Samphire at Middle Acre

ID: S284521

  • Bedrooms 1
  • ・ Sleeps 2
  • ・ Pets No

About this property

How does a cosy ‘Eco friendly’ holiday in rural Dorset complete with a wood-fired hot tub sound, Middle Acre is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Small enough to care, with a pair of bespoke Shepherd huts tucked away and packed with all the essentials you could need for a self-catered stay including soft furnishings, throws, a double bed, kitchenette, en-suite shower and flushing toilet. Solar lighting and wood burner makes for a snug off-grid stay with your own private cottage garden style space, with barbecue for alfresco dining. The wood-fired hot tub ensures a good night’s sleep after star gazing the dark skies above. Take the five wooden steps up into the hand-built shepherd hut and find a cosy open plan space furnished with vintage and repurposed furniture and fittings, the whistling kettle sits on the single gas hob, as the solar powered fridge chills your drinks. Being off-grid with no electricity or no Wi-Fi shouldn’t mean you’re worried about being a bit too far off the beaten track, do not fret, a solar-powered socket will be provided for USB charging and the pub and local farm shop are only one and a half miles away. Not only do you reduce your carbon footprint by holidaying in the UK, but these shepherd huts also have some great energy-saving features too, including solar-power, sustainable rustic interiors, environmentally friendly cleaning and washing products, and shower water is reused to irrigate the wildflower meadow and plants. Home comforts can still be enjoyed from the double bed, heating, lighting, hot and cold running water, and flushing toilet provided. Middle Acre is near the size of a football pitch, with Chestnut trees, fruit trees, flowers and a poly tunnel, whilst beyond the hut’s gate a gentle wander will lead to the beehives, kitchen garden and V E Garden, where you'll meet the free-range chickens, ducks, bantams and friendly farm collie Bea. Middle Acre is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ideally situated for a stroll to the Smugglers Inn or walk to the local farm shop and tearoom with freshly made ice cream and local produce. Situated on the coastal path you can easily explore the undulating world heritage coast, walk to the iconic arch of Durdle Door and onwards to Lulworth Cove. Early birds can be rewarded with stunning sunrises over the iconic Jurassic cliffs, a 30 minute amble from your hut, following the smugglers paths will bring you to the secluded shingle beach of Ringstead Bay. Here you can drink in the views, and safely bathe in the still, clear waters. In cooler months this is the perfect place for some invigorating cold water therapy. Leave the car and traffic behind and walk into Weymouth with the stunning sea views from the coastal path and watch the fishing boasts unload in the picturesque harbour. To enhance your stay, chat to us about producing your own veg at home, gardening advice and growing cut flowers; Roger will happily take you to see the friendly cows and show you the best places to explore local history and wildlife. For thrill seekers, we can offer advice on the best places for coasteering, rock climbing and kayaking; alternatively, simply relax in your own private garden and make lunch from the on-site produce, unwinding in the dappled shade of the large chestnut trees and just breathe! For an unforgettable escape to Dorset, choose Samphire at Middle Acre.

Weymouth is a charming seaside town resting on the coast of Dorset. The town hosts a wide range of wonderful shops, pubs, restaurants and attractions to entertain all ages such as its sandy beaches boasting a plethora of watersports, mini golf, a SEA life Centre, and so much more. The rugged Isle of Portland rests within easy reach too, while the Dorset Heritage Coastline is well-worth exploring for its breath-taking beauty and fossil hunting opportunities.


Perfect for short breaks.

Off-grid eco-friendly retreat.

All-ground-floor studio layout.

One double bed within open-plan kitchenette and dining area.

En suite with walk-in shower, basin and flushing toilet.
Woodburning stove.

Single gas hob and small solar powered fridge.

Fuel, included in rent.

Bed linen and towels included in rent.

Off-road parking available.

Enclosed private patio with furniture, barbecue, wood-fired hot tub.

Fire pit, within shared grounds.

Sorry, no pets and no smoking.

Shop 1.5 miles, pub 1.2 miles, beach 1.5 miles.

Note: There are five steps up into the property, please take care as there is limited lighting at night and the site gets extremely dark.

The site neighbours are a working dairy farm.

This property is next to Keets (1063070) and both can be booked together to sleep 4

Nearby points of interest

Reviews (19)

  • Judith

    A great place to unwind and watch the day go by or a base to explore the beautiful coastline and return to relax in the hot tub watching the stars. We met Roger (one of the owners) and his four legged friend Bee, both were very friendly. Roger was happy to spend time, imparting his knowledge of the local history and trees and plants on the grounds. There are a variety of apple trees growing along with tomatoes and herbs, which you are invited to use/pick, this was a nice touch. We would definitely recommend a stay at Samphire.

  • Aravind

    Roger and Michelle were very nice and always helpful. We did not come by car, but Roger was always dropping us to the destination where we wanted to go and it was unexpected from the hosts. The hot tub was very nice and also glad to meet with Bee the dog. There are so many sightseeing places such as Weymouth, Durdle Door, and Lulworth Cove. The shepherd's hut was clean and cosy and also we met with other guests living in the next door. It is a great place to live if you want to go for a relaxed holiday away from your daily hectic schedule. Thank you, Michelle and Roger for hosting us, will meet next year!! - Arvind & Sree

  • Kevin

    The hosts were so kind and helpful and nothing was too much trouble.The hot tub was so good after a days walking and sightseeing .Weymouth was only six miles away and parking on summer time rates was a bit high ,but looking at Weymouth worth it .The shepard hut was very cosy and the shower was roomy and water hot ,the bed comfortable .We are going to rebook for next year as its such an ideal base for further adventures and i would recommend this to anyone looking for a peaceful location to come and go from .Lastly many thanks to Roger and Michelle for providing a heaven from home ..see you both next year .

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