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Shepherd's Delight, Exeter

Near Exeter, Devon, England

Enjoy the best of both worlds at this idyllic retreat, nestled in magical woodland beside a lake, just ten minutes from the charming city of Exeter.

Need to get away from the everyday? This delightful shepherd’s hut (which sleeps 2) could be just the ticket, nestled at the end of a private track in four acres of magical woodland beside a lake, with 60 acres of organic farmland beyond to explore. The open plan interior includes all the home comforts you could need, from a double bed to an en suite shower-room (with proper flushing loo and wash-basin). There’s a warming wood-burner, a small but perfectly formed kitchen area with fridge (powered by a low wattage solar panel, which also powers the lights in the hut).

Outside, there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy this tranquil setting – from the patio table and chairs and the picnic table on the large deck to the jetty and hidden lakeside spots. Why not cook up a scrummy supper on the BBQ and dine al fresco – bliss! The lake even has a little rowing boat and is stocked with various types of carp, roach, rudd, tench and bream.

Shepherd’s Delight truly offers the best of both worlds, a tranquil rural setting yet just ten minutes from the charming Cathedral City of Exeter – well worth a visit indeed. The unspoilt east Devon coast is within easy reach too, with its traditional seaside towns and dramatic Jurassic cliffs. Or why not explore the local area by bike – head to the Exe Valley or National Trust’s Killerton House.

There is a minimum 3 night stay with prices ranging from £49-£162 per night. Dogs welcome. No children under 2 years.

Room Types

Double Ensuite

Nearest Airport/s

Exeter