Shepherd's Delight is set in a truly idyllic setting.
There is a large lakeside decking-area with a barbecue, chiminea and picnic table in front of the hut.
Open up the double stable-doors and make the most of this beautiful and peaceful setting.
This is the front of Shepherd's Delight, with double doors that open up so that you can really be a part of the surroundings.
This really is a very peaceful, romantic setting.
Looking back to Shepherd's Delight from the deck.
A perfect romantic retreat.
The cheerful interior with its little stove for atmospheric evenings - or lazy mornings in bed.
There is a little dining-area next to the wood-burner in the cheerful and cosy interior.
There's a sweet little window looking back up your entrance track alllowing plenty of light into the hut.
The little wood-burner will keep you very cosy and warm on cooler days.
A comfortable double bed is tucked into one end of the shepherd's hut - the en suite is at the other end.
A few games are provided for your use.
You will have all the equipment you will need for your luxury glamping holiday.
The en suite shower-room with shower and proper flushing toilet.
There is a wash-basin with hot and cold running water.
Open up the doors and enjoy that gorgeous view over the lake and countryside beyond.
What a setting for al fresco dining.
There is a chiminea provided for evening outside warmth.
A beautiful way to start the day.
There are a couple of rowing boats provided for your use. Please take care.
Looking across the lake towards Shepherd's Delight.
The lily filled lake, complete with rowing boats - try your hand at fishing or just enjoy being on the water.
As well as your deck, there are other little areas for sitting and enjoying the lakeside setting.
Shepherd's Delight is reached down your own  little private track. A solar panel powers the cool-box fridge and lighting (there is no other source of electricity).
You are welcome to wander the Owners' 60 acres of organic farmland (please take care with and keep your dog(s) on a lead around any livestock). This little style takes you up to a lovely field.
Plenty of open farmland for you to explore (please keep your dog(s) on a lead around any livestock).
Autumnal sunset on the lake - stunning.
The National Trust estate at Killerton is just a bike ride away down the road - lovely walks, gardens, cafe, restaurant and shop.

Shepherd’s Delight

2732

2.8 miles NE of Exeter / Sleeps 2 (no children under 2)

7 Nights from £331 - £625

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Lazy Toad Inn (1 ½ miles)

A friendly village pub serving good food from local suppliers and real ales. Enjoy the beer garden or the open fire after a walk by the nearby River Exe. Dogs are welcome on a lead in the garden or bar area.

Nearest beach

Exmouth Beach (11 miles)

This sandy beach is easily accessed from Exmouth seafront, with plenty of parking and facilities nearby. At low tide, there are rock pools to explore and the forbodingly-named Conger Rocks. It's dog-friendly October to end-April and there are donkey rides and swing boats in the summer - a perfect beach for young families with calm, shallow waters and soft sand.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Adams August 2017

Fantastic sandy beach

It's easy to park - with a long and short stay area, and a long prom - ideal for strolling as well as a good sandy beach. It's also easy to walk into the town for a change of scenery and a bite to eat. And there's mini-golf!

Nearest walk

Poltimore Estate Guided Walks (1 ½ miles)

Regular guided walks take place around the old estate. Tickets can be purchased from the Web site and dogs are welcome just so long as they keep their owners on a lead.

Nearest town

Exeter (2 ½ miles)

Exeter has always had real character due to its lovely cathedral, which is surrounded by peaceful green spaces and cobbled streets. The historic quayside is full of interesting shops to browse and cafes to while away an afternoon of people watching. There is a worthwhile visitor centre which traces Exeter’s history back into the mists of time.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

Scenic rail trips from Exeter

Tarka line to to the quiet heart of North Devon. The spectacular estuary and coastal route to Dawlish and Paignton. Pretty East Devon /Dorset route through Axminster, Sherbourne and on to Salisbury. Great days out or wonderful just to relax and look out at glorious Devon!

Also nearby

Exeter Underground Passages (2 ½ miles)

Explore the medieval passages that lie beneath Exeter High Street. Learn about the history of the tunnels with an interactive display, exhibition and film, then don a hard hat for a guided tour of the passages that once piped fresh water to the heart of the city.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2012


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

Built in 14th and 15th Centuries to bring a supply of fresh water into the city. Visitors pass through an exciting interpretation centre with interactive displays, have a 10 minute film presentation and a 25 minute tour followed by an opportunity to explore the exhibition.

Killerton House and Gardens (3 miles)

A fine example of 18th Century architecture, Killerton House is home to a vast collection of period costumes - 9,000 items in all - spanning the fashions of the past 200 years. The gardens are the star of the show at Killerton. Beautiful all year round, they put on a wonderful display of rhododendrons and magnolias, set against the backdrop of Devon's rolling countryside. Open-air theatre is hosted here during the summer.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Anna H February 2014

Really great for out of season walks - acres of woodland on the hill behind the house - discover that the hill is actually an iron age fort ! make sure you wear wellies at this time of year !


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2011

wonderful gardens, beautifully maintained and worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

One of Devon's great estates, Killerton was given to the National Trust by Sir Richard Acland. The famous garden was created by John Veitch and is beautiful all year round.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

A National Trust property with beautiful gardens in rolling Devon countryside. Lovely for a walk in any season.
- J M Wynne

Saddles and Paddles (3 miles)

Choose either the Exe Estuary Trail or the Exeter Canal Trail from here.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

Take your choice, bike or canoe

A nice flat cycle ride on a tow path with two pubs en-route. The Double Locks is half way and Turf is at the end. Both serve good food.

Knightshayes Court (12 miles)

A wonderful Gothic pile with stunning formal gardens and beautiful interiors. The walled garden provides produce for the Stables restaurant where you can watch the gardeners at work or explore the woodland walks.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs George May 2014

Free parking and walk for dog

We couldn't go in as we had the dog with us, but the car park was free and there's a nice woodland walk off the car park where dogs can walk off the lead. Nice setting and surrounding countryside.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Drewett September 2012

Stunning

One of the best national trust properties we've ever been to, something for all ages. The gardens are fantastic and offer both formal and woodland styles. Well worth a visit!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Beautiful gardens!

The gardens are the jewel of this property, with many different areas; woodland, formal garden, meadow, parkland and a stunning restored kitchen garden which provides produce for the lovely stables restaurant. Highly recommended and really easy access from the M5.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, this rare example of the work of eccentric architect William Burges has extraordinary medieval romantic interiors. The beautiful garden includes a kitchen garden.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009

Glorious garden. Monster house, but interesting contents.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

Good National Trust property

Interesting house and gardens, even kept the kids going for two hours.

Skirmish Paintball and Laser Games (1 mile)

Located on an 80 acre site in Stoke Woods, a five minute drive from Exeter. There are 18 gaming areas, including bridge seige, trench games and jungle swamp games, with terrain ranging from fairly open with large mature trees, to dense, almost dark, pine forest. For a gentler option, try the Laser Games (for ages 8+).

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