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Samphire at Middle Acre

Ringstead near Weymouth, Dorset (Ref. 1044320)



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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

Reviews & Ratings

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13 Customer Reviews

  • "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 SallyOct 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 AaronSep 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 HamiraAug 2021

  • "Brilliant hosts, lovely place."

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

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2021

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

    Would recommend Middle Acre without hesitation.

    Reviewed by ShawnJul 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 JohnJul 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 KarenJun 2021

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

    Reviewed by JudithJun 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 VigneshJun 2021

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

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

    Reviewed by LouiseJun 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 PaulMay 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 LucieMay 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 JamesApr 2021

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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 Samphire 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
  • 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 Keets (1063070) 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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