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.
Cuppa, anyone?
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.
And another!
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).

Horseshoe Shepherd's Hut

4325

5.1 miles SW of South Molton / Sleeps 2 + cot* (no children from 1 to 15)

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

Nearest pub

The Exeter Inn Umberleigh (150 yards)

Under new ownership as of August 2019, this traditional thatched roofed pub offers a warm welcome and pleasant outdoor seating. An ideal place to pop in for refreshments whilst exploring the local area.

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

Miss Holness October 2019

Brilliant.

We had to go back for the burgers 3 times because they where so amazing! It's all hand made from local produce! Love love love! Definitely worth a trip and the staff are really helpful! We turned up very late after a long journey down and they still made us food!

Nearest beach

Instow Beach (13 miles)

A great beach for children with acres of sand at low tide, shallow waters and usually calm seas. There are plenty of facilities nearby in the village. Dog restrictions apply so please check locally.

Nearest walk

Umberleigh to Barnstaple Walk (3 ¼ miles)

You will find lots of lovely walks in this area however this one in particular is a lovely day out. Follow the River Taw downstream from Umberleigh through beautiful Devon countryside towards Barnstaple for about eight miles. The return journey can be made by train on the Tarka railway.

Nearest town

South Molton (5 miles)

South Molton offers a great base from which to explore Devon. To the north is Exmoor; heaven for those who love untamed wilderness walks. Go west and you’ll find some of the country’s best surfing beaches, including Croyde and Woolacombe. There is plenty to keep golfing and fishing enthusiasts entertained or if that seems too energetic, you might like to browse the art galleries or visit the honey farm to see the bees in action.

Also nearby

Heal Farm Fine Food (1 ½ miles)

Situated in the heart of the Devon countryside. The Heal Farm story started in the 1970s, when Anne Petch received a piglet for her 16th birthday. Now, more than 30 years on, Heal Farm is a thriving family business at the forefront of the movement to use traditional farming methods in the rearing of rare breeds. The farm's activities have now diversified to include rare breeds of lamb and beef as well as stocking non-meat products including locally reared smoked fish and wonderful traditional cheeses.

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

April 2010


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2010

Heal Farm

Fantastic food, I always look forward to my visits. I would recommend the sirloin steaks to anyone some of the finest i have tasted.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2009

Well worth a visit - you will not be disappointed!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2009

Unusual cuts of beef

The butchers here really know thier stuff and you can get traditional cuts of beef that you won't find elsewhere - perfect for old-school Mrs Beeton recipes or for recreating classic dishes like granny used to make!

The Grove Inn (2 ¼ miles)

The Sunday lunch here is something to behold - meats from Devon’s best farms are the star of the show.

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

Mrs Riley April 2019

Cosy friendly proper pub

Gorgeous village pub which had a lovely feeling about it. The landlord was so geniune and the locals so friendly. The Sunday lunch was divine.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Gordon March 2010

A real find - delicious food in a friendly pub in the middle of nowhere.

Castle Inn (3 ¼ miles)

A traditional Victorian pub which offers home cooked food and local ales. With easy access to Exmoor, Dartmoor and the North Devon coast, this is the ideal please to stop off for a well deserved meal.

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

Miss Woodburn December 2019

lily and Lee

staff were extremely helpful and polite food was immaculate and fairly priced lovely cosey pub.

RHS Rosemoor (9 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.

Highbullen Hotel Golf and Country Club (½ mile)

An award winning golf course that is set in richly wooded parkland with breathtaking views towards Devon's Dartmoor and Exmoor .

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