Shepherds huts (The Artisan or The Forager),
Yurt (The Nomad),
Star gazing shepherd’s hut (The Astronomer)
Midweek-(Sunday – Thursday nights) Weekend-(Friday & Saturday night)
Low season (Oct-April):
Midweek £90 / £125
Weekend £105 / £135
Mid season (May,June,Sep):
Midweek £95 / £85 / £130
Weekend £120 / £110 / £145
High season (July,Aug):
Midweek £105 / £95 / £140
Weekend £125 / £115 / £160 25
Our current Coronavirus Guarantee
We require just a 25% deposit to secure dates, with the balance required four weeks before your arrival.
All visit dates can be flexibly moved up to 12 months from the booking dates, or your payment can be turned into a DFG voucher, if there is another lockdown or if you are in tier 3 or above.
With only three accommodations, each being self contained, with its own facilities, and having space around them to allow guests to enjoy the outside, we feel this is a safe place to come for a respite from it all. We do a deep clean between each booking.
In the 2019 Glamping awards the judges’ summary was “Magical – the chance to hide away from the rest of the World”5
“Best glamping site we’ve ever been to. Great location and so well equipped.
Loved the ducks roaming around and the hot tub was a real treat.
Thank you Tracy and James for making us feel welcome. An extra thank you to James who got the hot tub going for us for when we returned from our day out.
Just lovely. Will be recommending.“
Gemma & Sam staying in the Forager during May 2018
Quirky, fun, and characterful are just some of the adjectives that are used to describe glamping at Dorset Forest Garden. Set in peaceful beautiful surroundings, the perfect place to star gaze in comfort thanks to our dark skies. Within the forest garden glampers can choose from either one of our two individually styled shepherd’s huts or a canvas yurt, filled with vintage touches and lit by a mix of LED lighting and candles for a nostalgic touch. Each are positioned to soak up the stunning views.These are just a few of the reasons we have been awarded silver in the Dorset Tourism Awards over the last 3 years. Come and stay and experience the magic for yourself. The main farm is to the NW of the glamping, close enough to make it convenient to reach, but far enough not to feel disturbed.
Choice of Accommodation
The Artisan and Forager re in the Forest Garden. The main farm is to the NW of the forest garden, close enough to make it convenient but far enough not to feel disturbed. The Astronomer is SW of the farm. Each of the shepherd’s huts has the option of its own private hot tub for a single one off additional payment. (for a deeper dive on any accommodation click on the images below and this will also show you its latest availability)…
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|The top of the woodburner is big enough to heat a saucepan for a simple supper or a kettle for a brew.
You can also open the door and toast your marshmallows over the fire.
|In front of each shepherd’s hut is a fire pit.
Your hut comes with all the equipment you should need to cook a gourmet meal over the flames.
|The Scandanavians created a BBQ in a hut. It is a very enjoyable space, with seating around the edge and the BBQ in the middle.
Like any BBQ, the charcoal should be left till the coals are glowing before cooking. So light up then spend some time enjoying the view with an aperitif. Make the most of slow cooking!
In the hut is also a fridge freezer and a charging point.
|All the firewood; we’re happy to help if you are new to lighting fires.
Fridge freezer during high season, and cool box in low season.
Inside your shepherd’s hut there is camp kitchen equipment for cooking on the firepit or in the BBQ cabin, plus an indoor pan and kettle.
China, cutlery, utensils, washing up liquid and drinking water is all in the hut.
Starter essentials for the kitchen including filter coffee, tea, sugar, and marshmallows.
Beverley & Richard staying in the Forager from 1st-3rd June 2019
Fab-u-lous … place. We had an amazing time here with our friends and celebrating our 39th anniversary.
The surroundings are tranquil and we have recharged our batteries from a hectic and stress life.
We will be back again and look forward to seeing our new duck friends and Lola.
Thank you and hope to see you soon.
Gen & Mickey staying in the Forager from 28th-30th May 2019
Wow! What a wonderful few days off the grid and feeling completely relaxed.
This was our first “Glamping” experience and it is safe to say we will 100% be back next year and have already recommended it to our friends and family.
The hut is lovely and cosy. The animals (especially Lola the dog) are of friendly and the hosts are superb!
Would highly recommend “The Acorn Inn” in Evershot – one of the nicest lunches we have had in a long time.
We will defy be back in 2020!
Soraya & Nick staying in the Forager from 17th-19th May 2019
Wow! We have had the most relaxing weekend away. The views have been to die for and we have loved the regular visits from the ducks!! We could not have wished for anything more from a weekend away. We are already planning our return.
What a beautiful spot, one of Dorset’s bests.
Claire & Rory staying in the Forager from 20th-22nd April 2019
We have had an amazing hot Easter (child-free) weekend!!
Bonfires, fantastic sleeps, the views were all wonderful.
We went to Charmouth and found some fossils but it was nice to return to our tranquil hut, away from the hoards on the beaches! My third trip here and looking forward to may more.
Sandra & Rick staying in the Artisan from 13th-15th August 2018
What can I say – a truly magical mini-break. This place exceeded all expectations. The hut so cute, the stars so bright and the hot tub is just perfect!
Loved saying hello to the ducks and listening to the fire crackle as we cooked tea.
You really have created a slice of heaven here and we will most certainly be back to experience total relaxation again.
Thank you for a wonderful stay and your warm welcome.
Lucy & Mike staying in the Forager from 6thth-8th June 2018
An absolutely idyllic break for us both. We adored everything about the hut. So cosy and tranquil and all the extra touches were much appreciated.
We loved coking breakfast and supper on the fire pit and wonderful to relax in the hot tub gazing at the stars.
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful space, a little slice of Utopia.
We would love the return when we can next Granny to look after the children!
Sue & Brian staying in the Forager from 21st-23rd May 2018
This was a special break celebrating our Ruby wedding anniversary and Sue’s birthday. It also gave Sue the opportunity to visit some childhood haunts in West Bay.
Tracy and James made us feel very welcome and helped us initially with lighting fires for the hot tub and the fire pit, after which we rapidly became experts!
The ambience of the Forager is fantastic and even inside the hut you feel part of the outside world. The peace and tranquility are very restorative and the views are breathtaking, particularly when sitting in a warm hot tub.
All in all a wonderful experience and one we would definitely undertake again.
Gemma & Sam staying in the Forager from 11th-13th May 2018
Best glamping site we’ve ever been too. Great location and so well equipped.
Loved the ducks roaming around and the hot tub was a real treat.
Thank you Tracy and james for making us feel welcome. An extra thank you to James who got the hot tub going for us for when we returned from our day out.
Just lovely. Will be recommending.
Sarah & Martin staying in the Artisan from 10th-12th Apr 2018
We have had a lovely relaxing stay at your welcoming farm and our shepherd’s hut was beautifully equipped and extremely comfortable. The hot tub really does make a great experience, especially at night!
We visited West Bay to spot some sights from Broadchurch and enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Watch House cafe right on the beach (highly recommended).
Thank you Tracy for your welcoming service. We will be recommending Dorset Forest Glamping to our friends!
Helen & Ben staying in the Forager from 8th-10th Apr 2018
We have had an amazing time!
The space you have created here is magical and even the pouring rain didn’t make a difference to our visit. It has been the the perfect place to escape city life and rejuvenate!
Highlights were the hot tub on a misty night, making and cooking with our own fire (the mere satisfaction of keeping it going) and exploring all that Dorset has to offer. Finally keeping the ducks at bay whilst enjoying tea and biscuit!
Thank you for being so welcoming and helping us get started, we will be Telling everyone to come.
Adam & Evelyn staying in the Artisan from 6th-8th Apr 2018
We had a wonderful relaxing stay in your lovely shepherd’s hut. The area is beautiful and very peaceful. We explored the area and visited the ancient hill forts in the surrounding towns and villages. The hut itself was extremely comfortable and the log burner makes for a fantastic and cosy stay. Highly recommended.
Charlotte & Matt staying in the Artisan from 16th-18th Mar 2018
Lovely relaxing stay! The hot tub was wonderful and even more fun in the snow! Duck eggs for breakfast were fantastic. Enjoyed our cosy weekend away – will come again and try it all in summer!
Megan & Connor staying in the Forager from 9th-11th Mar 2018
One word:Amazing! Me and Connor had such a brilliant weekend for his birthday. Everything was so clean with so many resources! From living in the city this was perfect getaway, and we will be back soon. We can’t thank you enough for providing us with these memories and being so helpful.
Roger & Izzy staying in the Forager from 30th Dec-2nd Jan 2018
Amazing way to start the New Year. We have had an incredible time and are very grateful for your hospitality James – nothing ever was too much trouble for you. We have loved the facilities (the hot tub, the BBQ shed). The hut itself is a romantic place and really helps you forget about the business of life.
Simon & Barbara staying in the Artisan from 1st-4th Dec 2017
An amazing place!! We never imagined we could be so relaxed – 2nd day we slept almost all day thanks to the wonderful location and cosiness of the place.
Everything for a wonderful stay was at hand – with great details like chocolate dips which made The Best Coffee Mocha Ever!!!
The weather was great – we will never forget the moon!!
The ducks are our good friends now, we have bonded (“the girls are here” we say every morning)
Cooking under the stars, in total comfort, Beaminster lovely and the beach at Seatown unforgettable! Sea was like a lake, and amazing sunset. Tracy and James many thanks we will be back x
Sarah & Ben, Basingstoke from 2nd-4th October 2017
Thank you for a lovely couple of days.
Our nights were cosy around the fire, enjoyed cooking sausages on the fire bowl washed down by a couple of glasses of red.
Spent our second night relaxing in the hot tub.
We have had the most peaceful nights sleep, being woken by the ducks!
Lovely charming little hut.
Becky & Mark staying in the Artisan from 31st July-1st August 2017
We have had a truly wonderful and peaceful time here. The hut is so cosy and quiet. We’ve really enjoyed cooking outside in the sun and watching shooting stars from the hot tub.
We’ve had visits from the chickens and the dog and have felt totally at home during our stay.
We would love to return again at some point.
Thank you Tracy and James for providing such a lovely place.
Lee & Lisa staying in the Forager from 13th-15th July 2017
What an amazing place!
Tracy & James made us feel really welcome,they even topped up the hot tub logs while we were out (yes we did notice…thank you!) & put an ice pack in the cooler.
Its been like having our own little bit of heaven for a couple of nights.
We can’t thank you enough & we will be back soon.
Rosie & Blyth staying in the Forager from 6th-8th July 2017
We had a lovely few days away.
The hut was mazing, it had everything we could possibly need. Especially loved the little lights that come on once it got dark.
Tracy and James were lovely-thank you for teaching us to light a fire (we failed epically on our first night). Loved sitting by the fire and playing cards!
The animals were so funny and made us laugh numerous times. Particularly the chicken who ran at us to stop us taking a picture of the little ducklings.
Natalie & barry staying in the Artisan from 16th-18th June 2017
What a lovely place to get away from it all!
Such a great hut, everything about it was brilliant.
Lovely walking from the farm – walked to Stoke Abbot & had lunch at the New Inn – very nice!
Thank you for having us, we have really enjoyed our stay. I think Baz made life long friends with one of the chickens, he even named it!!
Penny & Dan staying in the Artisan from 25th-26th May 2017
Such a wonderful 2 nights away in a beautiful hut. Exceeded expectations in every way. Beautiful sunsets and starry night skies.
Thank you Tracy and James for making us so welcome – even before we arrived we knew we would be well looked after.
A perfect setting for a special celebration.
Hope to return one day. Thank you!
Angie & Steve staying in the Artisan from 12th-14th April 2017
A cosy and peaceful getaway. The hut is lovely – very atmospheric in the evening. The hot tub took a while to heat the first night but was boiling last night! Lots of stars to gaze at and a couple of shooting stars, lots of friendly animals (loved to ducks!) We enjoyed the campfire cooking and the BBQ hut was very convenient. Altogether a wonderful place to unwind and we hope to visit again one day.
ps. I heard the skylarks this morning!
Jade staying in the Artisan from 4th-7th November 2016
Wow! What an amazing place! So peaceful and quiet, exactly what I needed!
Really enjoyed cooking breakfasts on the campfire and toasting marshmallows. Tracy and James were so welcoming and attentive. Could have stayed much longer but hope to return again in the future.
Simply amazing! 🙂
Erin & Ventci staying in the Forager from 15th-16th Oct 2016
What a wonderful place just to be content. We loved our hut, the lighting and atmosphere. The bed is so comfortable and shower so hot.
We used all three fires and cooked our food.
Everything was perfect and we will be back. 🙂
Henry & Grace staying in the Artisan from 28th-30th September 2016
We wished we could have stayed longer! A perfect cosy couple of days in an incredibly beautiful setting. A very warm welcome from all including the animals. Despite some winds we still managed to get a fire going and toast our marshmallows!
Thanks so much would love to come back. ♥
Claire & Kenzie (2 ½) staying in the Forager from 17th-20th Sep 2016
Finally a camping experience with none of the negatives! Hot water! Ensuite! Mirror! Hand wash! Hooray 🙂
We have had a wonderful holiday and I feel rested & relaxed especially after my phone ran out of battery 2 days ago… My daughter has just loved it all, and I now have lovely memories of her here chatting with the cat and bossing the ducks around.
Great days out to the beaches and farms, but lovely just pottering by the hut.
Many thanks for having us i hope we can return soon.
Gary & Emma staying in the Artisan from 10th-14th August 2016
We are very sad to be leaving “The Artisan” Shepherd’s Hut! It has made the perfect cosy base for getting out and about to explore Dorset and beyond.
The fire was wonderful, thank you for the marshmallows! This is such a beautiful spot and the views are just stunning! Thank you very much Tracy & James, we hope very much to return one day and stay again.
Lucjen & Lesley staying in the Forager from 7th-14th Sep 2016
From start to finish we had a wonderful experience. Booking was simple with a very personal touch.
The location and hut were both fantastic. The Forager is lovely inside, decorated very tastefully. Having the cats and dog around was great and the ducks caused hours of hilarity!
Being outside for cooking and stargazing was a great experience and only enhanced the feeling of peace and relaxation.
Many thanks for your welcome and allowing us to share in your vision.
Liz & Colin staying in the Forager from 24th-29th Aug 2016
The perfect spot to spend our bank holiday weekend as a base to explore the area by bike and car.
Cooking outside under the stars (we don’t remember seeing such beautiful night skies in the UK before) Was magic and waking up to stunning views in the morning.
Forager hut has had everything we needed and was a cosy dry retreat when the usual bank holiday weather kicked in.
Had a delicious meal at the Acorn at Evershot.
We look forward to visiting again soon.
Natalie & Ricky staying in the Artisan from 16th-19th August 2016
Thank you to you both for such a wonderful stay!
The hut is beautifully decorated and very cosy in the evenings.
We were lucky with the weather and we enjoyed using the camp fire for cooking and making lots of tea!
We hope to be back again soon! 🙂 🙂
Lucy & Oli staying in the Forager from 15th-17th Aug 2016
The Forager hut is idyllic!
We’ve had such a peaceful couple of days admiring the picturesque views in a complete state of bliss.
The sun has been shining daily and we couldn’t ask for more.
The hut is quaint and the perfect size. The bed was so comfortable and cosy.
Thank you for the little touches, the fire wood, the pot of marshmallows – all which added to the experience!
Can’t wait to return again. Next time for longer!
Amber & Jessica staying in the Artisan from 12th-16th August 2016
We loved every minute of it. Lovely hut, beautiful land really gives you time to embrace whats really important.
Couldn’t recommend this enough.
Simon & Fran staying in the Forager from 12th-15th Aug 2016
Such a perfect location, we were made to feel welcome by our hosts. The Forager has everything you need plus a few quirky extras!
Lighting the campfire and cooking in the evening sun then under the stars was amazing!
The location is perfect for exploring this amazing part of the world. We went fossil hunting in Charmouth (didn’t find any!) Cycled from Dorchester to Weymouth and back then to Maiden Castle. Beaminster is a hidden gem and the Red lion is a must. The views along the cliff tops along the coast are breathtaking.
Many thanks again to our hosts, will difinitly be back again soon.
Lizzie & Alex staying in the Forager from 8th-10th Aug 2016
We have had the most wonderful & relaxing time at Dorset Forest Garden.
The huts are decorated beautifully and have everything we need to have a lovely stay. We will be back!
Tom & Katie staying in the Artisan from 7th-9th August 2016
We really enjoyed our ‘Secret Garden’ and the shepherd’s hut with its country charm and amazing peace and quiet.
Camp fired cooking, start gazing and big comfy bed = two very happy glampers! ♥
Jon & Sarah staying in the Forager from 5th – 8tht Aug 2016
we have had such a fabulous stay in the Forager Hut!
Thoroughly enjoyed sitting outside next to the campfire, cooking your lovely sausages and admiring the spectacular views.
The Forager is beautifully pointed and we love its quirkier elements!
Enjoyed your recommendations for local pubs particularly the Fox at Corscombe.
Hope to be back soon!
Sam & Penny staying in the Artisan from 5th-7th August 2016
We had such a lovely time staying here. It is such a peaceful place and so relaxing. We will definitely be returning and telling all our family and friends that they have to come and stay!!
Many thanks for a lovely weekend!
Pennie & Louie staying in the Forager from 29th July – 1st Aug 2016
What a wonderful & relaxing place!
We’ve had such a lovely long weekend down in Dorset and the Forager Hut made it extra special. Every little detail has been thought about and we enjoyed living the outdoor life along with cosy warm fires (inside and out).
The visitors guide and local map really helped us plan our weekend and we spent all day at Lyme Regis in the sunshine.
Nothing beats waking up to these views! We will definitely be back. Thank you so much! 🙂
Helen & Nick staying in the Artisan from 29th-31st July 2016
We have had such a fantastic, relaxing weekend here. Slept for hours in the most comfy bed ever! Such a peaceful spot with just the chattering of the ducks. This was just what we needed. We will be back 🙂 Thank you
Emma & Matt staying in the Artisan from 25th-29th July 2016
What a beautiful shepherd’ hut! It is everything we thought it would be & more.
We have had wonderful days out at beaches & at the Forde Abbey show. We have eaten at lovely restaurants…just can’t say the same about our cooking on the fire (we do recommend the local chippy!)
Thank you so much for a lovely start to our holidays, it has been bliss!
Ben & Katie staying in the Forager from 25th-27th July 2016
We’ve had an amazing stay in the Forager!
The hut is decorated beautifully and everything you could possibly need for your stay has been thought of.
We have enjoyed the calm and relaxing environment, stunning views and cooking by campfire- perhaps also a few too many marshmallows!
On day two we hiked the coastal path from Burton Bradstock to West Bay and back again followed by a lovely meal at the Red Lion, Beaminster. Great recommendation.
Thank you to our hosts for such a lovely stay, we will certainly be back again soon.
Mel & Ross staying in the Artisan from 18th – 21st July 2016
We booked the shepherd’s hut very last minute for a 3 night break. The pictures on the website looked amazing and the hut absolutely delivered! Totally exceeded our expectation! The shower and bed were both super and the location was stunning!!
Have had a wonderful break! Thank you!
Would definitely recommend to others and would love to visit again.
Tom & Caroline staying in the Forager from 15th – 18th july 2016
What a weekend it’s been!
Our hosts were lovely and welcoming, ensuring we had a great stay.
The views from our hut were truly spectacular. Waking up to the rolling hills and beautiful countryside was worth the trip alone; and on our last night the moon and stars were as bright as I had ever seen.
After spending our days travelling from one great place to the next – Beaminster, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Burton Breadstick, Corscombe – walking, eating (and drinking) we have decided to return soon to see what other delights Dorset has to offer.
Sarah & Matt staying in the Artisan from 15th – 17th July 2016
We’ve really enjoyed our stay. It’s a charming shepherd’s hut in a lovely spot.
Zach & Mich staying in the Forager from 12th – 14th July 2016
Amazing views and such beautiful scenery. On our first night we managed to use the BBQ, and that itself was an achievement.
After a nice walk around Beaminster we ended up having a nice meal in the Red Lion.
I truly believe they have thought of everything here and would recommend to anyone!
Emily and John staying in the Artisan from 9th – 13th July 2016
We’ve had the loveliest trip away to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
Beautiful surroundings and so much to see and do in gorgeous Dorset. Particularly enjoyed West bay. We will be back again!
Rachel & Alan staying in the Forager from 9th – 11 July 2016
What an amazingly tranquil few days it has been.
We’ve really enjoyed testing our campfire cooking skills with mussels and steak. Had a fabulous, relaxed meal at the Red lion in Beaminster and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere at the Seafood Festival in Weymouth, The hut is just perfect – everything we needed and lots of little homely touches that made it extra special – thank you. Can’t believe how warm the little stove makes the hut – hope we’ll be back, maybe for an autumn break next time.
Jess & Kirsty staying in the Artisan 3rd – 6th July 2016
We booked this trip away for our 5 year anniversary. The hut is absolutely stunning and had everything we needed and more. It was so nice to escape our daily lives and be surrounded by nature.
We received a warm welcome and a little tour of the hut, and settled in with a hot cup of tea from the camp kettle. It was so cosy inside with the log burner, and the bed was so comfortable!
We can’t wait to book again, it exceeded our expectations and they were already high after seeing the photos!
Winnie & Will staying in the Artisan 29th June – 2nd July 2016
Despite the changeable British Summer weather we spent a blissful three days in the rustic Artisan Shepherd’s Hut reconnecting with nature, exploring the beautiful county of Dorset and re-discovering the simple pleasures in life!
We enjoyed our hut very much, it was cosy and quaint and we appreciated all the thoughtful details and finishes our hosts fitted it out with. We were able to cook three sumptuous gourmet suppers on the open fire and discovered a useful bellow in the tray!
And of course, the hot shower in the morning always helps!
Laura & Paul staying in the Artisan 10th – 12th June 2016
We booked this charming shepherd’s hut as a last minute get away for the weekend, and so happy we did as it’s been so lovely and calm.
Open fires for cooking and the cosy hut to sleep in, just what we needed for a chilled weekend.
Abotsbury gardens are worth a visit, and the beach at West Bay is beautiful.
We also made friends with one of the farm cats, who’s very sweet. 🙂
Emily & Alistair staying in the Artisan 3rd- 5th June 2016
We’ve really enjoyed our shepherd’s hut holiday
Such a beautiful spot and delightful finish.
Mr and Mrs Palmer staying in The Artisan from 1st-3rd june 2016
What a charming hut! We’ve had a lovely escape from the world here.
Thank you, we hope to return soon!
Mr and Mrs Cox staying in The Artisan from 28th -29th May 2016 –
This is an amazing hut, quiet, peaceful and beautiful surroundings.
The log burner kept us very warm and we created outside fires too – which also gave us a very nice breakfast.
Our stay was very homely and is something we would definatley do again and we will spread the word.
Help was available whenever we needed it and the owners were very friendly and welcoming.
Thank you very much.
Produce on this page can be ordered ahead of your stay to be ready for your arrival. There will also be a price list in your accommodation for items that can be purchased during your stay.
Hampers and welcome packs for your stay
A perfect hamper for your holiday breakfast! Locally sourced food from the region.
- 6 free range eggs
- 4 pork sausages
- Dorset muesli
- 1pt milk
- Home baked bread
- Local marmalade
- Parrett apple juice
(tea and coffee already supplied in your hut. Plenty for two)
BBQ + Cider Hamper
Everything you need to eat supper in the BBQ hut.
- 6 pork sausages
- 4 vegetable kebabs
- Local chutney
- Homemade bread rolls
- 2 500ml bottles of Dorset Nectar artisan cider
A Truly Dorset Celebration
This is accompanied by House of Dorchester fine chocolate truffles. Truly delicious!
- Classic Cuvée 2014
- House of Dorchester Champagne truffles
Furleigh Sea Pink wine
A delightful dry rose by Furleigh – a world class wine producer just a few miles from us. We are lucky to live in one of the best wine producing areas of the UK .
Perfect served chilled with a BBQ.
After a day out in the fresh air it is nice to come home to a welcoming teatime treat.
- Gooey chocolate cake
|Far for the Madding Crowd – West Dorset earns its designation as an area of outstanding natural beauty! You can drink in the breathtaking scenery, absorb its history and heritage, lace up your walking boots for a ramble along cliff-tops or through picturesque countryside, or simply relax and rediscover the simple pleasures in life outdoors.|
|Discover the Dramatic Coastline!|
|West Dorset is world-famous for its Unesco world heritage Jurassic Coast. The coast path is simply spectacular and from the cliff tops you can savour the stunning panoramic views. Amongst its many seaside treasures are the lively and picturesque harbours at Lyme Regis and West Bay. You can join a guided fossil finding tour at Charmouth or Lyme Regis.|
|A Rural Paradise|
|Often described by our guests as a little bit of heaven; we are in the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, an area steeped in history and heritage. The picturesque town of Beaminster is nestled in a natural valley surrounded by four of Dorset’s highest peaks – this area provides some of the finest views to be found anywhere. Beaminster (pronounced bemminster) is an old settlement, dating back to around the 7th century, when it was known as Bebingmynster, meaning the church of Bebbe. Today there are some lovely independent shops and tasty places to refuel.The area is a rich patchwork of rolling countryside containing mellow stone villages with their cosy pubs serving local delights, as well as vibrant towns like Bridport (dubbed Notting Hill on Sea).Stylish, yet unspoilt. If you are looking for somewhere to unplug from everyday life and reinvigorate your senses, West Dorset is definitely for you – book your break and recharge your batteries!|
|Places we eat:|
|Here’s a few of our favourite places to eat local to our shepherd’s huts here in West Dorset. There are many other wonderful places, including more in our visitor’s guide. One thing is for sure, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to lovely local food.
Brassica Restaurant, BeaminsterIn the Sunday Times’ Top 100.
The Fox, CorscombeThe Fox is a lovely family run pub serving good local food within a short distance of the farm. Well worth a visit during your stay.
The Hive, Burton BradstockLoved by locals and visitors alike, it has the reputation of being the best beach café! The food is seasonal using local sustainable ingredients.
The Acorn Inn, EvershotAnother great gastro pub. This 16th century inn was awarded Gold Winner of the Dorset Tourism Awards, Tourism Pub of the Year 2014!
Beach & Barnicott, BridportClose to the clock tower in the centre of bustling Bridport is this wonderful pub. As well as great food it has a fantastic live music, poetry slams and comedy.
Oliver’s, SherborneWe first visited Oliver’s over 20 years ago, and still have a soft spot for it today. Right in the centre of Sherborne serving wholesome food on large sharing tables.