The Old Forge
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Sam the Shepherds Hut

Cast your eyes across the buttercups and you will find Sam the Shepherd’s Hut sitting comfortably in the meadow. Purchased from retired Dorset Shepherd Larry Skeats, Sam has been restored to his former glory and comes complete with a Shepherd’s crook!

Sam The Shepherds Hut
Sam The Shepherds Hut Dorset
Glamping at its best

The stresses of modern day life are a distant memory here as you gaze across to the scarp slopes of Melbury and Fontmell Down. A pretty vintage quilt and luxurious sheepskin drape the comfortable 4 by 6 foot bed, which makes the most of the triple aspect views. Enjoy the dawn chorus whilst you boil the kettle on the stove to make your morning tea. Sam is well equipped for your arrival with water, stored in a vintage enamel container, with tea and coffee facilities. You also have access to the tuck shop and glampers kitchen which has a fridge and freezer and everything you need so you can enjoy a few evening BBQs.

Peaceful and quiet holiday
Unique and vintage

A clever addition to this authentic hut is the veranda where you can enjoy a glass of wine and the barbecue whilst getting to know your neighbours Scrumpy Jack, Jasmine and the chickens!

Countryside retreat
Live in the slow lane
Shepherds Hut Wagon
Weekend away break

Evening entertainment is by candlelight. You can choose to toast chestnuts on the ‘pipsqueak’ wood burner, reach for the vintage scrabble set, or gaze at the night sky as you have never seen it before.

Cosy stays Romantic getaways

The bathroom is just a short hop and a skip across the meandering paved path into a converted outbuilding. An antique commode-come-composting loo, a salvaged suite complete with electric shower, sink and a heated towel rail all combine to make a very comfortable convenience. Please ensure that you inform us what time you will be arriving so we can light the wood burner prior to your arrival!

Life in the slow lane
Glamping with animals

There is space for two children from £15 per child per night, please bring own tent to pitch alongside.

The Gypsy Caravan and the Shepherds Hut's are both situated in the same field, they are ideal for couples or friends wanting to holiday together. BBQs and fires can be done by Sam, Rosie or Mabel.

chickens and donkeys
Scrumpy Jack donkey friend Amazing views
Walking holidays
Flying holidays Eco friendly green stay

Tip toe across the stepping stones to the Tuck Shop if you are feeling peckish and weigh out a quarter of Rhubarb and Custard! Inside the Glamping kitchen, open up the cupboards and you will find all the essentials (plates, cups, pans etc) for cooking and dining as well as a fridge, freezer and cooker.

The Tuck Shop Glamping Walk from the doorstep Award winning accommodation Best glamping stays Awarded gold places to stay
Organic free range Local

We welcome well behaved dogs in Sam. Dogs are extra, at £25 per stay. Please let us know in advance, and please be aware that we have on site chickens (fenced off), donkey, horses, dogs and a cat! Our only rule is no dogs on the furniture, and please bring your own bowls and bedding etc.

To book Sam, give us a call on 01747 811881 or email

Gold Award Dorset Tourism
Glamping Business of the Year 2016, Gold awarded

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