Laverstock Farm Glamping

UK England South West England Dorset Bridport

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Games room
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Off-grid, adults-only shepherd's huts on a farm in rural west Dorset

A little plaque reveals the village of Broadwindsor's most rich and royal of visitors: After losing the Battle of Worcester, Charles II hid here whilst on the run from Oliver Cromwell. Today’s guests are more likely to be escaping work rather than murderous anti-monarchists, but this rural part of Dorset remains a wonderful place to run away to. And if you're on the hunt for a truly royal place to bed down, Laverstock Farm Glamping, a couple of miles up the road, is just the place to stay.

There are just two shepherds’ huts at Laverstock, separated by a 300-metre drive and an avenue of trees. There’s green-hued, tree-shaded Herdwick and blue-tinged, lakeside Everdene: off-grid boltholes for couples, dog owners and walkers with an emphasis on privacy. They are, according to Emma who looks after guests on this family farm, “the Rolls Royce” of shepherds’ huts. She could hardly be more enthusiastic about Plankbridge, the Dorchester company that built them. And her infectious Dorset-championing attitude doesn’t stop there. The well-written guestbook you’ll find in your hut is less hastily-put-together suggestions and more a local love letter that’s not only full of insider tips but a good read too.

While the huts don’t share a location – they have style, set-up and a fairly luxurious washroom in common. Situated between them, close to the farm’s holiday cottages, you’ll find a flushing loo, hot showers, an oft-replenished supply of towels as well as a place to plug in your hut’s rechargeable lanterns. You’ll need those come night time as, although the huts are top of the range, they’re traditional too. They are off grid and warmed by a little log burner with a simple awning-covered outdoor kitchen. But you wouldn’t call this simplicity basic, there are too many things that bring a touch of the boutique: The beds are made, the fire’s laid for you and, if you don’t fancy cooking breakfast, you can order in.

Laverstock Farm lies between Dorset’s highest hills within the vast area of outstanding natural beauty that accounts for almost half the county. A hike to the top of the tallest hill, Lewesdon, makes for one of several great walks in the area. From its wooded top, glimpses of the rolling countryside that inspired Thomas Hardy and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast reveal that Laverstock’s hidden location is not so far away after all. The market town of Bridport, West Bay, Charmouth (the famous fossil beach) and Lyme Regis are all within a short driving distance. Chesil Beach, Abbotsbury Swannery, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage and Abbotsbury Swannery are within 20 miles.

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Facilities

Each hut has a double bed with linen provided, a wood burner, foldaway table, 2 stalls and a kitchen unit. There is an awning with an ‘outside kitchen’ featuring a 2-ring gas hob, fire pit and BBQ as well as a kitchen dresser stocked with pots, pans, utensils, crockery and cutlery. Gas and logs are provided but no charcoal. A 40-litre aqua roll is also provided. There is a washroom shared between the 2 huts, which has 1 shower and 1 toilet. There is also a washing-up sink, washing machine and fridge. Fresh towels are also provided. A games room with table tennis, table football and darts is shared with guests staying in holiday cottages within the farm.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Well-behaved dogs welcome.

Nearby

You can head out on walks straight from your shepherd’s hut with footpaths across the extensive farm. The highest hill in Dorset, Lewesdon Hill, is a good place to head for. The pretty village of Broadwindsor is 3 miles away and has a shop, pub and a lovely craft centre (01308 868362) with a restaurant. The closest town is Beaminster, 4 miles away, where you’ll find a Co-op, some nice boutiques, a couple of places to eat and the little Beaminster Museum. Just outside town is the Jacobean Mapperton House and Gardens (01308 862645). There’s horse riding at the local Jo Forsey Stables (07796 517888) and Llama Trekking nearby too (01308 868674). The market town of Bridport (6 miles) has more to offer with a regular market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, a leisure centre, cinema and its own brewery, Palmers, which offers tours (01308 422396). It’s 7 miles to the beaches of 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.

Food & Drink

The New Inn (01308 868 333) in Stoke Abbott is the closest pub to Laverstock. It’s 2 miles away and walkable in just under an hour. The Shave Cross Inn (01308 868 358) is also about 2 miles away and has a garden and skittle alley. Staddle Stones is a licensed restaurant at the craft centre in Broadwindsor, open for breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea (01308 868362). Also within the centre is The Wobbly Cottage, a recommended artisan micro bakery. At Beaminster, Brassica (01308 538100) and Ollerod (01308 862200) are highlights. West Bay’s Rise (01308 422011) café/bar is a recommended all-rounder with harbour views and, 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, which are detailed in the Guide Book you’ll find in your shepherd’s hut at Laverstock Farm Glamping. And there’s also a farmers’ market in the town on the second Saturday of the month.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Laverstock Farm is a beautiful well-kept estate at the end of a long sweeping driveway. Comprising of a country house, six holiday cottages and two modern shepherd’s huts all set on a working farm near Bridport in West Dorset.

Our two shepherd's huts, Everdene Hut and Herdwick Hut, comfortably sleep two people each.

The shepherd's huts are set in a rural location, with far reaching views across the countryside set next to permanent pasture/grassland grazed by cows. Extensive access to the farm via numerous footpaths and located between Pilsdon Pen and Lewesdon Hill (the highest hills in Dorset). Ideal for those you wish to relax, enjoy the peace or wish to explore.

You are perfectly located to explore the Jurassic Coastline and visit the bustling market towns of Bridport and Lyme Regis. There is lots to do in the area and we provide a detailed information pack on booking.

Laverstock itself is a working farm and depending on the season there are chickens, ducks, pigs, goats and sheep to see. Plus a large vegetable garden. There is also a children’s climbing frame, swing and sand pit in the grounds. Laverstock is very peaceful and a perfect escape with many wonderful country walks on the doorstep.

Accommodation

2 shepherd's huts, each sleeping 2 people.

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Location

Contact Laverstock Farm Glamping, Laverstock Farm, Laverstock, Bridport, Dorset DT6 5PE

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Getting There

From Crewkerne head towards the train station on South Street (A356). Continue on this road for two miles. After passing through Misterton turn right on the A3066 towards Bridport. Stay on the road for 2½ miles. After passing Mosterton take a sharp right on to the B3164 towards Broadwindsor. After a mile you reach the village. Keep left on the one-way system then turn left at a T-junction and almost immediately right on to the B3162. After another 1½ miles turn right at a cross roads which has a tree on each corner, signposted for Blackney. After ½ mile turn right, signposted for Laverstock. From Bridport, you join the B3162 by turning right at the roundabout from West Street. You follow the road for 5 miles until you reach the junction with trees on each corner. From this direction, you need to turn left towards Blackney. After ½ mile turn right signposted for Laverstock.

The closest railway station is at Crewkerne. There are no buses out to Laverstock Farm, so taxi is the only (sensible) way to cover the last 8 miles and there’s a taxi rank outside the station.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Far from the masddening crowd!

Hello I recently resided in the Everdene Hut with my well trained Springer Spaniel. The hut to my delight revealed in the morning it was set on a well cared for stretch long of grass land fringed by a long man made lake, own bridge and ancient trees; 15 trees in total of various sizes, which allowed wonderful shadows to be cast over the grass, so so pretty. The lake was adored by my dog and perfect for wild swimming too. I cooled my wine in the lake. The hut was warmly and prettily decorated with two fur rugs, a great armchair, 2 stools and table. Austrian styled pictures hung on sides of the hut inside. The wood burner was a delight and the wood store was set to the left on the and contained plenty of extra wood. Next to this was your own kitchen, Two gas burner, cabinet and cutting board. Sufficient. It was so relaxing that I really did not require to explore to afar. Early evening a family of small bats danced between the two large trees, to a ritual. So fairy land. I lit the fire pit every evening and gazed upto the inverted canopy of stars, plus the milkyway was present in its mood of light and I saw the odd shooting star. In the back ground I could hear the pheasants roosting, the usual pigeon getting comfy on his favourite branch secluded behind the leaves and the foxes barking in the fields behind. I loved it. By dog played so hard that he slept all the way home in the car and the next day. I and my mutts were sad to leave. For myself this was a perfect break where I could be one with nature, read and paint in a succulent country setting. Emma was polite and kind. She brought a wonderful breakfast to the cabin as asked all with an happy smile. I would like to say thank you to all. What a wonderful hidden area of England this is and so rich in history! Thankyou. Restored my faith in England"s heart.
Sep 4, 2019 by lucy grove
★★★☆☆

Aesthetically great, but practicality could be improved.

The private and beautiful setting and decor, homely touches and aesthetics are just gorgeous and couldn’t be faulted, however we found that the practicalities could be improved, especially if you were wanted to stay for more than a weekend and cater for yourselves, rather than eating out as we did. Suggestions would be an ice box next to the hut, for storing milk, butter etc, rather than having to trudge up to the washroom every time you wanted a cup of tea, also some form of general pantry box, that is creature proof. We weren’t too keen on washing up next to the loo, so a separate washing up space from the bathroom would be preferred, especially as the washing machine for the cottages was also in the wash room. This meant we’d be on the loo or having a shower, with people knocking on the door in order to collect their laundry (which isn’t very relaxing). I would have liked somewhere to plug in a hairdryer in the bathroom area. There was a plug in the porch, but no mirror here. There were lovely luxury touches, such as Neals Yard soap and shower gel, regularly blundered fresh towels etc. The fire pit was a lovely idea and we appreciated the wood store and good supply of great quality outdoor furniture. A kitchen shed, similar to the one you have for Everdene Hut would be great, as we were caught in a number of short sharp showers and as the weather was quite blowy, it did blow out the gas on the hob, despite the guard around the flames.
Aug 20, 2019 by Taylor
★★★★★

Peaceful and relaxing break

This is our second visit to Laverstock this year. This place is beautiful!! It’s a perfect place to escape for a relaxing break where the only things surrounding you are nature and stunning countryside. The shepherds huts are lovely and welcoming. Emma and family always make you feel welcome. The other bonus is that it’s only a 10-15 drive into Bridport and Westbay so the beach isn’t too far away. We can HIGHLY recommend Laverstock farm. We would definitely visit again.
Jul 30, 2019 by Ali & Justin
★★★★★

Relaxing Peaceful Haven

Staying at the Shepherds Hut at Laverstock Farm was the most relaxing and peaceful few days. The beautiful setting is serene and a haven from day to day life. The shepherds Hut is so cozy and the bed is comfy. Love the fire pit in the evenings too. The homemade cake was an added bonus too. Thank you x
May 22, 2019 by Jerry & Julie

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