What’s it like to stay in an elegant, cosy and fully equipped shepherds hut in the middle of the Dorset countryside surrounded by nature? What’s it like to enjoy a homemade cream tea and chill out listening to the radio whilst admiring bunnies hopping in the fields below? Read on to find out in my review of ‘The Hideaway’ at Kingsland Farm, Dorset.
Welcome to The Hideaway
After spending the day exploring the impressive Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway in Hampshire I arrived at Kingsland Farm near Bridport in Dorset and was warmly welcomed by host Danette.
Danette showed me where to park my car and led me down to The Hideaway – a beautiful, cute, green-coloured shepherds hut. The Hideaway has its own little path away from the farm which is lined with trees and flowers. The first thing I noticed as we approached the hut were the amazing views over the lush Dorset countryside. It felt like you could see for miles and I later got completely lost in looking out to fields and trees beyond.
Outside the hut, there’s a lovely little garden area which features a picnic table which is perfect for eating al fresco. There was also a deck chair set up ready for me to relax and soak up the view in. It was just the most picturesque setup! I noticed there were lots of pretty pots of flowers lining the steps up the hut and even some seasonal pumpkins which gave me all the right autumn feels!
Danette was so lovely and welcoming and took the time to tell me about the hut and the rest of the farm. Danette told me about interesting local places to visit in Bridport and beyond and let me in on some exciting developments about some new accommodation the farm hopes to offer soon. I had been following The Hideaway at Kingsland Farm Instagram page for a few months and loved seeing all of Danette’s gorgeous pictures of the hut and surrounding area.
Danette had been so good with communication prior to my arrival and had sent information on places to visit and eat locally well in advance to help plan my visit. I always think this is a sign of a great host who wants their guests to have the best experiences possible and is keen to promote where they live. Danette’s enthusiasm for the hut and her commitment to her guests was evident. Her love of the local area and where she lived shone through too.
The Shepherd’s Hut Retreat
After we finished talking and Danette gave me the keys to the hut I was left alone to explore the shepherd’s hut and enjoy my surroundings. On entering the hut I was struck by how spacious it was – I couldn’t believe the hut had room for a full double bed, kitchen area, table and chairs and also housed an en-suite bathroom! Such clever storage was in use to ensure the hut provided guests with all they need without feeling over-cramped.
This might sound odd but one of the other first things I noticed when I entered the hut was how fresh and nice it smelt! I have stayed in similar types of accommodation before and often they can get a bit stuffy and smelly but not here – The Hideaway smelt lovely and added to how welcoming and special it felt.
Inside the hut there’s everything you need for a relaxing stay. There’s a full sized double bed with very comfy mattress, duvets and pillows. Everything is already made up for you so there’s no need to worry about having to bring bedding or worse make the bed – something I hate!
There’s storage under the bed with room to put your belongings along with a basket of blankets to keep you extra snuggly and warm should you need them. A bedside table holds a bedside lamp, DAB radio, some interesting books and colouring pencils. There are games on offer too and bits to keep children entertained which I think is a great extra touch! I really enjoyed sitting and listening to chilled evening tunes on radio two and keep thinking to myself how relaxed I felt – just what I had been looking for!
The handmade kitchen area is so well equipped. There’s an induction hob, microwave/combi oven, kettle, fridge, sink and a host of cutlery and crockery. Multiple types of tea and coffee are provided too along with added essentials such as washing up bits, tea towels and of course a bottle opener!
To make things even better Danette had left me some homemade scones, jam, cream and biscuits to enjoy! These were such lovely welcoming touches and went down very well!
As if that wasn’t enough Danette also provides breakfast for guests. Upon confirmation of my stay, Danette contacted me by email offering me the breakfast options, meaning it would be there ready and waiting when I arrived. In the fridge I found eggs, milk, granola, jam, fruit, butter and cream. I was also delighted to find some homemade bread which was super delicious too! I really like that Danette offers this option and it meant that I didn’t have to worry about bringing breakfast foods. I loved that it contained homemade items and that it felt nice and healthy too! My only regret was I wasn’t able to eat all of the lovely goodies left for me!
Opposite the cooking area is a garden table and chairs all ready for guests to enjoy their meals on. Here, I found the hut’ welcome guide which was full of visitor information and guides for the local area – another nice touch. I sat here in the evening and enjoyed my dinner and a couple of glasses of wine – perfect!
At the other end of the hut to the bed area is a door leading to the en-suite bathroom. I couldn’t believe the hut was big enough to house a toilet, sink and full sized shower.
Left in the en-suite were clean fresh towels on the heated towel rail and some lovely shower and skincare products from local supplier Love to b Skincare. I can tell you that the relaxing scent of the lavender and patchouli natural wash was divine and smelt amazing! Again, these additional little touches really add to the luxurious feel of the hut and really added to my stay here.
Chilling Outside Amid Nature
After exploring the hut and taking lots of photos I sat outside with the homemade cream tea and enjoyed the amazing views. A nice scone with cream and jam is definitely the way to my heart – especially when enjoyed with a good old cuppa and stunning countryside all around me!
The hut is in a perfect location for exploring West Dorset’s gorgeous countryside and also the nearby Jurassic Coast. There’s plenty of nice beaches in easy reach of the hut and the historic town of Bridport to explore too. From the hut, you can see the magnificent rolling hills of the Dorset countryside and Colmers Hill which Danette told me was a great place for a walk. If you like wine then only a ten-minute walk from the hut is Furleigh Estate where you can enjoy a tour of the vineyard and try their award-winning wine. If I had been here for a longer stay I’m pretty sure I would have ventured down there!
With the September weather providing me with a sunny, warm evening I was able to sit outside the hut for a couple of hours and enjoyed chilling in the deckchair reading my book.
It was great to use the binoculars that I found inside the hut to have a closer look at all the wildlife down in the fields below. I saw lots of different birds and some cute baby rabbits frolicking in the fields too.
It was so peaceful and relaxing, and I found myself frequently closing my eyes, basking in the sun and enjoying the peace and quiet. It’s so nice when you can visit somewhere that’s a real escape from reality and gives you the feeling of freedom to relax and restore. There’s nothing better than breathing in fresh countryside air and hearing nothing but the gentle breeze and rusting of leaves. I believe everyone should have the opportunity to take a break from real life once in a while and experience a retreat like this – it does wonders for the soul and is a real self-care opportunity. Whilst I visited on my own, which was a great solo stay, The Hideaway would be a perfect place for a romantic getaway to share with a loved one. I would love to visit again and bring Nathan with me next time as I bet he would fall in love with the The Hideaway just as much as I did!
After watching the sun go down and a big bright moon rise in the sky, it was time for me to retreat into the hut for some dinner and another glass of wine! The hut was so cosy and warm, and I again enjoyed listening to the radio and being at peace. Following dinner I enjoyed a hot shower in the huts ensuite – the shower was powerful and the water hot – just what I needed after a long day walking around Exbury Gardens.
Snuggled up in the double bed I enjoyed a warm and comfy nights sleep. The weather did turn somewhat stormy during the night and it was really windy! However, I quite enjoyed hearing the thunderous weather outside whilst being safe, warm and tucked up in the hut.
I woke up the next morning to a slightly less warm and sunny day than the day before but pulling back the curtains the view outside of the hut was just as gorgeous. I enjoyed breakfast al fresco outside on the picnic bench and felt fulfilled and ready for my drive home to Devon. I felt so relaxed and renewed I really didn’t want to leave – I only wish I could have stayed for longer!
I can’t recommend a stay at The Hideaway at Kingsland Farm more – it’s the perfect Dorset getaway. With the hut being warm, cosy, comfy and stylish it was a delight to escape to. The Hideaway has the added bonus of being surrounded by stunning peaceful countryside and boasts gorgeous views. Host Danette is lovely and welcoming and really seems to go the extra mile for her guests which is very much appreciated. Inside the hut was a visitor book for guests to leave comments in regarding their stay and recommendations for places to visit and eat for fellow guests. The book is packed full of glowing reports for the hut, area and Danette. Many of the reviews comment on how relaxing a stay at the Hideaway is and I read many entries from guests who have visited the hut and returned many times – this is a sure sign it’s a great place to stay!
For more information on The Hideaway and how to book be sure to check out The Hideaway’s website where you will find more details on the hut and local area. Visit The Hideaway’s twitter page too for more glorious photos and videos.
Huge thanks to Danette for having me to stay – I had a wonderful time and felt so relaxed and rejuvenated after visiting. I hope to visit again soon in the future, so I can experience another slice of the wonderful Dorset countryside and indulge in the hut’s peaceful atmosphere and of course enjoy more of those homemade scones and bread!
***Whilst my stay at The Hideaway was complimentary, all thoughts, pictures and opinions are entirely my own***