The Novelist

In a Nutshell...

The Novelist is a brace of shepherd’s huts joined in a T by a glass walk way.   It comprises of a bedroom hut complete with copper roll-top bath, plus a larger hut with kitchen, living space and TV.  This spacious hut with central heating is ideal for longer stays!

Built to suit our very specific location it is designed to make the most of our expansive views, and is based around a wooden deck with ample room for dining and relaxing.  Beyond the deck are the glamping essentials of a hot tub and fire pit.  

Bedroom Hut

In the bedroom hut there is a luxury copper bath made by William Holland of Dorchester; from it you can soak in the best of our views.  The free-standing kingsized bed faces onto the view and has a panoramic star-gazing window directly above to make the most of our dark skies.

Living Hut

In the living hut you can fling open the French doors and enjoy the best of the views from the sofa.

Whereas our other huts are about getting away from connectivity this hut has both WiFi and TV. Whether you are on vacation or workation this hut offers flexibility. 

If you wish to remain disconnected, when switched off the TV blends into the background as a mirror!

The gorgeously styled interior is very spacious for a romantic getaway for two.  

There is also a craftsman-made kitchen which includes an induction hob, kettle, toaster, fridge, china, cutlery, and washing up facilities with Ecover washing up liquid and tea-towel.  It has a fold-away breakfast bar behind the peninsular unit.
Tea, coffee, oil and sugar provided.

Outside

The outdoor seating area is on a wooden deck supported by traditional staddle stones, with a fire pit and a store of wood for your use during your stay.

Close to the hot tub is an outdoor rainfall shower on the deck. It is very private – but with fantastic views!

The hot tub is very privately positioned right beside the Novelist’s deck so you can step down into the hot tub. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy a starry night! If we know your arrival time we will try our best to get it warming before you arrival.

Booking Details...

The Novelist prices range from £190-£260 per night depending on the season and the the time of week.

Minimum of 2 nights stay.  You can choose to check in any day except Sunday

Deposit for dates booked more than 4 weeks in advance is 30%; balance is due 4 weeks before check in date;

Tom & Georgia
Tom & GeorgiaSep '23
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This is our second visit but this time our friends booked the other 2 huts to celebrate my birthday. It has been fantastic. The views, hut, hot tub & outdoor shower are all incredible and everyone has had a great time. The hosts are so lovely and even brought us a birthday treat on the 1st night - so kind! We will be back to book the Novelist as it is our favourite
Michael & Laura
Michael & LauraAug'23
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Had a fabulous time - thank you! Loved the whole experience, including getting lost on our ramble to Beaminster. If you fancy sandwich and a beer we recommend the Red Lion. I'm sue we'll be back!
Lulu and Lisa
Lulu and LisaAug'23
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We booked the Novelist for a couples getaway aand we couldn't have asked for anything better during our 2 night stay The hut is all you need and the attention to detail is spot on. We particularly enjoyed the outdoor shower and the hot tub, also the copper bath was a lovely touch. Not forgetting the amazing views which you could never get bored of. Its been a great experience and we will certainly be back.
V, Si & Da Noo
V, Si & Da NooJul'23
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An idyllic 2 day of awesome chill. Fireside cooking , marshmallow toasting and star gazing. we had a wonderful time. Myra 18months loved exploring in the long grass, chasing the ducks and the copper bath. Me and Si loved sipping the sparkling wine int eh tot tub when Myra eventually went to sleep.Such a beautiful retreat . The Novelist was so perfect we didn't need to venture anywhere. Can't wait to come back - and what a view!

Additional facilities

Within the forest garden there is also a BBQ hut.  This is a hexagonal building with the BBQ in the middle. 

Guests in the Novelist are welcome to use this shared facility during their stay.

As this facility is shared by only 3 huts it is usually available for solo use.  It is spacious enough to take a large group if you are visiting with friends.

Hamper and Drinks

Visit our hamper page – any hampers ordered before your arrival will be waiting for you.

In the hut is a drinks menu containing drinks from our local breweries and distilleries. We can bring orders to your hut during your stay. This includes our own hut special cocktails and own labelled wines!

Expansive views from the hut and local footpaths

We are fortunate to enjoy stunning views down a long valley all the way to Eggardon Iron Age fort. With not so much as a hamlet visible this makes for some wonderful scenery. As in the Astronomer, above the bed is a panoramic star gazing window so the views are also upwards!

We are surrounded by a fabulous network of footpaths and bridleways – we supply a walking map.  As a result of the rolling hills of Dorset each brow of a hill brings a whole new vista.  Within half an hour walk of the glampsite you can see miles of the Jurassic coast all the way from Abbotsbury to Lyme Regis.  You will never bore of this vista! 

If you are wishing to eat out there are also some lovely places within nearby Beaminster or beyond.  Beaminster is a 2 mile walk.

Lazy Sunday Weekend

If you are coming in on a Friday and just need to be home by Sunday night we have now introduced a 2 1/2 day weekend.  This means you can arrive on a Friday night and stay until 9pm Sunday.  To book this at checkout book Friday and Saturday nights and add a Lazy Sunday checkout from the Extras.

Full Week Stay

If you are staying 7 nights or more  you will get a 20% discount at checkout.