Hayley's Hut is an exceptional shepherd's hut in a simply unbeatable setting.
Many an hour can be whiled away in the bubbling hot tub, taking in the lovely surroundings.
The interior is light, airy and spacious.
Cook up a storm on the fire-pit BBQ and dine al fresco.
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.
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.
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.
Your four-legged friend is welcome to go swimming in the lake, while you can enjoy a glass or two on the outside chairs.
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!

Hayley's Hut

4231

7.7 miles S of Bideford / Sleeps 2 + cot* (no children from 1 to 11)

7 Nights from £416 - £741

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

Nearest pub

The Union Inn Stibb Cross (¾ mile)

A traditional country pub with large car park and lovely garden for alfresco dining in summer. If you need entertaining there's a pool room and two dart boards. Food is home cooked and this pub opens every day of the week.

Nearest beach

Westward Ho! Beach (9 ¾ miles)

Two miles of sand stretching into the distance backed by a pebble ridge which divides the beach from Northam Burrows Country Park, a magnificent stretch of salt marsh, grassland and dunes.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Taylor September 2016

the pier house

Gorgeous restaurant serving lovely food. Stunning views while you eat.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Selby April 2012

Awesome beach for surfers/bodyboarders!

This beach is incredible...2 miles of the most incredible surf I've ever seen and however busy it gets it never seems crowded.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Morgan September 2011

Felt like I was a kid again

The beach is huge....3miles of it! Although it's a sandy beach, the sand never actually dried out during our visit. But that was great for sandcastle building. Plenty of surfers make use of the beach and the rock pools are fantastic. Great fish and chip shop just up from the beach. Parking is easy. Definitely worth a visit.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Douglas-Mann September 2010

Vast expanses of golden sand

Westward Ho! beach is a 'Blue Flag' beach, offering vast expanses of golden sand. Good for surfing, it is patrolled by lifeguards and is one of the safest in the area. An added attraction for youngsters are the many rock pools to explore at low tide.

Nearest walk

Milton Damerel Footpaths (3 ½ miles)

You can enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside on these seven local footpaths around rural Milton Damerel which can be downloaded from the Parish Web site here.

Nearest town

Great Torrington (4 ¾ miles)

Perched on an inland clifftop over the River Torridge, there are some fabulous views in all directions and lots of history to discover as you wander the Pannier Market and bump into historical reenactments along the Tarka Way.

Also nearby

RHS Rosemoor (4 ½ miles)

Set deep in the north Devon countryside, The Rosemoor estate was once the home of Lady Anne Palmer. Lady Anne developed a passion for plants when she met noted plantsman Colllingwood Ingram while recuperating from measles in Spain. Over the next 30 years, she travelled the world to collect specimens for her garden, which she gave to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1988. The estate now comprises 65 acres of land, which includes rose gardens, a winter garden, a fruit and vegetable garden, a formal garden, woodlands, and many stream and lakeside plantings, making Rosemoor an enchanting place to visit whatever the season.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

February 2009

Beautiful, well-managed gardens, well worth a visit whatever the season.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2008

The garden is absolutely gorgeous and very well looked after. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and the restaurant had great locally sourced food. A great day out for adults and children.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2008

Roses Galore!

The rose collection - one of the largest in the West Country - is very impressive. In full bloom in the summer, the scent of over 2,000 flowers is quite sensational. The Rose Weekend, held in June, was very informative, with advice on growing your own, as well as walks and activities for children.

Tea on the Green (9 ½ miles)

A retro delight, to take tea back in the forties and fifties close to the seafront at Westward Ho!. A traditional tearoom with cakes and light bites to be washed down with a variety of teas and coffee. This lovely little cafe was voted the best for 2011/2012 in the North Devon Food Awards.

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

Mrs Adams August 2015

Still fantastic!

We first found Tea on the Green in 2012, and whenever we've been anywhere close (that means within a 1 and half hour drive!!) we've always spent the day at Westward Ho! and included something to eat here. The lunches are great, with excellent choices (you won't go hungry) and the cakes are magnificent. It's always busy though, so you have to be prepared to wait or maybe sit outside.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Shippam September 2014

The cream teas really are to die for!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Burton September 2012

A visit a must if you are in Westward Ho

What a lovely little place to stop for tea and cake. Although it was next to where we were staying whatever time of day we walked past it was always full and we determined to try it during our week in Westward Ho so waited across the road until a table outside was empty and ran across before another lucky person was able to sample their lovely food and surroundings. Just amazing.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Selby April 2012

WOW!!!! The MOST incredible tea shop!

You MUST visit this tea shop! From the outside it's easy to miss or walk past as its not big but once inside it is just fantastic. all decor and music is 1950's and there is so much attention to detail especially the lovely crockery. But best of all the menu is amazing. Cakes are delicious and such a great choice of drinks and food. I'd recommend booking a table to avoid any disappointment!

Dragon Archery (6 ¾ miles)

This fun day out gives you the opportunity to learn the art of archery. Then put your newly taught skill to the test on dinosaurs, wolves and armoured knights! Much more than just target shooting.

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

Mrs Selby October 2014

Fantastic Family Fun!

Dragon Archery is the place to be if you want to try archery for the first time or if you are more experienced. Great challenges suitable for all ages from 8+. Really friendly encouraging team giving one to one coaching to help you get the most out of your experience. Suitable for all weathers...we went on a very wet and windy day in October! Only advice is BOOK EARLY as this attraction is very very popular!! If you are lucky enough to go along, you will see why.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Worsfold June 2011

A 3 hour archery session which involves shooting dinosaurs, amongst other things not just targets. I thoroughly enjoyed this and I wasn't expecting to. All equipment was supplied, and we were taught very well how to use it. Rather than just having targets to aim at, there are a number of themed areas including dinosaurs and orcs. The time passed very quickly and owners were very friendly and helpful.

The Old Smithy (11 miles)

Once the local blacksmiths, this friendly local now hosts monthly folk nights. Drop in for a bite to eat in the beer garden or enjoy a pint of real ale in front of the log fire.

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

Mrs Shippam September 2014

Fantastic country pub with friendly staff, great food and a lovely garden.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Williams October 2013

Excellent food (beef and chorizo burger was a joy) and very welcoming to us and our four month old daughter. Friendly people and the beer selection looked frustratingly good but I was unfortunately driving. I will definitely go again next time I'm in the area. Real pub, real ale, proper food and friendly people...how a pub should be.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Benning May 2012

Visit the Welcombe Pottery around lunchtime and stay for a meal at the quirky, retro and very child friendly Old Smithy Inn: good value, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Great to find a proper, country pub that serves good beer, good food AND genuinely likes children!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Quirky little pub, nice local feel. Decent food.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Murray July 2010

Fantastic rustic pub

Fantastic rustic pub, great food. A really chilled out place. Nice garden area to sit outside. Children's menu. 2 real fires in winter. 5 min drive from Welcombe Mouth beach - our favourite watering hole!

Dartington Crystal (4 ¾ miles)

Watch the famous crystal being hand-blown on the factory tour.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2011

See teamwork combined with skill and the results of it!

If you've ever wondered how all the crystal glassware you see is made , then this is your opportunity to see it first hand. A fascinating process to watch - you will be impressed how the teams of craftsmen manufacture glasses, vases, jugs etc. The factory shop offers the chance to buy both seconds or perfect examples, and a nice cafe offers basic fayre

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