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.

Shepherd’s Delight


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

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From £90 per night

Shepherds Delight completely exceeded our expectations. It was so relaxing and in a beautiful location. A stunning Shepherds Hut and the setting with the lake was just perfect for a totally relaxing stay-just what we needed. Despite being off grid all the facilities are there for your comfort. It's hard to believe that it is only a couple of miles from Exeter-it feels so remote. Waking up to birdsong every morning was bliss. Paul the owner was so lovely, laid back and friendly. You felt you could call him at any time if you needed anything (we didn't!). We had everything we needed. We had a row around the lake on the rowing boat which was good fun and fished in the lake. Perfect! We will definitely return to this gorgeous corner of pure relaxation. Thank you Paul ??

We had a wonderful stay pottering in a beautiful place with no one around and only the sound of nature breaking the quiet. The hut is settled in a little valley between two hills with its own fishing lake. It was awesome to have that whole lake to ourselves for fishing and boating. We felt really isolated which is what we wanted but if we needed provisions there were shops, pub etc just 5 mins drive away. We have reserved our holiday back here again next year. Thank you to Paul for providing such a beautiful soul restoring sanctuary!!

Absolutely loved our time away at shepherds delight. The weather was amazing so we got to spend most of the time across the pond chilling in the sun. During our 8 day stay we got so relaxed I read 3 books while my partner enjoyed the fishing. He caught up to 5 fish a day biggest been a 8lb Carp. My fur baby absolutely loved the outdoor life and the freedom he had to explore the surroundings. If you enjoy outdoor cooking then the gas Hob and Hot plate are perfect for that. We loved it so much we had only spent 3 days there before we booked to come back in August. Owners lovely and happy to help with anything. See you in August

Cannot recommend highly enough, this was our 4th visit to the shepherds Hut, we try to go every year. Paul is a great host, makes you very welcome but leaves you around I get on with your stay. The setting is stunning, worth taking a paddle board and fishing rod for that pond. Dog friendly with lots of space for them to run around and secure. If you’re looking to get away from everything and just enjoy the quiet and quiet he stunning views this is the place to do it

Was a truly fantastic stay. The tranquility of the site was amazing. Would highly recommend if you like being in a secluded and peaceful spot.

Wonderful stay!! Thankyou for a lovely little holiday get away. Owners were very lovely and helpful. Will definitely be back and already recommended to family that are coming to stay soon!

A truly splendid idea well executed as a small barrel roofed shepherds hut set in front of a picturesque lake with boat and jetty for personal use. Anyone needing to escape the daily grind and pressures of life could do a lot worse than leaving their phones and laptops at home to immerse themselves in this most wonderful of natural settings and back to basics living.

A thoroughly enjoyable stay at the hut. The dogs loved the freedom to roam the surrounding area. We enjoyed the lake and had fun in the rowing boat. The host was friendly and helpful. Cooking outdoors was very enjoyable with great plancha and fridge.

We had a great week at Shepherd's Delight. Paul was a very friendly and welcoming host, meeting us on arrival, advising us on the local area, and inviting us to see the Alpacas close to the farm. The hut and surroundings were beautiful. On a (rare) rainy day, the hut was cosy and warm. On sunny days, it was great to relax around the lake. The hut is in a great location for exploring Devon and Cornwall, and we can only hope to return soon!

Simply beautiful

perfect place to relax in the perfect setting. The lake is excellent fishing & the wildlife is diverse & plenty full.

Ideal location and brilliant cooking facilities, very cosy and kept warm by the log burner, excellent place for the dogs to run around.

We were here last week for ten days. Shepherds delight is the perfect place to go for peace and quiet. Paul the owner is very pleasant & doesn’t bother you at all but if any problems deals with it straight away. The hut is cosy,the bed comfortable,the wood burner warms the hut perfectly.the shower is brilliant. The griddle outside is brilliant & together with the outside two rings I even managed to cook a roast! The fridge is in a cupboard outside . The walks around there and in the woods are lovely. The pond is well stocked with Rudd,carp and my husband was really pleased when he managed to catch a Golden koi. We brought groceries with us and then topped up from Sainsbury’s which about 3 miles away & one of the many McColls shops. The chippy on polshoe road is good too. The place is well hidden and you wouldn’t know it was there from the road. Take plenty to do like books and jigsaws and you’ll love your time there doing almost nothing. We took a battery powered radio too. This was our second time here and weve booked it again for next year. Enjoy!

We absolutely loved our stay at Shepards Delight! It was perfectly rustic, comfortable, relaxing, peaceful and cosy! We will definitely be back.

Thank you!

It exceeded expectations! It was an amazing break away. The owner was pleasant and helpful. Total solitude. Waking up to the sound of the birds and drifting off to sleep listening to owls . The hut itself had everything you’d need. The shower was excellent. The wood burner kept the hut amazingly warm. Only suggestion is to provide a parasol stand to hold the fishing umbrella so fishing can be done more comfortably whilst it rains or some kind of shelter near the decking where the main fishing ‘swim’ is. Can’t wait to go again in April! We only went out to eat once and that was on the way we went to ‘the agricultural inn’ (previously the lazy toad). Very nice but expensive. I’d suggest having eat establishments that are closer and more value for money on the website.

Is a little piece of Heaven on Earth. Enchanting and hidden. Is off grid, so expect to be Glamping not luxuriously pampered, although the host is attentively at hand if you call. It is addictive and we have already booked to return.

We had a lovely stay here! The pictures do not do the location justice, its breathtaking! We wish had booked longer as it was so peaceful and relaxing. We had some lovely evenings around the chimnea, and a nice walk on the farm and visited the alpacas! The hut itself is so cute, with good facilities. The location of the farm is great, only 10 minutes away from Exeter town centre although you feel that you are in the middle of nowhere!

We loved our stay at this property and would definitely visit again in the future . The setting was wonderful and peaceful and there’s everything you need to cook meals and relax for a few days .

Loved our visit, it was just what we both needed. Location and area beautiful . Shepherds delight was lovely with everything you would ever need for a break , Having the lake was an added bonus for my husband who enjoyed the fishing. Would 100% recommend this place. My first and my husbands second holiday , we will definitely going again next year. Thank you from the Wyatts & doggies.

Beautiful place relaxing plenty of time to relax

Had a wonderful stay, the shepherds hut is so cute, with a good shower and little wood burner. Cooking facilities and fridge outside, but that's part of its charm and easy to use. Secluded and peaceful location, over looking lake( that's teaming with fish) and great decked area. Lovely to sit out of an evening around the fire. Mill on the Exe great food and situated on river, in Exeter. Not everywhere open due to Covid, but still managed to find some nice antique centres, tea rooms and pub gardens. Everyone sensible( especially on beaches) and shops etc very hot on sanitizing your hands.

Beautiful surroundings, that would be hard to beat. Very cosy in the hut with the wood burner & cute fairy lights & waking up to the view through the doors was lovely. No WiFi & signal patchy, but that’s fine, just something some people may need to know. The dog absolutely loved it, so much freedom, she could run around safely & had a whole field, just next to the hut too, she loved watching us fish in the lake, we caught quite a few carp.
An experience that we all enjoyed

Beautiful, Peaceful, Relaxing.

A superb get away from it all with everything you need!


This was the most magical and relaxing place, we have ever been. Time passed by on reading, fishing and enjoying the warm of the wood burner! Our dog could live the life for the first time ever! Absolutely stunning location, with the easy access to all necessary amenities.

Idyllic location for a complete getaway, the surroundings are beautiful, really helpful landlord highly recommend The Red Lion Pub at Broadclyst for food

Classic Cottages were excellent helping us arrange a holiday at very short notice. Ill be using them for future holidays.

Shepherds Delight is a wonderfully peaceful place to stay, we loved our stay here.

The lake is a magnet for wildlife with excellent pleasure fishing

The cabin was immaculate - the owners had provided everything you could wish for and more, the shower was brilliant and we always had plenty of electricity for our needs despite the cabin being off-grid. There was plenty of firewood for the chimnea and the little log burner kept the cabin toasty warm! The surroundings were wonderful and we were woken every morning to the sound of birdsong. wonderful peace and quiet - we cannot praise this holiday enough - very happy! :) Please could you also add my first comments on the page before to the review page - Thank you x

Thank you so much for another lovely holiday. Shepard’s delight was a true delight, it’s lovely we could bring our dogs with us too they enjoyed every moment as much as we did. My husband really enjoyed fishing on the lake from the boat, he managed to catch some lovely fish. It was the perfect place to celebrate our first anniversary. Thanks again.

A wonderful hidey hole in a secluded, peaceful place. Even when weather was typically '"British" and the terrain got challenging (muddy!), we could still relax, fish, row the lake and climb the hill to see the spectacular views - completely switched off!

Although the location was potentially idyllic the road noise spoilt the advertised " peaceful haven"

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks for your review of Shepherd's Delight. The hut is tucked away from the small lane which is occasionally used as an alternative for people going into Exeter, though it's not a main road we're sorry that you were disturbed. Bryony, Customer Support

Fantastic place so peaceful out of the way, with everything we needed for a complete rest. Excellent fishing & exploring for the dog. Just perfect!

Beautiful and tranquil getaway. Would highly recommend to those looking for a peaceful time away from it all.

Shepherd's Delight is a beautiful place to stay. The location is so close to all amenities, yet you are so secluded. Absolute peace and quiet and nothing nicer than to sit outside watching the lake. If you are lucky you will get to see the local deer walking by in the neighbouring field, which is amazing. The hut is incredibly comfortable and the addition of the wood burner makes it so cosy at night. Safe for dogs - with ours loving running around collecting sticks for us at every opportunity and investigating the area! This was a dream mini break and we will definitely return. Perfect location if you want to travel off and visit places such as Dartmoor or the like.

Loved our short break here with our dog. Nights around the chiminea drinking wine and listening to the owls and days spent lounging in the hammock and pottering around the lake made for a perfect get-away-from-all holiday.

The hut was delightful, very clean throughout with lots of homey touches and lots of candles. All of the basics were provided and there was plenty of room for storage of supplies we brought with. We had rain one day but the awning over the front porch made it possible for us to still sit outdoors and enjoy the scenery. Couldn't have been more pleased with the place. The photos on the website make the place look amazing but don't tell all of the story. You must be there to truly appreciate the perfection of the setting...truly amazing, private, and tranquil. It is only about a 15 minute drive to take-away Greek, Chinese, and Indian,and a very well stocked store for supplies. Perfect!

We had an amazing time at this property and would highly recommend it to anyone.....the most peaceful and relaxing place. We will definitely be returning!

I spent an idyllic few days at shepherds delight and was so pleased to be able to take my three small dogs with me, a fantastic holiday for all of us.PS. the fishing was great.

An amazing place to stay if you want peace and quiet and the weather is good. If you like to fish then plenty for all.

A wonderfully unique place to stay. Such a relaxing getaway in an amazing, peaceful and secluded setting.

Shepherds Delight provide us with a fantastic getaway, we were given a lovely welcome and had a very peaceful and undisturbed stay in a beautiful tranquil setting. The evenings were very cosy with the log burnwr and we had everythi g we needed. Lovely to find somewhere that accommodated our dog too.

Our dog loved the holiday- he didn't want to leave!! One of the most dog friendly places we have ever stayed in.

This cottage provided us with the most heavenly of holidays. If a break from it all in the county is what you are looking for then we could not recommend this enough. Perfection

A real getaway from it all unique location. If you want peace and quiet shepherd's delight is the place to be.

A wonderful experience in The beautiful Devon countryside. We were there for 3 nights and wished we'd booked for longer. The location was superb and we had our own private lake and rowing boat. Best of all it was dog friendly and our cockapoo pup, Dora had a safe and happy first taste of the countryside visiting the heifers, alpacas and farm dogs, Dylan and Gnasher.

A wonderful place. A little slice of heaven in Devon. Truly relaxing, sheer bliss and our dog Charlie loved it!.

Our second visit - this time for our honeymoon. A perfect get away from it all location.

Amazing venue that is hidden away and quiet but still very accessible from Exeter.

The most wonderful break celebrating my Husbands birthday, so quiet and relaxing - great freedom for the dog and the owners were very accommodating even brought her fresh eggs - definitely will return

Quirky hut set in wonderful surroundings. Posh camping with plenty of walks and heritage sites nearby. Paul & Barbara very accommodating. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you.

We loved it...a perfect little corner of peace and tranquility. Highly recommended.

Thank you for a wonderful stay, we will definitely be back for own 1 year wedding anniversary.

Beautiful setting and lovely facilities. Had some success fishing, catching a decent size carp and tench. Stan (our springer spaniel) had a wonderful time

Most relaxing enjoyable experience. Totally left to yourself, idyllic. Great for dogs.

it looked lovely and it was truly lovely despite the adverse weather. The owner David is a great guy; picked us up from exeter in his car, and dropped us off at the train station at the end of our stay. He made the trip even better. Would love to go back and stay (and maybe jam with him!)

book shepards delight you will no be disappointed its the best break we have had in the uk devon is amazing

Shepherds Delight is a beautiful place in a gorgeous location... everything you need is to hand and well thought through. I would definitely recommend this to everyone I know!

A wonderful place to stay, away from the crowds. The hut is beautiful, solar powered with a fantastic power shower. Paul, the owner is lovely and made our stay perfect!

The location is great, only 2 miles from Exeter but in secluded farmland so you get fresh air and peace and quiet.

I would highly recommend people to stay here, it is so peaceful and relaxing :)

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