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Jacob's Hut

UK England South West England Devon Okehampton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Adults only
  • Good walks nearby
Romantic, luxury glamping for two in a quiet Devon valley, well-placed for making the most of the South West

“The heart of the countryside” may sound like your average travel writers’ cliché but stick a pin in the middle of a map of South West England and you’re likely to lance upon Jacob’s Hut. In Devon, but near the Cornwall border, and almost equidistant from the north and south coasts, this rural glamping retreat for two really is a splendidly central spot. Throw in its 10-minute proximity from Dartmoor National Park and a handful of speedily accessible National Trust properties and it’s easy to see the appeal.

Yet for all the on-the-doorstep attractions that this shepherd’s hut offers, it’s actually the feel of backwater seclusion that makes it stand out. In the bottom of a valley, down a private track and tucked among a handful of mature trees, Jacob’s Hut is a place for couples to get away and enjoy the quieter side of the South West.

Inside, the hut sleeps two on a built-in double bed, with the whole place warmed by a wood-burning stove and lit with tea lights and candles (think rustic, ye olde ambience). Outside, meanwhile, the shepherd’s hut door swings open to reveal a view across the reed-dotted pond and up to the steeple of Thrushelton Church on the opposite hill. For extra space, guests also have access to a small wooden summerhouse, with furniture and a firepit outside, plus a Dutch oven for al fresco cooking. There’s also a modern bathroom and boot room with electricity and WiFi just a few more metres away.

If you’re here to revel in the setting then you’ll find everything you need. There’s a pair of binoculars for peeping at the ducks and moorhens as they to and fro from the pond, while board games and dominoes are provided for cosy evenings in when it’s too cloudy to see the stars. When you do hop back in the car, though, you can pick between a seaside break around the beaches of Croyde Bay and the north coast or ambling in the rugged Dartmoor countryside, where a walk into Lydford Gorge – the deepest gorge in the South West with a spectacular 30-metre waterfall – is a must. Which ever you choose, a hearty meal in a local pub is always a nice way to cap it off, while a full English brekkie at Jacob’s Hut each morning is always an extra option too. Bliss.

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The hut sleeps 2 in a fitted double bed (bedding and towels supplied). A wood-burner keeps you warm (initial bag of wood supplied), there is a gas BBQ and ring hob, and candles, tea lights and solar-powered lamps provide lighting. There is no electricity in the hut. Pots, pans, plates, cutlery, crockery and utensils are all provided and there is a selection of books, board games, cards and dominoes and binoculars for bird watching. Direct access to a private, modern shower room (60 paces away, we measured it!) in an extension on the owner's cottage, where you also have access to their boot room, with electric sockets, a hairdryer and mirror, plus, in Grumpy's Shed, a fridge and deep freeze with ice cubes and wine coolers. There is also a summerhouse with a table and chairs and an outside firepit (dutch oven provided for al fresco cooking). WiFi available in the boot room only.

Suitable For

Glamping only. No tents, campervans or caravans. No dogs and no children under 10 years (due to the proximity of the pond).


With Dartmoor National Park (01626 832093) nearby there is plenty to do for outdoor enthusiasts. Miles of excellent footpaths and cycle trails weave through the landscape, along with attractions like National Trust-owned Lydford Gorge (01822 820441) 7 miles away, Finch Foundry (01837 840046) and Becky Falls Woodland Park (01647 221259). Morwellham Quay (01822 832766) and Tuckers Maltings (01626 334002) offer a little local history, as does Dingles Steam Village (01566 783425), while the historic towns of Tavistock (01822 612320) and Totnes (01803 863168) are further afield but well worth a visit. Castle Drogo (01647 433306) – another National Trust property – and Okehampton Castle (0870 333 1181) also vie for your attention. It's 45 minutes by car to the beaches of Bude, Boscaste, whilst Croyde and North Devon is a testing 90 minute drive. The city of Exeter is a similar distance.

Food & Drink

Optional breakfasts are available, delivered fresh to your hut door. You can add them as an extra when you book. It's £6 per head for a continental breakfast and £8 per head for a full English. For pubs, Lifton is 4 miles away, where you'll find The Fox and Grapes (01566 784217), The Lifton Hall Hotel (01566 784863) and The Arundell Arms (01566 784666) for hearty dinners and there's also an excellent farm shop (01566 784605) with an adjoining café during the day. It's 3 miles to Bratton Clovelly, where The Clovelly Inn (01837 871447) is a top choice.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews


The Perfect getaway!

What a weekend! A perfect birthday get away, I feel like the other reviews hit the nail on the head! Jo and Gordon are fantastic hosts, incredibly welcoming! The hut itself is amazing, very cosy, with all the facilities for glamping- candles, crockery/cutlery, bbq/gas hob, running water, and a shower room close by, Jo really has thought of everything. I had the best nights sleep in what felt like forever, true comfort! The fire pit was great for evenings when we wanted to stay up a bit later to watch the stars and make s'mores. The summer house was perfect for the evenings and dinner time as it is the perfect spot to catch the last sunlight of the evening. Waking up in the morning, opening the top half of the stable door to look out at the picturesque view made it feel like we were in our own world, completely private and separate from the rest of the world. The freezer and fridge were a life saver for all of our food, only a few seconds away in 'grumpy's shed'. Jo was incredibly helpful with recommending places to go. We took a drive to the Eden project for a day, and zip wired and all sorts before exploring the centre - I would highly recommend this! We also took a few random trips to near by towns to explore and tried some of the local icecream- Laurence reckons this is the best icecream he has ever eaten! We were torn with leaving a review, as this was the perfect place that we wanted to keep just for us - we have never visited a place more than once, but are defiantly planning on coming back to Jacobs hut- truly amazing!!!
Aug 6, 2018 by Shannon

Fantastic Location with service to match

As an enthusiastic traveller I don't like to return to the same place twice - Jacob's Hut broke my rule and we have now visited three times (and plan on many more!) The Shepherds hut is beautifully renovated and very well thought out, with every detail planned for a comfortable stay. I love opening the shepherds hut door in the morning and looking at the picture perfect view in total privacy. I have never been anywhere quite so relaxing and tranquil. The bathroom facility is lovely and clean and close enough that a midnight wee doesn't feel like too much of a trek...just enough time to take in the beautiful stars in the sky. Josephine's breakfast is impeccable. Well thought out, delivered to the door, fresh and prepared with love. The little brown pots of stewed fruit/fruit are my favourite as each morning these are different and very yummy. Eating breakfast by the water is very romantic. Help and service is always at hand at the Shepherds Hut but your privacy is entirely respected and you feel completely alone in your own little haven - I feel this balance is struck perfectly, a very hard thing to do but Jacob's Hut has nailed it. There are lots of things to see and do in the area and the hut has a wealth of resources to help you plan any holiday activity. The last visit we had I was 7 months pregnant and did some study! This is how comfortable and peaceful it is! We love Jacobs hut and feel like we have found a real gem. We also believe it's only ours and no one else visits! That's how special it is. We highly recommend a visit and feel very lucky to have stumbled across Jacob's Hut.
Jul 30, 2018 by jeneallen

Amazing location to “decompress”

Thank you to Jo and Gorden for a wonderful stay at Jacob’s Hut. Peace and tranquillity in abundance in a beautifully appointed shepherd’s hut. I was greeted by Jo with a wonderful slice of fruitcake and pot of tea after being shown around. There was a fridge/freezer in a nearby barn for my sole use and a beautifully clean WC/Shower room close by in the “boot room” of the farmhouse. Cooking was either over the fire pit or on a gas ring/BBQ to the side of the hut under a large awning with LED lights for night time. There is no power in the hut but plenty of LED storm lanterns and there is a socket in the boot room for charging up phones etc and access to the farm’s WI-FI if needed. I had the best sleep I have had in ages in the hut on a very comfortable double bed. There is a small wood burner in the hut which I didn’t need as the weather was so warm but fire lighting supplies were provided as well as logs for the fire pit which I did use! The hammock area by the pond was delightfully cool on a scorching day. I can highly recommend this site and I am sure I will be back
Jul 8, 2018 by OonaghR

A perfect getaway

We stayed at Jacob's Hut over the Easter weekend, and although the weather was far from warm, the welcome of the owners (Josephine and Gordon) certainly was. The woodburning stove kept us toasty for a couple of cosy nights in playing games. We ate out one evening at the Dartmoor Inn, which was excellent; there are lots of places to eat within a few miles. Josephine recommended a very enjoyable walk by Meldon reservoir; we also visited Launceston and the Cornish coast. We would love to return in the summer so that we can enjoy the al fresco cooking and dining, although our experience of cosying up against the elements was equally enjoyable. Josephine provides an excellent cooked breakfast which is highly recommended!
Apr 3, 2018 by Louise

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