Not just for shepherds, the cosy and homely Miller's Hut sleeps two. The comfortable bed is a small double 'floating platform bed' with supportive mattress, dressed in William Morris's pretty Strawberry Thief design. A cupboard with pretty ticking panelling and chair with a sheepskin throw add charm. A few strides from the hut is the field kitchen - equipped with essentials, fridge and gas stove - and in less than a minute, situated in the mill yard, is a bright and clean washroom with flushing loo and hot shower solely for private use. Bath towels and cotton linen are provided. Miller's and John's Hut are available to book individually or together, however only both huts are available to the same party.
What else? The hut has electricity and there is a hot water bottle and blankets to keep you toasty on colder evenings. There are outdoor chairs, rugs, cushions and lanterns so the surroundings can be enjoyed in comfort. Come unfurl a picnic blanket on a warm night, or light the fire bowel and sizzle sausages on the tripod grill whilst chasing stars under the exceptionally dark night skies.
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Prepare breakfast in the rustic field kitchen a few strides from Miller's. Delicious organic freshly baked bread, organic preservatives, muesli with Greek yoghurt to accompany, coffee, milk and juice, will be left to enjoy.
the HUT'S rural history.
In the 19th century the only fertiliser available to farmers was manure. With many areas of their farms inaccessible to large manure wagons, farmers employed sheep to do the work! Known as 'the golden hoof', flocks of downland sheep were used to perform the task of fertilising hills and downlands. Kept tightly behind hurdles, a process called 'folding', the sheep grazed an area before being moved on. The manure left behind was ploughed in, thus returning nutrients to the ground. The shepherd would move on with his flock, sheepdog and mobile home, a shepherd's hut. Shepherd's huts, a familiar sight in rural England, would contain a small stove, a lamb rack which was a straw bed over a cage where lambs could be kept and a simple medicine cupboard containing various remedies used to help sickly lambs. Prior to 1829, shepherd's huts were made of weatherproofed timber until corrugated steel was introduced. The first world war brought changes to farming practices, as did the decline of the wool trade. By the second world war, shepherd's huts had become guard posts or accommodation for prisoners of war who were used as farm labourers. By the 1950s most were redundant, often used as storage by gamekeepers or abandoned in fields. Today they are enjoying a revival and here at Miller's Huts Dorset, the gentle charm of our shepherd's hut can be enjoyed in the glorious setting of the millpond.