Stay in a shepherd’s hut

Come and stay in one of our traditional Dorset shepherd’s huts

Accredited by VisitEngland (Quality in Tourism)

 

Warm and cosy, quiet and peaceful, king sized beds, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee facilities, ample parking

The perfect rural retreat!

Come and stay on a bed and breakfast basis in one of our lovely huts.

Only a one minute walk to real ale, fine wines and freshly prepared local food.

Each hut sleeps 2 adults (with room for a cot) and provides the ultimate rustic quirky glamping experience (with the essential home comforts).  The huts are  situated in Drusilla’s paddock and are surrounded by fields full of sheep. They are warm and cosy with king sized beds, heating, tea and coffee making facilities, hot showers and flushing toilets (so no need to brave the elements in the middle of the night armed with a torch).

Shepherd’s huts are a traditional feature of the rural landscape and have been used since 1596 – perhaps not always with king sized beds and toilets though!  Our huts have been lovingly built at Drusilla’s by local craftsmen using traditional methods. They are made of wood with corrugated roofs and have metal wheels (having been designed to be towed into the fields by tractors or steam traction engines).  They are fully insulated and suitable for staying in throughout the year – even in the snow!

Our huts are named after breeds of local sheep – Dorset Down and Horn and Poll.  Their inside decors reflect a “sheep” theme – the huts even have their own shepherds crooks!

Each hut is equipped for comfort with dazzling white sheets, cosy duvets,  fluffy towels, soft fleecy blanket, hair dryer ,tea and coffee and a welcoming Dorset surprise.  The bathroom has a heated towel rack so your towels are always toasty warm and another radiator in the bedroom ensures that is equally warm.  Umbrella’s and torches have been supplied to help you to find your way safely into Drusilla’s and a motion and light sensitive outside light helps too.  Cast iron hanging hooks are provided for clothes and there is plenty of room for cases under the bed.  Ample parking is available in Drusilla’s huge car park which is only a few seconds walk from the huts.  In the Summer outside furniture and a fire cage is provided so you can sit out under the stars and toast marshmallows! Drusilla’s benefits from “dark skies” so we are the perfect place to look at the stars!

Contact us for more details or to make a booking. Email: info@drusillasinn.co.uk or phone 01258 840297

Our huts are open from the 13th March to the 13th January.  Click here to check availablity

Prices per hut per night including linen and heating (and fire cage, logs, toasting fork and marshmallows in Summer):

from 13th March 2014 (excl 22nd, 23rd, 24th Aug 2014):
£95 – 1 night
£165 – 2 nights
£220 – 3 nights – then all additional nights £70 per night
£500 per week

Cot hire: £10 per stay

Last minute deals available on request.

View/ download our booking Terms and conditions here.

Find our access statement on the “about us” page of our website. 
Guide dogs are welcome in our huts (unfortunately we are unable to accomodate pets).

Traditional English breakfast including tea or coffee is included.
Served between 9 – 11am in Drusilla’s (earlier by prior arrangement).  We serve a traditional shepherds breakfast similar to those the shepherds would have cooked for themselves whilst staying in their huts in the fields so our breakfasts feature typical farm produce – eggs, bacon and sausages.  Other types of breakfast available by prior arrangement.

The added extras!
Celebrating a special occasion?
We can supply champagne or sparkling wine on ice for your arrival – prices start from £19.90. Flowers and chocolates also available on request.

Planning a picnic? We can supply a packed lunch – prices vary according to content, please ask.

Check in and out times: check in is from 3pm, check out up to 11am. 

Want a hut of your own?

Shepherd’s huts make a perfect spare bedroom, office, studio or garden room (and in many instances don’t need planning permission).  Have a hut custom built to your own specification by Drusilla’s craftsmen. Choose the size, layout, colours (inside and out), fixtures and fittings.  Prices start from £15,000.  Email or phone Drusilla’s for more information.

Have a look at how they were built!

28th June 2012: the wheels are currently being made in Ringwood and the frames for the first two huts have also been started (they are being built in Ringwood).

6th July: The wheels are finished and we have just been to
see the wheels and the frames at New Forest Metal Work
(situated in Ringwood), they were being worked on whilst
we were there - here are the photos!

  

  

  

July 11th – we painted the wheels and frames.  Many, many thanks
to our team of “happy painters”: Matt; Chloe; Pete; Angus and Adam!

July 14th – bases are expertly moved to Drusilla’s by Martin
from Cook Transport (our neighbours).

  

  

  

Aug 4th – huts are being built by local craftsman Chris Albray
from Verwood.  The floors (with insulation) are on and sides are started

  

  

  

  

25th Aug – starting to take shape

  

  

Early September – the windows are fitted followed by the external walls

Mid September – here comes the insulation to make them warm and cosy!
Internal walls for the bath room and the electrics

 

 

 

 

6th October – we have huts !!!

and the insides are being painted

  

15th Oct – the stable doors are on 

12th Nov – the bathrooms and fridges are in

22nd Feb 2013 – the huts are sited!!! 

Only soft furnishings to go now (and Nicky finally located her sewing machine in the loft and made the curtains) – we are on course to open on the 13th March!

Didn’t make the 13th but did manage the 27th – huts are now open and we already have bookings!