Laverstock Farm Glamping

UK England South West England Dorset Bridport

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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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.

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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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