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.
Just gorgeous!
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).
Alpaca faces!
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 Oak


2.4 miles NE of Exeter / Sleeps 2 (no children under 10)

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7 Nights from £363

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Fantastic shepherds hut and very friendly and helpful owner. It was a relaxing and very enjoyable experience that I will remember fondly. Beautiful location and a real experience to spend the evening in the hot tub chatting and looking at the stars. The dog loved it too! I recommend opening the door in the morning and having a cup of tea in bed enjoying the amazing scenery.

Beautiful farm with privacy and comfort. Hot tub was amazing and was lovely to have the smell of the wood burner too. Perfect location for Exeter with a taxi fare of only £10 making it very affordable. Very modern pod, total glamming experience!

The setting was absolutely beautiful with plenty of wood provided to sit in the hot tub and looks out into the rolling countryside. Brilliantly comfortable good sized bed for a small space. Friendly family dogs who came to say hello was a bonus! Lovely farmshop a 30 min walk away selling plants and snacks! The alpaca were very curious and entertaining, and a quick text to owner Paul meant we were able to feed them! Three nights was not enough - I could live here!!! Would highly recommend if you want to switch off entirely and take in the calmness and simplicity existence sometimes lends us.

Overall a really nice stay. Beautiful views, cute looking hut, comfy bed, friendly animals. Paul was more than happy to help if we needed anything. We had a couple of hiccups on our stay like the hot tub not heating up and our hot water turning off one night. But we stayed at the end of October and it was very cold and windy so that could have been why. I would definitely stay again, probably in the summer though.

Thank you so much, we had a lovely time here on our honeymoon :) It's just beautiful here with everything we needed. Highlights for us were: The hot tub! Surprisingly big bathroom Super comfy bed The animals including Dylan the collie :) The amazing views Friendly owners

A treat and retreat for the soul. Magical beautiful Shepherds Oak truly was absolutely wonderful.

It was a lovely experience and would recommend to our family and friends!


So peaceful and relaxing, Paul was really welcoming and ensured we knew we could go anywhere on the property.

Sunrise in a wood fired hot tub was stunning and so close to the moors / beach.

Thank you for an amazing holiday break, the reset was much needed!

Warm welcome from owner. Peaceful setting with stunning views across the Devon countryside. Very friendly alpacas to chat with. Shepherd hut had everything we needed, including great relaxing outside space usable in all weather. Thanks

Spent a lovely five days in Shepherds Oak. Such a comfy cosy little space. Owners were lovely and helpful. Would love to visit again

Lovely shephards hut and get away from busy life. Great location and surroundings were perfect. Only slight disappointment was the host, looking at other reviews we were expecting very welcoming and helpful hosts however we met one man who was friendly enough but only showed us around for 5 minutes, told us to leave the keys in the door when we go, and didn’t reply to our message saying we left!

Loved our stay at Shepard's Oak. Overall it was a pleasure to stay here and I would love to return. Waking up to the sound of birds and a beautiful sunrise was a lovely treat and I will miss it.

The cottage is located in the most perfect setting with fields and woodland all around.

Inside the hut we had everything we could have asked for. The hut was also spotlessly clean and very well laid out.

The host was very friendly, polite and professional. he was always on hand to help answer any questions we had.

We would highly recommend this place to anyone!

We stayed at the Shepards hut for a long weekend and we loved it! The location is beautiful! The log fired hot tub is a perfect way to relax! It's close enough to Exeter town centre to venture out but far enough to feel like your in the middle of nowhere! I would honestly recommend this to anyone wanting a great staycation! :)

Reply from Classic Cottages

We're delighted that you had such a great break and made the most of the lovely hot tub! Thanks so much for sharing your positive review. Tanya, Customer Support

Clean, tidy and well presented shepherd's hut with the luxury of a hot tub and some amazing countryside views. A perfect get away from the city life.

A perfect little hideaway from busy life! Really lovely and helpful hosts. We loved every second there!!

We had the most amazing time at Shepherd’s Oak. We only left the property a couple of times to go for walks. Spent a lot of time in the gorgeous hot tub. Amazing to admire the beautiful views.

Shepherds oak is the perfect place to stay for a relaxing break, the views are stunning and the hot tub is really lovely.

A beautiful romantic retreat. The hut is perfect with everything you need and more for a relaxing recharge. The hot tub is wonderful whether at night watching the stars or in the day with the amazing view. Paul and his wife, the owners are really friendly and helpful making you feel welcome and relaxed. A lovely spot of Devon.

All good!

This is really a nice, small but lovely place to go and relax in and to get away from the city life. All you need is there for a good short stay. The views are amazing.

We had an amazing weekend loved every minute of it such a beautiful place will definitely be recommending thank you very much

Reply from Classic Cottages

We're so pleased that you enjoyed your time in this lovely little retreat - sometimes a weekend is all you need to rest and recharge. We hope we can welcome you back again soon. Tanya, Customer Support

Amazing location, outstanding outside spaces and hot tub facility. Totally relaxed vibe but so close to Exeter and surrounding coastal towns. Loved it!

Fantastic location, peaceful and very quiet albeit so close to Exeter and other attractions. If you are looking for some peace and quiet in unspoilt location then this is it.

Wonderful stay at Shepherds Oak, we stayed 5 nights and could have stayed more. The hot tub was a dream & we loved watching the alpacas! A real little gem!

Lovely relaxing stay in a cosy Shepherds Hut

The shepherds hut is in a wonderful, idyllic, peaceful location. You have no idea Exeter is so close. The Alpacas and hot tub made the stay extra special and watching the view at night with a cold drink on the veranda, proper chilled us out. If staying trips to beautiful Sidmouth and Dartmoor are a must. Thankyou

Great break away if you enjoy peace and quiet with lots of dog friendly walks and pubs should you like that.

Paul and Barbara are very friendly hosts and very helpful.

Wonderful little hut! Very cute space with a few basic amenities. The hot tub is wonderful and being surrounded by alpacas is certainly an experience.

We had a lovely stay at shepherds Oak. The hut is extremely cosy and has everything you need for a little break away. The views are beautiful and the surrounding area is lovely with a great walk through the woods across the road. We had an extremely peaceful stay aside from the wind but that only added to the cosy feeling. Thank you for a wonderful stay and we will be sure to recommend.

Fantastic property in a amazing location. The scenic views are truly breathtaking. Perfect to fully relax but close enough to explore Exeter town. If you are intending to enter Exeter town, download an app called OlaCabs. Set your location to Stoke Hill (5 minute walk left out of farm entrance). This will pick you up from the location alsmost immediately and cost us £3.80 with the 50% joining discount on the first 5 trips. The taxi back on the app will then take you straight to the farm for a similar price. Highly recommend this place and cannot wait to return at some point in the future.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks for the great tip about the taxi - really useful. We so glad you got to explore the area and look forward to helping you book another stay in the future. Tanya, Customer Support

The perfect retreat. Great respectful and quiet neighbours (alpacas!). The hut was clean, comfortable and cosy with all you could want provided. Paul the owner was great and very helpful when we needed instructions to light the hot tub. A huge thank you!

A must visit - the hot tub and views are incredible

Our hosts gave us food to the feed the alpacas on the next field and brought us a freshly caught mackerel. It was little touches like this that made the whole experience a memory to last forever.

Absolutely fantastic short break! We felt like we were in the middle of nowhere and were never disturbed. The hot tub was lush and so were the gorgeous alpacas! We will recommend and definitely returning the future

Great location with nice countryside views, the hut had a lovely comfy bed and dressing gowns.

The issues raised after our holiday could have been dealt with better both mr & mrs Smail and

I am still awaiting a response...

Reply from Classic Cottages

It's great to hear that you did enjoy your break, as you confirmed to the owner. We're sorry that you felt unhappy with the owner's request for reimbursement for the damage caused to the hot tub during your stay, and that we were not able to provide an answer to your query as quickly as you would have liked - we do always try to be prompt and efficient but sometimes we need to speak with other parties which can prolong the situation. As detailed in our email, we'll continue our correspondence directly. Classic Cottages

Absolutely brilliant stay, welcoming owners, beautiful setting, facilities were above and beyond, cosey but everything you need, the log fire hot tub was great to relax in, beautiful views and close to everything you might need should you wish to leave. We were more than happy enjoying shepherds oak and all or had to offer. Can’t wait to come back !

Beautiful setting. Helpful owners. Had everything we needed. Can't believe it was only 2 miles from busy Exeter. It was just what we needed.

Would highly recommend staying here- you will not disappointed with the lovely hot tub and superb view.

Shepherds oak was a dream! Booked for my girlfriends holiday which landed on a bank holiday, I thought would be a night mare however booking through classic cottages and the hosts Paul and Barbara were amazing! Will defenitly return! The place was clean and had everything you wanted for a short break and the hot tub was amazing!

Sheppards Oak is a fantastic place to unwind. Cosy and warm. Paul the owner is welcoming and was very helpful with advice of things to do around the area.

Perfect romantic getaway!

Shepard's Oak was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. The hot tub and chiminea were used every day of our stay and the views are amazing day or night! Couldn't of asked for a more relaxing, cosy place to spend our week. The owners were very helpful and friendly, we would definitely recommend Shepard's Oak! Thanks x

Shepherd's Oak is wonderful! Beautiful location and amazing interior. Highly recommend for a romantic break away or a holiday base to explore the local surroundings!

Lovely hut in a fabulous location. Bed was very comfy and the surrounding area was so peaceful. Hot tub was a really nice touch and the dog had lots of space to run around in!

beautiful location very cosy shepherds hut.

amazing experience , shepherds oak was so cosy. nothing was too much trouble for the owners. lovely walks for the dogs. peace and quite was sheer bliss ...

The Shepherds hut was brilliantly laid out boy inside and out.

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