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
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No WiFi
- No smoking
- Pub 1 mile
- Garden furniture, hammock and gas griddle/plancha
- Logs for wood-burner
- Logs for chiminea pay owner (At cost)
Welcome to our peaceful, lakeside haven.
Just look at this location, it is a complete dream!
We love the indoor, outdoor living style.
Simply the perfect spot to enjoy some much-needed downtime.
The cosy double bed offers a peaceful night's sleep.
And what a view to wake up to!
The little wood burner will keep you snug whatever the weather.
And the kitchen is well-equipped for your stay in nature.
Start your day by refreshing in the ensuite shower room.
Dining alfresco never looked so good.
Rustle up a delicious supper on the outdoor stove.
And enjoy a sundowner by the warmth of the chiminea.
This view is for your eyes only, complete seclusion, perfect for a romantic getaway.
Take to the water in the rowing boat... just like a scene out of the Notebook!
So many places to sit and watch the world go by.
Nestled in nature with the most gorgeous surroundings.
Your four-legged friend is also welcome to join you on your glamping getaway.
Magical moments await.
Just the sweetest retreat in nature's paradise!
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.
Take it easy and enjoy the beach at Budleigh Salterton!
Another view of the beach at Budleigh Salterton - you can follow the South West Coast Path from here.
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.
The National Trust estate at Killerton is just a bike ride away down the road - lovely walks, gardens, cafe, restaurant and shop.