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This is the perfect romantic getaway
Secluded and peaceful for total relaxation
Entrance to this fantastic conversion
Stunning open-plan lounge area
The open-plan dining area is the perfect backdrop for dinner with friends
Bright and airy throughout
A kitchen that is perfect for entertaining
The delightful kitchen area
Enjoy a restful break
Sink into the pure linen bedding within this stylish room
The bathroom
The cosy double bedroom
The covered hot tub area can be enjoyed all year
A wonderful setting to enjoy and relax
The animals love to see visitors
What will you discover?
Meet the chicken and enjoy fresh eggs
With acres of land there is so much to discover
Some of the inhabitants you may come across
Take a walk through the fields and meet the locals!
Truly magical walks around the farm
Set on a small holding with oustanding views over countryside
Watch the sunset over the surrounding fields
Beautiful Views
1 / 24  This is the perfect romantic getaway
2 / 24  Secluded and peaceful for total relaxation
3 / 24  Entrance to this fantastic conversion
4 / 24  Stunning open-plan lounge area
5 / 24  The open-plan dining area is the perfect backdrop for dinner with friends
6 / 24  Bright and airy throughout
7 / 24  A kitchen that is perfect for entertaining
8 / 24  The delightful kitchen area
9 / 24  Enjoy a restful break
10 / 24  Sink into the pure linen bedding within this stylish room
11 / 24  The bathroom
12 / 24  The cosy double bedroom
13 / 24  The covered hot tub area can be enjoyed all year
14 / 24  A wonderful setting to enjoy and relax
15 / 24  The animals love to see visitors
16 / 24  What will you discover?
17 / 24  Meet the chicken and enjoy fresh eggs
18 / 24  With acres of land there is so much to discover
19 / 24  Some of the inhabitants you may come across
20 / 24  Take a walk through the fields and meet the locals!
21 / 24  Truly magical walks around the farm
22 / 24  Set on a small holding with oustanding views over countryside
23 / 24  Watch the sunset over the surrounding fields
24 / 24  Beautiful Views

The Shippen Retreat

Rackenford, Devon
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Increased accessibility
Hot tub
Internet access
Romantic
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Perfect for a romantic getaway or a small family to explore walkers will be spoilt for choice with the abundance of routes available within the owner’s woodland
  • Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are nearby, known for their spectacular views
  • This beautiful cottage nestles within the owners small holding offering the perfect rural retreat
  • Enjoy the private hot tub during your stay
Property code: 74321

Beautiful rural retreat located on a smallholding located in the village of Rackenford. With sunken hot tub it is the perfect romantic getaway or great for a small family to explore the area.

Set in rolling Devon countryside, 7.5 miles northwest of Tiverton, this quaint bungalow is the perfect place to holiday in the South West in style. Whether it's Exmoor, Dartmoor, the Quantock and Blackdown Hills or the thrilling Jurassic Coast, you'll be in prime position to explore these diverse worlds of wonder. The Saxon village of Rackenford (3 miles) is a charming community with a superb thatched pub, believed to be one of the oldest in Devon. Explore the wonderful walks and cycle routes all around as you uncover this outstanding landscape.

Inside, you'll find a sleek and sophisticated interior with contemporary artwork and flourishes of colour. The open-plan lounge/diner is a light, neutral-toned space; reminisce around the illuminated electric fireplace on soft leather sofas and plan tomorrow's adventures. Unwind or energise in the sweet, tiled bathroom, before spending heavenly evenings in the hot tub and dreamy nights in the minimal bedrooms. Standout light shades, modern art and floral fabrics lift these calming rooms. Wine and dine alfresco on the decking amidst the scenic rural landscape of the West Country.

Whether you're seeking nautical delights, natural marvels, historic splendours or shopaholic sorties, you're in for many treats. Bask on blissful beaches at Croyde, Westward Ho!, Lynton, Lynmouth and Exmouth (35 miles). Visit the wild waterfalls, gorges and gardens of Dartmoor; Meldon Reservoir (30 miles) is a breathtaking blue idyll amidst high moorland. Knightshayes Court (8 miles) has sublime gothic architecture and gorgeous grounds, and Killerton's vast Georgian estate (18 miles) is a wonderland. Peruse the independent shops, pubs, eateries, galleries and museums of Tiverton, Exeter (22 miles) and Taunton (27 miles).

  • 2 bedrooms- 1 king-size and 1 double
  • 1 bathroom
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher and washer/dryer
  • Hot tub
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Shop and pub 3 miles away
  • Smart TV and Bluetooth sound bar in lounge and TV in king-size bedroom

Kerry Pillinger

This property is personally managed by Kerry.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 19 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Adrian 17th July 2020

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Our stay at The Shippen was lovely. The cottage was well equipped, comfortable and private. It is ideally situated for exploring Devon. Michaela and Dave were warm and welcoming hosts who made sure our stay was perfect. We also received a warm welcome from the chickens and the sheep each time we returned from a day out. The hot tub and outside spacRead moree added an extra layer of luxury, and we are looking into available dates for a return visit. We highly recommend a stay at The Shippen. Hide

Reviewed by Ben 10th July 2020

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Absolutely lovely quiet get away. I never normally do the reviews on a holiday but felt that this one really deserved it. Excellent and thoughtful hosts that really tried to put a personal touch to our holiday despite all the rules and restrictions that now have to be followed due to COVID-19. Accommodation was superb.

Reviewed by Kelly 3rd January 2020

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We arrived with our 2 year old daughter to a delightful welcome and tour of the animals/ land which our daughter absolutely loved! The accommodation was warm, spotless and spacious - ideal for a relaxing retreat. Its nestled in the countryside yet accessible to nearby towns and points of interest so you dont feel too isolated. Couldnt fault any of Read moreour stay and would highly recommend - thank you! Hide

Reviewed by Hannah 30th December 2019

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Lovely property, very clean and nicely decorated making it feel homely. Quiet location. Owners were very friendly and made us feel very welcome. 3 miles to nearest pub The Mount Pleasant, which serves good food.

Reviewed by Anjali 21st December 2019

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Reviewed by Jo 13th November 2019

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Reviewed by Justin 26th October 2019

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We enjoyed a fantastic family stay here over October half term. The hosts and owners are second to none in terms of their hospitality and help - including home made scones and cake! Our children loved to tour of the farm - especially via quad bike! - and had a great time meeting all the animals and collecting fresh eggs from the chickens each morniRead moreng. The weather wasn't the best, but there was plenty to do at the local National Trust properties and museums, easy to access the coast and Moors. Hide

Reviewed by Peter 18th October 2019

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The owners are on site and very attentive. Very helpful. The cottage is a lovely conversion with all you need for a peaceful country break. Good pub grub can be found nearby and Tiverton is only 15 minutes by car down the hill. Take some good walking shoes to really enjoy the location.

Reviewed by Carla 14th October 2019

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Reviewed by Caroline 20th September 2019

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We stayed at the Shippen for a fortnight in late September and it was the most relaxing holiday we have had, mainly due to the use of the hot It was easy to find yet very secluded and private. The location meant But what really made the holiday for us was the hospitality of the owners. On arrival there was fresh eggs, bread, ham, cheese and a bottlRead moree of wine not to mention the most delicious scones made by the owner. We are looking forward to the next time we can stop Hide

Reviewed by Carol 9th September 2019

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This cottage was amazing. Very quiet, comfortable, supplied with everything you could need... Our hosts were very friendly and accommodating ... best place we have ever stayed.

Reviewed by Sarah 23rd August 2019

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What a fab stay we had. From arriving the hosts were so welcoming and the grounds are beautiful. We explored the farm everyday which our children loved. Our home was a lot more spacious then it showed from the pictures. I have a 2,4 and 7yr old and it was perfect for us. Hot tub was a bonus. We chose here to explore North Devon but due to the locatRead moreion we were able to explore North & South. We absolutely loved it here. Thanks for all you did Michaela & Dave. That added to our memories x Hide

Reviewed by Bishwo 16th August 2019

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The Shippen retreat holiday house was very nice . We had great time. The lady (owner) was very helpful and kind. Children enjoyed farm & hot tub . We delighted for her service.

Reviewed by Lucy 2nd August 2019

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We had a wonderful week at the Shippen Retreat. The cottage was well equipped, immaculately clean and comfortable. Our hosts were very welcoming and we were given a tour of the farm on first arriving; our children adored checking the chickens for eggs in the mornings. The location is very rural and tranquil and was the perfect get away from the bigRead more smoke. It is quite central within Devon which makes it the perfect base for exploring the county. Hide

Reviewed by Matt 5th July 2019

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What can I say - the location was amazing and the property was so good we didn't venture out! Jacuzzi was hot and clean - perfect! We were made to feel very welcome and was shown around the farm too, even fresh eggs from the chickens. We all want to come back, just wish we had booked a week rather than a long weekend.

Reviewed by Luke 28th June 2019

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Superb high-quality accommodation. Ideal central location for seeing the best of North Devon. Clean, well maintained facilities, furnished and equipped to a high standard. Friendly, professional, and accommodating hosts, who really went the extra mile. From the moment we arrived we felt welcome and relaxed. Accommodation has separate entrance, the Read morehot tub is not overlooked, feels very private and is meticulously clean and well looked after. We look forward to returning in the future. Hide

Reviewed by Vincent 20th June 2019

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Best value for money cottage I've stayed in. Setting, hosts, property, facilities, and private hot tub all first class. Wouldn't change a thing about this one.

Reviewed by Sandra 10th May 2019

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A wonderful clean, comfortable , well equipped cottage. My sister and l had a perfect, relaxing stay and the hot tub jets were amazing. Wonderful after a day out walking and exploring the local area. Our hosts Michaela and Dave were so charming and helpful they really do work hard to add all the little extra's that made our stay so special. We willRead more definitely be returning. Hide

Reviewed by Penny 26th April 2019

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We had the best week at the Shippen and were so well looked after by the hosts. Lovely treats on arriving, tailored to my vegan diet, and a bottle of fizz. The next day, homemade scones! It's so quiet and peaceful. We were given a tour of the farm and walked around by ourselves in the evenings, followed by a dip in the hot tub. Didn't want to go hoRead moreme! Many thanks for a wonderful week. Hide

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This is the perfect romantic getaway
Secluded and peaceful for total relaxation
Entrance to this fantastic conversion
Stunning open-plan lounge area
The open-plan dining area is the perfect backdrop for dinner with friends
Bright and airy throughout
A kitchen that is perfect for entertaining
The delightful kitchen area
Enjoy a restful break
Sink into the pure linen bedding within this stylish room
The bathroom
Show 12 moreThe cosy double bedroom

Location

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