Welcome to Bowhay Shepherd's hut, complete with bubbling hot tub and far-reaching countryside views across the Dart Valley.
A truly gorgeous place to spend a few days or more.
Bowhay is sat within its own patio area.
Inside is just as special as outside, with all you could need for a comfortable stay.
The open plan living area includes a bedroom area (that cleverly folds up to reveal the dining area) and well-equipped kitchen.
Enjoy a yummy breakfast before heading out exploring.
The warming wood-burner ensures cosiness whatever the time of year.
The interior really is delightful.
Looking out to the gorgeous views.
Dine inside or out, the choice is yours.
The washing up won't feel like a chore in these surroundings!
Light, bright and open plan.
Rest your heads in the comfy double bed after a day out and about.
The beautiful view from the bed - lazy mornings are a must!
Of course, you can enjoy this view from the dining set-up too.
The shower-room sits at the opposite end of the hut to the bed.
Towels are, of course, provided.
Lovely features throughout.
A shepherd's hut makes a fantastic place for a holiday.
A selection of books and a radio for you to use as you please.
The unique light feature in the living area.
There's even a record player!
Pretty flowers surround the hut.
Sit back and relax al fresco.
Why not toast some marshmallows on the fire-pit?
Bowhay in all its glory.
A true getaway.
Just gorgeous.
A shot from above, showing the fabulous setting.
You'll want to return time and time again.
Rural bliss.
Another shot from above.
The owners keep chickens on-site.
As well as alpacas.
They are very cute!
There are so many lovely places to visit along the beautiful River Dart, including the infamous naval town of Dartmouth and its castle.
Bigbury Bay, looking over to Burgh Island.
Slapton Sands is a great beach.
Postcard pretty Brixham is well worth a visit.

Bowhay Shepherd's Hut

4402

2.7 miles E of Totnes / Sleeps 2 (no children under 14)

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

7 Nights from  £391

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

Nearest pub

The Steam Packet Inn (2 ¼ miles)

Gloriously positioned on the banks of the River Dart, this pub has a huge following amongst food lovers. A five minute walk from the town centre, this pub is ideally situated for either drinks or a meal by the water. You can either dine outside in warmer weather or sit in the huge conservatory and enjoy the view when it's cooler.

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

Miss Brennan October 2020

Miss

Booked in on a Saturday night, all the staff were excellent and friendly and the food was superb! We had three course meal and the price was reasonable to the high standard of good food

Nearest beach

Goodrington Sands (3 ¼ miles)

Goodrington Sands’ award-winning beach has something for everyone. Take to the sea on a pedalo or water ski, or enjoy a more relaxed pace of life on a sun lounge in the sun. Tuck up in your own private beach hut with a book and bevvy, or take to the north section of the beach where you can take your dog all year round. Amenities and amusements are aplenty here.

Nearest walk

Dartington from Totnes Walk (2 ¾ miles)

Walking Britain have some great walks and this is no exception. At two and a half miles this pushchair friendly walk follows the river Dart to Bidwell Brook and to the heritage centre at Dartington.

Nearest town

Totnes (2 ¾ miles)

An old market town with archetypal crooked, narrow lanes and quaint cottages. Totnes now has a slightly bohemian air, with lots of tempting delicatessens, eco-friendly shops and wholefood cafes. There's a special buzz in the air on market days (Fridays and Saturdays).

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

Mrs Gage September 2012

Totnes

An old market town with high street shopping (no malls). Take a walk through the town and sit and relax by the River Dart. Or you can take a boat trip.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

Not coastal, but a nice town.

A pleasant market town and a good base for trips on the River Dart.

Also nearby

Greenway (3 ¼ miles)

Agatha Christie's holiday home nestles on a crook of the River Dart in a beautiful woodland garden that is home to such horticultural treasures as Monterey pines, eucalyptus, China roses, myrtle and Turkey oaks. For a magical experience that's also kind to the environment, travel there by boat. 'Green ways' ferries leave from Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay. Following a major restoration project, The National Trust has re-opened the house to the public, where quirky collections of memorabillia offer a glimpse into the private life of the well-loved crime writer. For house opening times and an events list, please visit the Web site.

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

Miss Waller August 2020

Beautiful!

Amazing grounds and lovely views of the Dart.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2019

Lovely day out

This house is in the most beautiful spot, you could really imagine living there. The gardens are gorgeous and the walk beside the river is great for body and soul - look out for the resident seal!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pitty August 2019

Well worth a visit

The setting exquisite. Such lovely views. A walk to the boathouse a must. Trails for the children excellent.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Dr Brown July 2014

The journey to the house by way of the National Trust ferry was enjoyable as was the walk back to Dartmouth along the Dart Valley Trail and ferry (higher or lower will do, the former is cheaper). Unfortunately the house itself was a little disappointing with an over cluttered interior that did not really tell any particular story. There were bits and pieces of interest but overall it seemed as though everything from different times and sources was put in that could be which detracted. The entry to the house is timed but we still felt that it was over-crowded and NT should consider making the house visits guided only. The walled gardens were good with a beautifully restored peach house providing a highlight.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2013

Well worth a visit to this house, an effort to get there as you can't go by car unless you pre-book. It was a nice ride there in the boat but you would need good weather. Lovely spring flowers in the grounds. Cafe/restaurant disappointing as there were no main meal available.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Viv Chandler May 2012

Enjoyed by All

A lovely house in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Dart. Good to see the interiors haven't been messed around with and still look as if Agatha and her family have just popped out for a minute. I can see why she loved it so much and the gardens are a delight. Thoroughly enjoyed by all - including a 22 year old male! Well worth a visit but, if arriving by car, don't forget to pre-book a parking space.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Quigg November 2011

A lovely boat ride from Dartmouth, but overall the house was disappointing. A hotch potch interior and hard to believe it was inhabited up until 2004. All furniture pre-dates the turn of the last century. The children did enjoy completing their quiz sheets 'can you find' and I can really recommend the pasties in the coffee takeaway shop (not the main cafe).


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2010

An inspirational place!

This beautiful house set in wonderful surrounding is well worth a visit. It is easy to see why Agatha Christie loved this place and penned a number of her novels here. The surrounding woodlands with views of the River Dart are superb. You can take a ferry from Dartmouth to get to Greenway but we chose to take the foot ferry from Dittisham (another charming little place). I would highly recommend a visit to this lovely area.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2009

Visiting Greenway is a lovely way to spend the day, they also have occasional events so it is worth having a look before you go to see if any take your fancy. If you like gardens, I would recommend visiting Greenway as I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2008

'The Loveliest Place in the World'

Agatha Christie was right to call this the 'loveliest place in the world'. Arriving by ferry is really the best way to see it. A stroll in the pretty woodland gardens followed by some delicious homemade food in the Barn Cafe, rounded off with the return trip on the ferry makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

Dartmouth (5 ¼ miles)

Historically, Dartmouth was of strategic importance as a port used in the crusades of 1147 and 1190. Dominated by Britannia Royal Naval College, it has two fortified castles protecting the mouth of the River Dart. There are many historical buildings, a cobbled market place, shops, galleries, gourmet restaurants and delicatessens. National Trust Gardens, the South West Coast Path and clean beaches are nearby.

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

Mrs Baker October 2020

Dartmouth boat trip.

We loved Dartmouth. Use the park and ride bus down into the town, much easier than trying to park.
The one hour boat trip was very informative and we saw Seals.
Take the car ferry across the river and enjoy the scenery on the route back.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Waller August 2020

Lovely!

Travelled there by steam train and then went out on the steam paddle ship. Lovely town and great day out.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Waller August 2020

Lovely!

Travelled there by steam train and then went out on the steam paddle ship. Lovely town and great day out.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pitty August 2019

Brilliant

So much to do. Beautiful harbour. Good shopping, great eateries. Lots of boating/kayaking opportunities.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Gage September 2012

Dartmouth

A bustling town with good shopping and art galleries and other galleries. If you want to park in Dartmouth town centre you will have to get there early or there is Park & Ride at the top of the town.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Clark April 2012

Dartmouth

Stunning location and very picturesque


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

A nice vibe

A bustling town with many good restaurants, some good shopping and a growing reputation for art galleries. Try tapas at Browns Hotel.

Berry Pomeroy Castle (1 ¾ miles)

Reputedly Devon's most haunted castle, Berry Pomeroy is secreted away in a steep wooded valley. The 15th century ruin still displays a wall painting of the Three Kings in its gatehouse chamber. The great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End, however, it was abandoned by 1700 and subsequently became the subject of many a chilling ghost story, some of which can be heard in the audio tour. To get a good view of the ruin from below, take the woodland walk, although this can be steep in parts.

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

May 2011

Lovely secluded setting down a narrow winding one-car-only lane. Very interesting castle history - do take one of the little hand-held recordings round with you. Very good cafe too - had a lovely crab salad.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2008

The ruins are brought to life with personal audio guides. Thoroughly recommended.

- Peter Reynolds

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (2 miles)

One of the best zoos in the country, famous for its conservation work and animal welfare programmes.

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

Mrs Pascoe May 2011

Great day out

Paignton Zoo is a well kept and well presented educational Zoo. The animal enclosures are always being adapted and improved, the information provided is helpful but understandable and the refreshment points offer a variety of foods without being vastly overpriced. You need at least 4-5 hours to see it all.

Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway (3 miles)

Running between Paignton and Kingswear, go for a simple train ride or buy a combined ticket for a day out that includes a river cruise or a boat trip along the coast.

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

Mrs Jewell September 2014

Steam Train and Cruise

We took the train from Paignton (awful town, but the start of the journey!) to Kingsweir. We then got the passenger ferry across to Dartmouth - very lovely town with lots of interesting shops and plenty of Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants to eat in. We then did an hour cruise up the River Dart which was really lovely and we then repeated the journey back (ferry and train). It was a really lovely day out. It can get quite busy during the peak times but very well organised and some lovely scenic coastal views on the Steam Train. Well worth the family ticket!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Dent July 2012

A very good day out

We have done the Round Robin trip twice now, in opposite directions. It's an excellent experience, and reasonable value, especially if purchased on a Jubilee ticket.

Don't waste time in Paignton, head for lunch in Totnes where there are lots of options, some by the river.

Do plan your timing, as tides can mean that boat trips back from Totnes can finish as early as 2pm.

There's a big car park right next to the station at Kingswear (about £4 a day) and you can use the ticket to cross over on the passenger ferry if you want to start with the boat trip.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Bramworth June 2011

Trains leave Kingsweir for Paignton hourly in summer. We recommend taking a day to do the ‘round robin’ …Ferry-Train-Bus-Cruise. Note the Cruise times vary depending on the state of the tide in Totnes.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

A good day out

You can combine this with a boat trip on the Dart and a short bus connection to have a great round trip.

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