A Canadian trapper’s lodge in the heart of Essex

At Talliston House and Gardens, an old garage has been transformed into a 1940s Canadian trappers’ lodge, which will be featured in Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year on 19th August. The Talliston Cabin gives the feeling of living in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, even though you are only a few steps from the house. The windows are screened so you cannot see the outside world, there’s old music on a 1940s radio, and bird and animal sounds complete the picture.  Every detail has been researched and added to capture the feel of trappers’ lodgings from 1940s Saskatchewan – from the Arts and Crafts revival furniture to the native Cree designs and objects scattered around. It has a raised snug area with bedrolls, a store room for food and vitals and a main living area with a wood burning stove and battered chairs by the fireside.

To experience this Amazing Space for yourself, take a Talliston tour on 28 August, 25 September or 11 December.