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- Cosy shepherd's hut: as seen on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces 2016
- 15 minutes from the A30 and 20 minutes from the Cornish border
- Wildlife and stargazing haven
Come to Witherdon Wood Shepherd's Hut for a relaxing atmosphere in pretty surroundings: if you want peace and quiet but to be within easy reach of Dartmoor, north Devon and Cornwall, or to stay for a night and break up a long drive to Cornwall, this is the place for you.
The hut was constructed to a high standard and as near to its original design, but with the extra touch of an ensuite: no eco toilet or long walks across the fields to toilet blocks.
The shepherd's hut is set in the grounds of the gamekeeper's cottage for Witherdon manor house, so you'll have your own privacy with your own decking area and the woodland at your door. A barbecue is provided for sunny days and a firepit to sit around in the evenings.
This is a wildlife haven, where you'll be able to see rabbits and a variety of birds including finches, rare siskins, bullfinches, pheasants, the lesser spotted woodpecker or possibly a rare cuckoo from the steps of your hut. It's a peaceful place too, where you'll hear birds singing in the morning and the sounds of owls, foxes or deer at night (you might be lucky enough to see the deer moving through the woodland or see them in the field next to you grazing in the evenings).
On arrival you can make a hot drink of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Sugar, a fresh pint of milk, a loaf of bread, butter, jams and condiments and two free-range eggs are supplied so you can have breakfast with the woodland outlook from your breakfast bar. Witherdon is a stargazing haven too, with no light pollution: at night, watch the shooting stars going across the clear sky while you're in front of the firepit with your hot chocolate or glass of wine.
Please note that being in this peaceful rural area means that the phone signal may be weak and no internet. The hut has a radio with Bluetooth; books and games, or you could just bask in front of the log burner in the evenings or on wet days hearing the rain, in a warm hut you won't want to leave.
Out and about, bike hire is available from various suppliers nearby; canoes and kayaks can be hired at Roadford lake, and plenty of walks are in the area.
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
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Max. persons: 2 x
Dimensions: 2.1m width x 4.9m length (7.0ft width x 16.0ft length) Calculated area: 10.4m² (112.0ft²)
Toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and toilet roll are supplied.
|Max. persons||2 x
2.1m width x 4.9m length
(7.0ft width x 16.0ft length)
Calculated area: 10.4m² (112.0ft²)
(1 x shower, 1 x toilet)
Open space (1 x double bed)
|Bed linen||2 included, 2 max.|
|Car||2 included, 2 max.|
|Duvets and pillows||2 included, 2 max.|
|Fridge||1 included, 1 max.|
|Beds made up||yes|
|Car parking by pitch/unit||yes|
|Gas and electricity included||yes|
|No dogs allowed|
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The tranquility and privacy were exceptional. The hut had everything ...
Emma M. Confirmed
Great price for a great weekend away!
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
Okehampton: West Street Coach Stop
— 9.4 miles
9.4 miles Launceston: Westgate Street Coach Stop — 9.4 miles
9.4 miles Tavistock Bus Station — 13.4 miles
- Train stations
Okehampton Rail Station
— 9.8 miles
9.8 miles Sampford Courtenay Rail Station — 12.0 miles
12.0 miles Gunnislake Rail Station — 15.3 miles
- Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing
— 19.5 miles
19.5 miles Instow Ferry Landing — 21.8 miles
21.8 miles Appledore Ferry Landing — 21.9 miles
Exeter International Airport
— 35.2 miles
Coming from Exeter on the A30, ignore the turning for Okehampton/Belstone services and take the next turning at the Sourton cross signposted Bude/Tavistock/Holsworthy. Turn right at the bottom of the slip road. Continue on this road and turn left at the roundabout signposted Halwill Junction/Bude/Holsworthy. Follow this road until you see a left turn to Germansweek. It's easy to miss this turning but there's a wind turbine on the right which is close to the road; on the left there is a pull in and red signs for Ruby Red Holiday Lodges. Continue down this road roughly for one mile and turn left at the staggered junction (Upcott cross). Take the next right at the Boldventure cross signposted Ashwater. Go down the lane, continue a short way, go past two bungalows and then a cream semi-detached house on the right. The site is the furthest away with a wooden gate and white stones next to road and turn right where the finger board is for the shepherd's hut.
Coming from Cornwall on the A30, turn off at Stowford Cross signposted Broadwoodwidger/Roadford Lake Dingles Fair Ground Heritage Centre and turn left towards Roadford Lake. Stay on this road until you come to a sharp left bend (there is a wind turbine and solar farm on this corner on the left). Turn right on this corner signposted Bratton Clovelly and continue on this road until there is a staggered junction on a corner. Turn left, continue on this road until you reach Boldventure cross and turn left to Ashwater. The site is the furthest away with a wooden gate and white stones next to road and turn right where the finger board is for the shepherd's hut.
If you are coming from the Bude direction, follow signs for Holsworthy, then follow signs for Okehampton, go through Halwill junction. As you leave the village there is a sale agreed derelict house on the left near a left hand bend sign posted germansweek, turn right on the bend. go straight over at the staggered junction (Upcott cross). Take the next right at the Boldventure cross signposted Ashwater. The site is the furthest away with a wooden gate and white stones next to road and turn right where the finger board is for the shepherd's hut.
Visit Devon and Cornwall, the beaches and the fishing villages. Dartmoor is on the doorstep and you'll be within reach of Exmoor, to explore Lynton and Lynmouth, Tarr Steps, Clovelly, Hartland and Ilfracombe.
Visit the local vineyards or cider producers, or have a walk around local houses, gardens and attractions like Rosemoor, Castle Drogo, Arlington Court, Kilerton House, Knighthayes Court, Cotehele House and Gardens, Finch Foundry, Lydford Gorge, Buckfast Abbey, Canonteign waterfalls and Postbridge.
There's plenty of cycling nearby too, on or off-road routes on Dartmoor or the more relaxing ride along the Granite Way, on the Tarka trail, or around Burrator and Tamar lakes.
These lakes are also top spots for walking and other outdoor activities. You could try a balloon flight, Dartmoor falconry experience, horse riding, tree surfing, rock climbing, coasteering or surfing on Bude beach 20 minutes away.
The nearest golf courses are Okehampton, Holsworthy and Tavistock.
Go fishing in Roadford lake where a boat can also be booked. The Witherdon owner regularly fishes there and is happy to share expert advice and tips. He's also willing to accompany you if he is not working and be your gillie - he was the national fishing champion 2012 in the UK Fire Service.
There's a huge variety of local fishing ponds and lakes for coarse fishing and trout fishing nearby, or sea fishing trips or beach fishing on the north Devon coast 25 minutes away.
Visit Exeter city and Plymouth, both a 45-minute drive away, or Tavistock pannier market and town for shopping and locally-produced food.
Fetes and events in towns and villages throughout the year there. The owners will be happy to help you to give you as much information to make your stay enjoyable and stress-free.
- RHS Garden Rosemoor (14.7 miles)
- Castle Drogo (18.0 miles)
- Tintagel Castle (24.2 miles)
- Lydford Gorge (8.1 miles)
- Lawrence House (9.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||Anytime|
Witherdon Wood Shepherd's Hut cancellation policy
No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Witherdon Wood Shepherd's Hut will debit the balance from your card 6 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 6 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
Hired accommodation: £20.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
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