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Keets at Middle Acre

(Ref. 1063070)

Ringstead near Weymouth, Dorset Show on map

5.0

Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

Features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Seaside

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  • hosts (23)
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  • michelle (18)
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  • roger (16)

40 Customer Reviews

  • "Just returned from Keets."

    What a amazing experience, have to be honest wasn't sure what to expect once we realised it was off grid, but what a truly memorable time. Roger and Michelle perfect host there to meet us on arrival and explain running of the place to us, and it was great to just walk to orchard and collect fresh produce as and when you needed it. What a little cutie sweet pea is, always ready for a little chat, when we were around. Would definitely recommend it and do it again. John and April Beeley

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely terrific!"

    Shepherds Hut is perfect for a relaxing break. Michelle & Roger are so lovely and very helpful with offering fruit & salad grown in the polytunnel and off the trees! Hot Tub, barbecue and hammock are all great to use and relax. Yes will definitely return here Could not fault at all! Thanks Roger & Michelle

    Thank you for such lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to share our produce with you. Look forward to your return. Michelle & Roger Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a fab time, the pictures don’t do this place justice."

    The hut had everything we could have wanted and more, local home grown fruit and vegetables and hosts which couldn’t do enough for us, telling us about the local area and even driving us to places. The beach and pub were in beautiful walking distance with lovely views. We will definitely be back!!

    Thank you so much Laura for taking the time to write such a lovely review and that you enjoyed your stay at Middle Acre. We are so pleased you would like to return especially as it was your first off grid experience and not sure what to expect! Thank you! Michelle & Roger Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Aug 2023

  • "What a fabulous place, peace, calm and serenity in a beautiful environment."

    Michelle and Roger are fantastic hosts and really make you feel at home with a warm friendly welcome. The shepherd's Hut is well appointed with everything you need and is so cosy and comfortable. There is everything you need for outdoors, hammocks, loungers, bbq/smoker and a great hot tub. Do check out the rest of the place too, there are many seating areas and a wooden hut/sunroof kitted out with comfortable seating, complimentary drinks, books, suggestions for things to see and do in the area. All in all, 10 out of 10, will definitely go again. Thank you Michelle and Roger.

    We are really touched by your lovely review, 10 out of 10! Wow Thank you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Jul 2023

  • "Such a lovely surreal stay."

    Partner and I enjoyed, will be back x

    Thank you Hannah, will look forward to welcoming you back. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Jul 2023

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at Keets."

    As always Roger, Michelle and Bee (the dog) are the perfect hosts. The little hut is a perfect getaway for anyone wanting peace and quiet. We will definitely be back xx

    It was great to meet you again, thank you for your lovely review, really appreciate your kind words. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a great stay at Keets."

    The photos don’t do it justice! The host was extremely accommodating and friendly and we hope to return soon!

    Reviewed by Paris5.0Jun 2023

  • "We were new to this kind of holiday so wasn’t sure what to expect the ..."

    We were new to this kind of holiday so wasn’t sure what to expect the shepherds hut was exactly as described the bed was super comfortable and the owners very helpful lots of nice little touches we will definitely be returning very soon

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2023

  • "We had an amazing few days away in the solitude of the Dorset countryside."

    Michelle & Roger furnished the property spectacularly with everything you could need, and we even had an eye-opening tour of some of the local area, including cows! It's a great location, far enough away from the main roads to feel secluded, yet close enough to Weymouth & Dorchester for any shops or supplies. We will seriously be considering returning next year!

    Reviewed by Joe5.0Apr 2023

  • "The hut was amazing so clean and the bed was so comfortable even the pillows."

    The hot water came on straight away which was great. Parking wasn't a problem also very easy to find. The walk to the smugglers inn was easy. The hot tub was lovely to. My only negative which is a tiny negative was the fridge was noisy when trying to sleep But we had a great stay and was made to feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely friendly hosts and a gorgeous little hut with all mod cons despite being pretty much off grid - highly recommend !"

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    Michelle and Roger were really helpful and welcoming. We had a great stay.

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Apr 2023

  • "My partner and I were pleasantly surprised by the amazing reception on our holiday."

    The hut was spotless and we had plenty of hot water for showers. Our only downside would be that we expected to be more secluded which was an unfortunate discovery, however the owners left us to it which was really nice.

    Reviewed by Daisy4.7Apr 2023

  • "Thanks Michelle an Roger for a wonderful weekend!"

    Perfect hosts who made us feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Nov 2022

  • "A thoroughly enjoyable stay in a lovely location and something different staying in a modern Shepherds Hut."

    Michelle and Roger were great hosts and made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. Highly recommended !

    Reviewed by Barry4.7Sep 2022

  • "Our hosts were amazing and gave us some good advice of where to go and were super friendly!"

    The hit was kitted out with everything we needed and more! We wished we could have stayed longer!!!

    Reviewed by Shannon5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a brilliant stay and loved the hut with the really comfy bed."

    The little kitchen was awesome with all the equipment we could need. The shower was great and the wood fired hot tub and garden were awesome. We loved every minute of our stay. The hosts had thought of everything to make our stay perfect.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay at Keets."

    The Hut and facilities are absolutely first class and the hosts lovely. Parking was no issue with the whole site being secure. From a location and setting point of view, the location is very relaxed and peaceful, and within a mile or two beaches, walks, pubs... Thoroughly recommend!!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2022

  • "The Perfect holiday, Rodger and Michelle couldn't do enough for us and were great fun, the Shepherds hut was perfect, good amount of room, good kitchen facilities, good bathroom and shower, anyone concerned about the hot water via solar panel don't be, the shower and hot water are brilliant."

    The bed was amazing, the hot tub was amazing, to be honest it was a great place to stay and had excellent things to do so close by, add to this the chickens and Keets (you will understand when you go) the holiday was awesome, we stayed seven days and could have stayed a month.. Thanks for the cucumbers Rodger

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2022

  • "We were pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness of the facilities."

    It has everything you could need and is in a quiet location. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful, going out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. We have visited quite a few similar accommodations and this was by far the best. Thank you guys :)

    Reviewed by Blake5.0Jun 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at the Keets at Middle Acre."

    After a pretty shocking stay at a dreadful hotel the night before we had the luck of being able to stay here and at short notice! Michelle and Roger made is feel very welcome and relaxed. It was very much what we needed. The log fuelled hot tub was absolutely fantastic. A short country walk to a pub. The bed was the comfiest we have stayed in! Will definitely be going there again soon! Xx

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very cosy shepherd's hut with an amzingly comfortable bed."

    The wood-fired hot tub was a great attraction after strolling about the beautiful coastline and hills, and the smoker BBQ was an added bonus. The hosts, Roger and Michelle, were very friendly and helpful, and their dog Bee and the poultry provided unepxected entertainment. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2022

  • "Absolutely wonderful stay!"

    Michelle and Roger (and Bee!) are the friendliest hosts. Such a lovely quiet spot. You're not overlooked by anyone but it's close enough to the real world that you can walk to the pub. Hot tub under the moonlight is a must :) Cannot fault this place - from the comfiest bed in the world to the marshmallows for toasting - this is the perfect getaway to escape a hectic life! We didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful few days here."

    The hut is beautifully compact. We particularly enjoyed the wood burning stove and hot tub. The owners were incredibly nice & helpful and Bee was a delight. We are walkers and found plenty to keep us occupied, walking over to The Smugglers is a must on a fine evening. Unfortunately we had to cut our holiday short but definitely we will be back.

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Mar 2022

  • "What a wonderful place , Shepards Hut was lovely & everything you need was thought of."

    Michelle & Roger were perfect hosts , we would definitely love to go again.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Mar 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our time here!"

    Perfect hosts who made us feel very welcome and a beautiful hut which is just beautiful inside and out….. the little touches like the milk, cider and mostly the marshmallows for roasting made us smile and feel like we would definitely return one day! Loved it!! Thank you for letting us stay x

    Reviewed by Nikki5.0Dec 2021

  • "The caretakers/owners were very friendly and helpful, The setting gives you the opportunity to connect with nature."

    A really good place to unwind and relax and also discover some amazing views, scenery, and history.

    Reviewed by Katharine4.7Sep 2021

  • "Keets is an amazing place to relax and unwind from a busy life."

    Michelle & Roger are so welcoming with an attitude that nothing is too much trouble. We would highly recommend and look forward to returning in the future

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a fantastic time."

    Lovely walks and fantastic scenery. Michelle and Rodger where brilliant host nothing was too much trouble. The shepherd hut was lovely clean and fully equipped.The hot tub was amazing. We will be back soon.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had such a wonderful week at Middle Acre!"

    It was such a fantastic experience and we will definitely be looking to stay again in the near future! We absolutely loved everything about our stay from the quirky hut, to the log burning hot tub, to the sites nearby, it was just fabulous! We managed to visit a nearby site called Durdledoor whilst on our stay and was absolutely blown away - definitely a must see if you stay here or nearby! We finished our stay with the walk that was recommended by the hosts and again, it was just fantastic! Everything about our stay was brilliant and it provided us with the perfect opportunity to have a week away from the outside world. A massive thank you to both of the hosts for making us feel so special throughout our stay and for providing such a super experience! We will definitely be visiting again when we next get the chance!

    Reviewed by Tia5.0Jul 2021

  • "The hosts were brilliant, the weather was kind and the peace and quiet was just what we needed."

    .If a wind down is what you require, a week in a shepherds hut comes highly recommended. Can’t wait to return, perfect in every way .

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2021

  • "We had a really lovely stay in the shepherd's hut, it was cosy,well equipped, clean and tidy."

    The hosts were friendly,helpful but not intrusive. Beautiful part of the country, really peaceful.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0May 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    The hut was immaculate and very comfy. Could not fault it. Brilliant hosts, made us feel very welcome and were very helpful.

    Reviewed by Lucy4.7May 2021

  • "We absolutely loved our stay!"

    We came for a week, and even in the downpour weather, we had a very special stay. Peaceful and beautiful surroundings, and located very close to the sea. The hut itself was beautifully presented, with lovely eco bath products, and the bed was unexpectedly comfortable! Michelle and Roger were wonderful, helpful hosts who shared so much useful info, alongside fascinating history of the local area - they've created a really special place with a magic touch that you don't find in many places. We would love to come back!

    Reviewed by Thom5.0May 2021

  • "We absolutely loved staying at Middle Acre, the shepherd's hut was beautiful, amazing attention to detail, and a wonderful secluded spot."

    Great pubs and walks nearby. Lovely hosts who were on hand and very generous.

    Reviewed by Rosa5.0May 2021

  • "This was such a lovely shepherds hut, we really enjoyed our stay."

    We had a lovely welcome when we arrived, Michelle and Roger both gave us all the info we needed and were really helpful. The hut is incredibly well equipped, as well as having ample private outdoor space and set in lovely grounds. We were very lucky with the weather and were able to use the BBQ to cook in the evenings, but had we not been, the kitchen has a gas ring and plenty of pans that it wouldn't have been a problem to rustle up something easily. The fact that Keets is 'off grid' was great, no TV or wifi, so we could really switch off. The wood burner kept us toasty in the evening and the hot tub was a delight after a long day of walking along the SW Coast Path. Keets is really well situated for access to the coast path so you don't have to drive anywhere and only a short walk to the local pub. I'd definitely recommend staying. Amazing hosts and perfect accommodation, can't wait to plan another trip soon.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Apr 2021

  • "A beautiful little shepherds hut in idyllic Dorset countryside, and a lovely 40 minute walk takes you to the stunning coastline An absolute gem of a place, pristinely maintained by the exceptionally kind and generous hosts who made sure we had everything we needed to make the most of a long weekend in tranquility."

    Thanks very much! Nature lovers or those looking to get away from it all would struggle to find a better place to go Sykes booking system worked, and we didn't have any problems

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Apr 2021

  • "Everything was perfect !"

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Apr 2021

  • "We loved staying in the gorgeous Keets shepherd's hut at Middle Acre farm."

    It was the perfect balance of rustic nature with luxury! The hut is small but so perfectly laid out, every bit of space is used effectively and the lovely owners have provided absolutely everything you could possibly need. They were also super friendly and helpful, providing tips for us useless city dwellers on how to set up the wood burner and also giving very clear instructions for local walks. We didn't use the hot tub in the end but it looked absolutely gorgeous. We explored the local area a bit and the pebbly beach is lovely but most of our time was spent enjoying the hut, lying in the garden reading, toasting marshmallows on the firepit and cooking a feast on the BBQ. As the listing says there is no wifi which is all part of the fun 'off grid' experience but there is perfectly good mobile and 4G signal if needed. The hosts kindly provide all the essentials you need for cooking, plus fuel for the wood burner, BBQ, firepit and hot tub. There was very reliable hot water and a lovely fully functional bathroom with a great shower - we couldn't believe they fit all of that plus a lovely comfy double bed into such a small space! We'll be back as soon as we can.

    Reviewed by Josephine5.0Apr 2021

  • "Our stay at Keets Middle Acre was exceptional."

    Michelle and Roger were outstanding hosts and made our time There memorable and we will 100% be going back. The accommodation was clean, comfortable and very cosy we couldn’t have asked for anymore.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Apr 2021

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Summary

  • 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 inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking available
  • Enclosed private patio with furniture, barbecue, wood-fired hot tub, and 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 Samphire (1044320) and both can be booked together to sleep 4

The 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 Keets at Middle Acre.

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About the location

RINGSTEAD

Weymouth 7.6 miles.

Ringstead Bay in Dorset is an unspoilt pebble beach on the Jurassic coastline surrounded by striking cliffs and farmland. The original village mentioned in the doomsday book no longer exists, but there is now a small vibrant community nestled at the back of the bay in a variety of unique houses. You can enjoy walking the South West Coast path or meander through the woodland walks, whatever your preference this is a gorgeous place to be outside. When you are ready to explore further afield, you will find Lulworth Cove and Durdle door a short 11 miles away and Weymouth with it’s beautiful beach and plentiful restaurants and cafes 7 miles to the west. The Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World Rescue, and Tyneham Village all offer varied and interesting days out just a short drive from Ringstead, presuming you can tear yourselves away from the unspoilt beach.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas