Moonbow Escapes

UK England South West England Cornwall Bude

  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Walking
A super-sized shepherd's hut with a wood-fired hot tub, set in the meadows of West Devon

Dr Who had the tardis. Glampers have Moonbow Escapes. In the countryside of West Devon, 25 minutes’ drive from both Dartmoor National Park and the North Cornwall coast, this glamping site, first opened in 2021, is home to just a single shepherd’s hut but it is one of oversized proportions. And while, from the outside, it retains its rustic charm – think wood-framed windows, curved corrugated roof and a chimney puffing smoke from the wood-burner – inside the extra space is a welcome addition. Forget the pokey digs of a regular shepherd’s hut, here there’s a table for two beneath the window, an en-suite shower room and the fitted king-sized bed still has room for a smart TV at one end. There’s room to swing several cats. Though cat swinging is strongly advised against.

The final mile to Moonbow is down a narrow, hedge-lined road before you turn off on to a track. It really feels as if you’re heading into a rural hinterland. The hut is in its own private meadow, with a wooden dining shelter alongside, a campfire-pit at the ready and, most invitingly of all, a wood-fired hot tub, specially designed in an oval shape for two people. Switch off your car engine and you quickly realise how calm and quiet the place feels, with the only noise coming from wildlife in the pinewood plantation to the north or from birds in the long grasses of the surrounding meadows.

Quiet and isolated though it may be, the reality is that this patch near the Devon-Cornwall border is still within reach of England’s hot spots. For many visitors that means the coast. The surf town of Bude, the popular beaches of Summerleaze, Widemouth Bay and National Trust-owned Sandymouth are all within around 25 or 30 minutes drive and walkers will enjoy some of the most dramatic sections of the South West Coast Path. Dartmoor National Park, too, is within half an hour's drive, with good walks around Meldon Quarry, Black-a-Tor and Watchet Hill – another good place to wear out your feet before letting them soak, of an evening, in the Moonbow Escapes’ hot tub.

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Details

Facilities

The hut is insulated and has oak floors, shuttered windows and a stable-style split door. There is a fitted king-sized bed (bedding, linen, towels and bathrobes provided), a wood-burning stove (as well as central heating), a kitchenette with hob, Belfast sink, full-sized fridge and microwave and all the crockery and utensils you'll need. The en-suite shower room has a shower, toilet and basin. There's also a smart TV and free WiFi. Outside there is a Kirami wood-fired hot tub, reclining chairs, a table, a firepit and a barbecue.

Suitable For

Glamping only. The hut sleeps two. Camping in your own tent, campervan or caravan is not permitted and this site does not accommodate children, dogs or pets.

Nearby

Moonbow is pretty much equidistant from the coast and Dartmoor National Park (about 25 minutes' drive to each), so you can take your pick from a day on the beach or walking in the wilds and on the moors. The nearest beaches also happen to be some of the best. Bude, Widemouth Bay and Sandymouth Bay are all hugely popular for surfing, as well as general sun lounging, and there are surf schools where you can hire boards or book lessons if you're new to it. Closer to home there are good local footpaths to explore, with a number of Forestry England and Woodland Trust woods within striking distance of the campsite – there are good trails in Cookbury Woods, just south of Moonbow Escapes, and it's also just a five-minute drive to National Trust-owned Dunsland (01237 441976), where there was once a grand manor house that was burnt down but you can still discover ponds, gardens, coach-houses and the out-buildings of the estate. It's a 10-minute drive to Holsworthy, the nearest sizeable settlement, where there are supermarkets for stocking up and also a local museum (01409 259337).

Food & Drink

It's 10 minutes' to Holsworthy where there's a Waitrose, Co-Op and M&S, as well as a petrol station. The town is also home to several pubs – The Old Market Inn (01409 254666) being perhaps the pick of the bunch – but the closest pub to the campsite is actually the country pub, The Bickford Arms (01409 221318) a couple of miles away. Rebuilt after a fire in 2003, the 17th-century coaching inn has flagstone flooring, low beams, two wood-burning stoves and historic photos of the pub before, during and after the fire. There are real ales on tap and it's well known for its Sunday carveries.

Open

All year.

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The Owner Says

Our luxurious Shepherds Hut that sleeps two is set within its own private field encompassed by thirteen little fields that make up our mini-estate.

We are situated in Devon a few miles from the traditional market town of Holsworthy and are a short drive to the North Cornwall coast to the west and Dartmoor to the southeast.

We have positioned the Shepherds Hut to encapture the view of the natural flora and fauna which is laid out before the backdrop of our local wood which can be accessed through our private entrance.

Accommodation

A single shepherd's hut sleeping two people.

Moonbow Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Plankbridge designed and handcrafted traditional Shepherds Hut but with the refined comforts of boutique-quality accommodation. The size of the hut is 22ft long and 9ft 6inc wide. This is larger than many Shepherds Huts but from the outside retains its traditional charm.

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Location

Contact Moonbow Escapes, Moonbow Escapes, Clawmoor, Ashwater, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5DW

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Getting There

Heading from the east or west take the A30 at Exeter (junction 31). Just west of Okehampton, turn off the A30 at Sourton and take the A386 signposted to Holsworthy. At the first mini roundabout take the first exit onto the A3079, again signposted to Holsworthy. Follow this road for eight miles, through the village of Halwill Junction, then past the left turn for Halwill, staying on the A3079. About a mile and a half later, take a left turn at Morecombe Cross, signposted 'Ashwater'. If you miss this junction and reach the T junction with the A3072 then turn back on yourself and take the first right (again, at Morecombe Cross). You are now half a mile from Moonbow Escapes. Carry on down this road until you see the sign on your right. Turn down the track and 200 yards later you will be the Moonbow shepherd's hut.

Reviews

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Fun and tranquil stay

We had such a lovely stay at the shepherds hut. We had come from busy St Ives so it was very refreshing to be in the peace and quiet, surrounded by lovely views. The hut was very clean, well equipped and all the towels and bedding smelled amazing and felt so luxurious! The smart tv was a great addition so we could chill out and watch movies in the evening. We really enjoyed the wood fired hot tub, it was such a novelty and fun to relax and enjoy the surrounding views. The host was very accommodating and helpful, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and getting away from it all. Thank you!
Aug 10, 2021 by Emma Lloyd Verified Review

Response from Moonbow Escapes

Thank you for writing a lovely review.  We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in our new Shepherds Hut. We look forward to having you back with us again someday.

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Coronavirus Booking Guarantee
  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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