Shepherd's Oak sits in a fabulous spot with far reaching views and sheltered by a gorgeous old oak tree.
The hot tub could not be in a more stunning position - valley views as far as you can see, with a lovely decked area for al fresco dining.
The hot tub has now been added but this photo shows you the decking area at the front of the shepherd's hut at this wonderful organic farm.
Enjoy! What a place to switch off and truly relax.
The welcoming stable door takes you into Shepherd's Oak.
Simply but beautifully fitted inside.
With a sweet little kitchen-area with a small fridge and toaster.
You can even enjoy the fabulous view from your bed.
The cosy little wood-burner will keep you warm and toasty on cooler days.
A little kitchen-area with hot and cold water to your kitchen sink.
There's an electric two ring hob.
All the equipment you will need.
Time for tea?
If you tire of the view, there's a TV too!
The en suite shower-room.
With its shower.
Proper flushing toilet and wash-basin.
The very cosy interior is simple and comfortable.
Al fresco dining at its very best.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with the most fabulous views.
Not only is this delightful hut sheltered by the oak tree, the owner has even installed a sail shelter for extra outdoor living space.
Just gorgeous!
There is another surprise through the little gate to the side of the hut......
Your own private sunset deck......
Created for you to sit and enjoy the evening sun and unspoilt rural views.
What a great way to end the day, under the starry sky in the wood-fired hot tub.
The wood-fired hot tub.
Your logs are provided.
And you will even have some food to feed the Alpacas!
They will keep you entertained (please keep your dog(s) on the lead around any livestock).
Alpaca faces!
The National Trust estate at Killerton is just a bike ride away down the road - lovely walks, gardens, cafe, restaurant and shop.
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.
Another view of the beach at Budleigh Salterton - you can follow the South West Coast Path from here.
Take it easy and enjoy the beach at Budleigh Salterton!
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.

Shepherd's Oak

3280

2.4 miles NE of Exeter / Sleeps 2 (no children under 10)

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Lazy Toad Inn (1 ½ miles)

A friendly village pub serving good food from local suppliers and real ales. Enjoy the beer garden or the open fire after a walk by the nearby River Exe. Dogs are welcome on a lead in the garden or bar area.

Nearest beach

Exmouth Beach (11 miles)

With its miles of golden sands and spine of lush rolling countryside, Exmouth Beach offers action and tranquillity in equal measures. Pick a quiet spot to take in the views and breathe in the fresh, salty air. Or, try your hand at one of the many sports you can play, from swimming to kite surfing to kayaking. Whether you are looking for a day of solo exploration or taking the whole family out for some coastal fun, there is truly something for everyone. Enjoying close proximity to lots of shops and facilities, Exmouth Beach provides the best of both worlds in the heart of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Adams August 2017

Fantastic sandy beach

It's easy to park - with a long and short stay area, and a long prom - ideal for strolling as well as a good sandy beach. It's also easy to walk into the town for a change of scenery and a bite to eat. And there's mini-golf!

Nearest walk

Poltimore Estate Guided Walks (1 ¼ miles)

Regular guided walks take place around the old estate. Tickets can be purchased from the Web site and dogs are welcome just so long as they keep their owners on a lead.

Nearest town

Exeter (2 ½ miles)

Exeter has always had real character due to its lovely cathedral, which is surrounded by peaceful green spaces and cobbled streets. The historic quayside is full of interesting shops to browse and cafes to while away an afternoon of people watching. There is a worthwhile visitor centre which traces Exeter’s history back into the mists of time.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

Scenic rail trips from Exeter

Tarka line to to the quiet heart of North Devon. The spectacular estuary and coastal route to Dawlish and Paignton. Pretty East Devon /Dorset route through Axminster, Sherbourne and on to Salisbury. Great days out or wonderful just to relax and look out at glorious Devon!

Also nearby

Killerton House and Gardens (3 miles)

A fine example of 18th Century architecture, Killerton House is home to a vast collection of period costumes - 9,000 items in all - spanning the fashions of the past 200 years. The gardens are the star of the show at Killerton. Beautiful all year round, they put on a wonderful display of rhododendrons and magnolias, set against the backdrop of Devon's rolling countryside. Open-air theatre is hosted here during the summer.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Anna H February 2014

Really great for out of season walks - acres of woodland on the hill behind the house - discover that the hill is actually an iron age fort ! make sure you wear wellies at this time of year !


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2011

wonderful gardens, beautifully maintained and worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

One of Devon's great estates, Killerton was given to the National Trust by Sir Richard Acland. The famous garden was created by John Veitch and is beautiful all year round.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

A National Trust property with beautiful gardens in rolling Devon countryside. Lovely for a walk in any season.
- J M Wynne

Exeter Underground Passages (2 ¾ miles)

Explore the medieval passages that lie beneath Exeter High Street. Learn about the history of the tunnels with an interactive display, exhibition and film, then don a hard hat for a guided tour of the passages that once piped fresh water to the heart of the city.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2012


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

Built in 14th and 15th Centuries to bring a supply of fresh water into the city. Visitors pass through an exciting interpretation centre with interactive displays, have a 10 minute film presentation and a 25 minute tour followed by an opportunity to explore the exhibition.

Saddles and Paddles (3 ¼ miles)

Choose either the Exe Estuary Trail or the Exeter Canal Trail from here.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

Take your choice, bike or canoe

A nice flat cycle ride on a tow path with two pubs en-route. The Double Locks is half way and Turf is at the end. Both serve good food.

Knightshayes Court (12 miles)

A wonderful Gothic pile with stunning formal gardens and beautiful interiors. The walled garden provides produce for the Stables restaurant where you can watch the gardeners at work or explore the woodland walks.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2020

Knightshayes

Interesting house surrounded by magnificent gardens.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs George May 2014

Free parking and walk for dog

We couldn't go in as we had the dog with us, but the car park was free and there's a nice woodland walk off the car park where dogs can walk off the lead. Nice setting and surrounding countryside.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Drewett September 2012

Stunning

One of the best national trust properties we've ever been to, something for all ages. The gardens are fantastic and offer both formal and woodland styles. Well worth a visit!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Beautiful gardens!

The gardens are the jewel of this property, with many different areas; woodland, formal garden, meadow, parkland and a stunning restored kitchen garden which provides produce for the lovely stables restaurant. Highly recommended and really easy access from the M5.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, this rare example of the work of eccentric architect William Burges has extraordinary medieval romantic interiors. The beautiful garden includes a kitchen garden.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009

Glorious garden. Monster house, but interesting contents.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

Good National Trust property

Interesting house and gardens, even kept the kids going for two hours.

Topsham (5 ¼ miles)

Some of the buildings here wouldn't look out of place in Amsterdam. The Dutch influenced architecture is a legacy from Topsham's days as a major cotton port trading with Holland. This pretty town on the Exe estuary has some lovely shops and restaurants and a large antique centre on the quayside. Walk along the estuary, visit the nature reserves and enjoy watching birds along the river from the bird hides.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Piper December 2019

Pleasant local circular walk from Darts Farm

We enjoyed a delightful circular walk from Darts Farm taking in RSPB Bowling Green Marsh with flocks of winter ducks and other birds as well as taking in Topsham with specialist architecture and shops and eateries.

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