This is an exceptional shepherd's hut in a simply unbeatable setting - sheltered in a little copse of trees in a private lakeside setting with its very own hot tub. The gentle rolling fields of this working north Devon farm mean that Hayley's Hut has tranquil countryside views and a beautiful calm stretch of water, complete with lily pads and the occasional kingfisher, all to itself.
The location would have done Hayley's Hut proud just as it is but add to that the luxury of the hot tub, where you can have a 'dark skies' experience - no light pollution, just a myriad of stars and planets to try and identify - as you sip a glass of bubbly. There is a fire-pit for fireside barbecues and, for snug evenings inside, a super comfy bed to tuck up into with your dog sleeping by the wood-burner as the embers glow. This idyllic retreat also has en suite shower facilities (with plenty of hot water and a flushing WC), a cleverly planned and fitted kitchen and an even cleverer double bed that smoothly folds up to reveal your dining-table. The hut is full of friendly touches that make this a mini home-from-home where relaxing is inevitable!
We hope this sets the scene for a glamping experience that will banish the worries of the world within moments of arriving.
Arriving itself is all part of the adventure. From the Devon lanes you turn into a wide driveway to the farm, where you will be guided through the heart of the farmstead to the track that leads on down to the hut. Depending on the time of year, and especially if the cows are living inside enjoying the shelter of their winter-time barns, do expect a bit of good old 'muck and mud' as you drive between the barns. The upside is that you will see the dairy cows up close and personal as they wait for milking time and the inquisitive calves that will grow up into the herd - and not to forget Bruce, the dear little farm dog.
You may not want to set foot away from this idyllic place but, if you do, you are not far from the dramatic north Devon coast. This part of the coastline has sheer cliffs, rocky coves and an exhilarating stretch of the South West Coast Path. You can join this at Bucks Mills, a tiny hamlet tucked into a steep wooded valley, or at Hartland Point further along the coast. Clovelly is a magical unspoilt fishing village where donkeys still pull the cart loads of provisions up and down the cobbled streets - not a car in sight. If your dog wants to race along a sandy beach, Instow's wonderful beach is dog-friendly all year round and at Westward Ho! there is plenty of sand at low tide.
Head inland for wild rambles in Dartmoor National Park. Whatever the time of year you are sure to have some exhilarating walks and stunning views. Back at your rural hideaway, you are more than welcome to fish in the well-stocked lake (please bring your own rod).
Finally, to ensure the best start to your day whatever your plans, you will find a truly wonderful breakfast hamper in the hut for you, with orange juice, granola, fresh bread, eggs, bacon and sausages. Cooking outside in the morning is as much fun as an evening BBQ.
Open plan living-room with kitchen, dining and bedroom areas. Wood-burner, 2 ring gas hob, slow cooker, fridge, toaster, kettle and double bed (4'6'') with stargazing roof
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Due to the nature of the utterly unique rural setting on a working dairy farm, it would be advisable to take your wellies along and leave the Ferrari at home, as there may well be a bit of good old 'muck and mud' as you drive between the barns/get out and about exploring the farm and surrounding areas, especially in the winter months. *A baby up to six months old (non crawler) is welcome, please bring your own moses basket.
- Dogs welcome (1 only)
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Hot tub
- Private parking for 1 car
- No smoking
- Pub 1 mile
- Garden furniture and fire-pit barbecue
- Oil-filled radiator and heated towel rail
- Logs for wood-burner
Hayley's Hut is an exceptional shepherd's hut in a simply unbeatable setting.
This idyllic rural retreat even has its very own lake, full of cold-water fish (i.e. carp) - the owners are happy for you to bring a fishing rod.
The interior is light, airy and spacious.
Cook up a storm on the fire-pit BBQ and dine al fresco.
Many an hour can be whiled away in the bubbling hot tub, taking in the lovely surroundings.
So cleverly designed, the pull-down bed converts with ease into the dining area.
Treat yourself to a yummy breakfast before heading out exploring.
Throw open the doors and let the fresh air in.
Lovely views of the lake can even be enjoyed from the kitchen sink.
The small but well-equipped kitchen area includes a kettle and 2-ring hob.
The hut has been styled beautifully.
Your four-legged friend is welcome to go swimming in the lake, while you can enjoy a glass or two on the outside chairs.
Surprisingly roomy inside with everything you could need.
There are even games and books for you to enjoy.
Here is the dining area cleverly converted into the comfy bed.
With lovely linen, in-keeping with the delightful design of the rest of the hut.
The lake views can even be enjoyed from the bed - the perfect accompaniment to a morning cuppa.
A totally enjoyable place to stay, whatever the season.
Here you can see the proximity of the hot tub to the hut.
What better place to enjoy a G&T.
The warming wood-burner keeps the hut toasty in the cooler months.
The window in the roof means makes stargazing super easy and is a must!
There are lovely touches throughout, including treats for your four-legged friend.
Snuggle up in this wonderful retreat!
Being set on a working dairy farm, you will spot lots of cows during your stay!
Quirky prints hang on the wall.
Even the crockery is delightful here.
Pop the radio on and chill out, inside or out.
Everywhere you look there are lovely details.
Plenty of books to read and guides/maps to help you plan your adventures.
The owner very kindly provides a welcome hamper.
The hot tub has its own little area and is for your sole use.
The en suite shower-room puts the glam into glamping.
Complete with walk-in shower, wash-basin and proper flushing loo.
There's on-tap hot water too!
A few steps lead up into the hut.
An absolute blissful setting.
Soak away, taking in your glorious surroundings.
Sit back and relax at Hayley's Hut.
Here, the cows are your only neighbours!