your RETREAT in our CORNER of DORSET.
Stay at a working organic stoneground flour mill, on the north Dorset border with Somerset and Wiltshire in the characterful John's Hut or Miller's Hut an original shepherd's hut. We're a mile south of the historic town of Shaftesbury famous for Gold Hill and that 70s Hovis ad. Overlooking the millpond, each with their own outdoor space and view, it's an idyllic spot to get comfy and wile away the hours with a good book. You might glimpse the kingfisher, a sudden flash of glistening blue or sitting quietly on low-hanging branches or otters playing in the water. There is a field kitchen where you can cook up a storm near the huts and for your comfort a flushing loo and hot shower in a bright washroom in the mill yard, less than a minutes walk away. There's something magical about spending time under a tin roof. We're a little bit different with a sense of history and heritage, a mill has been here so long it’s mentioned in the Doomsday book.
Beyond there is plenty to do. Situated on the edge of the deeply rural and tranquil Cranborne Chase AONB, with International Dark Sky Reserve status, by night you can chase stars in our outstanding dark skies. By day enjoy invigorating walks over Fontmell Down; follow Dorset's secluded lanes and ancient tracks; explore prehistoric sites and timeless villages or head to the dramatic Jurassic coastline.
Both huts are available for cosy getaways, or book together for up to four people. Choose Miller's or John's and we'll ensure the other is unavailable for booking. A well-behaved dog is welcome in John's Hut at no extra charge, please contact us prior to booking.
THE PERFECT PLACE TO PROPOSE!
"A massive thank you to Jo for being such an amazing host. The property itself cannot be faulted, so much so that it was the perfect place to propose to my now fiancée! Thank you again for a wonderful stay, we’ll be back next year!"
"We stayed at Jo's to attend a wedding at Larmer Tree Gardens. It was a super cute little shepherd's hut in the most idyllic location. So many thoughtful touches like homemade cakes and a beautiful breakfast served outside with lots of fresh produce. Would highly recommend this piece of paradise!”
SUCH AN IDYLLIC SPOT.
"We had a such a relaxing time and loved our stay in the shepherd's hut. Jo and her husband's hospitality were brilliant and we loved having breakfast outside under the willow tree."
OUR SECOND STAY.
"This was our second time staying with Jo, this time we stayed in ‘Johns hut’ and it was beautiful, beautifully decorated with a lovely cosy atmosphere, the setting is as picturesque, by the mill pond, which we would highly recommend."