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The hut that Tarka the Otter built goes up for sale at auction

By WMNDavidWells  |  Posted: February 02, 2014

Tony Evans, a member of the Henry Williamson Society, pictured in 2005 at the late Devon author's Writing Hut near Georgeham, North Devon.

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A cabin built by Tarka the Otter author Henry Williamson to write in is to be auctioned.

Williamson bought the Writing Hut, which was put up in 1929, with prize money that came with winning the prestigious Hawthornden Prize for literature.

The building, made from oak and elm with slate roof tiles, is near the pretty village of Georgeham near Woolacombe in North Devon.

The Henry Williamson Trust, which is administered by direct descendants of Williamson, has run and maintained this quirky property since the author’s death in 1977.

Henry Williamson Society weekends have taken place here over the years, during which time fans would gather to attend lectures and readings.

The Trust has now decided to sell the hut and land, as well as a substantial detached 1950s studio nearby.

The property will be sold at auction by Colin Thorne of Webbers Property Services.

Mr Thorne said: “It is almost impossible to value such a rare entity as this, the passionate Henry Williamson fan will see one value, whilst a buyer who simply wants to own their own piece of North Devon rural idyll will see another.

“The auction should sort out who wants it most and what price they are prepared to pay.”

The auction guide price is yet to be set, for more details contact Webbers, Braunton on 01271 812263.

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