Cosy shepherd's hut in scenic Devon

UK England South West England Devon Okehampton Farmer Oak's Hut

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Private Bathroom
  • En-suite bathroom/toilet

  • Bed Linen Not Included
Cosy shepherd's hut in scenic Devon inspired by Gabriel Oak in Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd
  • Fully-equipped self-contained accommodation with electricity, ensuite and cooking facilities
  • Complimentary logs and kindling are provided for the first night’s stay
  • A ‘little store in the field’ where guests can purchase homemade goodies

It’s all about the small touches for Manya Johnson, the creater of Farmer Oak’s Hut. From freshly baked scones to the homemade preserves she rustles up in her kitchen, to the history book of shepherd’s huts that sits on the mantelpiece, everything is considered. Set in a peaceful corner of the field behind Manya’s home, Farmer Oak’s Hut is country life at its best. Sheep graze the adjacent meadow, fledglings tweet an early chorus as they flitter between the bird boxes and a small, slate sign pointing the way into the nearby woods. Step inside and expect 21st-century features; a compact kitchen with a sink, fridge and hobs, a built-in double bed and a lovely en-suite shower room. There’s no WiFi or television; this place is all about getting back to nature.

While Farmer Oak’s Hut sleeps two, we consider this a family space. Those with children are welcome to pitch a small tent alongside the hut and there’s a host of good family attractions nearby, from the beaches around Bude and Boscastle (40 minutes north), to National Trust estates like Cothele and Lanhydrock. Nearby, Launceston has a glorious 13th-century castle, while the walking delights of Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley are also within reach. Manya has provided waterproof OS maps for you to borrow, so you can make a plan beside the campfire. Marshmallows are provided too, of course.

The Owner Says

Gabriel Oak, the character in Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd lived in a shepherd hut while tending his sheep. Located in the appealingly name Drowsy Duck, our comfortable Shepherd's Hut sleeps two adults and is inspired by Gabriel. It's fully equipped, with an ensuite shower and toilet room, plus cooking facilities, including a toaster, microwave and 2 ring electric hob. Our on-site store stocks a range of essentials such as homemade jams, chutneys, marmalade, honey and fresh eggs, and guests are free to help themselves to seasonal produce from the kitchen garden. Added bonuses? Scones and bread can be made to order, we're happy to service wash loads of laundry upon request (£8 a load) and complimentary logs and kindling are provided for the first night’s stay.

If you would like to bring children, up to two are permitted (maximum age 14) to sleep in a tent in the hut's garden – you must select the extra at £20 per night; we reserve the right to cancel or charge more if you do not. Please note, tent pitching is not available independently of hut bookings.

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Book with complete confidence at Farmer Oak's Hut with the Glampingly Coronavirus Booking Guarantee. We guarantee the following clear policy for your booking:

  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance due 30 days before your holiday
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • Due to the flexibility provided we are unable to offer refunds
  • This guarantee supersedes any other policies

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Features & Facilities

This fully en-suite hut has a built in double bed for 2 people (bedding and throws provided), a fold-away table and comfy Lloyd Loom chairs, a wood-burning stove (complimentary kindling and logs provided for the first night) and a compact kitchen space with a fridge, sink, 2 hobs, toaster, microwave, kettle, pots, pans, Orla Kiely enamel crockery and cutlery.There are various essentials in the kitchen such as West Country tea, fresh ground coffee and sugar, salt and pepper, olive oil ,foil, tea towels,dishcloth and washing up liquid and of course, marshmallows and skewers. The bathroom features a shower, sink and flushing loo with hand wash, shower gel and toilet rolls. An on-site store provides essentials – homemade jams, chutneys, marmalade, honey and fresh eggs – and scones and bread can be made to order. Guests can also help themselves to produce from the kitchen garden. Campfire pit provided for al fresco cooking and marshmallow melting. A treat awaits you upon your arrival of freshly baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream and milk in the fridge to add to your tea for the perfect Devon Cream Tea.


Town or country? Take your pick. It’s a 15-minute drive west to busy Launceston, where the 13th-century round tower of Launceston Castle (0370 333 1181) overlooks the town, and 15 minutes east to the edge of Dartmoor National Park, where you can ramble in the wilds and plunge into summer pools .The ancient colourful market towns of Okehampton and Tavistock are close by- check out the popular Pannier Market in Tavistock, while the Tamar Valley AONB is a 15-minute drive, Bodmin Moor 20 minutes and the North Devon coast is around 40 minutes away (think beaches such as Bude and Widemouth Bay). For heritage enthusiasts, there are 4 fantastically preserved old railway lines nearby – the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, the South Devon Railway (01364 644370), Dartmouth Steam Railway and the Launceston Narrow Gauge Line – and 700-year-old Buckland Abbey (01822 853607), now owned by the National Trust, is half an hour in the car. Families will also enjoy a trip to Roadford Lake (01409 211507), one of the biggest and busiest inland waters in the southwest. Hire bikes to cycle the waterside trail or try water sports including sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.

Food & Drink

There’s an on-site store for purchasing preserves and homemade produce and you can help yourself to vegetables from the kitchen garden. Manya also makes scones and bread to order. Lifton Farm Shop (01566 784605) is a delight to visit – their fresh local produce includes a good range of meat and cheeses – and has a decent café, while, for something more substantial, Lifton Hall Hotel (01566 784863) has won awards for it’s Sunday lunches. The Arundell Arms (01566 784666), also in Lifton village, is another award winner – largely for it’s ‘casual dining’ – and has real ales on tap.
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Getting There

At the end of the M5, take A30. From A30, heading west, turn off at Sourton Cross and take a right turn for Bridestowe, Lewdown and Lifton. Continue along this road for 7 miles until you reach Portgate. A few metres on, turn left at the side of the gold-coloured house (used to be a pub). Continue down this windy country lane for 2 miles. Turn left at the sign for Dippertown. Drive through the hamlet until you come to farm gates with Drowsy Duck written on them. These farm gates are on a bend, set back slightly from the lane on the right hand side in between a large cream house and an old barn. Note that Sat Navs often take a different route that approaches Drowsy Duck from the opposite direction down the lane, in which case the the farm gates would be on the left. Plymouth is the nearest train station, from there catch the A1 bus at the Royal Parade to Tavistock. There are no further buses to Dippertown from there, but Manya will be happy to pick you up from Tavistock if arranged with enough notice.