Farmer Oak's Hut

UK England South West England Devon Okehampton

  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A thoughtfully crafted shepherd's hut in West Devon with enough details to deserve its own novel

Animal prints on the blinds, a shepherd’s hut painted on the tea tray, bird books, binoculars, maps, magazines and guidebooks. It’s all about the details for Manya Johnson, the mastermind behind Farmer Oak’s Hut in West Devon. From the homemade preserves and freshly baked scones she puts together in her kitchen, to the history book of shepherd’s huts that sits on the mantelpiece, everything here is considered. A Penguin Classics copy of Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd even awaits would-be readers; it’s thanks to the novel’s central character, the shepherd Gabriel Oak, that this glampsite got its name.

Set in the quietest corner of the field behind Manya’s home, through a young apple orchard and up a stepping-stone pathway to the top of the garden, Farmer Oak’s Hut is country life encapsulated. Sheep graze the neighbouring meadow, fledglings tweet an early chorus as they flitter between Manya’s bird boxes and a small, slate sign points the way into the nearby woods – “over the bridge and up the wooden steps, turn left at the gate”. For a timeless slice of Devon it seems the perfect spot. There’s even a vintage apple cart to wheel your luggage from the car.

Inside, the hut itself is a far cry from Gabriel Oak’s own “hard couch, formed of a few corn sacks” – though it retains the all-important wood-fired stove, glowing warmth across the space. Instead, expect more 21st-century features: a compact kitchen with a sink, fridge and hobs, a built in double bed and a plush, en-suite shower room. There’s no WiFi or television though; this is about getting back to nature after all.

While Farmer Oak’s Hut sleeps two, Manya still considers this a family space. Those with children are welcome to pitch a small tent alongside and there’s a host of good family attractions nearby, from the beaches around Boscastle and Bude, 40 minutes north, to National Trust estates like Cothele and Lanhydrock, 35 minutes away. Not that you need travel that far. Nearby Launceston has a magnificent 13th-century castle to explore (and is also home to the nearest tourist office where you can really get your barings), while the walkers delights of Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the Tamar Valley are also within easy reach. Manya has provided waterproof OS maps for you to borrow, so you can make a plan beside the campfire. Marshmallows are provided too. Naturally.



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.

Suitable For

Glamping only. No dogs.


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.


All year (except January and February).

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The Owner Says

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!) 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 you to switch off. The moment you grab that apple cart is the moment you start to relax and enjoy nature and all its beauty.

Social Distancing Measures

Farmer Oak's Hut is totally self contained within its own grounds so there is no issue with social distancing. The keys will be left, sanitized at the door and I will greet you with social distancing in place to direct you to the hut and answer any questions you may have.


1 shepherds hut (sleeping 2) but you can pitch your own tent alongside if you have children.

Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
A well-equipped Shepherd's Hut in a tranquil setting in Devon, complete with ensuite and cooking facilities; plus there's an on-site store selling all manner of goodies.

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Contact Farmer Oak's Hut, Drowsy Duck, Dippertown, Lewdown, Devon EX20 4PT

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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.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 11 reviews


Beautiful, quiet getaway!

Me and my partner couldn't have been more pleased with our choice to stay at the Drowsy Duck farm in their beautiful shephards hut. It was perfectly kitted out with everything we could want as well as having cosy touches like the fairy lights and the log fire. And you can't forget the homemade scones, made by Andy, which where *chefs kiss* some of the best I've ever had along with the handmade cream and jam. Andy was the perfect host, he showed us around and gave us some great tips and trip ideas. He told us of a walk to Lidford gorge which we would highley recommend. This was the highlight of our trip as it was a stunning walk and the waterfalls where magical. Apart from that he left us to it but was around if we needed him. It's in a great location to see a lot of the small towns and villages near by and is a lovely location to return to after a busy day. It was the perfect little nook to return to and get cosy, listen to the radio and get dinner cooking. This was mine and my partners first holiday after all that's happened with Covid and I couldn't have asked for more. If you are looking for somewhere to just relax and Potter about under your own steam, then this is definitly the place for you!!
Oct 22, 2021 by Amy Bevan Verified Review

Hidden Gem

Andrew is amazing host. Perfect place for r&r Thank you
Sep 11, 2021 by Rod Verified Review

Romantic, Secluded and Peacful

We booked Farmer Oak's Hut to celebrate our second wedding anniversary and couldn't have asked for a more perfect and romantic place. Quiet and secluded, this beautifully furnished and well equipped hut offered us complete peace and tranquillity throughout our four night stay. There are many thoughtful touches inside the hut itself; marshmallows to toast on the fire, seeds to sprinkle on the bird feeder and an excellent selection of maps and information to help plan days out. We can certainly recommend a visit to Lydford Gorge which is very pretty and following the Granite Trail if you enjoy cycling. We particularly enjoyed the incredible outdoor spaces around the hut and the neighbouring woodland walks. We felt that we were constantly surrounded by an abundance of nature and wildlife. We were blessed with warm sunshine by day followed by clear skies at night. This meant that having cooked dinner over the firepit we were then able to sit and relax whilst waiting for a sky full of stunning stars to appear overhead. We were even treated to a few shooting stars together with a fleeting visit from a bird of prey which landed on the little garden gate in front of us. Truly magical! We thought that Andrew was an excellent host, on hand if we needed anything but otherwise respected our privacy. His delicious, freshly baked scones were still warm when we enjoyed them with a cream tea shortly after our arrival. He kindly offered to store our bikes and cycle rack in one of the outbuildings when they weren't being used too. A wonderful stay in a quiet, rural and very lovely part of Devon. Thank you so much.

Lovely cosy Shepherd's Hut

A lovely Shepherd's Hut that has everything you need and located in a idyllic part of West Devon. It's perfect for moor walks and day trips to the coast. Andrew was the perfect host, offering his local knowledge with hidden gems such as Lydford gorge walk and MOD owned moorland walk. It has a great firepit for cooking in a quiet and relaxing location. Look forward to returning to this lovely part of Devon
Jul 26, 2021 by Peter Verified Review

A quaint experience in an idyllic setting

This was everything I hoped for and more, the listing description is only a glimpse into what to expect. The Drowsy duck farm is located in a charming spot of West Devon, perfect for lovely walks and day trips to the Cornish coast just 40 minutes to Tintagel or an hour to Padstow. Farmer Oak's Shepherd Hut is set in a very quiet and secluded part of the garden, lovingly landscaped surrounded by a charming gate and little patches of meadow. The hut itself is very well equipped (including towels, which is worth mentioning as I had packed my own); the kitchen has everything you possibly need, including outside cooking equipment for cooking on the fire pit. My daughter and I slept like babies after long days' of walking and exploring, the quiet surrounding made for a very nice night's sleep. The bathroom is very nice, clean and modern with a hot shower and decent water pressure (although the air in the morning was cold). Also has two nice walks right out of the back garden. Only niggle for us was no phone service at all, so couldn't check messages and share our lovely day time activities, fortunately we had brought games and books but be prepared to be completely disconnected, it however has a digital radio which provided some welcome evening entertainment. Andrew and Jude (the dog) were the perfect hosts and we'll be back.

Glamping personified!

This cute little shepherd's hut is small but perfectly formed. It had everything we needed for a week long stay for the two of us. The weather was, unfortunately, rubbish, but we stayed cosy and warm thanks to the lovely wood burner. The surrounds of the hut are just gorgeous, and we enjoyed spending time watching the birds, rabbits and the neighbouring field's cows. The hut is very well situated to enjoy some of the great walking on Dartmoor, but is very tucked away from the rat race down a tiny, winding lane. A great stay all round!

Response from Farmer Oak's Hut

Many thanks Milly you are welcome. Thanks for leaving everything so clean and tidy, Hope to see you again. Andew

Tranquil and Uplifting

It was a real pleasure to stay at the Shepherd's Hut, so peaceful and relaxing Andrew was a terrific and friendly host and his knowledge of the local area was second to none, with maps and directions of local walks provided I'd love to come and stay again and would highly recommend this for anyone wanting a break away from it all Lucy
May 11, 2021 by Lucy Dolan Verified Review

Very cosy place to spend a relaxing few days.

Nice quiet location, but close to local amenities. Everything in the hut you could possibly need, with plenty of outdoor space.......very comfy.

Perfect hideaway couple retreat

If you are looking for a hideaway from normal life while enjoying nature around you, this is the perfect glamping spot. The hut has everything you need for indoor cooking, sleeping and relax, but keep in mind we chose it because it had no TV and no WiFi. Instead they have a great kotlich for outdoor cooking, which was good fun: we had some fantastic grilled steaks with grilled vegetables one night and a beef stew another night. Heating in the hut is provided by a very efficient log burner or an oil electric heater. Using the burner was really easy with the instructions provided in the hut. The hut is only 10 minutes drive from a great farm shop where you can get all sorts of delicacies and provisions, while the owner of the hut sells delicious jam jars, fresh eggs, kindling and logs for the burner. The double bed is comfortable and there is plenty of storage capacity in form of shelves, a small cupboard and under the bed storage boxes. The bathroom is small but efficient and with a good hot shower. The location is perfect for walks and exploring in the Dartmoor National Park, as well as day trips to either Cornwall or Exmoor. Really a central location for any outdoor leisure. You can literally walk into the woods from the back of the hut. We had a great time and we are truly thankful for the opportunity of this visit.

Magical stay

The hut is beautifully placed in its own mini meadow complete with Al fresco dinning table and fire pit and is extremely peaceful apart from the resident hedgehog 🦔. This hut is the full glamping experience with in hut toilet and hot shower and handmade cream tea on arrival you have everything you need for a truly magical time . Manya and Andrew are warm and respect your privacy . Thank you

Response from Farmer Oak's Hut

Thank you Samantha for your lovely review. It was great to meet you both and we really appreciate you saying some very positive things about your stay. We hope to see you again one day.


A fantastic few days in this delightful hut in the most wonderful setting

The hut was so well designed, furnished and equipped to a very high standard. The location was outstanding, a tranquil haven, so peaceful and beautiful. The homemade scones were delicious.
Jul 20, 2020 by LISA DAVIES Verified Review

Response from Farmer Oak's Hut

Thank you Lisa for saying such lovely things about the hut, it is always so greatly appreciated to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay as this is so important to me. It was so nice to meet you both and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future.. Regards, Manya.

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