Shepherd's Hut

At Farmer Oak's Hut

Drowsy Duck, Dippertown, Lewdown, Devon EX20 4PT

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Private Bathroom

  • Bed Linen Not Included
Cosy shepherd's hut in scenic Devon inspired 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

This information was supplied by Farmer Oak's Hut

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.

About Farmer Oak's Hut

A thoughtfully crafted shepherd's hut in West Devon with enough details to deserve its own novel

We would be delighted to welcome you to rural Devon at it's best; and so to Farmer Oak's Hut. It is tucked away in the corner of our field, a lovely romantic space. You will replace your car with an vintage apple cart to help with your luggage, passing our young apple orchard and winding your way up the wildlife garden into Farmer Oak's special, enclosed garden.

Who is Farmer Oak? The name is inspired by the novel by Thomas Hardy. Our cottage guests remark upon the peace and tranquility of the surroundings and so we thought the farmer- Gabriel Oak in 'Far from The Madding Crowd' was appropriate, not only for the setting but as sheep used to graze in our top field and it was a shepherd hut that Gabriel used to live in, so the name just seemed so right.

The hut contains all the things you would need for a comfortable stay including a wood burner for those chillier visits, a toaster, a fridge, microwave and a two ring electric hob. There are outdoor kitchen facilities with enamel cups and plates and tins with Serbian cooking pots to use on the fire pit. The hut has an en suite shower room and your own fluffy towels and a comfy double bed with fairy lights and lanterns for you to create a romantic atmosphere.

There is a little store in the field where you can purchase homemade jams, chutneys and marmalade, fresh farm eggs etc I also bake bread to order and scones for a must have Devon cream tea. There is a basket of logs in the hut for you to use in the wood burner or Kotlich outside and more logs and kindling can then be purchased from the store. There is always a supply of fruit and vegetables, depending upon the season to help yourself to from the kitchen garden in the store too.

In the hut's garden there is a large wooden table and benches to sit around and traditional deckchairs for relaxing in.There is a canopied area which gives shade from the sun to eat, read, write or draw or even continue to be outside when it is raining. The benches can be moved to place around the fire pit should you wish to enjoy an evening toasting marshmallows as the sun goes down ( marshmallows and skewers always provided of course!) To add to the sound of the hooting owls, there are fairy lights in the trees and blankets and lanterns to complete the magic.

We have deliberately not installed a TV or WiFi as this is the place where we want yo to switch off-the moment you grab that apple cart is the moment you start to relax and enjoy nature and all it's beauty.

Glamping Site 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.

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