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Peek inside: Old hen house with a gin distillery wins Shed of the Year 2015

Published 15/07/2015 | 13:50

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A souped-up Scottish shed with its own distillery has been crowned this year’s Shed of the Year trumping stiff competition from all over Ireland and the UK.

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The old hen house in Aviemore, Scotland, was transformed by gin-distiller Walter Micklethwait (36) and the renovated shed now hosts parties and other get togethers.

The winning shed houses a general store which sells vintage clothes, food, postcards and hand-made gifts, while a bar accompanied by its own gin distillery also occupies the space.

More than 2,250 shed entered into this year’s competition, including many Irish shed-enthusiasts.

Mr Micklethwait said: "We were up against some proper craftsmen, brilliant eccentrics and most of all a really nice bunch of people, so it is an absolute honour to have won Shed of the Year 2015. A huge thanks to everyone who voted for us. We're now looking forward to celebrating with a gin from the distillery in our shed."

This was the first year the annual competition was judged on the merit of a public vote.

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Mr Micklethwait will take home more than £1000 after his shed was crowned the best in the world.

British architect George Clarke, who presentsChanned 4’s Amazing spaces said sheds are becoming more and more trendy

"The nation's love for transforming their garden shed to an extension of the home is really on trend right now...."

Other magnificent sheds which featured in the finals included an impressive tree house in Glouchestershire, a pirate retreat in Surrey, and a ‘shedservatory’ in Buckinghamshire.

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