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Laverstock's Herdwick Hut - Shepherd's hut in Dorset, United Kingdom

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Laverstock Farm

Not suitable for children

Pets welcome

Babies and toddlers are welcome, in own travel cot. Dogs are welcome.

A shepherd's hut hidden in the woods on a family farm. Ramble in the forest, day trip to the coast and drink the very local apple juice!

Laverstock Farm is a family estate where Herdwick and Everdene Hut have found quiet stretches of the Woodland Walk to settle down. You are perfectly positioned for day trips to Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast, long hikes up Dorset's highest hills, Lewesden and Pilsdon and days of gentle meandering through the quiet countryside.

Inside the hut you'll find cool cream furnishings and a comfy bed, with the kitchen awning outside boasting gas hobs and a big solid sideboard for prepping and cooking. The gas-powered shower and flushing loo are about 100m away in a purpose built washroom, shared with Everdene Hut guests. There's also a communal games room. On arrival at the hut you'll find Laverstock's own apple juice, fresh baked cake and some eggs, if the chickens have been on form. From then on, you can simply relax into the gentle Dorset countryside, or head out seeking adventure.

Our guests say...

We had a lovely little stay at Laverstock's Herdwick Hut - experiencing the full spectrum of autumn weather! As the rain lashed down outside we enjoyed drinking tea round the log burner in the hut. When the rain and clouds cleared we got a great display of stunning stars (little to no light pollution) up in the night sky. The following morning we were treated to crisp sunshine - displaying the fantastic colours of trees and leaves around the hut and farm. It was a really great mini break.



What a wonderful experience, I am converted to "glamping"! The little shepherd's hut was a warm cozy haven to retreat to but me and my dog throughly enjoy the camping element, living outdoors, building a fire etc and the farm itself is in a wonderful location with some great walks on the doorstep. Loved it!



We stayed 2 nights in this gorgeous shepherd's hut. We couldn't fault anything, from the accommodation, facilities, the friendly welcome, beautiful surroundings, Emma's egg, bacon and sausage breakfast butties and even the weather! Would recommend Laverstock Farm to anyone and would definitely stay here again. Thank you.



Everything was catered for and very well presented. An extremely pleasant setting and friendly hosts. Slightly challenging to find yet good directions were given. The hut was beautiful and well made. Excellent information found in the hut about local area and recommended places to visit.



Really lovely stay, the little hut was really cosy and welcoming and in an idyllic location.



Lovely two night get away. Greated and shown around then left to our own devices to settle in and enjoy our surroundings. Such a good location to explore so many different and wonderful places nearby.



Planned this as a very last minute trip for my boyfriend. It was perfect, the location was beautiful and the hut was located perfectly for privacy. Incredibly cosy and had everything we needed. Lovely hosts, very friendly and helpful. Not too far to travel to beaches and restaurants which was great. Would definitely recommend!



Amazingly cute! Every inch of the shepherds hut was cleverly given character! We arrived on a dark, cold very rainy evening. As we walked into the black(!) to the hut we were a little apprehensive about how we'd keep warm but the owners had kindly lit the stove for us prior to arrival so it was beautifully snug. The sound of raindrops on the roof & outdoor cooking was one of the best bits of the break! Owners lovely & allowed total privacy. Feels like your own little slice of dorset heaven.



We stayed a couple of nights at the Laverstock Herdsman Hut. Emma and Ludo were very accommodating and made us feel  welcome. Laverstock Farm with  it’s cottages and herdsmens huts is a little gem  located off the beaten track. We loved the  privacy, a cosy log burner and all of the quirky touches which made our stay a special one. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this rural idyll, and will be returning.

Thank-you Emma and Ludo


Lucy and Leed

We had a wonderful three days stay at Laverstock hut. Everything was supplied, cups / plates / glasses etc. Very peaceful and relaxing with lots of lovely walks and great beaches not too far away. Our two dogs were safe and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the fields and open land.



Our stay at Laverstock was everything we wanted it to be. Peaceful, tranquil & relaxing. The owners were friendly, helpful & attentive to our needs.. though not overly intrusive.



Had a lovely fire which was easy to start as everything you need is there,the owners have thought of everything to make your stay lovely



Beautiful grounds in a quiet idyllic location. An escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hut had everything we needed and had lovely decoration.



We loved it! The weather wasn't very kind but we still had a great time. Loved the decoration and our cow neighbours. I think our dog loved it just as much as we did.



Beautiful ! Me and my partner came here for a little get away, and how beautiful was it. The grounds are kept beautifully and the shepards hut was a real treat. Clean and very comfortable you don't need any was lovely to hear and see all the nature and we both felt so relaxed being here! Both nights we had a BBQ outside and took in the amazing views around us. The fire inside is amazing kept us warm all night ! Would highly recommend and will for sure be telling friends and family about this beautiful spot. Thanks Emma and family ! We will for sure be returning again !



We arrived at the farm gates on Saturday afternoon and immediately spotted our Shepherds hut nestled down in the corner. It looked exactly like the photo on the website, but was better than we had even hoped for, tucked away by a stream, surrounded by bluebells, with friendly cows in the field next to us. Within minutes of arriving we were settled in a deck chair enjoying a g&t in the sunshine, that set the tone for the rest of the weekend. Emma & Ludivic made us really welcome and then left us alone, we really felt like we'd got away from everything. Lovely little touches in the equipment provided, including a digital radio and plenty of useful cooking utensils. There was plenty of useful information on local places to eat and visit, plus beautiful walks we could start from the farm, then back to the hut for an evening by the firepit watching the sunset. Perfect!



Wow! What a wonderful stay, perfect location and a lovely hut. We spent the days walking in the Dorset hills and sitting in our deck chairs in the sunshine.



Friendly welcome by site gardener who showed us shared facilities, way to the hut and extremely useful wheelbarrow to transport belongings. Warming sight of smoke escaping for the chimney while walking to hut, made use feel instantly welcome and comfortable in the hut. Some shared facilities which where initially a concern but became bare able as kept basicness of the hut however the trek to the toilet in the night was a slight issue, but lanterns where provided. Overall enjoyed the experience greatly, some additions would make it perfect.



We absolutely loved our stay. It is one of those place where you can completely switch off and recharge the batteries. All we could hear was an owl at night and pheasants in the morning. Staying in the hut was a fantastic experience and we will be back. Our hosts Emma and Ludovic provided us with fantastic hospitality and we enjoyed exploring the local area and the local pubs and restaurants. I can't recommend staying here highly enough.



Lovely location in rural Dorset. Welcoming and thoughtful hosts - every detail attended to in our beautifully appointed hut. Despite gale force winds and torrential rain we stayed warm, dry and cosy. A perfect new year retreat.



lovely and cosy especially with the log burner. Felt very secluded . great.Lovely surroundings, great for dog walking. Felt very relaxed after our stay .



Had a lovely stay in the Herdwick Hut, was so cosy with the wood burner on in the evenings and thoroughly enjoyed exploring all the walks around the farm. Our whippet was very pleased with the stay too!!



The sweeping driveway into sumptuous grounds watched over by owner's beautiful home promised much in the way of rustic but serene calm and comfort we were hoping for. The 'promise' was kept ! We were greeted warmly by Ludovic and shown to our shepherd's hut which didn't disappoint. Set at the foot of a rolling park lined with huge trees , sat a beautifully proportioned hut with covered outdoor eating area and even an outdoor seated area for an open fire to watch the sun go down - all very secluded and wonderfully romantic! Inside, the hut was beyond cute and cosy with a neat little wood burning stove and even a floral eiderdown - what's not to love already? I would call it "just right" like Daddy's bear's porridge and I think the Danish would have been proud to all "hugga."



Beautiful location. Very quiet and private. Excellent to have the use of the outside fire pit. Owners were very friendly and welcoming and allow you to use some of their fruit and vegetables from the garden.



We had the most amazing stay despite the weather. The hosts were so friendly and welcoming. The herdwick hut was so cosy, especially when we lit the fire!



Beautiful spot, friendly hosts, super-relaxing



Beautiful location - very private and lots of space outside -the hosts were very accommodating



Decided on a last minute weekend away and fancied some 'glamping' fun. For your 80 quid a night you get a lovely sized and beautifully kitted out shepherd's hut in its own wooded glade and your very own shower/washroom. The surrounding area is glorious and the owners make you feel part of the family.



Our stay was completely lovely. It was just what we wanted, secluded but safe. Beautiful environment with gorgeous views. Hosts were really friendly but left us to our own devices which was great. The hut was very well set up with all the essentials you'd need. We used the fire pit as well as the indoor fire to keep warm when it got chilly. Having your own washroom was great too. Location was second to none, so peaceful with the noise of wildlife and pigs to listen to! The directions provided on the website were great as it is impossible to find otherwise! Really have no complaints and have already recommended it to others!



A great short break , lovely accommodation, lovely location and great hosts



Perfect in every single way! The hosts were fantastic, as was the location and accommodation. We can't wait to go back!



It was perfect. The directions were very clear and we were made to feel very welcome when we arrived. The owners have thought of everything and there were lots of extra touches that helped to make our stay so great.



"Absolutely amazing...perfect in every exceeded our expectations and will definitely book again"



"We had a wonderful stay in the shepherds hut at Laverstock farm. It was a chilly weekend but we were toasty warm with the wood burner in the hut. I would love to go back in the summer. Cooking our breakfast outside was great fun"



"We had a lovely time. lovely peaceful spot. Everything we needed was there and the hut was in spotless condition. Lovely comfortable bed and the cake and bottle of bubbly was well received. Also enjoyed the table tennis!"



"It was great, lovely people peaceful well kitted out."



"We had a lovely time - perfect place and great weather. Best thing was the location of Herdwick Hut on the beautiful Laverstock Farm, and the extremely friendly and welcoming hosts."



"Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Owners were marvellous. Situation idyllic . One small complaint that the bed at 4ft 6ins was a tad small for us... wider one would have been better. However it was a fun experience for 2 days."



"The Shepherds hut was lovely. The site was secluded and very peaceful. We loved cooking outside and sitting by the campfire"



"We had a fantastic time. Hut was perfect in a wonderful tranquil location. Everything you needed and more was provided. Hosts were very welcoming."



"Was a lovely stay, shame the weather was wet but the shepherd's hut was in a beautiful setting. Just what we needed for a couple of nights away and great for the dog too..."



"This was a christmas present for my sister and her husband and their dog! They have just returned and had a fabulous time - they had good weather and really enjoyed the hut and the location and took full advantage of the outdoor cooking facilities. from thier photos it looks even better than your website and in a quiet corner of the farm so they really felt 'at one' with the countryside. Thanks so much for making this a really sucessful christmas present. I look forward to booking one of your locations for myself!!"



"We were made very welcome when we arrived and the place was lovely even with the rain. We loved the fact they were dog friendly and the hut was beautiful and warm."



"Absolutely amazing! We loved every single second of our stay and only wish we had longer!"



"We had a lovely time, the owners were very kind and accommodating, and the hut was very cute, cosy, pretty and comfortable. When we arrived we were treated to some of Laverstock's fresh eggs and apple juice, some cake and a bottle of wine. The neighbouring cows were very friendly and enjoyed watching us barbecue. The fire pit was great too!"



"The Herdwick Hut on Laverstock farm was absolutely perfect for our short family getaway. The farm is beautiful, and the location of the hut, down the woodland walk, is ideally situated just far enough from the farmhouses to allow you some privacy and peace, but close enough to nip up to the loo! From the delicious cake and apple juice waiting for us when we arrived, to the provision of a wheelbarrow to help with taking stuff to and from the car/wash room, Emma and Ludo have really thought of everything to make guests feel welcomed and taken care of, and were friendly and approachable whenever we saw them. The hut was exceptionally comfortable, and we had everything we could possibly need there for our 4 day stay. We had a 2 yr old toddler and a dog with us, but we were lucky to have good weather for our stay and so we made the most of the outdoor kitchen area, the campfire and the barbecue, with the little one and the dog making the most of all the space to runaround. All in all, staying at the hut was really fantastic - we have absolutely no complaints!"



"I had a wonderful few days in the Hut, and my dogs enjoyed every minute. Set in beautiful Dorset countryside, it is secluded and peaceful without being remote. The woodburning stove makes the perfect heating and tea-making solution, and I would definitely like to come back for a visit again."



"Absolutely loved it! Fantastic hosts, absolutely beautiful location and really enjoyed wood burner. What a gorgeous place to select."



"We had a lovely time. The Shepherd's hut was so cosy - they had made it so beautiful. Warm cosy hut. Nothing bad to report."



"LOVED IT!! First class from start to finish; enjoyed it so much we stayed an extra night. Peace and tranquility in abundance."



"Yes, thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautiful place, lovely, cosy and well equipped hut."



"Yes, very much. It suited us, got on well with the owners and loved the vicinity and the area. Had a great two days."



"One of the best things was the welcome pack including home made cake, milk, coffee and tea. The Hut was very well furnished.  The bedding and pillows are great- very comfy. Everything we needed for a weekend break."



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  • Check in time is 2pm
  • Check out time is 10am
  • Pets are welcome
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1 double 4ft 6 wide

Extra space available

Space for 2 pets from £20 per pet per stay

Space for 1 baby no charge. You could bring a baby, but a cot in the hut would be a squeeze

Kids & Pets

Babies and toddlers are welcome, in own travel cot. Dogs are welcome.


  • Gas two ring burner
  • Weber Smokey Joe barbecue and fire pit
  • Cooking pot, saucepans x2, kettle, mugs, plates, jugs, cutlery, bowls, glasses, tea pot, tea and coffee, cooking utensils
  • Fridge provided in the games room next to the washroom
  • Big basket of wood provided, extra wood and charcoal can be purchased 


  • Kitchen sink with washing up bowl with hot water and drying rack in washroom
  • Electric power shower with hot water in wash block (approx. 100m from the hut), for private use of Herdwick hut guests
  • Flushing loo in wash block
  • Tea towels provided

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Woodburner for heating only
  • Two battery lanterns inside and torches for walking
  • Bed linen & towels provided
  • Big basket of wood provided, extra wood and charcoal can be purchased 


  • The games room nearby for all guests at Laverstock includes table tennis, darts and table football


Local Towns and Villages

Beaminster (3 miles), standing at the head of the Brit Valley, is becoming an increasingly popular and fashionable small town. There are charming boutique shops where you can browse and sample the local fare. 

Bridport (5 miles) is a bustling market town with a regular market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is also a popular Farmers' Market on the second Saturday each month. 

West Bay (6 miles) is a small fishing town two miles south of Bridport. The spectacular Jurassic cliffs on the east beach are well worth a visit and the Riverside restaurant is a must for fish lovers – book in advance to avoid being disappointed.

The picturesque seaside town of Lyme Regis (11 miles) is dominated by the Cobb - its famous 13th century harbour. It is the perfect place to visit for a day – browse the local shops, eat at one of the many restaurants, relax on the beach, take a fishing trip or play crazy golf.

Sherborne (22 miles) is a beautify town and is well worth a visit. With its abundance of medieval buildings, Sherborne had much to offer visitors.  Superb 1300 year old Abbey – an important early example of perpendicular architecture and burial place of two Saxon kings.  Two castles –one a romantic ruin and the other a ‘new’ Castle designed by Sir Walter Raleigh, with gardens designed in part by Capability Brown in 1753. Cheap Street, lined with boutique shops, art galleries, delicatessens and coffee shops

Burton Bradstock (10 miles) is a small coastal village a few miles east of Bridport. The quiet beach is a must and the Hive Beach Café is a popular local place to eat – only yards from the beach.

A trip to Seatown (10 miles) gives you the opportunity to walk up Golden Cap – the highest point on the south coast of England. You can also enjoy a drink and a bite to eat at the popular and welcoming Anchor Inn.

The Jurassic Coast covers 25 miles of coastline and has been designated a World Heritage Site – ranking it alongside the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef as one of the natural wonders of the world. The 190 million year old rocks and cliffs ensure fantastic fossil hunting opportunities, with the beaches around Charmouth (8 miles) and Lyme Regis (11 miles) providing the ideal location.

Over 40% of Dorset has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In West Dorset you can lose yourself among the peace and tranquility of this unspoilt part of the country. There are nearly 300 coast and countryside guided walks to choose from and numerous leisurely pub strolls. If you choose to walk some of the South West Coast Path you'll be rewarded with some breath-taking coastal views.

Outdoor & Active

Recommended Beaches

Charmouth (8.1 miles, 20 minutes) 

Charmouth beach is one of the best places along the 152-mile Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site to find fossils. Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre organises guided walks led by experts throughout the year. The walks help bring to life the area’s185 million years of geological history. Located to the East of Lyme Regis. Follow the signs for Charmouth from the A35. 

Seatown (9.4 miles, 20 minutes) 

A pebbly beach with views of Golden Cap, the south coast’s loftiest cliff, and good fossil-hunting potential. Lunch at the Anchor Inn, Seatown, Chideock,   – a chocolate- box pub right on the beach under Golden Cap. Ideal for children who want to explore under the watchful eyes of their parents – it has a large outdoor dining area.

Burton Bradstock (9.7 miles, 21 minutes) 

Ideal for families, Burton Bradstock has ample parking and is easily accessible from Bridport. Wonderful cliff top walks can be taken from both ends of the beach. The Hive restaurant is right on the beach and has a large outdoor eating area meaning that parents can keep an eye on exploring children. You must visit The Hive Beach Café


Cogden Beach (10 miles, 20 minutes) 

Nobody in their right mind would install a pay and display meter in the middle of nowhere.  Unless, of course, lots of people want to park there. That pretty much sums up Cogden. On the face of it, it’s a pay and display meter in a fairly small pull-in in the middle of nowhere to the East of Burton Bradstock, just off the B3157.  But don’t be fooled. It’s true there’s nothing there.  Nothing in the sense of human habitation, cafés, public toilets or shops.  But it is probably for all the things that aren’t there that people like to visit!  What’s more, the limited size of the car park puts a natural brake on the number of people who can get there at any one time by car.  What Cogden has, is a pleasant and fairly short walk down to the Chesil Beach across “access land” owned by the National Trust. Please note: this beautiful nothing in the middle of nowhere is a big draw to dog owners, so if you don’t like dogs you may not like Cogdon. However, if you have a dog it is perfect for a long walk.


Eype Beach (10 miles, 22 minutes)

Eype has been described as 'one of West Dorset's most beautiful villages', a bold claim in a county that is full of very beautiful villages! However, when you walk around viewing its pretty thatched cottages and delightful country gardens, you can soon understand why such a statement was made. Eype means "steep place" and its buildings can be traced back to the late eighteenth or early nineteenth centuries. Situated westwards along the coast from Bridport, Eype also boasts a stunningly attractive beach at Eype's Mouth Beach. This beautiful sand and gravel beach is backed by magnificent cliffs the most notable of which is the Golden Cap, the highest cliff on the south coast at 191m above sea level. 


Lyme Regis (11 miles, 24 minutes) 

There are four main beaches in Lyme Regis:

Back Beach: This extends northwest of the town towards Charmouth. The cliffs surrounding the beach are very unstable with extensive mudflows in places, and should be admired from a distance. The beach can be accessed from the north end of the promenade. Follow the asphalt road from Cobb Gate car park to the end and drop down onto the sands. Enquire about tides before you set out because the beach can be cut off at high tide. The cliffs above this beach are called the Spittles and are part of the biggest landslip in Europe. The Coast Path slid down the slopes in the last decade and there is now no right of way on this path between Lyme and Charmouth, because the land at the cliff edge belongs to the golf club. 

Church Beach: This is in front of the rock armor that protects the promenade. It is sandy in places and at low tide there is an extensive rock ledge with hundreds of rock pools where you can catch shrimps. The river Lyme flows into the bay on this part of the beach so you will have to paddle if you want to walk along the sands. The beach is covered at high tide. 

Town Beach: At the northern end of Town Beach, thousands of tons of pebbles were imported, as part of the recently completed coastal protection scheme, and placed on top of the pebbles originally there. The beach was built up by some three meters to be level with the Cart Road and to extend 20 to 30 meters out to sea. It seems to be very effective in protecting the Marine Parade and the buildings along it. At the Cobb end, the beach was also enhanced, this time with sand imported from France. The beach no longer gets covered at high tide and provides an extensive beach area for both young and old. There are kiosks, takeaways, cafes, restaurants and public houses bordering this section of the beach. 

Monmouth Beach: This beach is so named because the Duke of Monmouth landed here in 1685 in an attempt to wrest the crown from King James II. In the aftermath of Monmouth’s defeat, twelve locals were hanged on this beach on the order of the notorious “Hanging Judge” Jeffreys. Monmouth beach extends over a kilometer southwest from the Cobb wall. Bordering this beach are holiday chalets, beach huts, the bowling green and the council run car parks.

West Bexington (13 miles, 27 minutes)

A long shingle beach shelving steeply, popular with walkers West Bexington Beach offers far reaching view from east to west. The beach is backed by the West Bexington nature reserve operated by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Find the beach by taking the turning opposite the Bull Inn in the village of Swyre (DT2 9BZ).


Chesil Beach (16.3miles, 32 minutes) 

An 18 mile shingle spit reaching from Portland Bill to Abbotsbury, wonderful for walking and bird watching, and a popular centre for windsurfing.  Interestingly, the stones on this beach are larger to the east than to the west.


Beer (19 miles, 38 minutes)

The beautiful and unspoilt village of Beer is well worth a visit. There is an excellent selection of local shops in Beer (village store, newsagents, Post Office, off-licence, bakery, deli, several eateries, 3 local inns, art galleries, antique shops) and the beautiful horseshoe shaped beach - a real sun-trap with clean waters, rock pools at low tide and beach cafes. See the local fishermen bring in their catch or hire a boat. Limited parking on street. Large car park in village centre.


Portland Harbour (26.5 miles, 50 minutes) 

This is the place for watersports: scuba diving, kite surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. It will also become home to the London 2012 Olympic sailing events, hosted by the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, which also offers sailing lessons for all levels of ability. Follow the A354 from Weymouth to Portland. As you approach Portland, follow ‘Sailing Academy’ signs. 


Weymouth (28.3 miles, 48 minutes) 

Weymouth’s status as a seaside resort was established over 200 years ago when King George III visited to ‘take the waters’. However, a fact that is likely to be of more interest to the kids is that Weymouth’s sand is renowned for being particularly suited to sand sculpture and, more importantly, sandcastle building. Follow the A354 from Dorchester. Beach and car parks are well signposted. 

Days Out 

Marshwood Trails. Laverstock is in the Marshwood Vale. Marshwood Trails offer guided cycling and walking tours to help people discover what this beautiful area has to offer. All the details can be found on the website. They offer tours by peddle and electric bike and rent bikes too. 

Horse Riding:Jo Forsey Riding School (1 mile away) – Bidlake Farm, Broakoak, Bridport, Jo is great with all ages including small kids. There is an indoor barn for the beginners.

Lama TrekkingUK Llamas New House Farm, Mosterton, Beaminster, DT8 3HE  (5 miles)

Deep Sea Fishing: West Bay Charters West Bay. (6 miles)  The sea fishing here is fantastic all year round. Bass and Pollack trips are run in the summer. Anchor or drift fishing for Whiting, Rays, Turbot, Bull Huss, Ling, Bream, Tope and Plaice, can also be offered. Rod and tackle hire is available. The 1 hour Mackerel trips are very popular, often nonstop action and suitable for first time anglers. Great for families with children who want to catch some great tasting fish for the BBQ. Mackerel fishing is exhilarating and the easiest fish to catch. 

Local Brewery Tour:Palmers Brewery West Bay Road, Bridport (6 miles)

Market Days and Farmer’s Market: Bridport (6 miles) - Wednesdays and Saturdays

Speed-boat trip across Lyme Bay. (6 miles) - Lyme Bay RIB Charter are based in West Bay. They offer a wide and varied choice of options and are happy to tailor a specific activity to meet personal requirements. The rib boats are great fun and a perfect way to see the beauty of the coastline. West Bay Quayside service between Easter & September.

Live Entertainment Bridport: The Electric Palace 35 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NY   01308 428354 The Electric Palace attracts fantastic bands and comedians, so if you like live shows, it’s worth looking at their website to see what is on.

Guided fossil hunting. Charmouth(8 miles)  Great fun for kids and adults and Charmouth is one of the best places in the world for fossils. Group or private hunting walks available. Check the website or give them a call.  

Forde Abbey Forde Abbey was formerly a Cistercian monastery founded in 1141 and is renowned for its award-winning gardens. You can visit the house and explore the 30 acres of gardens. There good café and plant nursery too. The gardens are beautiful and it’s well worth a visit.

Montacute House (14 miles, 30 minutes) - The National Trust’s Montacute House is a Renaissance Manor House built of stone in 1588. It is filed with treasures and not only houses a fantastic exhibition of 17th textile samplers, it also has an arm of the National Portrait Gallery containing many Elizabethan paintings. ‘Sense and Sensibility’ was filmed here. 

Cookery courses at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ Near Axminster (15 miles, 25 minutes) Highly reputed courses. Have a look on their website for more information.

Mapperton House (7 miles, 15 minutes)  Mapperton is the home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich and is famous for its sunken garden. The house, Elizabethan in origin, enlarged in the late 1660s, is a marvelous example of a West Country manor house. The gardens are worth a visit and there is a good café too. 

Clay Shooting: Evershot  (15 miles, 30 minutes)  – Southern Counties Shooting is the largest shooting ground in the country with over 450 fully automatic traps and was the official training ground for the 2012 London Olympics. They welcome and offer lessons to complete beginners. There is no need to have your own gun or a shotgun certificate as an instructor will provide you with all the necessary equipment. Their Have a Go lessons are suitable for individuals but also ideal for groups and families. You must call beforehand.

Trout Fishing, Near Cerne Abbas  (17 miles, 35 minutes) Trout fishing only five miles away: the lakes at Flowers Farm are situated in an attractive natural environment with views overlooking the Blackmore Vale. The fishery comprises five lakes, stocked with high quality Brown and Rainbow Trout. Tuition can be arranged. Tackle can be hired. Do call them for more information.

Swannery New Barn Road, Abbotsbury,  (18 miles) Abbotsbury Swannery is unique. This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. Great for kids.

Subtropical Gardens Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, (18 miles) Established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle. Developed since then into a magnificent 20 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were first introductions to this country, discovered by the plant hunting descendants of the Countess. 

Children’s Farm Church Street, Abbotsbury, (18 miles) This is a great place for the young family looking for things to do in Dorset. There are lots of animals for the children to meet, greet and feed. Children can cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area and bottle feed the baby goats. The baby goats also race around a track twice a day, after the race the children are invited to take a goat for a warm down walk on a lead. Perfect for kids under 10. There is a café on site.

Dry Fly Fishing, Dorchester (21 miles, 35 minutes)

Wrackleford offers four miles of Dry Fly Fishing on the River Frome, divided into individual fishing beats, most with their own small fishing hut. Each fishing beat is rented by the day. They can provide complete fishing equipment, from rods and waders to flies and leader, and given notice they can offer a fully guided day with instruction.

Food & Drink


At Laverstock Farm:

On arrival at Laverstock you'll find home made cake, Laverstock Apple Juice and eggs waiting for you. Farmhouse breakfasts are available on request for an adiitional £10 per person per night. 

Local shops

There is an award winning farm shop (Washingpool) on the left of the B3162 just before you get to Bridport. This is about 10 minutes’ drive and is highly recommended.

Beaminster has a good Co-op store in the square and a number of other good independent food and gift shops.

Bridport has a street market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and you will also find a large number of other shops, including a cinema (Electric Palace) and larger supermarkets.

Pubs & restaurants - Emma's recommendations for places around to eat and drink

The Shaves Cross Inn in Shaves Cross (1.5 miles away) - Beautiful country pub with garden and skittle alley – well worth a visit for a drink. Food is Caribbean style and fairly expensive. 

The New Inn in Stoke Abbott*(2 miles away) - Traditional country pub with a big garden and serves good quality restaurant style food. Welcomes children.  

The Brasserie and Restaurant at Bridge House Hotel in Beaminster *(3 miles away). Very good quality food in a lovely small independently run hotel. Enjoy a drink before dinner, or coffee afterwards, in their cosy drawing room.

Wild Garlic in Beaminster*(3 miles away) - Restaurant run by the 2009 Masterchef Winner. On the more expensive side. Open Wednesday to Saturday  

The Half Moon in Melplash* (4 miles away) - Country pub with a garden selling good pub food. Recommended

Washingpool Farm Shop Café in North Allington *(4 miles away) - Just before you get to Bridport on your left. Café located in the farm shop. Highly recommended for breakfast, coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. 

Mangerton Mill in Mangerton, Bridport* (5 miles away) - 17th Century working water mill and Museum of Rural Bygones, set in peaceful rural valley on the river Manger. Trout fishing and riverside walk. Tea room, light lunches, cream teas, homemade fare and local crafts.

Ilchester Arms in Symondsbury (6 miles away) - Country pub with garden and skittle alley and serves good pub food 7 days a week.

The Bull Hotel in Bridport *(6 miles away) Well worth a visit for coffee, lunch or dinner. 

The Stable Bar, behind The Bull Hotel in Bridport *(6 miles away) Serving a vast selection of unique ciders, from single variety specials to proper local brews and home-made Dorset pizzas and pies. Busy in the evenings and great for kids.

The Riverside Restaurant in West Bay *(6 miles away) - A leading seafood restaurant which comes highly recommended but is expensive. Booking essential – 01308 422 011.

The Hive Beach Cafe in West Bay *(6 miles away) 

Watch House Café is an easy going café in West Bay. Set right on East Beach, it’s just yards from the sea and the stunning views. Great for breakfast and lunch. 

Lula in Bridport(6 miles away) Cellar wine bar/cafe.

Montien Thai Restaurant in Bridport *(6 miles away)Eat in a take away - 37 East Street 01308425 570. 

Olive Tree in Bridport*(6 miles away) Mediterranean food cooked in front of you. Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

Down House Farm Cafe - Higher Eype, Bridport, *(7 miles) Organic food from this organic farm, fantastic countryside and beach location. Not licensed.

The George Inn, Chideoak (7 miles away) Good quality pub food and beer, located on the A35, near Seatown. We hear good reviews. 01297 489419 DT6 6JD  

The Anchor Inn in Seatown(7 miles away) Two bars, outside terraces and cliff seating provide the perfect opportunity to come and enjoy the tranquillity and views offered by this heritage coastline. Seafood, fresh local foods and ales. Fairly basic pub food in a special location. 

The Hive Beach Café in Burton Bradstock (on the beach) *(8 miles away) - Busy café on the beach, ideal for coffee or lunch after a walk. Open for dinner in holiday season. Good quality food, especially seafood. 

River Cottage Canteen in Axminster*(9 miles away) Hugh Furnley Whittingstall’s canteen and deli offers a wide selection of local and seasonal provisions including fruit and vegetables, meat and bread, pickles and preserves, wine and beer. On the more expensive side. 

The Town Mill Bakery in Lyme Regis *(11 miles away) Unique, fun and relaxed bakery serving very good quality food and cakes. Ideal for breakfast, coffee or lunch. Seating on trestle tables. 2 Coombe

Hix Oyster and Fish House, Cobb Road, Lyme Regis (11 miles) Mark Hix is the ex-Head Chef of the Caprice Group of restaurants. His team serves simply prepared very fresh fish and seafood. Amazing views of the Cobb. Expensive. Closed on Mondays. 

Lord Poulett Arms in Hinton St George, Somerset *(12 miles away)Lovely village pub. Very good award winning ‘gastro’ food. 

Meet your hosts

Emma and family have run Laverstock Farm for 5 years. In the interests of sensitively managed diversification they decided to set up Herdwick Hut and Everdene Hut. It's located on the Woodland Walk at Laverstock Farm which is a unique peaceful area with far reaching views across the surrounding countryside. Laverstock is nestled in the Marshwood Vale at the foot of Lewesdon Hill and Pilsdon Pen in rural West Dorset, approximately six miles from Bridport & West Bay and eleven miles from Lyme Regis. Laverstock is a wonderful place to relax and explore West Dorset, East Devon and the Jurassic Coast. It is perfect if you enjoy walking or simply wish to escape busy life because we are surrounded by beautiful countryside and have extensive footpaths on the farm and surrounding area.

From Laverstock you can walk for hours through acres of private woodland and climb Dorset’s two highest hills. A stream passes alongside the wood which makes for a perfect place to rest or picnic and absorb the tranquillity and natural beauty of Laverstock. The farm enjoys far reaching views over the Marshwood Vale and out to sea. So don’t forget your walking boots or wellies!

Wildlife & the environment:

Remote location on a private estate with a working farm. Surrounded by wildlife, owls, foxes, rabbits, deer, pheasants, woodpeckers, badger and many birds can be found on and around the woodland walk. Located between Dorset’s highest Hills Pilsdon ad Lewesdon Hill. Private water supply from spring.  

Getting there

Laverstock Farm, Laverstock, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 5PE

By public transport

The nearest train station is 8 miles away in Crewkerne. Pick ups can be arranged for £15, please give as much notice as you can.

By car - BEWARE SATNAV - This may take you to a lane at the back of the farm so please print off directions as people get very lost!

STEP ONE - head for Bridport or Crewkerne

Directions from Crewkerne:

  1. Leave Crewkerne via South Street (A356 toward the Train Station) and stay on the road for approximately 2 miles. You will go through Misterton.
  2. After Misterton, turn right on the A3066 (signed Bridport) and stay on the road for approximately 2.5 miles. You will go through Mosterton.
  3. Shortly after leaving Mosterton, take a sharp right on a bend (B3164) towards Broadwindsor.
  4. After just over 1 mile, you will enter Broadwindsor. Keep left on the one way system and turn left at the T Junction – then turn immediately right onto the B3162.
  5. Stay on the B3162 for approximately 1.5 miles and then turn right at the first small cross roads. There are four trees on each corner and it is signed Blackney. 
  6. After about 0.5 miles on a sharp left hand bend turn right down a small lane signed Laverstock. If you go round a very sharp left hand bend you have gone too far.
  7. Drive over the first cattle grid and keep left. Continue down the drive with the post and rail fence on your left, over the second cattle grid and the house is on your right.
  8. Drive past the house and park on the right by a stone wall. There is a sign which says ‘Laverstock House Parking’. 

Directions from Bridport:

  1. From West Street in Bridport, turn right at the roundabout onto the B3162.
  2. Keep on the B3162 for approximately 5 miles. You will drive through Salway Ash, South Bowood and North Bowood.
  3. Soon after North Bowood you will get to a cross roads with one tree on each corner. Turn left towards Blackney. 
  4. After about 0.5 miles on a sharp left hand bend turn right down a small lane signed Laverstock. If you go round a very sharp left hand bend you have gone too far.
  5. Drive over the first cattle grid and keep left. Continue down the drive with the post and rail fence on your left, over the second cattle grid and the house is on your right.
  6. Drive past the house and park on the right by a stone wall. There is a sign which says ‘Laverstock House Parking’. 

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;


  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.


1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.