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Full description
A dreamy Scandinavian-inspired retreat, complete with a cider house, a firepit shelter, and a stargazing hot tub, all beautifully secluded in a Devon apple orchard close to Exmoor.

Blissfully secluded from the world's hustle and bustle, Little Poro (poro means "reindeer" in Finnish) is an enchanting Scandinavian-style sanctuary for two, filled with sensory delights.

Nestled in an ancient apple orchard close to Exmoor, owner Val has seen to it that every aspect of your journey is as magical as it can possibly be... right from the moment you make your approach through the beautiful woodland pathway.

When you reach Little Poro, tucked away at the end of orchard, you'll feel as though you've entered a truly magical space, strewn with accessories from Val's own visits to Scandinavia.  

Among these are an antler lamp direct from Lapland, butter-soft Icelandic sheepskin rugs, and tealight holders crafted from sustainable Arctic wood.

And although you'll have a sleek modern kitchen inside, there's also a glorious al fresco version, complete with a gas pizza oven and a gas barbecue, festooned with soft fairy lights. Just pluck some aromatic herbs from the garden, and you're all set for spectacular feasts.

Could life get any more luxurious? Well... with a Swedish hot tub to help you welcome the stars in that vast night sky, and a cosy A-frame firepit shelter to toast gooey marshmallows in, as you get lost in romantic, giggle-fuelled conversation, the answer would have to be yes!

If you've arrived during the autumn, you can learn how to press apples and make your own juice in the on-site cider house. At other times, the house is a gorgeous ‘snug' for you to relax in; home to a mini-library, games, and a selection of DVDs to huddle up with.

What else? Stargazing evenings can be arranged, complete with a telescope to help you view the moon and the Milky Way... who knows, perhaps you'll even catch a glimpse of a shooting star!

By day, simply relax in the cosy loungers, chilled glass of wine in hand, losing your gaze in the lush fields and gently rolling hills beyond.

Wander to the village shop in Bishops Nympton to stock up on supplies, or treat yourselves to Michelin-star dining at The Mason's Arms in Knowstone, just five miles away.

There are National Trust houses and gardens to visit, and pretty villages with cobbled streets and independent shops to weave your way through... until the evening rolls around again, and you snuggle up in Little Poro's downy kingsize bed, another magnificent day done.

Things to note

Check in from 3:30pm, check out by 10:30am. Minimum 2 night stays from October to end of March 2023. 3 Night stays at weekends with a Thursday check in, however, 2 night weekend stays possible during low season, November to end of March 2023. Little Poro is not suitable for children or pets. Please bring a torch and beach towels if needed. There is no Wi-Fi on site, but you should get good 4G mobile reception.

Tried and tested

"Stop thinking about it and just book! Little Poro is a true gem. From start to finish Val couldn't have been more accommodating and helpful with local places to visit. It's a shame there was no availability for the full 5 days we were in Devon. Everything about Little Poro is magical from the walk through the gardens to the space and tranquility of the surroundings. From the time of booking to arrival Val had built an outdoor kitchen area which absolutely made the stay just perfect. Everything is nicely spaced out and so quiet and dark, the stars at night from the hot tub or the fire pit were just amazing. Little Poro has been perfectly thought out and has absolutely everything you need, even Tilly and Henry were around to say hello most days. We could not fault a single thing and will return to this little piece of heaven"

"Absolutely lovely - even with the rain there was lots to keep us occupied & we were made to feel very welcome. Little Poro is an absolutely gorgeous property that feels like a secret hideaway."

"Little Poro is a little oasis of tranquility. It's like a secret garden. If you want middle of nowhere, to be alone and private then this is your place. With spectacular views across the fields for as the eye can see, it's a little piece of beautiful."

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The basics

The basics


Region: Bishops Nympton, Devon
Cost (from): £159 per night
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 2-3 nights
Property ref: 2228

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Facilities

Facilities

Scandinavian-inspired shepherd's hut retreat, sleeps 2 adults.  Kingsize bed, wood-burner, underfloor heating, modern kitchen with combi microwave/oven, double hob, full-size fridge, sink, breakfast pack, tea, coffee, sugar, hot chocolate, cooking essentials.  En-suite with shower, heated towel rail, flushing WC.  Outside: kitchen with gas pizza oven and gas barbecue, Scandi-style firepit shelter, herb garden, loungers, Swedish hot tub.  On site: cider house/snug with mini-library, DVD selection, games. 

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, villages, independent shops, Michelin-starred pub, historic sites, National Trust properties and gardens, stargazing, wildlife-watching

At a glance

At a glance

  • A sumptuous Scandi-style retreat, with a firepit shelter and an al fresco hot tub, secluded in an ancient apple orchard in Devon, near Exmoor.
  • The main living and sleeping space is Little Poro itself, a luxurious self-contained shepherd's hut with authentic Scandinavian décor.
  • Outside awaits an al fresco kitchen, and a Swedish hot tub to help you welcome the stars in that vast night sky.
  • The on-side Cider House can be used as a cider press in autumn, and as a cosy snug at other times, equipped with books, games and DVDs.
  • Stargazing lessons can be arranged, and there is plenty to see and do in the local area, including National Trust houses and gardens, and a Michelin-starred pub and restaurant. The nearest shop is in the village of Bishops Nympton, one mile away.
Tried and tested

"Stop thinking about it and just book! Little Poro is a true gem. From start to finish Val couldn't have been more accommodating and helpful with local places to visit. It's a shame there was no availability for the full 5 days we were in Devon. Everything about Little Poro is magical from the walk through the gardens to the space and tranquility of the surroundings. From the time of booking to arrival Val had built an outdoor kitchen area which absolutely made the stay just perfect. Everything is nicely spaced out and so quiet and dark, the stars at night from the hot tub or the fire pit were just amazing. Little Poro has been perfectly thought out and has absolutely everything you need, even Tilly and Henry were around to say hello most days. We could not fault a single thing and will return to this little piece of heaven"

"Absolutely lovely - even with the rain there was lots to keep us occupied & we were made to feel very welcome. Little Poro is an absolutely gorgeous property that feels like a secret hideaway."

"Little Poro is a little oasis of tranquility. It's like a secret garden. If you want middle of nowhere, to be alone and private then this is your place. With spectacular views across the fields for as the eye can see, it's a little piece of beautiful."

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