Dartmoor Shepherd's Huts9.0
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Had a baaaad week at work? Filled with shear determination to have a woolly good break overflowing with luxury and glamour? Flock to Dartmoor Shepherds Huts for three unique ways to experience the moors: pitches here in the heart of Dartmoor National Park include grass tent spots, gravel and grass mixed pitches for motorhomes, and eco-friendly shepherd’s huts.
The huts were added brandly new to the site in 2012 and are fully insulated with wool from the site’s own sheep, so remember to baaa thank you as you frolic past. And, while they’re traditional in style, they're properly modern and up to date: timber-built, fully-equipped and sleeping up to four people (two in the double bed and another two on airbeds).
There are moor points here for the site’s location: pitches are in a peaceful Dartmoor valley with woodland views on one side and the Holy Brook babbling on the other, just outside the moorland village of Holne and in an area packed with activities for all ages and tastes. Naturally there are traditional Devonshire cream teas and the best of local produce around the area, but as it would be knit-picky to camp on Dartmoor and not cook over a traditional campfire too, all pitches have their own fire pits and wood is available to buy from the friendly owners.
Dartmoor Shepherds Huts is open all year round and welcomes well-behaved dogs.
Food, glorious food...dive into the middle of the Westcountry’s larder to sample loads of local produce in the area’s restaurants and pubs: the Church House Inn a mile away at Holne shouldn’t prove to be too strenuous a walk back to base once you’ve munched your way through the fresh fish, Dartmoor venison or ploughman platters on offer.
If you decide that you need to walk off the Devonshire delights, you won’t be far away from plenty of scenic sights: there are heather-covered hills, wild Dartmoor ponies and walking routes all nearby, along with ancient archaeological landmarks such as stone circles, cairns and clapper bridges. Climb a tor to have your breath taken away again by the scenery below: this is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a mix of woodland, reservoir, valley and cave habitats.
A few miles further afield, start off at the High Moorland Visitor Centre to find out everything you need to know about Dartmoor’s history, wildlife and culture, then go on a history tour to take in Buckfast Abbey and Devon’s castles or take a wildlife trip to the area’s farm attractions Pennywell Farm, Totnes Rare Breed Farm and the Buckfast Butterflies and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary. If you’ve had one too many cream teas (it’s easily done) and prefer to take in the scenery while sitting down, steam along to the South Devon Railway for valley views from Buckfastleigh to Totnes.
There are baleloads of family attractions in the area for you all to flock to: let the kids walk on water at the award-winning River Dart Country Park, ape the baboons and gorillas at Paignton Zoo or goggle at the sharks at the UK’s biggest aquarium, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
|Paignton Preston Sands
|Paignton Paignton Sands
|Welcoming open-plan Dartmoor-edge pub, enjoyable locally sourced food, Dartmoor, Otter and guests, friendly service, wonderful rolling hill views from conservatory and garden; bedrooms, open all day Sun||Tradesmans Arms
|Two-room medieval inn in lovely moorland village; lower bar with stripped-pine panelling and 18th-c curved elm settle, heavy 16th-c oak partitioning separating it from lounge, open log fires, well kept Dartmoor and Teignworthy ales, farm cider, decent traditional food (not Sun evening); background music; children and dogs welcome, good walks, also worth visiting the church with its fine medieval rood screen, bedrooms, open all day in summer||Church House
|Friendly and picturesque, liked by walkers (plenty of nearby hikes), beams and other original features like narrow-stepped granite spiral staircase, original flagstones, ancient log fireplaces, Courage Best, Otter and Wychwood Hobgoblin, traditional bar food (all day in summer); children and dogs welcome, tables on front terrace and in quiet back garden, pretty flower boxes, open all day in summer||Tavistock Inn
|On a sunny day best to arrive early to get a terrace table overlooking the River Dart; partly panelled bar with woodburner and local paintings, St Austell ales and local cider, decent reasonably priced food from sandwiches and baguettes to blackboard specials, big dining room with more panelling and river views; background music; children and dogs welcome, bedrooms, open all day||Abbey Inn
|Welcoming pleasantly old-fashioned low-beamed pub, bar serving two areas (one with a service bell), dark wood and brass, varnished tables on patterned carpet, log fire, enjoyable straightforward food from shortish low-priced menu, well kept Dartmoor IPA and a guest, local cider and decent wines; background music; children welcome, attractive little suntrap courtyard behind||Exeter Inn
- Buckfast Abbey (2.9 miles)
- Dartmoor Zoological Park (9.5 miles)
- Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (12.6 miles)
- The Church House (5.0 miles)
- Compton Castle (10.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Holne Woods and River Dart
- New Bridge - Mel Tor - Aish Tor - Leigh Tor - New Bridge (1.5 miles)
- Hembury Woods and Hill-Fort (1.7 miles)
- New Bridge - Mel Tor - Aish Tor - Leigh Tor - New Bridge (1.5 miles)
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Overall rating based on 82 reviews
92% would recommend this site to a friend.
91% would stay here again.
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Perfect, peaceful, picturesque and beautiful 9 Apr 2015
sammys (Family with older children, 1 review, 2 photos)
PEACE AND TRANQUILITY 8 Sep 2014
brax (Mature couple, 1 review)
Not as advertised. Just 2 shepherd huts on site. 7 Sep 2014
monogfx (Mature couple, 1 review) Confirmed
From the manager...
I feel really sad and sorry that you did not enjoy you stay at our site. I am quiet shocked as this is the first negative review this season. I am sorry that we did not manage to meet, but was unaware that this was a problem as guests are informed on booking and there is a sign and a welcome notice in the hut that states that as we are only a small site we don't have a reception and where to find me in the farmhouse and a contact number...even though i am around most of the time as other reviews suggest. After speaking to you on arrival you seemed happy when you arrived at the hut. When i came down that evening you were not there. I saw that you were in the hut in late evening and early morning but i wish people to have a private peaceful stay and i wouldn't want to be intrusive at any time. You mention that you liked the peace and quiet so im unsure why only having 2 shepherds huts in the field you stayed in and only a few tents was a problem as it would not have been peaceful if the site was packed. We do only advertise as having a few shepherds huts and limited camping pitches and fall under the category pf small site so i think if this inst what you want and you perhaps would prefer a more commercial site then this isn't the place for you! The hut doesn't advertise electricity although it has lights and 12v socket and there are lots of charging sockets in the utility room for guests to use. Im sorry you found the toilets inadequate, im not sure why as they are fully functioning and cleaned regularly, other guests have suggested more would be better but as the site was quiet i don't think this would have caused a problem. The field does have a muddy patch due to the recent bad whether which unfortunately i cant control but you don't have to walk near it and there is graveled tracks so you can always park next to the hut. Anyway im sorry again this was not what you expected.
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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
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Jumbo tent pitches
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Buckfastleigh: Station Approach Bus Stop — 3.4mi
3.4mi Ashburton: Bull Ring Bus Stop — 3.7mi
3.7mi Totnes: Royal Seven Stars Coach Stop — 8.6mi
- Train stations
Totnes Rail Station — 8.2mi
8.2mi Ivybridge Rail Station — 8.3mi
8.3mi Newton Abbot Rail Station — 10.7mi
- Ferry ports
Totnes Ferry Landing — 8.8mi
8.8mi Dittisham Ferry Landing — 13.7mi
13.7mi Greenway House Ferry Landing — 13.9mi
Plymouth City Airport — 13.3mi
13.3mi Exeter International Airport — 24.3mi
Leave the A38 at either Ashburton or Buckfastleigh junctions (depending which way you're coming from), and follow the signs for Holne.
When you arrive at Holne, pass the pub on your right and continue up a hill. The road takes a sharp right. Follow the road until you reach a sign for Michelcombe and take a left turn there. Then when you reach a small bridge, follow the sign to the bridle path. Our farm is at the end of that road on the left. Take the lower gravelled track.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||noon –||11 p.m.|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||11 p.m.|
We do not have a reception, the owner is on site most of the time but if this is not the case please take any available pitch.
No refunds within 1 week 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.
Payment of balance
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Dartmoor Shepherd's Huts will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week before arrival then the balance will be taken immediately.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
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