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Keets at Middle Acre

Ringstead near Weymouth, Dorset (Ref. 1063070)



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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside

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14 Customer Review(s)

  • “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.

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

    - Katharine, September 2021

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 nights 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.

Middle Acre has an Eco Friendly Ethos; Shepherd huts lend themselves to off-grid living thanks to their natural compactness and reducing reliance on mains power.

Living sustainably has a positive impact and being closer to nature has proven to make us feel better, heath care professionals recommend it!

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, these shepherd huts 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 wild flower 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 bee hives, 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 café with excellent menus and ambiance.

Explore one of the steep ancient smugglers tracks to bring you to the shingle beach of Ringstead Bay, where the water is incredibly clear and safe for bathing.

For the more experienced hikers, tackle the undulating world heritage coast towards the iconic arch of Durdle Door.

There are many local activities available such as horse riding, day fishing for Roach or Carp in the neighbouring well stocked Wally’s Lakes, or evening beach fishing in the Bay.

Try your hand at Clay Pigeon shooting with a lesson at the nearby Purbeck Shooting School, or enjoy the thrill of Coasteering with Lulworth Outdoors, hire a mountain bike, and after all that exercise take a leisurely tour with the informative Jurassic Safari.

To enhance your stay the hosts can guide you on a local wellness walk, tempting you with the benefits of Mindfulness and Forest bathing starting from your hut.

Of course you don’t have to do any of these; you can relax in your own private garden in the dappled shade of the huge Chestnut trees and just breathe!

For an unforgettable escape to Dorset, choose Keets at Middle Acre


  • 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, power first basket of logs 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
  • Note: There is no WiFi at this property, however there is mobile signal which should be fast depending on network provider and demand at the time
  • Note: There is limited lighting at night and the site gets extremely dark
  • Note: There are Bee Hives on site
  • Note: The site neighbours a working dairy farm with its associated sounds and smells Please note this property is next to Samphire (1044320) and both can be booked together to sleep 4

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About the location


Ringstead Bay 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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