A gorgeous timber cabin hidden in lush Devon countryside: top-end style with masses of space and privacy
High above the Taw Valley in North Devon there’s an incredible hideaway you’d never just stumble upon. Clad in cedar and surrounded by nature it sits in its own field, looking out over Exmoor, without a neighbour in sight. You can bring kids, you can bring dogs and there are no fussy rules, meaning you can really relax. And what a cabin it is! Hand-built by the owner and utterly stunning: 2 double bedrooms, a fabulous kitchen etched in copper, and a mighty wood-burner warming a beautiful lounge.
Not that you’ll spend much time inside, even in the colder months – this place is all about the outdoors, so bring warm clothes or blankets to cosy up. There’s a wooden deck for dining, and further down the field you’ll find a wood-fired hot tub and a firebowl. The views will make your heart sing. Ask for a hamper of meat to sling on the BBQ – the farm rears rare Dexter cattle, aka the best burgers you’ll ever eat. You can spend your days walking on Exmoor, and zipping to golden beaches to surf – or just stay right here. Nigel the resident buzzard is always mewing about (though it’s possible there are quite a few Nigels), and you’ll see wild deer in the woods, and hear owls hoot as the sun sets.
Getting there: drive or train to Kings Nympton then taxi (5 mins).
- There’s masses of walking on your doorstep, either straight out from the cabin or up on Exmoor. Dartmoor is a 40-minute drive. Handy OS maps await in the cabin.
- Hire bikes from a nearby town and cycle the tranquil Tarka Trail – it’s completely traffic free. Meeth to Braunton takes about 20 mins, and then you’re perfectly placed for a day on golden Saunton Sands, or a slap-up lunch in town. The Riverside Braunton is an excellent casual bistro.
- Go wild swimming in the Taw, alongside a private field that Becky and Adam own.
- Spend a day on Croyde’s beautiful beach; go surfing or hire boogie boards (40 mins’ drive).
- Kids will love visiting the farm animals; the Dexter cattle are small but full of attitude, there are 30-odd sheep and the pigs are friendly and comically noisy.
- The Grove in Kings Nympton does great food, local ales and Devon ciders (3 miles). The Red Lion in Chulmleigh is good for pizzas, and further afield, The Stag at Rackenford serves beef from the farm.