The Watershed

Nigel Eades moved to West Wales from the Midlands six years ago and loved it so much that he bought a shepherd’s hut, called the Angharad, and set up a luxury self-catering off-grid, hygge style business for adults only to enjoy the outdoor life, forest bathe, relax and most of all enjoy a digital detox. During their first season the Angharad won the GOLD award from Visit Wales, making them the first shepherd’s hut in Ceredigion / West Wales to have won the GOLD award.

Most of the couples that stay at Angharad want to enjoy the outdoor life. Many want to dry outdoor clothes during their stay, such as swimwear, dry / wet suits, cycling, fishing, horse riding and walking gear. After searching the marketplace for outdoor drying rooms, Nigel found that although there are plenty of drying rooms available for engineering and manufacturing companies, there is no outdoor drying room available for the leisure or domestic sector. The industrial drying rooms that are available typically cost in excess of £20k new and are primarily manufactured for large scale organisations, such as construction / utility companies and are usually marketed as “Drying Rooms” or “Staff Welfare Units.”

The findings (or lack of them), led to a “WaterShed” moment, the design and development of the WaterShed, enabling guests at the Angharad to “Shed The Wet.” However once started, it quickly became apparent that the absence of a suitable product in the marketplace for eco-friendly, off-grid garment and equipment drying, could provide an opportunity for a successful business venture.

This lead to the launch of an innovative, high quality, eco-friendly, off-grid, outdoor wooden drying room, called the WaterShed, for the drying of clothes and equipment. The WaterShed needs NO electricity to run, comes flat packed, can be self-built in less than 30 minutes and requires NO tools for assembly. The waney-edge spruce wood for the WaterShed is grown, cut, planked and dried in West Wales. The drying of clothes inside the WaterShed is achieved using the age-old science of convection. Cold air enters the WaterShed through mesh panels at the base of two walls and air gaps in the high-quality decking floor. It then mixes with hot air warmed by the sun through the clear polycarbonate roof to both air and heat dry the contents of the WaterShed.

And on top of this, for each Watershed sold, £50 is donated to the Wales Air Ambulance.

You can find out more about the Watershed at www.mywatershed.co.uk. And if you’d like to check out the award winning Angharad, head over to www.meurigcottage.co.uk.