Taking care of the bear hut

the bear hut at Killerton, Devon with daffodils

This year will bring complete conservation of the Bear's hut. Follow our progress to see the work being done.

The bear hut in the garden at Killerton was built in 1808 by John Veitch on behalf of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland. It was originally built as a summerhouse for Lady Lydia and was later renamed the 'Bear Hut' after it housed the family pet.

This delightful structure has stood the test of time and was rethatched in early January 2019, but now needs a little more conservation work.

The re-thatched roof of the bear hut, Killerton
The newly thatched roof of the bear hut
The re-thatched roof of the bear hut, Killerton

Spring 2021

Basket weave seat

February has been a busy month for our conservation work on the hut. The highbacked seat inside has been repaired by a specalist weaver using willow. Any parts of the weave that were damaged have now been replaced and it it's a comfy seat once again.

The basket weave seat inside the bear hut has been repaired
Basket weave seat inside the bear hut
The basket weave seat inside the bear hut has been repaired

Three pane window

The three pane, clear glass window to the left of the hut has been repaired and replaced. The craftsmanship is second to none and the window looks as good as new. The glass is beautiful and refelects like a mirror.

The newly fitted window in the bear hut, Killerton
The newly fitted window glass in the bear hut
The newly fitted window in the bear hut, Killerton

 

The stained glass window

The stained glass window has been removed and temporarily replaced with clear glass. The window is being worked on by a company who specialise in the conservation and renovation of stained glass. They will be returning soon to test fit the stained glass window so we will share the photographs once it's replaced.

Here is how the stained glass window looked before it was removed for conservation work.

The stained glass window before it was removed for conservation work
The stained glass window in the bear hut at Killerton
The stained glass window before it was removed for conservation work