Our shepherds hut offers you a romantic, relaxing atmosphere in unique surroundings and escapism from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you want peace and quiet but within easy reach of Dartmoor, North Devon and Cornwall then you will achieve this. It is situated only 10 minutes away from the A30 and 15 minutes from the Cornish border so a fantastic stop to split up your trip. Longer than two night stays are possible but contact the owners.
On arrival you will be able to make a cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate with fresh local milk. If you require a full English welcome pack for your breakfast to keep you going for the day ahead which can be spread over the two mornings .This needs to be ordered in 48 hours in advance but paid direct to owner on arrival costing £12 which is enough for two, containing, fresh bread, butter, jams and marmalade, 4 x local bacon, 4 x local sausages and 2 pints of local milk. 2 x free range eggs, heinz beans, mushrooms and tomatoes as well as fresh coffee, orange and apple juice. (vegetarian sausages available on request just let the owner know in advance)
The comfy small double bed will be freshly made before your arrival with clean towels, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and toilet roll being supplied. The kitchen is well equipped with tea towels, condiments, a microwave, two gas tops, small fridge with box freezer, sink, cafeteria and toaster. You can enjoy your meals at the breakfast bar looking out onto the open woodland with no other properties in view.
Glamping is NOT new as the shepherds and woodmen did it 100's of years ago, this hut has been constructed to a high standard by the owner, who is a carpenter and joiner. It is as near to the original design, with rolling chassis and bed with storage under for your bags not the sheep. The materials have been resourced by using as much recycled materials as possible like the shepherd would have. Enjoy the unique wood walls, the 150 year old flooring from the Hovis factory and wood for all the windows and doors are from docklands in Liverpool. This hut is giving you the experience of this but with the luxury of an en-suite providing a hot shower, working toilet and sink, no eco toilet or needing to walk to another building for these facilities! The shepherds hut is set within the grounds of the game keepers cottage for Witherdon manor house, you will have your own privacy with your own decking area and the 450 acre woodland at your door. Enjoy the start of the day sitting on the shepherds hut steps with a fresh coffee or tea, enjoying the rabbits and a variety of birds that will visit your personal bird feeder and see how pretty our birds are, especially, the green finches, rare siskin, bull finches, pheasant and the lesser spotted woodpecker. You may hear the rare Cuckoo in its glory. In the evenings you will listen to the owls, calls of foxes or deer rutting. You may be lucky enough to see the deer moving through the woodland and even their young, or see them in the field next to you grazing in the evenings. you will experience the visiting pheasants and our neighbourhood Guinea fowl picking at the seed the wild birds have left on the floor. They do like the odd bit of bread too if you want to get up closer!! In the winter months you might see visiting birds like the woodcock and snipe in our woods. You will have easy access into Witherdon wood by following your private path where it offers you a variety of routes and see the original avenue of trees for the horse and coach to get to Halwill Junction from Witherdon Manor. This is an amazing place to do star gazing due to no light pollution, you will never see a sky like it. Watching the shooting stars going across the crystal clear sky whilst in front of the fire pit with your hot chocolate or glass of wine. Being in this area means that the phone signal may be weak and no internet. The idea is to escape so there is no tv in the shepherds hut. There is a radio with Bluetooth, books and games in your shepherds hut for you to enjoy. Or just nestle in front of the log burner in the evenings and on wet days hearing the rain but in the warmth of the hut which you will not want to leave. ( supply of logs and fire lighters provided) You will have use of a bbq (a bag of charcoal will be supplied) for the sunny days and a fire pit in the evenings to sit around. Parasol, deck chairs and separate seating areas around the private area, with the woodland and walks on your door step and a herb garden for the rosemary to put onto the lamb chops on the bbq!! This area is rich with places to visit, if you can pull yourself away from the shepherds hut.
We are lucky enough to live near a beaver conservation area where the land owner will introduce you to the life of a beaver. it will be a relaxed and informative visit into the enclosure which is self funded by the owner so to help with the conservation a donation of a minimum of £10 per person would be appreciated. it is not guaranteed that you will see them as they are good at hiding but it breath taking when you do. The visit will last up to 2 1/2 hours but walking amongst the beavers and their surroundings is fascinating if you enjoy wildlife!!
Because of the shepherds hut location means you are central and able to visit Devon and Cornwall which boasts of its beaches and fishing villages. As well as being on the door step to Dartmoor, your in reach of Exmoor which has another beautiful landscape and places to visit, Lynton and Lynmouth, Tarr steps, Clovelly, Hartland and Ilfracombe. Why not visit our local vine yards or cider producers, maybe a walk around historical houses and gardens like Rosemoor gardens, the garden house, Castle Drogo, Arlington court, kilerton house, knighthayes Court, cotehele house and gardens, Local places of interest, finch foundry, Lydford gorge, Buckfast Abbey, Canonteign waterfalls, post bridge and so much more. For the more energetic there is plenty of cycling, on or off road routes on Dartmoor or do the more relaxing ride along the Granite way, Tarka trail (bikes can be hired for both) or Burrator and Tamar lakes, these lakes are also great for walking and other outdoor activities available at Roadford lake which is 5 minutes away. Dartmoor gate way is 20 minute drive away and worth visiting Belstone, westmans woods, black a tor woods, widecombe on the moor,two bridges, chagford, Bellever forest.Exeter City and Plymouth are around 45 minute drive away and are full of history and places to visit within them. Tavistock pannier market is worth a visit to do a bit of shopping or eat locally produced food. Okehampton castle and railway to Meldon reservoir is worth a visit and experience a cake and tea on the train station! Morwellham key is a walk back in time and a good day out. Or go to Totnes visit the town shops and market then jump onto the south Devon railway that stops off at the butterfly farm and otter sanctuary. Take a train or bus to Exeter from Okehampton which offers lovely views of the Devon landscape. (only on certain days and times) Or do something new and make your visit special by a balloon flight, Dartmoor hawk falconry experience, horse riding on Dartmoor or on the beach at bude, tree surfing, rock climbing, Coasteering, surfing on Bude beach which is 20 minutes away which has many secluded beaches and amazing sea views. why not go to the war horse valley where the story was written and joey the horse can be seen there and the village where the book was based upon. Or pop over the Cornish border which is 15 minutes away and visit Tintagel, Boscastle, walk/cycle along camel trail, Port Issac where Doc martin is filmed, Padstow; Polzeath; Port Isaac; Perranporth; Rock; St. Agnes; Tintagel; Wadebridge; Watergate Bay. The nearest golf courses are Okehampton, Holsworthy and Tavistock which are very popular for their positions and well maintained grounds.Fishing, we are 4 miles from Roadford lake, Kennick which is not only pretty and unique but good fishing where a boat can also be booked. Expert advice and tips given by the owner of the shepherds hut who regularly and successfully fishes there. A HUGE variety of local fishing ponds and lakes for course fishing and trout fishing. Or sea fishing trips or beach fishing on the north devon coast which is 25 minutes away. There are plenty of Local pubs and restaurant's serving good food like the clovelly inn and the village inn, Halwill junction pub where there is a fish and chip shop which are all within 10 minute drive. The best Indian restaurant and Chinese are in Okehampton.Throughout the year there are local fetes and events in local towns and villages. This is high quality accommodation at an affordable price due to the owners wanting to share this amazing place.
The owners will be happy to help you to give you as much information to make your stay enjoyable and stress free. Please contact us if you need any questions answered. Please can visitors vacate by 11am and arrivals from 4.00pm unless other arrangements made with the owner in advance or if a longer stay is required. remember to tell the owner if you require a breakfast welcome pack.