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Traditional Hilltop Shepherd's Hut,peaceful,far Reaching Views,tennis court

Bedrooms 1
Space 129 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

A Chance To Stay Somewhere Different! Sleeps 4,1 Double + 2 Bunks , Stove.

Come and get away from it all in this lovely shepherd's hut - (he's called Tom Putt's) In a quiet spot on an old Devon hilltop Farm with far reaching views and the occasional sheep! There is the Shepherd's cottage (prop number 1046935/E6907 4 beds) near by (but very separate) which you can also rent . Tom Putt sleeps 4 (one double bed and 2 bunks). He has a small wood stove , a sink and a cooker and a surprising amount of storage space.

Right outside your door are 10 acres of fields and trees to roam amongst. The hut certainly is away from it all which means its quiet but equally you can make as much noise as you like!

30 paces away is a spacious shower and loo in an old barn, 30 paces in the opposite direction is where you park your car, it's safe and off road, just next to the tennis court which you have free use of.

Provisions can be bought in the charming market town of Torrington (3miles). It has real bakers (with possibly the best home baked chelsea buns in the world),grocers,butchers as well as some lovely pubs selling real Devon Ale .There is also a small but trendy cinema and arts centre (The Plough) which has regular live music,comedy and theatre.

Close to the Atlantic coast (5miles) yet away from the traffic , staying in Tom Putt's means you get the best of both worlds. There are miles of fabulous sandy beaches nearby Instow, Westward Ho! Saunton Sands, Croyde to name a few. There is great surf for the pros (and kite surfing should you wish) as well as tuition for those that wish to learn but you may just like to roll your trouser legs up and paddle!

The Shepherd's hut lies In the heart of Devon countryside between Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks , away from the tourists yet close enough to beaches as well as miles of free National Trust coastline ( great walking and stunning views!).

Popular nearby attractions include the magnificent R.H.S. Rosemoor Gardens (3 miles), Dartington Crystal Glass Factory (2 miles), the Barnstaple and Bideford Pannier market ( food and antiques), Torrington 1646 (civil war re-enactments) and for the more active the Tarka Trail cycle route (30 miles of scenic cycle path, bikes can be hired nearby), North Devon Surf School, kite surfing,sailing, golf (9 beautiful courses), PGL and Skern Lodge out door adventure centres, quad biking, paint ball survival, fishing (freshwater and sea), climbing wall, the Milk way indoor children's adventure centre , The Big Sheep farm experience for kids and grown-ups!

There is plenty of outdoor and indoor entertainment to suit all age groups and all weather and a lot of it is free!

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Jim Bremner
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
25 June, 2017

About Jim Bremner

We came to live in Devon in 1994. We had lived in London and wanted to find somewhere quieter to bring up our children! There are 4 of us in the nearby farm house: Jenny, Alastair, Cathy and Jim. We all play musical instruments and must nearly have a full orchestra between us. So don't be surprised if you hear the distant sound of a flute or a cello on occasion. Jim has been known to give the odd drum lesson if he's around ( if he's in the mood!).

Alastair likes to paint and is into woodwork in a big way. Cathy is the linguist amongst us, having studied French, Spanish and Portuguese. Jenny is general household dog's body although the others wouldn't agree but then they haven't read this !

Jim Bremner purchased this cabin in 1994

Why Jim Bremner chose North Devon

We wanted to live in an old farm house away from it all.North Devon is perfect. It's not really been fully discovered by people yet. We have miles of coastal pathways,we are between Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, there are National Trust properties, Rosemoor Royal horticultural Garden (3 miles), beaches galore (close enough for an after work dip!), Tarka trail bike track, our own Theatre and Arts Centre (The Plough). There are loads of things for kids to do indoor and outdoor whatever the weather (horse riding, fishing, surfing,golf, kite surfing, go carting , quad biking, horrible paint ball games, farm animal parks ,water parks , mountain wall climbing). Oh and there are lovely pubs selling lovely beer!

What makes this cabin unique

We fell in love with the farm, partly because of it's hilltop location but also because of the romance of it's old buildings. When we first arrived we uncovered the original old cooking pot which was used to cook over the open fires!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Barnstaple in Devon

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 129 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Private hot shower and a loo in next door converted stable.
  • So 20 paces away from the shepherd's hut is an old stable which houses your very own spacious hot water shower, the loo, as well as a large washing up sink. There is a handy fridge/freezer for you to use there as well. It's all quite arty!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , It's all open plan, there's a double and 2 adult sized bunks
  • Well it's open plan! There are 2 bunk beds (big enough for adults) and a double bed. Those in the bunk beds can't immediately see those in the double without peering around the corner! The mattresses are new and I would say firm but comfy.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Basically , it's a bit different and a fun way to take a break. It can be quiet and romantic or an adventure for a family of 4. It's glamping. Near by is the shepherd's cottage also for a hire so maybe the grandparents could come too! It's a peaceful , get away from it all spot with the occasional baaa and chirp - it's the country afterall. Let life stand still for a moment.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


The Perfect Escape

  • 5 of 5

It provided the perfect escape for us to spend some time together away from the pressures of everyday life, a real tonic. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks - hope you had a chance to relax Xx
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Such a relaxing family break

  • 5 of 5

This Shepherd's Hut is perfect. It has a double bed and bunk beds so enough sleeping space for a family of four. There is plenty of storage too. The Hut was really well equipped. Showers/toilets extremely close by and were spotless. Water was lovely and hot!

We loved playing ping pong and cooking on the fire pit. Next time we come we'll make sure we have a game of tennis too!

The location is perfect - so tranquil. So lovely to hear nothing but the bleating of lambs/sheep and the birds singing!

We had such a lovely couple of days here - such a great place to escape the TV, PS4 and emails!!

We will definitely come back for another stay.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys Xx
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Fantastic setting with wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

Booked this for some getaway time and to celebrate my partners 50th birthday. We had the most relaxing of times and the hosts Jenny and Jim could not be more helpful. The setting is idyllic and so so peaceful. Although we planned most evenings to go to a local pub we ended up staying on site as we just struggled to draw ourselves away. When it was time to leave Pippa our wee dog refused to get in the car! We know exactly how she felt! Fantastic!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ah, we miss little Pippa she seemed to belong somehow!
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Old fashioned family fun

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely LOVED our week in Tom Putt the shepherd's hut! It's not glamorous, but cosy and comfortable with everything we needed....and nothing we didn't. There are wonderful rain showers and clean WCs in the adjacent stable building, along with a fridge freezer and big washing-up sinks. Our two boys (13 and 11) and big lollopy dog had the run of the field, tennis court and huge enclosed meadow, and it was great to see them getting lots of fresh air. Without a TV or WiFi we were all able to completely disconnect from out hectic everyday lives and enjoy the peace and quiet. Even a trip to the loo in the small hours was no hardship when I looked up and saw more stars than I've ever seen before!

The fire pit was used every night - even in the rain - to cook dinners and chill out by.

The children really enjoyed their first ever surf lesson in Saunton, and we all went wild swimming in Lyn. Sitting on the quay in Appledore to eat our Fish and chips from Sylvester's was another highlight.

Overall, we had a fantastic week and will definitely return some day.......thank you for everything :-D

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: ahh so pleased you had a happy time, we loved your big lollopy dog !
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absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

We had a really fantastic few days in this beautiful shepherds hut. Everything was so carefully thought through but also relaxed and we were made really welcome. a lovely part of the world too and the most magnificent dawn chorus I've ever heard. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes the dawn chorus ! and the swallows have fledged . Thankyou.
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A small corner of heaven ...

  • 5 of 5

A heavenly few nights away, in a beautiful setting , surrounded by beautiful countryside, sheep & stars. Waking up to birdsong was just lovely.

It was immaculate & the owners very welcoming, friendly & helpful.

I've already recommended friends to visit here, a get away from it all break!

The shepherds hut & facilities were completely gorgeous & we will be back to stay again !

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you my dears!
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
spring 2017
6 Mar 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
summer 2017
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We're pretty flexible about change over days apart from high season when Saturdays are best . Just ask and we will try to help.
Check in anytime after 2pm and checkout by 10am but this can be flexible out of season.
No extra fees for pets , there is no secure enclosure for pets but there is a fence between you and any farm animals and the hut is far from any busy roads.

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