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Samphire at Middle Acre

(Ref. 1044320)

Ringstead near Weymouth, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful property."

    We would probably rather have had a more flexible and later check in, but the Shepherd’s Hut did not disappoint - beautifully decorated and very special.

    Reviewed by Adrian4.7Mar 2024

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, the Shepherds Hut was very comfortable, well equipped and clean."

    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.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Sep 2023

  • "This was my wife and mines first time glamping ,and it could not have been at a more tranquil location ."

    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 .

    It was lovely to meet you both and thank you so much for such useful feedback and the recommendation for other guests. See you next year! Michelle &Roger Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Aug 2023

  • "It was an amazing experience as this was our first time living in a Shepherd's hut."

    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

    It was great to meet you both and useful for other guests to know you don’t need a car to visit and enjoy this area of the Jurassic Coast. So pleased we exceeded your expectations with your first shepherds hut holiday. Bee will be pleased to see you again for a good game of catch! Thanks so much, Michelle & Roger Property Owner

    Reviewed by Aravind5.0Aug 2023

  • "This was such a beautiful place."

    The owners were so helpful and cared very much that guests were looked after and happy during their stay. Meeting me on arrival to show guests around and explain everything. Nothing was too much trouble. The hut was just perfect with great attention to detail, with everything provided that you might need. A really tranquil location, total get away from it all but with the luxury of a comfy bed and the hot tub is a real bonus. Walking distance to the beach and a lovely pub. Leaving refreshed and relaxed after a week was exactly the plan. I will be back again.

    Thank you for those kind words Debra, we are so glad you enjoyed your week at Middle Acre. Will look forward to meeting you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Samphire, very comfortable and cosy."

    The woodfired hot tub was a delight after a days walking as was the warmth of the firepit. It was a pleasure to meet Michelle, Roger & Bee the dog. Everything was well thought out and nothing was too much trouble. Eco friendly toiletries (I need the recipes for the shower products please!) Thank you for the delicious apples and tomatoes. Husband says a mirror on the wall above the bathroom sink would make shaving easier...

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay, owners are very welcoming and the added touches for when you arrive went down very well"

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jul 2022

  • "Amazing amazing amazing stay!"

    Everything was really lovely, bed was super comfortable and hot tub a big plus! Only thing, the water in the shower wouldn't heat enough, nor long enough, for us to use it. We rinsed ourselves out of the hot tub with the warm water and some soap! Otherwise, it is SO incredibly beautiful to be able to walk to the coast, which is just breathtaking. Hope to be back soon!

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you so much for your kind words about the hut. I’m sorry we didn’t explain how to work the thermostatic shower, as there is always plenty of hot water from the gas supply. At least you found another use for the hot tub other than star gazing! Thanks again, looking forward to welcoming you back, Michelle & Roger Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kristen4.4Jun 2022

  • "We had a really lovely stay at Middle Acre."

    The friendly hosts greeted us on arrival and showed us around the property and answered any questions we had. They also told us about the local area and gave us some handy information for nice walks and local pubs and attractions. We had some tasty cold ciders waiting in the fridge for our arrival too, which were very nice! Our overall stay was very relaxing and we would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Jun 2022

  • "Set in a beautiful location, tranquil and quiet."

    Very comfortable bed and lovely warm, cosy shephards hut. Owners were friendly and accommodating. Only advise I'd give future guests is download a movie or two to watch in the late evenings x

    Reviewed by Sally4.4Oct 2021

  • "Absolutely fantastic stay here at middle acre!"

    The hosts are fantastic and so welcoming and attentive to your needs. The Shepard's hut and surroundings are amazing and all the added touches make this stay extra special! Thank you so much for a beautiful holiday I will cherish forever, thank you Michelle and Roger :) _ Phoebe and Aaron

    Reviewed by Aaron5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week @Middleacre."

    Michelle and Roger were fabulous hosts and their recommendations for places to eat and local walks were spot-on. We enjoyed the digital detox and spent our time exploring the cultural heritage (visiting cottages of Hardy and TE Lawrence) and the natural beauty of the area (Osmington Mills and Lulworth). The evenings were made all the better toasting marshmallows and unwinding in the hot-tub. Bee the dog provided ample entertainment for my 12 yr old.

    Reviewed by Hamira5.0Aug 2021

  • "Brilliant hosts, lovely place."

    Couldn't fault anything. Perfect place for a getaway.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2021

  • "Samphire was beautiful, location was perfect and Michelle and Roger were helpful and friendly hosts."

    Would recommend Middle Acre without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Shawn5.0Jul 2021

  • "It was a really great break away from it all."

    The photos dont really do it justice as it cannot capture the atmosphere, and friendliness and generosity of the owners. It was our first sheperds hut experience, and all the detail and facilities here makes it a whole other level above other shepherds huts we browsed before booking. The area is stunning with loads of walks to do. Local pub booking is essential before going.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2021

  • "Such a lovely place to stay."

    We were lucky with the weather so could sit outside. So peaceful and relaxing. Ideal location for what we wanted to do. Hosts were very welcoming , thank you

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2021

  • "Very pleasant, wifi in the cottage would be an improvement"

    Reviewed by Judith3.8Jun 2021

  • "Michelle and Roger are lovely and very welcoming."

    Clear instructions beforehand and good communication. The hut itself is amazing - great place to be off the grid and a sustainable way to holiday, if that is important to you. Place is very clean and there is good access to hot water, good zines bathroom and showers, toiletries and towels included and all cutlery/kitchen items provided too. Very cosy and any time we had a minor issue Roger or Michelle were on hand to help. The hot tub is amazing - does take 2hrs to heat up but once done it is very satisfying and much more sustainable.

    Reviewed by Vignesh4.7Jun 2021

  • "Extremely friendly hosts, who could not have been more accommodating."

    The accommodation was very clean and had everything that was needed.

    Reviewed by Louise4.4Jun 2021

  • "Everything we needed for our 6 night stay was provided and the solar power was enough for our needs."

    Michelle and Roger were attentive and friendly hosts. The huts are set off a quiet road and the coast is a 15 minute walk away through lovely countryside. We spent our time relaxing at the hut, sitting in the hot tub and walking the beaches and cliffs of East Dorset.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7May 2021

  • "Samphire is in a picturesque setting amongst peaceful countryside, yet walking distance of local pubs and beaches."

    The hut is immaculate and the owners have thought of everything. The hottub was a nice surprise and we sat by the logburner part after while it was still warm. Wonderful hosts that leave you to enjoy yourselves but are there if you need them.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2021

  • "My girlfriend and I had a fantastic staycation at Michelle and Roger's Samphire shepherd's hut last weekend and couldn't recommend them more!"

    They went out of their way to be friendly, attentive and ensured we had everything we need to make our stay unequivocally enjoyable. Fabulous hosts in an absolutely stunning and scenic part of Dorset, with access to the World Heritage coastline a few minutes drive away as well as beautiful walks over the cliffs to the iconic Durdle Door, an absolute must stay!

    Reviewed by James5.0Apr 2021

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  • 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, inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. 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

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 Samphire at Middle Acre.

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About the location


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