Escape the every-day at Crannaford Shepherd's Hut.
The wide open meadow in front of the hut is all yours, stretching out to the field boundary and the view beyond.
This idyllic retreat is beautifully hand-crafted and gorgeous inside and out.
The living area is open plan and has all you could need for a comfortable stay.
Including a super-comfy king-size bed.
Complete with lovely linens, a true home-from-home.
Perfect for resting your head after a day out and about exploring the joys of east Devon.
The kitchen is compact but well-equipped, featuring a two-ring hob, fridge, kettle and toaster.
There are lovely touches throughout.
The warming wood-burner means out-of-season breaks are a must (there's under-floor heating too!).
Crannaford is beautifully styled inside.
Looking in through the double doors - perfect for throwing open on a sunny day.
The handy dining table folds down with ease, and can be popped away when not needed.
The chairs also fold up and can be stored away to create more space.
Surprise! There is a TV hidden away in front of the bed - perfect for lazy mornings.
The en suite shower-room includes a wash-basin and WC.
And, of course, on tap hot water too.
A handy shelf for popping your bits and bobs on.
Let the outside in and take in the fresh air - bliss!
The raised deck overlooks the pretty patio area and the huge meadow beyond.
Treat yourself to breakfast al fresco.
Or perhaps a glass of wine or two.
Before a dip in the bubbling hot tub.
This is such a wonderful setting.
What a super place for a getaway.
Fire up the barbecue and cook up a yummy supper.
The solar park, just nehind the high border of trees, provides electricity to the nearby town of Cranbrook, which is being along inspiring environmental lines.
A modern shepherd's hut with traditional features.
Offering a fresh take on what a real escape means.
The countryside stretches out in front of the meadow.
You even have your very own pitch and putt course here!
Clubs and plenty of balls are provided - such fun!
All in all, Crannaford Shepherd's Hut is an ideal location of a mini-holiday where you can break away from life's hectic pace.
Nearby Woodbury Common, an area of unspoilt heathland, criss-crossed with miles of walks with the sea sparkling in the distance.
This is Sidmouth. A wonderful Regency seaside town.
This is 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.
The far end of the beach at Budleigh Salterton, 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!

Crannaford Shepherd's Hut

4258

5.8 miles E of Exeter / Sleeps 2 + cot*

Need more time? Reserve any cottage for up to 24 hours before booking

7 Nights from  £351

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

Nearest pub

The Jack in the Green (¾ mile)

A warm welcome is offered to all, local beers and an extensive locally sourced menu are available. The restaurant is Michelin and Good Food Guide recommended and offers good value for money.

Nearest beach

Sidmouth Town Beach (9 ¼ miles)

This is a wide sandy and shingle beach with good access and parking nearby. Jacobs Ladder leads down to the beach from Connaught Gardens, a lovely place to take in the view. A great family beach, you'll find lots of facilities and cafes nearby. Dogs are allowed year round at the easterly end of the beach.

Nearest walk

Ashclyst Forest (2 miles)

Part of the impressive Killerton estate, you'll find miles of footpaths to choose from here. Look out for the wide variety of butterflies, bluebells and birds as you explore. Car parking is available for a £2 donation.

Nearest town

Ottery St Mary (5 ½ miles)

One of the oldest towns in Devon, Ottery St Mary pre-dates the Domesday Book by some margin. Nestling in the Otter Valley, Devon’s rolling countryside spreads in every direction. Just a few miles to the south are the beaches of the south coast, perfect for days out. Ottery St Mary has a number of mystifying annual celebrations that are always great fun to witness: Tar Barrel Rolling in November (the barrels are on fire!), the spectacular carnival and Pixie Day, when local bellringers are taken captive by ‘pixies’, with a fete, live entertainment and a fireworks display.

Also nearby

Killerton House and Gardens (3 ¼ 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 (5 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.

Woodbury Park Golf and Country Club (5 ¼ miles)

An 18 hole championship course, nine hole course and driving range set in picturesque parkland in the Devon countryside. For those who prefer pampering to putting, there is a luxury spa and leisure complex.

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

Mrs Lloyd November 2010

The 20 metre pool, sauna and jacuzzi are well worth a visit and are set in beautiful surroundings; ideal for visiting families with young children and the keen lane swimmer alike. The small gym contains plently of equipment and all the latest technology. The Championship golf course boasts both 18 and 9 hole courses with manicured greens and beautiful scenery; the views are simply stunning. If all this isn't enough to keep you busy then, squash, tennis and fitness classes are also avilable to visitors. If relaxing is more to your taste then the onsite Bodyzone and Hairdresser may offer exactly what you are looking for. A very popular carvery is on offer every Sunday and meals can be enjoyed daily in either the Conservatory or Atrium Restaurants.

Aerosaurus Balloons (1 mile)

See the South West from the air with hot air balloon flights over Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Flight meeting locations include Exeter, Tiverton, South Brent and Lee Mill in Devon; Launceston and Bodmin in Cornwall; Taunton, Castle Carey and Yeovil in Somerset, and Sherborne, Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury in Dorset.

Flaming Tar Barrels (5 ½ miles)

17 wooden barrels are coated in tar, set alight and carted shoulder-high through the streets of the town. Yes, on fire. It’s been a tradition since 1605-ish and probably started to brace the town for the imminent invasion of the Spanish Armada.

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

January 2011

Amazing!

This really is a spectacular event. The atmosphere is electric as locals hurtle through the streets with the flaming barrels hoisted onto their backs. Thousands of people come to witness the tradition each year - if you don't like crowds, then this is probably not the event for you, but you can take refuge by the huge bonfire, which has to be one of the largest and most impressive in the South West, if not the country.

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