The Bide


Near Milton Abbas, Dorset

An incredible eco design hut and hot tub, cradled in peaceful Dorset countryside (sleeps 2)

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Alfresco tub

Eco conscious


Walk to a pub


Space & setting.

Just wow. This dramatic, design-led beauty juxtaposes cutting-edge style with rural life on a farm, somewhere deep in the gentle contours of Thomas Hardy country. It comes as no surprise that the partners behind it are respectively an architect and furniture aficionado for the likes of Conran and Nordic brand Åben. Minimalistic and modular interiors are softened and warmed with muted corals and blues — including a Verner Panton flowerpot light in sunshine yellow — and a superking bed perches on a mezzanine level. There’s a film projector for rainy days and curated Spotify playlists for every mood. Just wow.

Even the eco credentials of this hut impress. Set in a rewilded patch of land, the corrugated structure harnesses Passivhaus principles and sustainable tech such as a vaporised shower that uses 40% less water. And it’s rural yet not remote, so while it’s heavenly to simply graze on an organic breakfast box then laze in the hot tub watching wild rabbits dart by, just beyond the fields are vineyards, villages and swathes of glorious Jurassic coastline to explore.

Getting here: drive or train to Moreton then taxi (15 mins) 


“We designed and built our hut by hand during lockdown then partnered with Farmer Giles (yes, really), whose family have run this farm for 100 years. The patch of land where the cabin lies is a re-wilding spot of the farm and provides a rich habitat for wildlife, plus total seclusion for our guests.” Owners Scott and Caroline

My Kip favourites

They love
“Waking up to bird song and opening the electric blinds from the comfort of bed, wondering whether there will be a nosy cow peering through the fence! Stargazing from the hot tub is incredible too; we recently bathed under a Harvest Moon.”

We love
The idea of cooking supper over the fire, using a Dorset recipe from the owners’ chef friend and ingredients from Steeponbill farm shop. Fresh herbs grow just outside the hut’s door.

You may not love
A 2-night minimum stay. Noisy neighbouring geese! Access to the bed is via a ladder. The carpark is 200m away, with a trolley for luggage. Sorry, no pets.

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  • "Thank you for creating a slice of heaven on earth and for creating a space that reminded us that it’s the small things in life that make us feel whole. From being woken by the birds to the glorious views, amazing stargazing in the hot tub and glorious bbq. Time slowed down for us and we loved it."

    May 2022
  • "Spending time at the Architects Hut is a rest for the soul. Caroline and Scott, thank you for your imagination, your creativity and for building this patch of heaven for us to enjoy. My recommendations; turn off your phone, live each moment here slowly, start each morning by sitting on the step whilst drinking a cup of tea. I’m leaving this sanctuary with a rested mind and a grateful heart."

    May 2022
  • "We enjoyed every moment of our three day stay at The Architect's Hut. Calm and secluded, it is the perfect place to relax, re-energise and soak in the peaceful beauty of the Dorset countryside. Compact, comfortable and eco-friendly, every requirement has been thoughtfully and neatly integrated into this stylish ‘abode’. We very much look forward to return visits in the not too distant future. Good things come in small packages!!"

    January 2022


Built with Passivhaus technologies including sheep’s wool insulation. Uses sustainable technologies such as the Nebia vaporized water shower, which uses 40% less water than a regular shower. Mechanical heat recovery system. Bio-degradable toiletries.


  • Blackmore Vale
    Blackmore Vale
  • Milton Abbas
    Milton Abbas
  • The scenic 90-mile Jubilee Trail runs straight through the farm, linking the Somerset and Hampshire borders. Tackle as much or little of it as you like.
  • When the Jurassic Coast beckons, combine a trip to the indie shops and markets of Bridport, with a coastal walk and lunch at Burton Bradstock: both The Hive and Seaside Boarding House serve up excellent beach views.
  • A mere 5-minute drive brings you to Langham Wine Estate, where you can take your pick of tours, tastings and picnic lunches in a sublime vineyard setting.
  • Sculpture by the Lakes is owned by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon, with a gallery, artisan shop and fabulous cafe serving field-to-plate fare from its kitchen garden.
  • The owners love The Hambro Arms in Milton Abbas, 30 minutes’ walk away: exposed brickwork, wood panelling and excellent local beers. The village itself is fudge-box pretty, with thatched roofs a’plenty.
  • Hike to Bulbarrow Hill, for its incredible views of the Blackmore Vale, encompassing Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire and Somerset.


  • Eco hut on a farm
  • Open-plan interior
  • Mezzanine-style super-kingsize bed
  • One young child welcome (baby-3 years); travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Ensuite shower bathroom with bio-degradable toiletries
  • Compact kitchen including induction hob and basic supplies
  • Order breakfast boxes and BBQ hampers from a local organic farmer
  • Smart TV with Netflix and a projector for films; Spotify and curated playlists; board games, puzzles, books, recipes and binoculars
  • Good WiFi and phone reception
  • Decking with alfresco furniture
  • Firepit BBQ and hot tub
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • Walk to a local farm shop and pub (30 mins); drive to other shops and restaurants
  • Local caretaker, and the owners are available by phone if you need them
  • Booking conditions: a 2-night minimum stay, which rises to 4 nights over Christmas and Easter
  • Remember to pack: walking boots or wellies for walks around the farm; a torch for lighting the pathway from the carpark if arriving after dark

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A 30% deposit, then balance taken 8 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations made before balance taken can be refunded in full.
After this date the booking is non refundable in the event of cancellation. Resells / date changes at owner’s discretion.

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We have everything you will need for a comfortable stay, from all the cooking essentials, super soft towels and toiletries in the bathroom. We would recommend bringing a good pair of walking shoes and a torch for if you arrive after-dark.


Unfortunately this is not the most convenient way to visit but it is certainly possible. Our nearest train station is Moreton which has direct trains from London Waterloo and Weymouth. From here we are a 15 minute taxi ride way – if you are planning on coming this route please let us know so we can assist with booking a taxi. Once here you will be able to walk to the pub and farm shop.

The hot tub features a wood-burning stove that sits within the water, ensuring efficient transfer of heat from the fire to the water – but don’t worry you won’t burn yourself thanks to the protective guard. You will need to allow 3-3.5 hours to get the water up to temperature but it can be left covered over-night to ensure much of the heat is retained for the following day. One key benefit of our hot tub is that the water is not chlorinated and is fresh for your stay which leads to a much nicer experience – we also provide bath salts to create your own outdoor spa. Unfortunately we cannot heat the hot tub in advance of your arrival.

Logs are £7 per bag; generally people use 2-3 bags to heat it.

The compact kitchen features a two ring induction hob, mini oven with grill and fridge with ice box. In addition to cookware, plates and crockery we also provide some essentials including local Dorset Tea, Bad Hand Coffee beans, sugar, salt & pepper, olive oil, vegetable oil, dried herbs & spices and fresh herbs on the pots on the patio. We have a handful of recipe books. There is also a firepit for outdoor cooking.

The pizza oven is £10 to hire per stay – you can arrange once you have a booking. Check out the Kip Kitchen for Pizza kits.

The walk from the car park to the cabin is about 200m via a gravel pathway, unfortunately the nature of the terrain means it is not suitable to drive your vehicle to the cabin and we are talking from experience when we say your vehicle will get stuck if you attempt it. Please use the trolley provided to ferry any items you arrive with. Please note that if you arrive after dark you will need to bring a torch with you, the pathway has marker lights to guide the way but these have been kept to a minimum as excess lighting is harmful to much of the wildlife – the starry skyies more than make up for the inconvenience we promise.

Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate dogs due to their being livestock in the neighbouring fields.

Yes certainly, our cabin features thick insulated walls and has been built with passive Haus principles in-mind – including good air tightness and heat recovery. In addition, we have background heating which will ensure you arrive to a cosy cabin. And a hot water bottle for bed if it get’s particularly chilly!

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