Shepherd's Hut 10 minutes' from the Jurassic Coast

UK England South West England Dorset Lyme Regis Hobby Farm

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 0 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Pet Friendly

  • Bed Linen Not Included
Comfortable Shepherd's Hut on the edge of a small, adult-only campsite 10 minutes' from the Jurassic Coast
  • Kitchen area with a sink, hob, fridge, and kettle so you feel right at home
  • Comfy king-size bed means you’ll sleep soundly and wake up to birdsong and distant church bells. 
  • Raised up on a decked platform
Otter’s Nest is a cosy Shepherd's Hut on the edge of a small, adult-only campsite found within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The dog-freindly hut is warm and toasty with wood burner heating, as well as kitchen area with sink, hob, fridge, and kettle so you feel right at home. The comfy kingsize bed means you’ll sleep soundly and wake up to the sound of the countryside with birdsong and distant church bells. Step outside, and there's a lake which you can fish, however most guests relax and enjoy the serene atmosphere.

In the summer months, when seaside beaches bulge, locations like Hobby Farm can become true glamping sanctuaries. Equidistant from Dorset’s highest point, Lewesdon Hill (three miles north), and it’s lowest, the beaches or the Jurassic Coast (three miles south), this glamping getaway in Marshwood Vale is a thoroughly peaceful slice of Dorset. It’s both a secluded backwater and a well-located rambler’s paradise – there’s a good pub down the lane too, and every local footpath lead somewhere scenic, but when you simply want to stay put and relax, there are few quieter spots to be than Otter's Nest.

The Owner Says

Otter’s Nest is a comfortable Shepherd's Hut on the edge of a small adult-only campsite. The hut is warm and cosy with woodburner heating as well as kitchen area with sink, hob, fridge, and kettle so you feel right at home. The comfy kingsize bed means you’ll sleep soundly too and wake up to the sound of the countryside with birdsong and distant church bells.   ** Please note that the price is based on your bringing your own bed linen, towels and pillows.  Mattress protector provided. **  Otter’s Nest is a cosy 6 ft x 12 ft Shepherd’s Hut raised up on a decked platform.   Cosy and warm whatever the time of year with a woodburning stove.

Features & Facilities

Shared toilet and showering facilities. Covered washing up area. Fridge and freezer for communal use. Phone charging points. No electric hook-ups. BBQs and campfires allowed but must be raised off the grass. Fishing in the pond is permitted and there is a boat for shared use. Livery yard available for those bringing horses.

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Activities

You're a matter of minutes from the Jurassic Coast: Head south-west for Charmouth, one of the best places for fossil-hunting, and south-east for the small fishing town of West Bay, where you can join family-friendly mackerel-fishing trips with West Bay Charters (01308 421800). Bustling and historic Lyme Regis is a few miles further than Charmouth with The Cobb, the 13th century harbour arm, a Dorset must-see. Lyme Regis is also home to Dinosaurland Fossil Museum (01297 443541), which helps you dip into the history of the coastline, explaining its geology and why it is now so famous. Back inland, the market town of Bridport is just under six miles from Hobby Farm Campsite, with a regular market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, a leisure centre, cinema and its own brewery, Palmers, which offers tours (01308 422396). The former Cistercian monastery, Forde Abbey, is around seven miles (a 20-minute drive), meanwhile, with beautiful gardens to explore.

Food & Drink

It's a 10-minute walk to The Five Bells (01297 489262), with an excellent beer garden in summer and Palmers Ales on tap. Further afield, The Anchor (01297 489215), overlooking the sea at Seatown is a 10-minute drive, while West Bay’s Rise (01308 422011) café/bar is a recommended all-rounder with harbour views. For seafood, you might like to try The Watch House Café, which is right on the beach (01308 459330). Bridport has a wide range of good quality eateries to choose from and there’s also a farmers’ market in the town on the second Saturday of the month. At Beaminster, Brassica (01308 538100) and Ollerod (01308 862200) are particular highlights.

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Getting There

Hobby Farm Campsite is near the village of Whitchurch Canonicorum in Marshwood vale. From the A35 in Morecombelake, turn into Ryall village and continue through, heading for Whitchurch Canonicorum. At the Five Bells pub, take the right turn into Blunts Road and continue 500 yards along this road going past Hobby Farm (equestrian stables). The next turning on the right is Hobby Farm Campsite. Go through the gate, a short distance straight ahead, and then turn right into the lakeside field.

The nearest railway station is in Axminster, seven miles away.