'Over the hill and far away' is a pretty good phrase to use for the setting for Tarka Views. A magical lane takes you on a mystery tour deep in the north Devon countryside, yet Oldiscleave Farm is just 15 minutes from the fabulous sandy beach at Instow and 5 minutes from the outskirts of the market town of Bideford. Staying here gives you a perfect balance of being away from it all and yet not isolated.
As you get to the end of the lane at the entrance to the farm, the hillside just falls away in front of you to give a jaw-dropping panoramic view down over farmland and forest to the River Torridge, over the countryside miles beyond and as far as Lundy Island just off the coast.
Sitting in a fully enclosed and private space - excellent if you bring your four-legged family friend - this ultimate escape from it all shepherd's hut has its own garden and, tucked around the side, the jewel in the crown is a raised deck with a hot tub. Nothing could be more therapeutic or romantic than an evening under the night stars with lights twinkling in the sky and mirrored far across the valley from farmstead to farmstead.
Inside is just as much of a treat. The bed is fitted into a Scandinavian style alcove at one end of the perfectly designed space. There is even a TV if you want to snuggle up with a film once you have torn yourself away from the natural cinema outside. There is a wood-burning stove and an endless supply of logs from the 40-acre woodland a stroll away down the hill. The kitchen has a deep Belfast sink, microwave, hot plate and mini fridge. True to Glamping there is a lovely hot shower and proper flushing WC as well.
160 acres of farmland wraps around the hut. Guests are welcome to explore wherever they like, though there will be livestock in some of the fields and so dogs do need to be kept on a lead. There is a wonderful circular walk which takes in the woodland with a stream running through it, and you can go all the way down to the river for some wild swimming!
Bring your mountain bikes as the Tarka Trail cycle track is just at the bottom of the hill. What a great way to get to the coast for a day on the beach - the trail runs alongside the estuary to Instow and beyond. Speaking of beaches, Westward Ho! is just a 15-minute drive away and great for surfing. Another great adventure is to hop on the boat at Bideford Quay and take time out on Lundy Island, which is a special wild bird sanctuary, a place of peace and calm with the Atlantic Ocean touching its shores.
Open plan living-room with kitchen, dining and bedroom areas. Counter-top cooking stove, mini fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, TV, wood-burner and double bed (4'6'')
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
*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 2 miles
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- Under-floor heating
- Logs for wood-burner
A true getaway retreat, with stunning views and a bubbling hot tub.
The jaw-dropping panoramic view looks down over farmland and forest to the River Torridge, over countryside miles beyond and as far as Lundy Island just off the coast.
A wonderful setting for a wonderful retreat.
Inside, the hut is both stylish and well-equipped.
Surprisingly spacious, with a dining area, kitchen and bed area.
You'll never tire of the stunning view.
Glorious views for miles - tranquil and calming for a restorative break.
The dining table folds up and down with ease.
You can even enjoy the view from bed.
Lazy mornings in bed are a must, with the view as a backdrop.
Colourful cushions add to the charm.
A lovely place to rest your head at the end of a busy day exploring.
There's even a TV, if you can tear your gaze away from the view!
Throw open the windows and let the fresh countryside air in.
The bed is tucked away in a Scandinavian style alcove.
The small but well-equipped kitchen includes a deep Belfast sink, microwave, hot plate and mini fridge.
The sweet patterned blinds are a nod to the huts rural setting.
An idyllic place to stay year-round.
The warming wood-burner ensures cosiness whatever the weather.
There is, of course, an en suite shower-room.
With a walk-in shower, wash-basin and WC.
And hot and cold running water.
The shower-room window looks out to the hot tub, tucked around the side of the hut.
Al fresco dining is a must.
Relax on the sun loungers with a good book.
That's if you can take your eyes off the gorgeous view!
The views can very much be enjoyed from the hot tub too.
Plan your next adventure, this is such a great location for getting out and about.
The hut sits in a fully enclosed and private space.
The fire-pit is great to light of an evening.
Plenty of spots from which to enjoy the view.
An idyllic hideaway with all you could need.
A traditional yet modern 'hut on wheels'.
Your four-legged friend is most welcome to join you.
Escape the every day in the great outdoors.
What could be better than a hot tub with a view.
Staying here gives you a perfect balance of being away from it all and yet not isolated.
A great place to sit and watch the sun go down.
The countryside views lead down to the River Torridge in the distance.
Wow, what a location!
Guests are welcome to explore the 160 acres of farmland, though there will be livestock in some of the fields and so dogs do need to be kept on a lead.
Tarka Views is located on lovely Oldiscleave Farm, in it's own private area with the most amazing views.
North Devon is home to some of the most spectacular sandy surfing beaches - this is Westward Ho!, just a 15 minute drive away.
Nearby are lovely Appledore and Instow - facing each other across the Torridge Estuary.