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, with your own private circular path perfect for the morning stroll, complete with lily pads and the occasional kingfisher this is the perfect retreat!
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 an outdoor kitchen - lovingly built by the owner using reclaimed wood from the farm and complete with a sofa, solid fuel Rayburn (for cooking, toasting marshmallows and warmth) and bar stools looking out onto the rural surroundings, 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 stay, you will find a scrumptious Devon cream tea awaiting you on arrival, as well as tea, coffee, sugar, marshmallows and even treats for your four-legged friend!
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
Outside Access to
Outdoor kitchen with soild fuel Rayburn
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. Please note the charging of electric vehicles is not permitted at this property. However there are a number of charging points locally. *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/Outdoor bath
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- 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
Say hello to heavenly Hayley's Hut.
The perfect hideaway to call home for a little while.
The clever fold-down bed allows you to make the most of this unique space.
And just look at this view. Simply stunning.
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 lake views can even be enjoyed from the bed - the perfect accompaniment to a morning cuppa.
The idyllic place to rest your head and stargaze through the skylight.
The kitchen is perfectly equipped for your stay in nature.
Sink into the dreamy ambience that this gorgeous retreat radiates.
The idyllic spot to enjoy a lazy mid-week brunch.
The warming wood-burner keeps the hut toasty in the cooler months.
The ensuite shower-room sits at the end of the hut.
Complete with walk-in shower, wash-basin and WC.
Robes are provided - keeping you cosy when using the hot tub.
Take a seat and relax in nature's paradise.
Or soak away your worries in the bubbling hot tub.
Just a dream.
There are no words for how beautiful the setting is!
The only neighbours you need to worry about are the friendly cows.
There's a rustic outdoor kitchen behind the hut.
Another lovely spot to simply while away the hours.
Hand crafted by the clever owner.
There's a solid fuel Rayburn for cooking, toasting marshmallows and providing warmth.
Hayley's Hut is a tonic for the soul that will quite simply capture your heart from the moment you arrive.
Catch the passenger ferry from Bideford Quay to Lundy Island.
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.
Instow beach has miles of sand and dog friendly year round.
The pretty village of Appledore, across the estuary from Instow.
Discover the delights of Dartmoor either by bike or on foot.
The pretty market town of Bideford is worth a visit.
At Westward Ho! there is plenty of sand at low tide.