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- Well-equipped shepherd's hut in a private garden with a stream
- A 20-minute drive from Dorchester; half an hour from Weymouth beach
- Logburning stove, ensuite bathroom and outdoor bath
It may have few big towns and no cities or motorways at all, but Dorset definitely doesn't have a dearth of dazzling scenery. Fan of hidden hamlets and rolling farmland? Then you may find it particularly pretty at Lower Wraxall Farmhouse, a tiny site 20 minutes' drive north of Dorchester.
Things have moved since the days when Thomas Hardy described Gabriel Oak's basic shepherd's hut in 'Far from the Madding Crowd'; guests looking for a bit of pampering should find the accommodation's kitchen, logburning stove, running water and wifi welcome. One thing hasn't changed, though – these huts are still cosy hideaways, small enough to be snug but big enough to contain almost everything you could need (there's a reason Hardy called them 'little Noah's arks’).
The hut is on a working farm, set in a secluded location a short walk away from the pastures and main buildings. The private garden it's been parked up in is bordered by a stream and is almost always abuzz with wildlife that you can admire from the comfort of your porch or on the outdoor furniture provided. Or maybe you'd like to look up at the stars while wallowing in your rather fab outdoor bath (with hot and cold water so you can get it just to your liking)?
Lower Wraxall Farmhouse is about 20 minutes' drive from Dorchester, home to the nearest supermarkets. There's also a pub and handy village shop in Cattistock, slightly more than a mile away. Closer to home, owner Judy is happy to get your day off to a good start with a full English breakfast.
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Beech shepherd's hut
Max. persons: 2 x
Dimensions: 5.5m width x 2.4m length (18.0ft width x 8.0ft length) Calculated area: 13.4m² (144.0ft²)
|Max. persons||2 x
5.5m width x 2.4m length
(18.0ft width x 8.0ft length)
Calculated area: 13.4m² (144.0ft²)
|Year of manufacture||2020|
(1 x double bed)
Bathroom (1 x shower, 1 x toilet)
|Duvets and pillows|
|Beds made up|
|Car parking by pitch/unit|
|Gas and electricity included|
|Kitchen corner or kitchenette|
|Wifi at the unit/pitch|
|Shower room with WC|
|Dining table and chairs|
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Absolutely loved staying, we will be back!
Totally beautiful hut, setting and vibe. Loved the Beech Hut xx
From the manager...
Thanks for your wonderful words! I am currently trying to find space for you in all in the Autumn or next Spring
Beautiful hut, warm, clean & pleasant. Own garden, small quite …
From the manager...
Thank you for kind words.
Loved the Shepherds hut and location. Beautiful garden with stream …
From the manager...
Thanks for doing such a great review
Check-in: contactless (in person)
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
— 8.6 miles
8.6 miles Yeovil Bus Station — 9.5 miles
9.5 miles South Station — 9.8 miles
- Train stations
Maiden Newton Rail Station
— 2.3 miles
2.3 miles Chetnole Rail Station — 4.4 miles
4.4 miles Yetminster Rail Station — 6.4 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal
— 15.2 miles
15.2 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 27.5 miles
27.5 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 27.8 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 33.8 miles
Are you houseproud and/or a keen gardener? Prepare to meet your match at Mapperton House and Gardens (10 minutes' drive), a splendid sandstone manor with some of Dorset's top topiary. If you hold historic houses in particularly high esteem, also drive out to Sherborne Castle and Gardens (30 minutes), a fine country pile built by Sir Walter Raleigh where you can admire Capability Brown landscapes for hours on end…
Recommended beaches in the area, meanwhile, include West Bay (30 minutes), Lulworth (40 minutes) and Charmouth (45 minutes). Burton Bradstock and Codgen beaches (both half an hour away) are both particular favourites of the folk on site, as is the coast path around there. Fancy dozing on a deckchair or frittering away small change at old-school arcades? Trips to Weymouth (30 minutes) should also be in the offing.
Cerne Abbas (15 minutes) is also worth visiting for the Cerne Abbas Giant, an enormous (and very much naked) male figure carved in chalk into the hillside. No one quite knows quite how old it is or how it got there, but you can have any archeological debates over a scone or two at the village's tea rooms. For more walks, try Eggarden Hill (15 minutes) or the Iron Age fort Pilsdon Pen (25 minutes).
- Mapperton House & Gardens (4.6 miles)
- Abbotsbury Swannery (10.1 miles)
- Hardy's Birthplace (10.7 miles)
- Max Gate (10.3 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (10.6 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||8:30 p.m.|
|Depart by:||10 a.m.|
Lower Wraxall Farmhouse cancellation policy
No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Lower Wraxall Farmhouse will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Lower Wraxall Farmhouse have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Lower Wraxall Farmhouse dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Lower Wraxall Farmhouse? Are you houseproud and/or a keen gardener? Prepare to meet your match at Mapperton House and Gardens (10 minutes' drive), a splendid sandstone manor with some of Dorset's top topiary. If you … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Lower Wraxall Farmhouse?
On-site accommodation Arrive: 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Depart by: 10 a.m.
- How much does it cost to stay at Lower Wraxall Farmhouse? From £90 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability