Experience a luxury shepherd's hut break in the great outdoors, with opulent al-fresco accommodation in the Tamar Valley's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the National Trust Buckland Abbey Estate.
  • Sleeps: 2 per hut
  • Bedrooms: 1 per hut
  • Bathrooms: 1 per hut
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Are you looking for an entirely different kind of fresh escape?  How about one that allows you to enjoy the blissful peace and lush tranquillity of nature at its absolute finest, all the while living in the lap of indulgent luxury?  

StarBed Hideaways is the embodiment of your holiday dreams.  Exquisitely secluded on the historic estate of Buckland Abbey, in the Tamar Valley on the western fringes of the gloriously picturesque Dartmoor National Park, your idyllic scene – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, no less –  is set.

Add two beautiful hillside shepherd’s huts, both steeped in luxury worthy of a boutique five-star hotel, and it’s seriously hard to imagine anywhere better to spend some heavenly time out of daily life for a while.  Magnificently unique, the huts comprise hand-crafted, bespoke oak suites with amazing glass ceilings that mean you won’t have to miss out on a single moment of sunshine or stargazing in the dark night sky.  Romance is assured!

Choose your al-fresco haven from Aurora or Halcyon – both ideally named, insulated in sheep’s wool and set on cast iron wheels amongst gently rustling beech trees.  Featuring a panoramic vista of ancient wooded valleys and lush greenery, all you’ll need to do when you arrive is take a deep breath of pure, clean air and get ready to relax.

Inside, you’ll find an intimately cosy, sumptuous space you may never want to leave.  With no television to distract you, you can simply luxuriate in the company of your loved one, beside a gently glowing wood-burning stove.  A micro-galley including gas hob, oven and contemporary stoneware means preparing romantic treats will be effortlessly easy.  

Discover a luxuriously-dressed, lime-washed king-sized bed beneath the skylight, with an up-lit roll-top bath and deluge shower providing the setting for truly indulgent bathing.

Head outside to the radial deck by evening, with snug seating and a warming firepit to spend endless evenings beside, whiling away your holiday hours by chatting fondly about life, love and everything in between!

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At a glance

  • Two bespoke-crafted wooden shepherd’s huts, Aurora and Halcyon, set on a hillside within the Buckland Estate in the Tamar Valley.
  • Easily accessed by car. Please note that there is an uphill journey to your hut from the parking area, assisted by resident Supacat transportation for you and your luggage on arrival and departure.
  • Please bring sturdy walking footwear for exploring the area. Otherwise, you’ll find everything provided for a luxurious stay!
  • Bespoke spa treatments and catering can be arranged during your stay. A larder shop and cellar are available on site.
  • An array of experiences and adventure can be pre-arranged with the owners in advance of your stay, and nearby you will discover plenty of local attractions and walking routes to enjoy.


  • Adults Only


Halcyon and Aurora each sleep 2, king-size bed, bedding & towels provided, Ren bathroom amenities, up-lit roll top bathtub, heated towel rails, deluge shower, glass roof, wood-burning stove, galley kitchen, gas hob, oven, fridge (small freezer compartment), stoneware & kitchen utensils, guide books/light reading, Roberts radio, deck, outdoor seating, Kadai fire pit. 

Local activities

Falconry, walking, cycling, horse riding, birdwatching, hot air ballooning, wildlife spotting, beaches, surfing, boating, kayaking.

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You’ll find your haven stocked with kitchen essentials, and an onsite larder shop to provide the rest!  If you prefer, you can eat out at the many wonderful local restaurants…or if you fancy more of a staycation on site, why not take advantage of the mouthwatering StarBed larder menu, packed with locally-made and home cooked delights?  A Cider House Cellar selection of fine wine, cider and beer will make your meals complete.

You’re also able to enjoy an array of treatments provided by My Personal Sanctuary, a visiting spa that means you won’t need to leave the comfort of your hut to be perfectly pampered!

If you’re able to tear yourselves away from your secret sanctuary, you’ll soon discover plenty of adventure and indulgence nearby, including falconry, endless walking in the fresh air and lush woodlands of Dartmoor, culture-steeped excursions complete with delicious afternoon tea, and even hot air ballooning!  You’ll find the owners are extremely well-versed in the elements that make for a memorable stay, with a ‘little black book’ full of local contacts for bespoke suggestions and bookings.

If you’re celebrating something special, or you’re looking for the best possible stage to prepare for something celebratory! – we’re sure you’ll agree that StarBed Hideaways, with its unique combination of indoor and outdoor luxury, provides the perfect backdrop.

Things to note

The property is adults only and no pets are permitted. All luggage is transport to the hideaways via a Supacat, a mobile spa, honesty cellar and larder is located onsite for provisions to enhance your stay experience, welcome milk, tea and hot chocolate is provided, wifi is not provided (4G is available in the area), check-in is 4-6pm. Please bring ensure you bring appropriate footwear as there is a 10 minute walk across open fields between the parking and the Hideaways.

Where you'll be staying

Buckland Abbey, Devon

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