Two old school friends have packed in the oil industry to start a new venture building traditional style ‘shepherd’s huts’.

Mike Pumphrey and Bryon Weston developed careers working around the world in the offshore oil industry.

During a period between jobs, the pair built their first shepherd hut together in Weston’s garden to rent out through Airbnb.

It proved so popular, they decided to start their own business, Pumphrey & Weston Shepherd Huts, building bespoke huts to sell to the public.

Pumphrey said: “We design and build our huts in keeping with traditional Shepherd huts that were used throughout England during the 1800’s and early 1900’s.

“Our huts can be used for a variety of purposes, such as a summerhouse, art studio, an office, spare room and to let out as an extra source of income.

“With the rise in popularity of ‘glamping’ a shepherd’s hut can be let out for anything up to £200 a night, and can pay for itself well within a year.”