The Artisan

UK England South West England Dorset Bridport Dorset Forest Garden

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 0 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Hot Tub
  • Private Bathroom
Vintage-styled, low-impact luxury is offered in this off-grid shepherd’s hut on a farm amid the rolling hills of Dorset.

  • A furnished shepherd’s hut with king-sized double bed (including bed linen)
  • Cooking options include a woodburner inside, fire pit outside and a cosy indoor BBQ hut
  • Private hot tub available for an extra charge

The Owner Says

The Artisan has been positioned to enjoy the breathtaking views across traditional countryside right in the heart of West Dorsetwhilst having complete peace and privacy. Like the traditional huts it still has a small woodburner inside, however you’ll also find a few luxuries that would not have been enjoyed by the shepherds of yesteryear. It is beautifully decorated with some lovingly restored furniture and vintage fittings. You snuggle up in a proper king size sprung bed with a feather duvet and pillows.  There’s fresh running water, a hot shower and a flushing toilet all in the shepherd’s hut.  For cooking, the hut contains all the kitchen utensils and necessities – including marshmallows to toast over your fire pit or in the communal BBQ hut. The Shepherd’s huts are well insulated making them a wonderful way to do outdoor living all year round and have everything you need for an idyllic stay.

You can spend your days exploring the countryside, heading to the seaside on the Jurassic coast, or take time cooking on an open campfire and allowing time to drift by under a shady tree.  Beaminster (just 2 miles from the hut) has a restaurant in the Sunday Times top 100.

If the weather’s not so sunny you can retreat to our BBQ hut – eating around the BBQ whilst soaking up the view. Or you can chill out in your shepherd’s hut with a lit woodburner and a brew. This makes for a quiet and relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

NOTE: Hot tub is an additional charge.

Features & Facilities

Each hut has a small wood burner, restored furniture and vintage fittings, king-sized bed (with feather duvet and pillows), en-suite shower and flushing toilet with towels provided and plenty of candles for lighting. Outside, each shepherd’s hut has its own fire pit and hot tub and there’s a BBQ hut to share. Kitchen goodies to get you started including fresh potted herbs, organic milk, and marshmallows.

Activities

Right from the farm gate there's an extensive networks of footpaths and bridleways and each hut has its own map to help you explore. From Eggardon Hill (one of the finest views of any hill fort in the county) to Golden Cap (the highest cliff on the south coast), the guide in your hut has loads of great options. The farm is just a few miles from Hooke Park, the home of the Architectural Association and a great place for a shady woodland walk to enjoy some cutting edge wooden structures. On the coast, West Bay is 9 miles away – half way between Chesil Beach and Lyme Regis. For Thomas Hardy aficionados, Beaminster (Emminister) is part of the Hardy trail, which includes Thomas Hardy's Cottage (01305 262366) in Dorchester.

Food & Drink

The farm often has seasonal food available to cook on the BBQ. The Red Lion (01308 862364), just down the road in Beaminster, is a firm favourite, with a great chef using locally-sourced ingredients. The Acorn (01935 83228) in Evershot is another great gastro pub and a gold winner in the Dorset Tourism Award. The Hive Beach Café (01308 897070) at Burton Bradstock is loved by locals and visitors and has freshly caught seafood to enjoy by the beach. For shops, Washingpool Farm Shop (01308 459549) in Bridport sells a wide selection of produce from local farms, Samways Fishmongers (01308 424496) in West Bay is a great place to get your fresh local fish and seafood, and Beaminster has both a fruit and veg shop and a butcher, plus a small supermarket.
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Getting There

From Dorchester: Take A37 signposted to Yeovil. Just after Grimstone take the left signposted A356 to Crewkerne. Follow this road through Frampton & Maiden Newton and climb up the hill. After the road flattens out go straight on at crossroads marked Beaminster left and Evershot right then after ¼ mile take the next left just after a lay-by. Follow the lane down for ½ mile and Dorset Forest Garden is at the bottom on the right.

Maiden Newton and Crewkerne are the closest railway stations.