The Shippen is such a picture perfect stone building.
One of the beautiful patio areas. Perfect for enjoying a moment of peace and quiet with a good book. The second patio area is in the background.
Such a fabulous space to relax and cuddle up after a full day of adventure.
Bedroom 1 is home to this fabulous super-king size bed (which can also be made into single beds).
What fabulous views from your raised patio area. Once arrived, the hot tub will be situated to the right of the patio (due January 2021).
The second patio area is a real sun-trap, with fabulous views over the lawn and out into the glorious rolling countryside.
Looking back at your private raised patio area (the hot tub will be set to the left of the patio once arrived in Jan 2021).
Beautiful sitting-area with glowing wood-burner.
The open plan dining and sitting area.
The open plan flow to this beautiful cottage makes it such a warm and welcoming environment.
Light pours into this wonderful area.
Super comfy armchairs add extra style and comfort.
Planning tomorrow's adventures with a glass of wine in this lovely area is a real pleasure.
Serving up a feast and dining together at this lovely table is a must.
A great space to dine and unwind.
The kitchen is both spacious and fully equipped.
Plenty of space to whip up a feast.
The ground floor cloackroom.
Even the cloakroom has charming decor.
The long landing links the first floor beautifully.
The main bedroom is super spacious and inviting, especially after a long and tiring day.
Thoughtful touches throughout.
On request, dressing gowns can be made available.
The family shower-room.
Bedroom 2 is simply gorgeous, light and airy. These single beds also link into a super-king double bed.
Bedroom 2.
Bedroom 3 is beautifully furnished. This super-king double bed can also be made up as two singles.
Such a fabulous and charming room. Perfect for that good night's sleep.
En suite to bedroom 3.
Beautiful colour themes throughout this beautiful cottage.
Magical view from your bubbling hot tub (available from Jan 2021).
A fabulous space for the younger members of your party to let off steam.
Meet Wizard, a firm favourite at The Shippen as he is such a delightful and friendly chap.
Another few of your neighbours which also enjoy the sprawling grounds.
A trampoline is available for your enjoyment. Please ensure children are supervised at all times when using this equipment.
Such fabulous grounds and views beyond.
Welcome to The Shippen. What a welcoming sight!
Just outside your door, in the courtyard, you have access to another seating area - perfect for enjoying your morning coffee.
Such a delightful area to enjoy your morning paper.
The outside utility is a great storage space for bicycles, wetsuits or any other sporting equipment.
The Shippen enjoys this private and secluded location.
Once through the wooden gates, heading out in any direction will prove a real treat, with so many hotspots and attractions to enjoy, planning your adventures will turn into such a fun experience.

The Shippen


1 mile W of Ashburton / Sleeps 6 + 2 cots*

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

Nearest pub

The White Hart Buckfastleigh (2 ¼ miles)

This is a great place to drop by. The stunning Exmoor National Park is on the doorstep so you can call in here for a well deserved pint or bar meal after your walk. The pub is traditional with real ale available.

Nearest beach

Preston Sands (11 miles)

Next to Paignton Sands this is also a popular family beach, with colourful beach huts and a long promenade. Go rockpooling at low tide at the northern end.

Nearest walk

Scorriton and Huntingdon Warren (2 ½ miles)

A variety of walks start from the Tradesman's Arms and you can choose from an easy four mile saunter to a six mile hard slog. Scorriton is on the eastern edge of Dartmoor and walks take in the lovely views and ancient monuments of the moors. Take a look at the Web site for routes.

Nearest town

Buckfastleigh (1 ¾ miles)

Is a small, quiet town surrounded by hills and meadows. Best known for nearby Buckfast Abbey (now famous for its honey and wine) and the South Devon Railway that runs along the River Dart to the market town of Totnes seven miles away. There is a strange mausoleum in the town churchyard which local legend says has black dogs howling and breathing fire around it - this was apparently the inspiration for Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’.

Also nearby

Greenway (13 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

September 2021

Well worth a visit

Best place we visited

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Sissons July 2021


Former house of Agatha Christie

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Waller August 2020


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.

Carpenters Arms (5 miles)

Having recently undergone a big makeover, the Carpenters Arms is ready to welcome guests with warm hospitality and excellent home-cooked food. Bright, clean and cosy, the pub is very popular so booking ahead is advised.

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

July 2021

Great pub

Lovely pub serving classic pub food of very good quality. Seafood sharing platter was a great hit. Draught ales were perfectly kept. Staff were friendly and very helpful. We went twice during our stay. Dog friendly.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2020

Not as good as we had hoped.

The log burner was very smoky so windows had to be opened and the pub quickly got cold. The chef ran out of peas for our fish and chips, and although the steak pie was good, the veg consisted of sliced courgettes which were tasteless. Just a bit disappointing, considering we had booked a week before.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2019

Christine Weston

A really lovely pub serving good food and beer. Friendly service - a relaxing place to eat and drink.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2018


We were lucky enough to stay at The Old Post Office just around the corner from The Carpenter's Arms and we used it several times. Lovely welcoming atmosphere and the 'pub grub' menu was well cooked and presented. Would happily go back.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe April 2010

Pretty and traditional 18th Century pub in an unspoilt little village. Popular with locals and visitors alike, good wholesome menu and friendly and attentive staff - plus a lovely log fire!

Rugglestone Inn (4 ¼ miles)

A delightful Dartmoor inn surrounded by moorland and close to the village centre. Food is home cooked and real ales are available. In winter a roaring log fire will keep you warm and during the summer months there's a sheltered garden with access via a bridge over a moorland stream. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

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

April 2019


Friendly staff, a good range of food and a great setting.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe June 2017

We ate here twice whilst staying in Widecombe -it's a 'proper' rural pub with an exceptionally friendly landlord and a good variety of guest ales and wine. The menu was really interesting and the meals were generous and well cooked. The pub itself is small, but there is also a larger streamside beer garden. Would highly recommend - always lots of locals here too, which speaks volumes.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2009

Lovely old-fashioned homely pub by Widecombe in the Moor. Locally sourced food and real ales straight from the barrel.

The Tavistock Inn (3 miles)

Perfectly placed in the rolling hills of Dartmoor, this ancient inn (dates back to around 1413) is an ideal place to stop for a good selection of real ales and traditional pub grub. Dogs are welcome.

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

Mrs Milner September 2021

A charming old coaching inn where Conan Doyle stayed while writing The Hound of the Baskervilles!

We knew we had to visit this ancient pub once we discovered that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stayed here while writing The Hound of the Baskervilles (and we watched the Basil Rathbone film the night before to get us in the mood!) We were not disappointed as the pub has retained all its traditional charm and we had a great time playing cards by the beautiful old fireplace. The food is decent trad pub grub, pies and pasties etc., real ales and the staff were very friendly. We also found a little car park just before you enter Poundsgate which was perfect for a glorious walk on the moor (lots of ponies sighted too which delighted our children!)

Buckfast Abbey (1 ¼ miles)

Home to a Roman Catholic community of Benedictine Monks, Buckfast Abbey is a living monastery that is open to visitors. You can pick up some Buckfast Tonic Wine or handmade gifts in the Monastic Produce shop.

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

Ms Judge June 2011

A Wonderful Surprise

Visiting the Abbey and its grounds was a truly delightful experience. It is quiet, beautifully maintained and utterly tranquil - despite the large number of visitors. There is a remarkable sense of order and purpose about the place, and visitors take their place in the scheme of things rather than over-running it. I would recommend a visit to the shop selling products from monasteries and abbeys all over Europe. It was fascinating.

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