Keets at Middle Acre

Located in Ringstead, Dorset

This eco-friendly shepherds hut rests in Ringstead, near Weymouth, Dorset and can sleep two people in one bedroom.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Pet Friendly: No


Keets is an eco-friendly shepherds hut in Ringstead, near Weymouth, Dorset. The property has one double bed within an open-plan kitchen layout with a woodburning stove, sleeping two guests in total. There is also a shower room. Outside you can find a private patio with furniture, a barbecue and a wood-fired hot tub, as well as a shared gym and off-road parking. Keets makes an excellent choice for your couple’s retreat to Dorset.

Property Details

How does a cosy ‘Eco-friendly’ holiday in rural Dorset complete with a wood-fired hot tub sound?; Middle Acre is the perfect place to kick back and relax.

Small enough to care, with a pair of bespoke Shepherd huts tucked away and packed with all the essentials you could need for a self-catered stay including soft furnishings, throws, a double bed, kitchenette, en-suite shower and flushing toilet. Solar lighting and wood burner makes for a snug off-grid stay with your own private cottage garden style space, with barbecue for alfresco dining.

The wood-fired hot tub ensures a good nights sleep after star gazing the dark skies above. Take the five wooden steps up into the hand-built shepherd hut and find a cosy open plan space furnished with vintage and repurposed furniture and fittings, the whistling kettle sits on the single gas hob, as the solar-powered fridge chills your drinks.

Middle Acre has an Eco-Friendly Ethos; Shepherd huts lend themselves to off-grid living thanks to their natural compactness and reducing reliance on mains power. Living sustainably has a positive impact and being closer to nature has proven to make us feel better, health care professionals recommend it!

Being off-grid with no electricity or no Wi-Fi shouldn’t mean you’re worried about being a bit too far off the beaten track, do not fret, a solar-powered socket will be provided for USB charging and the pub and local farm shop are only one and a half miles away. Not only do you reduce your carbon footprint by holidaying in the UK, but these shepherd huts also have some great energy-saving features too, including solar-power, sustainable rustic interiors, environmentally friendly cleaning and washing products, and shower water is reused to irrigate the wildflower meadow and plants.

Home comforts can still be enjoyed from the double bed, heating, lighting, hot and cold running water, and flushing toilet provided. Middle Acre is near the size of a football pitch, with Chestnut trees, fruit trees, flowers and a polytunnel, whilst beyond the hut’s gate, a gentle wander will lead to the bee hives, kitchen garden and V E Garden, where you'll meet the free-range chickens, ducks, bantams and friendly farm collie Bea.

Middle Acre is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ideally situated for a stroll to the Smugglers Inn or walk to the local farm shop and café with excellent menus and ambience. Explore one of the steep ancient smuggler's tracks to bring you to the shingle beach of Ringstead Bay, where the water is incredibly clear and safe for bathing. For the more experienced hikers, tackle the undulating world heritage coast towards the iconic arch of Durdle Door.

There are many local activities available such as horse riding, day fishing for Roach or Carp in the neighbouring well-stocked Wally’s Lakes, or evening beach fishing in the Bay. Try your hand at Clay Pigeon shooting with a lesson at the nearby Purbeck Shooting School, or enjoy the thrill of Coasteering with Lulworth Outdoors, hire a mountain bike, and after all that exercise take a leisurely tour with the informative Jurassic Safari.

To enhance your stay the hosts can guide you on a local wellness walk, tempting you with the benefits of Mindfulness and Forest bathing starting from your hut. Of course, you don’t have to do any of these; you can relax in your own private garden in the dappled shade of the huge Chestnut trees and just breathe! For an unforgettable escape to Dorset, choose Keets at Middle Acre


  • Woodburning stove
  • Single gas hob and small solar-powered fridge
  • Fuel, power first basket of logs included inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Off-road parking available
  • Enclosed private patio with furniture, barbecue, wood-fired hot tub, and fire pit, within shared grounds
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1½ miles, pub just over 1mile, beach 1½ miles
  • Note: There are five steps up into the property, please take care
  • Note: There is no WiFi at this property, however, there is a good mobile signal
  • Note: There is limited lighting at night and the site gets extremely dark
  • Note: There are Bee Hives on site
  • Note: The site neighbours a working dairy farm with its associated sounds and smells


Close to coast
Ground floor bathroom
Ground floor bedroom
Hot Tub
Linen and Towels
Off road parking
Real Fire



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Area Details


Ringstead is a small hamlet dominated by Ringstead Bay and beach and is part of the Jurassic Coast. The beach is a mix of pebble and shingle with some sand. You can often find rock pools at the Western end of the beach at low tide. There is a reef close to shore which becomes revealed at low tide. Therefore, the beach can be a good place to look for fossils. A shop and cafe are available in the car park for the beach. For those that are windsurfing from here please note the reef has no respect for fins. I have lost count the number of times I have connected with it. Ringstead has excellent views of Weymouth and Portland. It is an excellent base for walking with many options open to you including continuing on to Durdle Door. The Smuggler’s pub at Osmington Mills is the next village on. This is within easy walking distance along a coast path so you don’t have to resort to taking to the car if you don’t want to.

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