This beautifully presented shepherd's hut is as much a part of the landscape here as the ancient oak which gives it its name. The two stand side-by-side at the top of a gently sloping meadow with private access and panoramic views towards the east Devon coast.
Complete with your very own wood-fired hot tub, a wide curved deck stands proudly to the front of Shepherd's Oak like the helm of a ship to make the most of the south-facing aspect, and to celebrate the setting sun and yet more unspoilt rural views, a second deck faces to the west. It is hard to believe that you are just a few miles from the Cathedral City of Exeter with its Roman walls, historic maritime quayside and thriving arts and cafe culture.
Back on site there is an enclosed part of the meadow to the front of the hut which you can call your own and where your four-legged friends can happily play. Adjoining it, where the land leads down to the woodland at the bottom of the valley, is a further field to wander through when you set off to explore, where you can meet the resident family of Alpacas and their summer babies (please keep your dog(s) under control around these lovely creatures and any other livestock you may encounter), you will even have the opportunity to feed them as the owner will leave you a little bag of Alpaca nuts! You can sit and watch over this inquisitive flock in true shepherd's style. What a unique experience.
To add to the atmosphere of this special setting there is a barbecue and chiminea so that you can warm your toes of an evening, grill a simple healthy supper and of course enjoy a glass or two of wine. Or why not take a long soak in the bubbling hot tub, gazing at the stars.
Needless to say the facilities inside Shepherd's Oak offer all that you will need for your glamping experience. There is a wood-burning stove, full mains electricity so that you can have hot showers on demand in the surprisingly spacious shower-room, an electric hob, a fridge, toaster and even a flat screen TV for lazy mornings in bed if you are not up with the lark. There is a really comfortable double bed with plenty of clever storage beneath it and on the shelves above it.
Shepherd's Oak is not overlooked at all so you can have the stable-door wide open to take in the panoramic view, the sounds of birdsong and the stirrings of the farms across the valley – all that wonderful fresh air will help you to truly switch off from the pressures of daily life. Even those sometimes unpredictable rainy days are catered for with a shared games-room in one of the barns of this friendly farmstead. For the energetic, mountain bikes can be provided – and there is even a field shelter next to the hut which you can use for your own bikes if you bring them.
Shepherd's Delight is also to be found at Pynes Farm though tucked away out of sight a few fields away. Book both together and enjoy a glamping holiday with friends.
Open plan living-room with kitchen, dining and bedroom areas. TV, wood-burner, 2 ring electric hob, small fridge, toaster and double bed (4'6'')
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
- Dogs welcome (2 small dogs or 1 medium-sized dog only)
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Hot tub
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- Private parking for 1 car
- No smoking
- Pub 1 mile
- Patio furniture and barbecue
- Logs for wood-burner
- Logs for chiminea, pay owner (At cost)
- Logs for the wood-fired hot tub
Shepherd's Oak sits in a fabulous spot with far reaching views and sheltered by a gorgeous old oak tree.
The hot tub could not be in a more stunning position - valley views as far as you can see, with a lovely decked area for al fresco dining.
The hot tub has now been added but this photo shows you the decking area at the front of the shepherd's hut at this wonderful organic farm.
Enjoy! What a place to switch off and truly relax.
The welcoming stable door takes you into Shepherd's Oak.
Simply but beautifully fitted inside.
With a sweet little kitchen-area with a small fridge and toaster.
You can even enjoy the fabulous view from your bed.
The cosy little wood-burner will keep you warm and toasty on cooler days.
A little kitchen-area with hot and cold water to your kitchen sink.
There's an electric two ring hob.
All the equipment you will need.
Time for tea?
If you tire of the view, there's a TV too!
The en suite shower-room.
With its shower.
Proper flushing toilet and wash-basin.
The very cosy interior is simple and comfortable.
Al fresco dining at its very best.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with the most fabulous views.
Not only is this delightful hut sheltered by the oak tree, the owner has even installed a sail shelter for extra outdoor living space.
There is another surprise through the little gate to the side of the hut......
Your own private sunset deck......
Created for you to sit and enjoy the evening sun and unspoilt rural views.
What a great way to end the day, under the starry sky in the wood-fired hot tub.
The wood-fired hot tub.
Your logs are provided.
And you will even have some food to feed the Alpacas!
They will keep you entertained (please keep your dog(s) on the 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.