A few miles outside the Roman city of Exeter, a few miles inland from the east Devon Jurassic Coast, and many miles away from the fast pace of everyday life, sits a delightful shepherd's hut – an 'away from it all' bolthole waiting to be discovered.
Situated at the end of its own private track, in four acres of woodland, Shepherd's Delight is in a perfect and tranquil oasis in a hidden valley next to a lily-covered lake (please take care) – complete with a little rowing boat for two and fully stocked for your enjoyment with various types of carp, roach, rudd, tench and bream. There is not a house in sight and with 60 acres of certified organic farmland to explore (taking care of livestock especially if you are bringing your dog to share this experience with you) you will be in another world.
Steps lead from the decking up into this traditionally designed and fully insulated shepherd's hut which has a comfortable double bed at one end and the luxury of an en suite mains water shower with a proper flushing WC and wash-basin at the other. There is room to sit at a little table next to the wood-burner, and a simple kitchen with hot water supply, and there's a handy gas fridge in an outdoor compartment (a low wattage solar panel powers the electricity for the lights and sockets). With a gas griddle/plancha, chiminea, a lakeside jetty, hammock and a choice of places to sit and eat outside in the sun or in the dappled shade beneath the trees, this is the place for al fresco dining!
If you can tear yourself away from this scene and the taste of another lifestyle, you can be in the heart of Exeter in ten minutes. Sit on the Cathedral green and watch the world go by, find the remains of the old Roman walls, wander along the quay with its antiques shops and cafes or hire a canoe and paddle lazily to the two renowned canal side pubs, The Double Locks and The Turf Hotel, for a jug of Pimms.
Alternatively you can head to the unspoilt east Devon coast where there are a string of traditional seaside towns such as Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth and Beer and of course the stunning Jurassic cliffs. If you prefer to stay locally, bring your bikes and explore the Exe Valley or cycle along the lanes to the National Trust's Killerton House. Shepherd's Delight is truly a get away from it all glamping experience.
Shepherd's Oak is also at Pynes Farm, situated near the main farmhouse, a few fields away. Book both together and enjoy a glamping getaway with friends.
Open plan living-room with kitchen, dining and bedroom areas. Wood-burner. Double bed (4'6'')
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Two-ring gas stove
Please note, the power at Shepherd's Delight is solar-powered and therefore limited - there is enough power for the lights but not any high wattage equipment.
- Dogs welcome (2 small dogs or 1 medium-sized dog only)
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 1 mile
- Garden furniture, hammock and gas griddle/plancha
- Logs for wood-burner
- Logs for chiminea pay Owner (At cost)
Shepherd's Delight is set in a truly idyllic setting.
There is a large lakeside decking-area with a gas griddle/plancha, 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 allowing plenty of light into the hut.
The little wood-burner will keep you very 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.
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 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 stile takes you up to a lovely field.
Autumnal sunset on the lake - stunning.
Plenty of open farmland for you to explore (please keep your dog(s) on a lead around any livestock).
The National Trust estate at Killerton is just a bike ride away down the road - lovely walks, gardens, cafe, restaurant and shop.
Around 30 minutes away, Woodbury Common, an area of unspoilt heathland,offers miles of walks with the sea sparkling in the distance.
This is Sidmouth, a wonderful Regency seaside town around 40 minutes away.
The far end of the beach at Budleigh Salterton (just over 30 minutes away), where the River Otter joins the sea. The river, banks and reed beds are wonderful places for nesting birds.
Another view of the beach at Budleigh Salterton - you can follow the South West Coast Path from here.
Take it easy and enjoy the beach at Budleigh Salterton!
Why not venture a little further (around an hour's drive) to the sheltered harbour at Lyme Regis on the east Devon/Dorset border.
Another view along the beach at Lyme Regis - this is a great place for a day out.