- Sleeps: 2 (huts) 4 (treehouse)
- Bedroom: 1 or 2 per unit
- Bathroom: 1 per unit
- Minimum stay: 2 nights
Feeling for all the world like a tranquil slice of rural paradise, Holly Water Holidays is home to a soothing selection of off-grid accommodation for grown-ups, in the heart of Devon.
The proud holders of a Gold Award for Green Tourism, friendly farm owners Iain and Jane take eco-friendliness very seriously, so you’ll find both the Shepherds’ Huts and the Treehouse powered by solar energy, heated by a crackling wood-burning stove…
…and you’ll even have your own private wood-fired hot tub to relax in (because who said going off-grid meant ditching holiday luxuries?)
The two Shepherds’ Huts, Oak and Bluebell, each sleep a couple or two adults, and you’ll find them both nestled in a sheep field that’s beautifully peppered with mature oak trees and bluebells (hence their names!) Rather wonderfully, the sheep have their favourite resting places under the trees, which makes this an irresistibly calming spot to relax in.
Each charming hut is home to private kitchen facilities, and a refreshing en-suite shower room with fluffy towels and eco-toiletries, so there’ll be no trekking to communal facilities. You’ll also get to curl up in a downy, lovingly hand-built kingsize bed, right after you’ve finished your sizzling sunset supper, and taken a dip in that private stargazing hot tub!
Constructed from locally sourced larch, and cosily insulated with lambswool, the treehouse is lovingly named ‘The Beehive’, after the wild honeybees that live in a nearby oak tree. Designed by Iain and Jane themselves, with help from an expert team of craftspeople, this is a truly unique and enchanting retreat for up to four adult guests.
Inside, you’ll discover two quirky kingsize bedrooms, a separate living area, and a well-equipped kitchen… along with a gorgeous al fresco dining area with a peaceful ‘tree-top’ feel! Here you’ll find a firepit that’s ripe for storytelling and marshmallow toasting, a pizza oven, and of course, that private wood-fired hot tub.Keep reading
At a glance
- Two shepherds’ huts (2 guests per hut) and a luxury treehouse (4 guests) on an off-grid, Green Tourism Gold Awarded family-run farm retreat in rural Devon, three miles from the town of Crediton.
- Each accommodation is self-contained, with full kitchen and bathroom facilities. The treehouse is equipped with two kingsize bedrooms, and each shepherds’ hut features a hand-built kingsize bed.
- Relax with a stargazing dip in your private wood-fired hot tub, after a long day of exploring the many footpaths and country lanes you’ll discover nearby!
- If you’re in the mood for an extra treat, you can order from the farm’s range of mouth-watering hampers, including cream and savoury teas and delicious breakfasts.
- There is a wealth of fresh-air activities that can be arranged nearby, including riding, climbing, golf, and fishing, and an array of pubs and farm shops within a few miles.
- Exmoor and Dartmoor can be easily reached within 45 minutes, and both north and south coast beaches are just an hours’ drive away. The cathedral city of Exeter is 10 miles away.
- Adults Only
- Hot Tubs
Off-grid farm accommodation, sleeps 2-4 guests or a total of 8 guests across all three units.
2 x Shepherds’ Huts (2 guests per hut): seating, USB charging points, private kitchen facilities, welcome basket, water supply via solar pump, wood-burning stove, hand-built kingsize bed, en-suite shower and WC room with towels and eco-toiletries. Outside: wood-fired hot tub, barbecue, firepit.
Treehouse (4 guests): living area with seating, wood-burning stove, USB charging points, well-equipped kitchen, welcome basket, water supply via solar pump, 2 kingsize bedrooms, shower room with WC, towels and eco-toiletries. Outside: ‘tree-top’ al fresco dining area with barbecue, firepit, pizza oven, wood-fired hot tub.
Footpaths, country lanes, cycling, wildlife watching, gardens, National Trust properties, country pubs, market towns, golf, climbing, fishing, horse riding
Consistent with the site’s ‘digital detox’ ethos, there’s no Wi-Fi, telephone, or three-pin plugs in your retreat, although if you’re a film buff you can borrow a movie for your DVD player, and you’ll also find Bluetooth speakers and USB charging points, should you need them.
Otherwise, why not get out into the fresh air, and explore the many winding footpaths and country lanes you’ll find in the surrounding area? You can even borrow a bike, if you’d rather explore on wheels! Meanwhile, there’s a wealth of activities in easy reach, including watersports, golf, and climbing, and the local town of Crediton is just three miles away.
But for now, simply open your generous welcome pack, and brew a delicious cuppa (if you really want to treat yourselves, you can upgrade to a range of goodie-packed hampers, from cream and savoury teas, to a Big Breakfast!) and savour the simple pleasures of life in nature, at this wondrous farm retreat.
Things to note
Check in from 3:30pm, check out by 10am. The site is mostly adults-only, with children under 14 not permitted. Pets are also not permitted, due to the site being part of a working dairy farm. There is no Wi-Fi in the accommodation, and limited mobile coverage.
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What the guests of Holly Water Holidays say
“We had the most wonderful time. Views are perfect and the hut is so cosy! We even had snow which was magical! Sat in the hot tub with the snow falling was amazing. We would like to say a massive thank you to Jane, you have been amazing, before and during our stay. Thank you for letting us stay a little later due to the white stuff! We will definitely be back and recommend our stay. Thank you again.”
“Our second time staying and enjoyed it just as much. This place is a little piece of heaven and a great way to re-charge your batteries. Amazing hosts that pay great attention to detail. Love it, love it and will be back many more times. Thank you for sharing your amazing hut with us – you’re the best.”
“This is our second visit. We came in December for my birthday and enjoyed it so much we decided it would be great to spend our mini-honeymoon here. Absolutely perfect in every way.”