Let loose your imagination, embrace the need we all have to get away from it all and make a list of what you think the essence of a perfect shepherd's hut in a perfect setting should be. Horseshoe Shepherd's Hut is sure to match it.
Truly bespoke, literally hand-built, and to the highest most luxurious spec possible, this shepherd's hut sits at the top of its own private orchard. There are 200 acres of ancient unspoilt woodland - with carpets of bluebells in the spring and wildlife that will open your eyes when you tune into it - just a stroll away down a green track - and on top of that wild swimming in the river at the bottom of the valley.
This is the place.
Then add in the hot tub set into the wide deck, the super-size en suite shower, the king-sized bed, wood-burning stove and beautifully-designed kitchen.
This is something else.
The owners have gone out of their way to think of every detail from their guests' point of view. From the absolute need for privacy to the creature comforts that will guarantee a special experience whatever the time of year (they have even provided original Sahara Desert jackets for those chillier evenings and luxury spa robes with slippers so you can relax after the hot tub). There is a private lane and dedicated entrance to the orchard making you feel like this special world is for no-one but you. The double doors of the hut open onto a wide deck - your own sundowner terrace - and of course the hot tub for evenings beneath the stars. Delicate outside lighting ensures that the atmosphere is perfect (even on a cloudy English night which we try not to allow).
This is exceptional.
Aside from the shepherd's hut itself, even the name of the village draws you in - Chittlehamholt. This is a welcoming rural community offering a community shop and a lovely local pub where you will receive a warm welcome.
Chittlehamholt, and its sister village of Chittlehampton, are easy to reach and yet off the beaten track. The nearest market town is South Molton with its twice-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays) pannier market and quirky independent shops. For a highly recommended blast of sea air, the nearest beach on the north Devon coast is just over half an hour away - miles of golden sand at Instow. Across the estuary, you can use the little seasonal passenger ferry, is the historic fishing village of Appledore. A little further afield the coast becomes truly dramatic with wild cliff paths and rocky coves and fabulous surfing beaches.
If walking is your thing, infamous Exmoor National Park is just half an hour away by car and dramatic Dartmoor can be easily reached too (around an hour's drive). Or why not cycle the Tarka Trail from Braunton to Meeth near Hatherleigh. For a total change in scenery, the Cathedral City of Exeter is nearby - don't fancy driving? Hop on a train for the 45-minute journey to the city along the beautiful Tarka Line. Closer to home, the Highbullen Hotel is within walking distance of the hut and offers tennis, golf, spa, gym, bar and fine dining restaurant.
Outings apart, we think that Horseshoe Shepherd's Hut is somewhere where you can park up the car and just 'be'. Be there, lounge in the hot tub, picnic in the woods, swim in the river, relax, and restore yourselves in this embracing and welcoming place.
Open plan living-room with kitchen, dining and bedroom areas. Electric oven (with two-ring induction hob), fridge/freezer, microwave, wood-burner, TV (with DVD player) and king-size bed (5')
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
*A baby under six months old (non-crawler) is welcome, please bring your own moses basket.
- Regret no pets
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Hot tub
- Private parking for 1 car
- No smoking
- Pub 300 yds
- Deck and garden furniture, gas BBQ and fire-pit
- Under-floor heating
- Logs for wood-burner
An idyllic retreat in an equally idyllic spot.
Tucked away in its own private orchard with a bubbling hot tub.
There is so much gorgeous outside space here, all yours to enjoy.
Horseshoe is just as special inside as outside.
The open plan living space is totally and utterly delightful.
Super spacious with all you could need for a comfortable stay.
The toasty wood-burner ensures cosiness all year-round (there's under-floor heating too!).
Dining al fresco is a must.
The kitchen is well-equipped and includes an electric oven and induction hob, perfect for rustling up a scrummy supper.
Beautiful wallpaper adorns the end wall.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast whilst looking out onto the orchard.
The comfy king-size bed provides the perfect place to rest your head.
This is the view from your bed, looking out to the plum tree and bird table - what kinds of wildlife will you spot?
In true luxury glamping style, there is of course an en suite shower-room, and a gorgeous one at that!
Complete with WC, wash-basin and heated towel rail.
Lovely details all around.
There's a large walk-in shower.
Towels are, of course, provided.
The owners have thoughtfully put together every single detail.
The orchard is private and all yours to make the most of.
A dip in the hot tub is a must.
A gorgeous bag purchased in the lovely local village, raising money for charity.
Such a pretty design.
There are lovely touches everywhere you look.
Why not head out for a picnic.
A glass of your favourite tipple is the perfect holiday accompaniment.
There is so much to see and do nearby.
Fresh eggs are kindly provided by the owners.
A nod to this fabulous hut's name.
Chill out on the sun loungers with a good book - bliss.
The gorgeous features and details continue outside.
The perfect place to enjoy the sunset from.
There's a fire-pit, ideal for toasting marshmallows over.
The fire-pit adds a lovely atmosphere to an evening.
An idyllic retreat to escape to for a few days or more.
Horseshoe sits just a short stroll from the delightful village of Chittlehamholt which is a welcoming rural community with a community shop and a lovely local pub.
Sitting at the top of its own private orchard, there are 200 acres of ancient unspoilt woodland to explore just a stroll away down a green track.
The owners' chickens live at the bottom of the orchard.
The owners also have some sheep, who live in a nearby paddock.
Horseshoe Shepherd's Hut resides in the delightful village of Chittlehamholt.
The welcoming local pub is within walking distance.
And there's a community shop for provisions too.
Treat yourself to some local produce.
Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to choose from.
For a highly recommended blast of sea air, the nearest beach on the north Devon coast is just over half an hour away - miles of golden sand at Instow.
Across the estuary from Instow, you can use the little seasonal passenger ferry, is the historic fishing village of Appledore.
If walking is your thing, infamous Exmoor National Park is just half an hour away by car.
Dramatic Dartmoor can be easily reached too (around an hour's drive).