Shepherd's huts in Tamar Valley with swimming

This West Country AONB has riverside walks, wildlife havens, and mining heritage sites.

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12 top shepherd's huts sites in Tamar Valley with swimming

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Hideaway Huts

2 units · Glamping150 acres · Liskeard, Cornwall, South West England
Luxurious, exclusive glamping hut in Cornwall's idyllic Looe Valley.
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Hillside Hut

1 unit · Glamping2 acres · Polperro, England
A dog-friendly shepherd’s hut in the Cornish countryside near Looe and Polperro
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Diddylake Shepherd Huts

1 unit · Glamping15 acres · Bodmin Moor, England
Two handcrafted shepherd huts in a very private, tranquil location on Bodmin Moor. The huts are off grid and have a low environmental impact. We're 3.5 miles away from the picturesque village of St Neot and 8 miles away from the historic market town of Liskeard. The North and South coasts are easily accessible offering some of the best surfing, swimming and cliff walks. The huts are cosy and homely with logburner and comfortable bed! The spring fed hot/cold shower is next to a compost loo. It’s not often you get to live in the heart of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a Dark Sky Reserve, but Diddylake is in the middle of all three. The two huts set by Diddylake house (the ruin) on the rolling moors feel a world away from just about anything. One hut is your bedroom, with wood-burning stove and thick blankets keeping it cosy in any weather, and the other is your kitchen with hobs and a dining table and the BBQ and fire pit just outside. The shower and compost loo are in their own wooden hut down by the old house. The whole site has been done out by Jackson with recycled finds and local timber, giving the spaces a soft woody smell and a homely feel. There might be a chilly stroll to the loo or a dash between the huts here and there, but it all gives you a sense of living in a different age and in real wilderness. Jacksons home is a few hundred metres away, and doesn’t intrude on you at all, but it’s still close enough that you can wander up for assistance or to visit the livestock. The rest of your time you have the whole of Bodmin Moor on your doorstep and the coast within easy reach. Split your days between rambling in the hills, trips to surfing beaches or the marked hiking trails round nearby Colliford Lake. Even lounging at the huts you’ll not want for wildlife encounters. There's lots of wildlife to observe, birds include buzzards, duck, swallows, skylarks and cuckoos just to mention a few. Listen carefully and you could hear a red kite. Deer and fox are frequent visitors and keep an eye open for butterflies, dragonflies, newts and frogs. Keep your camera to hand! At night, the seclusion is brought home by spectacular starry skies.
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Penlea Retreat

1 unit · Glamping1 acre · Polperro, Cornwall, South West England
A neat little shepherd’s hut with a hot tub, just five minute’s walk from Polperro
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Shepherd Hut at Little Sheepham

1 unit · Glamping25 acres · Modbury, England
The Shepherd Hut at Little Sheepham, is perfectly situated equidistant between the fabulous South Devon coast and glorious Dartmoor so for those of you who find it difficult to decide whether to go for a country holiday or a coastal holiday, this is perfect; you can have both! Our pretty local town of Modbury has a Co-op, butchers and delicatessen and is a lovely place to wander and explore the interesting shops, galleries, cafes and pubs. Treat yourself to coffee and cake at one of the cafes or visit the ancient Exeter Inn for lunch. Spend time at our favourite beach ( 15 minutes away) at the entrance to the Erme Estuary, part of the Flete Estate where parts of the films Sense and Sensibility and International Velvet were filmed. Bantham and Bigbury Beaches are 20 minutes away. The beautiful coastal town of Dartmouth is only 25 minutes drive away. It is easy to spend at least a day looking around the eclectic collection of shops or taking a boat trip up the River Dart to Dittisham or as far as Totnes. Dartmouth has some great restaurants and pubs. The pretty harbour town of Salcombe is a mere 20 minutes drive. If the sun is shining, take the passenger ferry across to Mill bay beach. Totnes makes for an interesting day's shopping in particular on Fridays when there is a colourful market in the morning. There are some wonderful coastal walks locally, some in particular offer the opportunity for a circular walk with a lunch stop at a pub! Take a trip onto Dartmoor and enjoy the wilderness but drive carefully as the native ponies, sheep and cattle roam freely. There are some amazing walks on the moor for all abilities from a short gentle stroll to a decent day's hike. There are some lovely villages to visit on the moors and some great cafes, farm shops and pubs to grab refreshments. We are only 10 minutes from the A38, making us not only easy to get to but also making a day trip to Exeter or a lunch at Rick Stein's in Padstow, Cornwall a real possibility.
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Mount Pleasant Eco Park

81 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents42 acres · Cornwall, South West England
Eco-friendly camping with campfires, an excellent café and knock-out sea views, all within walking distance of the beach
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Bramble Meadow Camping

4 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Paignton, Devon, South West England
An off grid shepherd’s hut and nearly wild camping in South Devon
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Dawn and Dusk Shepherds Huts

3 units · Glamping2 acres · Boscastle, England
Cosy shepherds hut in a tranquil haven. With a built-in kitchen and double bed, nestled in an acre of quiet countryside. The hut supplies hot and cold water, as well as electricity. The fridge keeps your drinks cool, whilst the induction hob warms drinks on cold nights. There is a refreshing, outdoor shower on-site and an accessible toilet in a neighbouring outbuilding. With only two huts sharing the space, it is perfect for a romantic escape or take advantage of the pair for a small family getaway.
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Cotna Eco Retreat

5 units · Glamping12 acres · Cornwall, South West England
An peaceful, eco heaven near the coast, on a 10-acre organic smallholding in Cornwall with yurts, a shepherd’s hut and a strawbale barn
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Rosie - situated in Poldark Country

1 unit · Glamping2 acres · Wadebridge, Cornwall, South West England
A self-contained shepherd’s hut for two in the Cornish countryside
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Brackenwood Glamping

1 unit · Glamping7 acres · Devon, South West England
The Hedgehog Hideaway at Brackenwood is a unique, lakeside glamping hut, providing a luxurious idyllic escape within an active 7.5 acre re-wilding project in rural Devon, close to the Cornish coast. With a focus on sustainability and comfort, the hut features a full size double bed and sofa, a woodturning stove, decked area, fire pit, BBQ, and rattan outdoor seating. The lighting is solar and there is a choice of TWO private bathrooms with composting toilets - 1 off grid, right beside the hut itself and the other mains connected, just a short stroll away. Natural, local materials have been provided and used where possible, natural firelighters, natural luxury toiletries, and the welcome hamper contains a range of locally-sourced produce. With lakeside views even from the bed, relaxing is easy here. Wildflower meadows lead down to the lake whilst easy to follow mown paths and plenty of benches giving the opportunity to explore and just chill. The surrounding countryside is home to deer, otter, stoat, swallows, barn owls and more local wildlife. A hot breakfast (delivered to the hedgehog hideaway) looking over the lake is available for an extra cost. Fresh eggs are available from the smallholding daily, where pygmy goats, hens and ducks can be found.There is plenty of car parking - but we do not permit vehicles on the land, so guests are provided with barrows or carts to transport luggage. All wood is provided free of charge
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Moonbow Escapes

2 units · Glamping59 acres · Devon, South West England
A super-sized shepherd's hut with a wood-fired hot tub, set in the meadows of West Devon
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Shepherd's huts in Tamar Valley with swimming guide

Overview

On the Devon and Cornwall border, the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty draws hikers and wildlife enthusiasts to its unique drowned valley landscapes. Hike steep gorges, cycle through forested valleys, or camp at peaceful country campsites. With three rivers to choose from, getting on the water is a must—set sail on a barge cruise along the Lynher River, enjoy water sports on the lakes, or fish for salmon along the Tamar River. Summer is peak season for campers, while spring and fall are the best times for bird-watching around the estuaries.

Where to go

Along the River Tamar

The River Tamar runs through the heart of the AONB, marking the border of Cornwall and Devon. Take a ride on the scenic Tamar Valley Line railway from Plymouth to Gunnislake, and hop off to visit Calstock village, enjoy riverside walks, or have lunch at a country pub. May through October is fishing season, and the river is known for its salmon and trout fishing.

Dartmoor

The River Tavy winds its way north through the Tamar Valley, where you can enjoy woodland walks and pitch your tent at rural camping grounds. Go kayaking or windsurfing at Lopwell Dam, visit the market town of Tavistock, and tuck into a traditional Devonshire cream tea at a local café. Beyond Tavistock, the wild moorlands of the Dartmoor National Park are a natural playground for hikers and campers.

South Devon

Coastal Plymouth lies between two AONBs, with the Tamar Valley to the north and South Devon to the east. Set sail on a boat cruise around the Plymouth Sound, then head along the South Devon coast to enjoy beachside camping and seaside hikes. The blue flag beaches at Bantham and Bigbury on Sea are favorites for summer sunseekers, or visit in winter, when migrating seabirds flock to the coast. 

Cornish coast

Saltash and Torpoint lie on the southwest borders of the Tamar Valley, where the Lynher River meets the Plymouth Sound. Dive into Cornwall’s mining heritage as you explore 18th-century mines, hike along the South West Coast Path, or try wakeboarding and windsurfing along the Hamoaze estuary. To escape the crowds, head to the Rame Peninsula, where you’ll find secluded coves, sea-cliffs walks, and ocean-view campsites. 

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