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Synderborough Farm

· Devon Ex10 0 Qj, England
1 acre
2 units
2 Glamping
A cosy, romantic, shepherd's hut overlooking the sparkling Devon coast

Shepherds surely never had it this good — a chic shelter of their own, set on a raised paddock terrace, with uninterrupted views over the hills and down to the sparking Devon coast. Plus, there would have been sheep to chase, whereas at Synderborough Farm all you have to do is enjoy the panorama and pour another drink. The pretty shepherd's hut is the work of owner Monique and her husband, who used to breed and train racehorses, but now invite you onto their lush paddock to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Sid Valley, in the heart of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Monique is originally from France, so you might hear her call the hut a roulotte, which is a traditional French caravan with a bowed roof. Shepherd's hut, roulotte — let's split the difference and just say that this cosy little bolthole is an English country escape with French sensibilities. Built by a local craftsman, it's charmingly appointed with crafted wood panelling, bed and storage cupboards, red-checked curtains, hanging baskets, and a stained-glass window. Places to hang things and put things have been well thought out. The bed's a small four-foot double, so tucked-in and intimate, but that's what you've come for, let's face it. There's no heating, but the hut is fully insulated, which keeps morning chills at bay, and there's a firepit outside for evening chats and stargazing.

A small kitchen has all you need to make simple meals — a rustic table for two sits by the window — though there's a pub within walking distance and plenty of great places to eat nearby. That French sensibility makes itself felt in the welcome, too; a pack with fresh eggs, honey from the farm's hives, and other local produce are waiting for you on arrival. The basics — tea, coffee, oil, and vinegar — are also provided, so you should get through the first meal and drink with little trouble. There's electric power inside the hut, and a camping loo (that you'll need to empty yourself). A hot shower and another sink are outside in a separate hut.

It's a private space so you don't have to worry about being overlooked — in fact, you're the ones doing the overlooking, across the fields and valley to the coast at nearby Sidmouth. it's those wonderful views that are — eventually — going to drag you away, either down to the coast for a day on the beach or a hike on the cliffs, or inland to timeless villages, market towns, and country parks. And when you're done for the day, you can return to your romantic retreat at Synderborough Farm, offer thanks that there are no sheep to deal with, and break open the wine for a night by the fire.

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Devon Ex10 0 Qj, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Monique P.Joined in August 2021
7 Ratings · 7 reviews
Caroline R.recommends
June 1, 2023
La Roulotte
Beautiful spot!
We stayed as a group of four, split between the two shepherds huts. We were lucky with the gorgeous weather and the view from the outdoor tables was just perfect. Very welcoming host and super comfy beds. A little hard to find, through the old farmyard, but very private. Short drive to lovely Sidmouth and nearby Branscombe beach is a must!
Melanie R.recommends
June 28, 2022
La Roulotte
We had a wonderful couple of days staying in La Roulotte, a beautifully crafted shepherd's hut. The facilities were superb and the setting is stunning and tranquil.
Max S.recommends
February 21, 2022
La Roulotte
Host was extremely helpful, kind and accommodating. Beautiful views of fields and the coast of Sidmouth. Very close drive to town. Lovely little shepherds hut with a cosy interior and comfy bed! Would love to come back in the summer when the weather is warmer :)
Emma ?.
November 13, 2021
A short walk across the field to footpaths and bridleways that allow you to explore the local countryside, but also a short drive to the bustle of Sidmouth. There can be nothing nicer than sitting outside with the warmth of the fire pit watching the sun go down with a barn owl sweeping across the field in front of you!
Victoria M.recommends
October 20, 2021
La Roulotte
From the warm welcome we received to the prettiest setting I could have hoped for, this romantic hut is a rare gem. You can lie in bed and watch the sun rise over wonderful Devon. The shower was hot and the "roulette"was cosy. It is within easy reach of the coast with all the walking we could have desired. Thank you Monique for giving us a really memorable stay!
Pamela ?.recommends
September 10, 2021
La Roulotte
I came for rest and recuperation and that is exactly what I got. Monique and her dog Teddy give you a warm welcome on arrival and the hut has everything you need. Had a few trips out to Beer &Seaton as well as Sidmouth…all enjoyable with plenty of choices for activities, eating and shopping. However, you cannot beat simply sitting enjoying the views from the hut and watching the sun set for the day.
Leonie B.recommends
September 5, 2021
La Roulotte
We had a really nice stay at the Synderborough Farm from Monique. It’s very peaceful and the area is beautifull! We loved staying in the shepardshut, it’s was very cosy. We would definitely recommend it!
From the host
Nestled in the Heart of the Sid Valley (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Synderborough Farm enjoys uninterrupted stunning views to the sea -Sidmouth- and rolling hills. The shepherd huts enjoys a south facing situation in a large paddock with private access and parking. There is direct access to the river Sid and footpaths. Sidbury Village with its thatched cottages, Pub and store, is in the middle of the East Devon Way. From here you can enjoy the countryside or explore the Jurassic Coast on your door step.
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There's direct access from the site to the River Sid and it's only a mile or so further to the lovely, thatched village of Sidbury and its pub. It's an ideal base for walkers, with Sidbury bang in the middle of the 40-mile East Devon Way (01404 46663). There are a couple of local circular walks from Sidbury, for glorious countryside and coastal views, or head out west along the Way on the eight-mile stretch to Aylesbeare Common Nature Reserve, one of the few remaining southern lowland heathland habitats in England.

For a day by the seaside, Sidmouth — the so-called jewel of the East Devon Jurassic  Coast — is just a four-mile drive south. It's a charming place with lots to do, from shopping in the old streets to taking a peek to see what's on at Kennaway House (01395 515551), a Regency mansion that's used for all sorts of events, from art exhibitions to food festivals. There are two town beaches here — sand and shingle, backed by cliffs — and plenty more along the coast in either direction. Sidmouth is also on the South West Coast Path, which means more dramatic coastal walking, from short circular strolls to longer days across the cliffs with amazing views. The rest of the spectacular Devon coast is pretty much on your doorstep too, with famed destinations like Budleigh Salterton, Branscombe, Beer, and Lyme Regis all within a 30-minute drive of Synderborough Farm.

Food and drink
The Hare and Hounds (01404 41760) at Putts Corner, just half a mile away, is a great old pub with terrific views and a carvery that people travel miles for. There's also really good bistro food and seafood specials at the atmospheric, thatched Blue Ball in Sidford (01395 514062), a couple of miles south of the farm, on the other side of Sidbury. Otherwise, you're looking at the 15-minute drive to either the market of Honiton (inland) or Sidmouth (on the coast) for delis, cafes, restaurants, and food shops — try the Pea Green Boat (01395 514152) on the esplanade in Sidmouth for terrific fish and seafood in a relaxed setting. For something a little different, and very cool to boot, The Folly at The Pig (01404 540400) is a hideaway garden cafe-bar serving flatbreads, light meals, and drinks — part of a glam, country-house foodie retreat, around a 15-minute drive to the north at Gittisham.

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