Not just for shepherds, the cosy and homely Miller's Hut sleeps two. The comfortable bed is a small double 'floating platform bed' with a supportive mattress, dressed in William Morris's pretty Strawberry Thief design. The little cupboard with pretty ticking panels is stocked with wine glasses, plates, bowls, cutlery, mugs, a kettle, a selection of teas & coffee. You will find a flushing loo and hot shower in a bright washroom situated in the mill yard, a minute's walk away, with hairdryer and bath towels provided. The wash room is solely for guests in your party. This summer Miller's Hut is only available to guests who book it as part of a package with John's Hut. (If we do have availability, and we are aware that many returning guests love this cosy little hut, we will try to accommodate. Please contact us directly.)
What else? The hut has electricity and there is a small heater and blankets to keep you toasty on colder evenings. There are outdoor chairs, rugs, cushions and lanterns so you can relax in comfort and enjoy your surroundings. Wood for the fire pit at John's Hut is supplied for your stay. Additional wood is available. Come, light a fire in the pit, sizzle some sausages on the tripod and grill and enjoy chasing stars under our exceptionally dark night skies.
Watch the millpond's ducks whilst enjoying the leisurely breakfast that is included in your stay. A delicious breakfast basket of organic homemade bread, organic jam/marmalade, Dorset Cereals, Greek yoghurt, stewed fruit (sometimes from our garden), ground Lavazza Oro coffee, milk and juice will be left in the Field Kitchen for you to prepare and enjoy at leisure. Alternatively, why not cook over the camp fire and eat like a king? If you have the time, we can organise a selection of locally sourced breakfast goodies to cook. The larger John's Hut has been thoughtfully equipped for self-catering and you will find all you need to prepare meals during your stay. There is also further cooking equipment/utensils in the Field Kitchen. Take a look at our Extras page to find to out more ~ the cooked breakfast can be purchased when you book your stay. (Whilst the huts are not connected to water, washing up facilities are found by the Field Kitchen. Fresh spring water for drinking and cooking comes from the tap here.)
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.