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Scots chicken shed turned gin joint up for 'Shed of the Year'

Scots chicken shed turned gin joint up for 'Shed of the Year'

A Scottish hen house has been named one of the front runners to win Shed of the Year.

The wooden building in the Highlands, which also has its own piano bar, spoon shop and "house sheep", is the brilliantly bizarre creation of Inshriach House's owner Walter Micklethwait.

Mr Micklethwait, who built the shed with help from his girlfriend Lizzy Westman, is one of over 2,500 amateur ‘sheddies’ who entered their creations, which include a stunning treehouse, a miniature railway and a distillery.

"The public voting opened on Monday, but it has sort of boomed since then," said Walter.

"We’ve only just finished the shed - it sort of happened in bursts.

"We started with bits and pieces a few years ago and did the roof. Then we went on to do the flooring and it sort of grew from there."

  (Inshriach House shed)
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  (Inshriach House shed)
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Today, the once dilapidated hen house is now a farm shop, a Wild West themed gin joint and a fully functioning piano bar, which hosts regular parties.

"It’s got a really nice combination of different characters now," explains Walter.

"We have a completely ridiculous shop that stocks postcards of sheep and wooden spoons.

"It has got a really nice personality though."

  (Inshriach House shed)
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  (Inshriach House shed)
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This is the ninth year that the shed competition has been running, with this year's record number of entries set to be judged by Channel 4 presenter George Clarke, Shed of the Year founder Uncle Wilco, last year’s winner Joel Bird, craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo.

The other fabulous entries also include a Dream City Railway in Eastchurch, Kent which covers 2,000 square feet with more than a 100 locomotives and 400 coaches and wagons.

Ben Filmore, from Buckinghamshire, is hoping his ‘Shedservatory’ will take the crown with its roll off roof that allows for sublime stargazing, and Chichester's Chris Galley has built the 'Starliner Diner', with a booth made from old boat seats and restored vintage jukeboxes.

  (Shed of the Year 2015 entrant)
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  (Shed of the Year 2015 entrant)
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  (Eco Dome Shed of the Year finalist)
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The overall winner of the event, sponsored by Cuprinol, will be announced later in the year, with a £1,000 prize - but our own Scottish shed extraordinaire believes the Scots could be in with a fighting chance.

Especially with the shed's own fluffy little resident 'Dash' - a 12 day old lamb Walter rescued who has been stealing hearts.

Making herself at home with their pet dog Monty after being rejected by her mother, Dash has been dubbed a 'house sheep' by her adoptive parents and is a firm patron of the shed.

Walter Micklethwait

"All the local papers are backing their own regional entries but at the end of the day we've got a tiny sheep," jokes Walter.

"How could people not vote for that?"

Voters have until May 29 to cast their vote here for their favourite shed.

The winners will be announced at the finals in June, set to be aired by Channel 4.

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