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The Secret Burrow

Westward Ho! (2mls E), Devon
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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / wood burner
Increased accessibility
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing on site / nearby
Romantic
Family friendly
Quirky
Parking on site / nearby
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Unique single-level holiday home with fantasy film-themed rooms
  • Quirky architecture with stylish, spacious rooms decorated with care
  • Secluded garden offering wonderful country views and a private hot tub to relax in 
Property code: 77292

Stimulate your imagination and stay at this amazing subterranean dwelling in the beautiful Devon countryside, with character in abundance, plus your very own hot tub.

Find creative inspiration at this unique holiday home in the pretty village of Abbotsham, in the heart of the Devon countryside. Perfect for romantic couples and small groups alike, it’s overflowing with authentic character – a real show-stopper for fantasy film fans. Sitting just outside popular coastal village of Westward Ho! (2 miles), it’s a great accommodation option for surfers. The surf at Westward Ho! is some of the safest in Devon - the water is relatively shallow and there are few riptides and no hidden rocks - so it’s ideal for beginners, younger surfers or anyone who is feeling a little rusty on a board. History buffs will adore spending a day in Clovelly (10.5 miles), a beautiful fishing village that’s steeped in maritime history. While you’re there, check out the gardens at Clovelly Court and pay a visit to the Fisherman’s Cottage and Kingsley Museum. Further afield, animal-lovers will love spending some time at War Horse Valley Country Farm Park (21 miles), where you can meet alpacas, ponies and miniature donkeys – as well as treat yourself to a Devonshire cream tea.

Before you step inside, take a moment to appreciate the inventive architecture of this one-off building, which has rounded walls, a circular door and exposed brickwork. Once inside, you’ll be delighted to discover that each room has been styled in a fantasy film theme. Step into the open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner and you’ll find a spacious and stylish space that’s perfect for socialising with your loved ones. Take a moment to relax by the glowing wood burner in the inviting lounge area before heading to the country-style kitchen area to rustle up some dinner. Enjoy an informal dinner in the compact dining area, before spending a cosy evening in front of your favourite TV shows in the lounge area. When it’s time for bed, two welcoming bedrooms are waiting for you – a grand double and a light and bright twin with zip-and-link beds that can be converted into a double on request.

Outside there’s a pretty enclosed garden with a charcoal BBQ and patio garden furniture for dining alfresco. There’s also a private hot tub with pretty views over the fields.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double and 1 twin zip-and-link that can be made into a super king-size on request
  • 2 en-suite shower rooms
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge and microwave
  • Utility room with freezer and washer/dryer
  • Tavel cot and highchair available
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs supplied)
  • Smart TV in lounge and TVs in both bedrooms
  • Enclosed garden/patio
  • Private parking
  • Private hot tub
  • Beach 2 miles and pub less than 1 mile
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £25. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Rachel Loosemore

This property is personally managed by Rachel.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 46 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Michelle 29th March 2024

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We had a lovely stay at the Hobbit Hole and it was very comfortable and cozy. The property is quirky and interesting, with everything we needed during our stay and the hot tub was an extra special treat. The welcome pack was much appreciated as were the Easter treats dotted around the house. The house is well situated and not far from lovely long wRead morealks and spectacular beaches. We did explore further afield but there was plenty to do within walking distance. Hide

Reviewed by Saskia 9th March 2024

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Great location with a good variety of things to do, beautiful beaches and a lovely day out to the Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park! The secret shire itself was perfect, I booked it as a surprise for my husbands 30th and we all loved it. My little boy especially loved looking out the window at the horses! It was a great family holiday!

Reviewed by Samuel 5th March 2024

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What a great hole in the ground! Not a horrible hole mind you, a hobbit hole and that means comfort! It's a lovely place, that has lots of little references for fans but not too much so it can be enjoyed by all. The area is lovely, with a great pub down the road. If you are lucky and the sky is clear, you can sit in the hot tub and stare at the staRead morers! Hide

Reviewed by Pauline 1st March 2024

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We had a wonderful time at the secret burrow the owners have thought of everything even bits for the dogs. Plenty of space for 4 adults and 2 dogs. The welcome pack was very thoughtful beds are really comfy,showers are hot and the hot tub after walks was a added bonus. We did not see the owners but would just like to say thank you you have a wonderRead moreful little hideaway . Hide

Reviewed by Elizabeth 23rd February 2024

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Couldnt have asked for better! A perfect place! So much space!

Reviewed by David 25th January 2024

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The Hobbit House was well presented. A lovely treat of chilled wine, crisps & chocolate biscuits! Hot tub a real treat, especially on a clear night. Excellent base for touring Devon!!

Reviewed by Ann 18th November 2023

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A lovely quirky cottage with such attention to detail. Hot tub was a real bonus! Would highly recommend a visit

Reviewed by Rosemary 3rd November 2023

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The Hobbit Hole is a wonderful idea and beautifully designed and executed. Very comfortable space and central to many local amenities.

Reviewed by Angela 16th October 2023

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Great property, very private. Hot tub a bonus. Treats awaiting us on arrival were a lovely touch.

Reviewed by Peter 8th October 2023

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A 5 night stay in October, which proved tobe a massive hit. My wife and I took my wifes 86 year old mother ,who had such a lovely time she really didnt want to come home! She now wants to find out more about all things Hobbit related, as she loved the decor. As did we! A lovely, secluded spot with marvellous attention to detail throughout the propeRead morerty. Thank you Mr and Mrs Garrett for giving us a great five days, and thanks also for the generous welcome basket. Hide

Reviewed by Linda 23rd September 2023

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Reviewed by Kevin 1st September 2023

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Cottage has everything you need

Reviewed by Kayley 25th August 2023

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The Hobbit House was a quirky and beautiful cottage to stay in. We loved all the Hobbit details as fans of Tolkien and the children loved the circle door and the bedroom wing layout. The hot tub was a hit with everyone.

Reviewed by Carl 18th August 2023

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Lovely place for a relaxing week. Fantastic feel to the property.

Reviewed by Stephanie 21st July 2023

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Reviewed by Patricia 23rd June 2023

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Reviewed by Jo 16th June 2023

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wonderful holiday, great hosts, very welcoming and there if needed but respected our privacy also. The welcome pack was a lovely and welcome surprise thank you.

Reviewed by Sandra 9th June 2023

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Reviewed by Gareth 2nd June 2023

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We had a lovely sunny week in the Hobbit Hole and our son really enjoyed the theme (he's been inspired to listen to The Hobbit audio book and is part way through the actual book). The cottage is lovely and the nods to The Hobbit are great, we enjoyed the themed games and books. Location wise it is brilliant, very short drive to the shops or beach wRead moreith the Thatched Inn and sunset walks on the coastal path very accessible on foot. The hot tub is great to relax in after a busy day. Recommended! Hide

Reviewed by Michelle 13th May 2023

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Really lovely hobbit inspired accommodation. You have everything you need in the cottage. Although you feel Iike you are in the middle of nowhere everything is only a short drive away.

Reviewed by Gary 5th May 2023

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We absolutely loved the Hobbit Hole property!! Everything we could possibly need was provided, and some lovely extras. It is perfectly placed for walking from the property, and central for lots of places to drive to. Dogs are really well catered for too!!

Reviewed by Jennifer 28th April 2023

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The Hobbit Hole is delightful and wonderfully thought out / presented. Its proximity to Westward Ho is great, especially for families and dog owners, as its great for both. Note for dog owners: the cottage garden is quite small and would not be fully secure for a small dog, but our two were fine. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and even though the pRead moreroperty is very close to the owners home, we felt that we had privacy. Lovely welcome basket and Prosecco on arrival, and good hot tub. Hide

Reviewed by Neil 21st April 2023

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A wonderful place to stay. So much to do close to the holiday home. There is nothing the owners haven't provided. It is warm, clean and comfortable. The local information pack is brilliant, recommend others use it.

Reviewed by Charlotte 18th April 2023

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We loved our time at The Shire! The thought and effort out into its creation is evident throughout the property and we loved its quirkiness! Our dogs loved it too and were so relaxed there! Were already planning on returning with family! We didnt have a pen to write in the visitors book so wanted to say thank you to the owners for a lovely stay!

Reviewed by Brian 10th March 2023

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Reviewed by Christopher 3rd March 2023

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Beautiful cottage in a gorgeous area. Everything was clean and tidy, the kitchen and utility room was well furnished with everything we needed and more. The bed was comfy and the hot tub was amazing. We loved the spacious clean bathrooms and the underfloor heating. The cottage has obviously been built with a lot of love and care - carving the namesRead more of the dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf into the wood in the living room was an especially whimsical touch. Stunning area for walks too! Hide

Reviewed by Emily 10th February 2023

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What can we say. Wow. We had the best time. The secret shire is well equipped and in the perfect location. We stayed with our 6 year old daughter, 2 year old son and very excited 6 month old puppy. They all had the best time. Our puppy did manage to escape the garden and was greeted by a friendly gentleman who was seeing to the horses. We used his Read morelong lead in the garden after that. Everyone was so friendly. The hot tub is great after a day exploring. Can't wait to go back. Hide

Reviewed by Adam 5th February 2023

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Beautiful hide away and perfect location especially for walks with dogs. Loved our holiday here

Reviewed by Jenni 2nd February 2023

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Such an adorable place. This place definitely made our break extra special. Nice quiet area to enjoy the countryside with an easy walk to the coast.

Reviewed by MARK 9th December 2022

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Amazing location, owners very friendly and helpful, such a beautiful property to just shut the world out once you step inside from a long walk with your dogs Thank you will be definitely returning

Reviewed by Laura 18th November 2022

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A very cosy, homely cottage with thoughtful touches such as the hamper. The cottage had everything we needed and we had a lovely stay.

Reviewed by Philippa 14th October 2022

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Lovely place to stay. Owners were on hand if we needed anything but left us be (really useful with anxious dogs!) So close to the cliff coastal path and the welcome basket was a nice touch.

Reviewed by Ross 30th September 2022

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Reviewed by Lucy 2nd September 2022

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The cottage exceeded our expectations. We holiday in the UK a lot and the Secret Shire is by far the best equipped and most welcoming. The garden is great for the dogs and the hot tub is awesome. The welcome pack is lovely, everything you need on arrival (tea, coffee, biscuits & bubbles!) Even if you are not a Lord of the Rings fan, the cottage hasRead more a lovely quirky feel, you feel instantly relaxed. We will remember this holiday always, especially as the Queen passed - RIP Your Majesty. Hide

Reviewed by Sarah 12th August 2022

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Lovely quirky cottage felt like you where in middle earth with all the attention to detail. The welcome baskets was such a nice surprise after a long drive The Thatched Inn down the road was great to have a walk to after a day on the beach the food was lovely or if not a relax in the hot tub. Would definitely recommend to my friends and family.

Reviewed by Petrina 15th July 2022

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Reviewed by Peter 8th July 2022

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It is truly a remarkable place situated in a nice location. Plenty of places to visit in the local area. The hot tub outside is a great attraction. The area in front of the building is nicely paved and grassed as well as fenced to keep the dog safe . The frontage is a suntrap so besides going in the hot tub there is somewhere to enjoy the sunshine

Reviewed by siobhan VIOLET 1st July 2022

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The accommodation was clean and just lovely so unique and comfortable. Loved the hot tub. Dogs enjoyed the garden. Would love to come back again next year.

Reviewed by Nichola 24th June 2022

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Reviewed by sylvia 3rd June 2022

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Beautiful quirky place to stay , bed was very comfy . Good location to explore . The hot tub was lovely to unwind in. Nice little goodie basket on arrival . Perfect holiday and would thoroughly recommend this place , I can promise that you won't be disappointed

Reviewed by Valerie 27th May 2022

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Reviewed by Jennifer 20th May 2022

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Exceeded my expectations, everything was thought of, it was very clean, cosy & comfortable we had a great time. The welcome basket was a very lovely touch so was the chocolates left on the towels. The hot tub was amazing, ready to go when we arrived - kids loved it! My husband bumped into the owner, he was very nice & friendly, but we were left to Read moreour own privacy with the owners on hand if we needed anything which was reassuring. I highly recommend staying here. Hide

Reviewed by Ronald 16th May 2022

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Lovely quirky accommodation to stay in, the area was good for amenities.

Reviewed by Samantha 13th May 2022

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We had an excellent time at the Hobbit hole! John was really good at communicating - had an issue with the hot water and John immediately came over and fixed it. Great place to relax and unwind, amazing location and the hot tub was such a treat! Would highly recommend a stay here. Even if you're not a lord of the rings or Hobbit fan (although how cRead moreould you not be), it's still a fantastic place to stay! Hide

Reviewed by Janice 29th April 2022

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Reviewed by Sherree 22nd April 2022

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On arrival we received a welcome basket which was lovely and very much appreciated. The accommodation was lovely. The hot tub had a few issues but the owners did everything to resolve as quickly as possible. A very lovely lovely week thank you.

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