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North Eggardon Carthouse

Powerstock, Bridport, West Dorset DT6 3ST

The Shepherd’s huts

‘Sendamenipo bwino’ and ‘Nettlecombe’

Tucked into the edge of fern-decked woods are two lovingly built shepherd’s huts at North Eggardon Farm, West Dorset.  Both Phil Broster the builder, and Victor the owner decided the higher of the huts would have a porch. It has ‘Sendamenipo bwino’ carved into the bargeboard, which means sleep well in Chibemba, a Zambian language – Victor was there in the 1980s. The lower hut, ‘Nettlecombe’, is based on an old chassis found lying in nettles in nearby Nettlecombe. Both huts face west so the evening light pours in through the French doors. One unusual feature on the back of the huts are the little bay windows. Phil had one on the bow top wagon he lives in.

The Shepherd’s Huts have a double bed and a single bed each. So the huts can be suitable for a family with one or two small children. Care must be taken with the stove and the steps. There is room to pitch a tent by ‘Nettlecombe’, for a family with larger children. Also, it is planned to have solar 12v supplied to ‘Nettlecombe’ with a charging point for a phone or torch.

Between the huts is a shower hut with a dry compost loo, kitchen sink and spacious shower.

Set just south of Eggardon Hillfort, there are several pubs within half an hour walking, and Bridport’s bustling Saturday market is only 4 miles away, the Jurrassic coast’s beaches are 6 miles. Further links and information can be seen on this ‘North Eggardon Carthouse’ website.

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