and our Small Businesses It began with a jolly Theo I think there had been fizz giving a presentation about the need and value for and of small businesses in the UK Then came Chris Wheeler director at Metal Frog Studios the team responsible for all things techie related to SBS Chris had to go through the excruciating pain of launching a brand new SBS website live on stage with Theo pressing The Button Crikey no pressure All went swimmingly and the day progressed with lunch networking and then a Q A with successful business people At the end of

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  • April – 2015 – Barrel Top Wagons
    displaying some of the finest craft around The park itself is small enough to cover in an afternoon but with the relaxed vibe and especially if the sun is shining which it was that weekend it s easy to spend a day floating around there Highlight last year was someone asking if Jonathon Dimbelby who was having a look in the wagon was my husband Oh how we chortled and the lovely people both in attendance and exhibiting I ll be honest there could be the potential for an event like this to be a little erm how shall we put this Pretentious With that standard of work it would almost be expected But not under the tenure of Ms James It s fun and clever and slick Which is why we are thrilled to bits to be returning this year with the New Wagon very exciting In fact we feel very proud to be displaying our work in that space And yes we will be there on the preview night in Uncategorized April 30 2015 Comment Barrel Tops goes to RHS Chelsea Crikey what a start to the year It began with an order on New Years Day which has kind of set the pace and it s looking likely to continue A high spot so far is the collaboration with local Devon company Plant Belles Makers of beautiful ornate wrought iron grow thru plant supports designed in the arts and crafts style of the early 20th century Plant Belles name has crossed our paths on several occasions After a fortuitous meeting with a kindly angel we were tipped off that this busy and creative cottage industry was looking for a new hut to take to this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show Last year saw them win a prestigious

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  • September – 2014 – Barrel Top Wagons
    the average run of the mill ho hum Joe Well if you have an interest in life in wood in living in a way that questions bricks and banks and mortar and mortgages in food cooked on fires in cider made on cold November days and drank in dusty barns in exciting projects that bring together nature and beauty and comfort in the wonderful West country then there s a chance you re not the average Joe In which case let s rub along together for a while and see what happens in Uncategorized September 18 2014 Comment Search Recent Posts Help us Keep refugees warm this winter We re finalists and we need your help Bars benches and banqueting tables Wonderful woodland cabin in deepest Devon Life after The Contemporary Craft festival Recent Comments BarrelTopWagons on Wonderful woodland cabin in deepest Devon Rta Heard on Wonderful woodland cabin in deepest Devon Life after The Contemporary Craft festival Barrel Top Wagons on Barrel Tops goes to RHS Chelsea Wonderful woodland cabin in deepest Devon Barrel Top Wagons on Us an Ex Dragon and a small business award Wonderful woodland cabin in deepest Devon Barrel Top Wagons on Barrel Tops goes

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  • Wonderful woodland cabin in deepest Devon. – Barrel Top Wagons
    across their field And so after meeting with Ian and local farmer George it was decided that this would be the solution We set a date and worked towards it Thanks to accuweather we soon realised that the date set was looking like a wash out and had to bump the delivery by a further week What a good move this turned out to be the rain was horizontal and the wind was wild definitely not good weather for putting up a cabin The following week though was sunny dry and calm Perfect Supplies had been bought biscuits had been made tents had been packed and the trailer and vans were ready to go At 4am on a Monday morning the boys headed to the workshop checked one last time that they hadn t forgotten anything gave another pull on the ratchet straps and headed off By 8am they were at the meeting point where George lifted everything off with his tractor onto one big trailer and they all trooped across the field where George emptied the load at the closest point to the site The boys then manhandled the load across a stream and set about assembling the structure Sleeping platform and wood burner The site work took 8 days with blissfully good weather Trout were caught canoes paddled and fallen out of fires cooked on The result is a beautiful cabin set in stunning woodland ready for many years of family camping C M are delighted with their structure and have already spent several nights there This cabin is 12ft x 16ft with a 4ft veranda It is built using traditional timber frame construction has 150mm insulation in the floor 2 x 6 pane windows 1 x 9 pane window 1 x small window sleeping platform for 4

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  • Wonderful woodland cabin in deepest Devon. – Barrel Top Wagons
    trailer across their field And so after meeting with Ian and local farmer George it was decided that this would be the solution We set a date and worked towards it Thanks to accuweather we soon realised that the date set was looking like a wash out and had to bump the delivery by a further week What a good move this turned out to be the rain was horizontal and the wind was wild definitely not good weather for putting up a cabin The following week though was sunny dry and calm Perfect Supplies had been bought biscuits had been made tents had been packed and the trailer and vans were ready to go At 4am on a Monday morning the boys headed to the workshop checked one last time that they hadn t forgotten anything gave another pull on the ratchet straps and headed off By 8am they were at the meeting point where George lifted everything off with his tractor onto one big trailer and they all trooped across the field where George emptied the load at the closest point to the site The boys then manhandled the load across a stream and set about assembling the structure Sleeping platform and wood burner The site work took 8 days with blissfully good weather Trout were caught canoes paddled and fallen out of fires cooked on The result is a beautiful cabin set in stunning woodland ready for many years of family camping C M are delighted with their structure and have already spent several nights there This cabin is 12ft x 16ft with a 4ft veranda It is built using traditional timber frame construction has 150mm insulation in the floor 2 x 6 pane windows 1 x 9 pane window 1 x small window sleeping platform for

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  • cabin – Barrel Top Wagons
    site a stunning 40 acre woodland which has the river Exe running through it we realised the biggest challenge would be getting the cabin to it s final destination It was going to the furthest most point on the site and there was no obvious answer We started to think maybe the neighbours would be good enough to let us take the trailer across their field And so after meeting with Ian and local farmer George it was decided that this would be the solution We set a date and worked towards it Thanks to accuweather we soon realised that the date set was looking like a wash out and had to bump the delivery by a further week What a good move this turned out to be the rain was horizontal and the wind was wild definitely not good weather for putting up a cabin The following week though was sunny dry and calm Perfect Supplies had been bought biscuits had been made tents had been packed and the trailer and vans were ready to go At 4am on a Monday morning the boys headed to the workshop checked one last time that they hadn t forgotten anything gave another pull on the ratchet straps and headed off By 8am they were at the meeting point where George lifted everything off with his tractor onto one big trailer and they all trooped across the field where George emptied the load at the closest point to the site The boys then manhandled the load across a stream and set about assembling the structure Sleeping platform and wood burner The site work took 8 days with blissfully good weather Trout were caught canoes paddled and fallen out of fires cooked on The result is a beautiful cabin set in stunning woodland

    Original URL path: http://www.barreltopwagons.co.uk/blog/tag/cabin/ (2016-02-17)
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  • lodge – Barrel Top Wagons
    site a stunning 40 acre woodland which has the river Exe running through it we realised the biggest challenge would be getting the cabin to it s final destination It was going to the furthest most point on the site and there was no obvious answer We started to think maybe the neighbours would be good enough to let us take the trailer across their field And so after meeting with Ian and local farmer George it was decided that this would be the solution We set a date and worked towards it Thanks to accuweather we soon realised that the date set was looking like a wash out and had to bump the delivery by a further week What a good move this turned out to be the rain was horizontal and the wind was wild definitely not good weather for putting up a cabin The following week though was sunny dry and calm Perfect Supplies had been bought biscuits had been made tents had been packed and the trailer and vans were ready to go At 4am on a Monday morning the boys headed to the workshop checked one last time that they hadn t forgotten anything gave another pull on the ratchet straps and headed off By 8am they were at the meeting point where George lifted everything off with his tractor onto one big trailer and they all trooped across the field where George emptied the load at the closest point to the site The boys then manhandled the load across a stream and set about assembling the structure Sleeping platform and wood burner The site work took 8 days with blissfully good weather Trout were caught canoes paddled and fallen out of fires cooked on The result is a beautiful cabin set in stunning woodland

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