Synderborough Farm

UK England South West England Devon Sidmouth & Seaton

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A cosy, romantic, shepherd's hut overlooking the sparkling Devon coast

Shepherds surely never had it this good — a chic shelter of their own, set on a raised paddock terrace, with uninterrupted views over the hills and down to the sparking Devon coast. Plus, there would have been sheep to chase, whereas at Synderborough Farm all you have to do is enjoy the panorama and pour another drink. The pretty shepherd's hut is the work of owner Monique and her husband, who used to breed and train racehorses, but now invite you onto their lush paddock to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Sid Valley, in the heart of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Monique is originally from France, so you might hear her call the hut a roulotte, which is a traditional French caravan with a bowed roof. Shepherd's hut, roulotte — let's split the difference and just say that this cosy little bolthole is an English country escape with French sensibilities. Built by a local craftsman, it's charmingly appointed with crafted wood panelling, bed and storage cupboards, red-checked curtains, hanging baskets, and a stained-glass window. Places to hang things and put things have been well thought out. The bed's a small four-foot double, so tucked-in and intimate, but that's what you've come for, let's face it. There's no heating, but the hut is fully insulated, which keeps morning chills at bay, and there's a firepit outside for evening chats and stargazing.

A small kitchen has all you need to make simple meals — a rustic table for two sits by the window — though there's a pub within walking distance and plenty of great places to eat nearby. That French sensibility makes itself felt in the welcome, too; a pack with fresh eggs, honey from the farm's hives, and other local produce are waiting for you on arrival. The basics — tea, coffee, oil, and vinegar — are also provided, so you should get through the first meal and drink with little trouble. There's electric power inside the hut, and a camping loo (that you'll need to empty yourself). A hot shower and another sink are outside in a separate hut.

It's a private space so you don't have to worry about being overlooked — in fact, you're the ones doing the overlooking, across the fields and valley to the coast at nearby Sidmouth. it's those wonderful views that are — eventually — going to drag you away, either down to the coast for a day on the beach or a hike on the cliffs, or inland to timeless villages, market towns, and country parks. And when you're done for the day, you can return to your romantic retreat at Synderborough Farm, offer thanks that there are no sheep to deal with, and break open the wine for a night by the fire.

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The shepherd's hut has a small, raised, double bed and comes supplied with bed linen. There's a well-equipped kitchen area with power sockets, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, microwave/grill, a two-ring electric hot plate, and all the pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, and glassware you'll need. Towels are the only thing not supplied. A welcome basket of basic supplies is included in the price. The sink is cold-water only and comes equipped with tea towels, plus eco-friendly hand-soap, kitchen cleaner, and washing-up liquid. There's also an indoor portaloo that you empty yourself across the yard. A separate, adjacent, wooden hut houses a hot-water shower and sink. Outside are a table and chairs and a barbecue, and there's a firepit too (with logs supplied for a small charge).

Suitable For

Couples (and an infant), dogs – yes. Under 21s – no.


There's direct access from the site to the River Sid and it's only a mile or so further to the lovely, thatched village of Sidbury and its pub. It's an ideal base for walkers, with Sidbury bang in the middle of the 40-mile East Devon Way (01404 46663). There are a couple of local circular walks from Sidbury, for glorious countryside and coastal views, or head out west along the Way on the eight-mile stretch to Aylesbeare Common Nature Reserve, one of the few remaining southern lowland heathland habitats in England.

For a day by the seaside, Sidmouth — the so-called jewel of the East Devon Jurassic  Coast — is just a four-mile drive south. It's a charming place with lots to do, from shopping in the old streets to taking a peek to see what's on at Kennaway House (01395 515551), a Regency mansion that's used for all sorts of events, from art exhibitions to food festivals. There are two town beaches here — sand and shingle, backed by cliffs — and plenty more along the coast in either direction. Sidmouth is also on the South West Coast Path, which means more dramatic coastal walking, from short circular strolls to longer days across the cliffs with amazing views. The rest of the spectacular Devon coast is pretty much on your doorstep too, with famed destinations like Budleigh Salterton, Branscombe, Beer, and Lyme Regis all within a 30-minute drive of Synderborough Farm.

Food & Drink

The Hare and Hounds (01404 41760) at Putts Corner, just half a mile away, is a great old pub with terrific views and a carvery that people travel miles for. There's also really good bistro food and seafood specials at the atmospheric, thatched Blue Ball in Sidford (01395 514062), a couple of miles south of the farm, on the other side of Sidbury. Otherwise, you're looking at the 15-minute drive to either the market of Honiton (inland) or Sidmouth (on the coast) for delis, cafes, restaurants, and food shops — try the Pea Green Boat (01395 514152) on the esplanade in Sidmouth for terrific fish and seafood in a relaxed setting. For something a little different, and very cool to boot, The Folly at The Pig (01404 540400) is a hideaway garden cafe-bar serving flatbreads, light meals, and drinks — part of a glam, country-house foodie retreat, around a 15-minute drive to the north at Gittisham.


Open all year.

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The Owner Says

Nestled in the the Heart of the Sid Valley ( Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Synderborough Farm enjoys uninterrupted  stunning views to the sea and rolling hills.
The shepherd hut enjoys a south facing situation in its own paddock with private access and parking.

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One shepherd's hut, sleeps two.

La Roulotte

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Traditional shepherds Hut , sleeps 2; outstanding sea and country views of the Sid Valley. Very private ,set in its own paddock with direct access to River

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Contact Synderborough Farm, Synderborough Farm, Sidbury, Devon EX10 0QJ

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Getting There

From Honiton, take the A375 to Sidmouth and pass the Hare and Hounds pub, before coming down a very long hill for approximately half a mile. Take the first turning on the right, past a large white house (Synderborough House), signposted for Sid Valley Country Hotel and Synderborough Farm. The entrance to the site is 50 yards on the lefthand side, opposite a house. Go through the yard, which leads directly to the paddock and the shepherd's hut. 

There are trains from London Waterloo to Honiton, which is four miles from the site. Buses between Honiton and Sidmouth (connections from Exeter) stop at the entrance of the lane on the A375.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews


Peaceful and relaxing

I came for rest and recuperation and that is exactly what I got. Monique and her dog Teddy give you a warm welcome on arrival and the hut has everything you need. Had a few trips out to Beer &Seaton as well as Sidmouth…all enjoyable with plenty of choices for activities, eating and shopping. However, you cannot beat simply sitting enjoying the views from the hut and watching the sun set for the day.
Sep 10, 2021 by Pamela Verified Review

Amazing stay

We had a really nice stay at the Synderborough Farm from Monique. It’s very peaceful and the area is beautifull! We loved staying in the shepardshut, it’s was very cosy. We would definitely recommend it!

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