Dittisham Hideaway is the most recent enterprise from hotelier and entrepreneur, Peter de Savary and his spouse Lana, and consists of a luxurious assortment of treenhouses, shepherds huts and an iconic Fifties American Airsteam. Providing dog-friendly lodging with loads of outside area and wood-fired sizzling tubs, this distinctive enterprise is hidden away in a non-public, sun-dappled wooded valley and wildflower meadow, only one mile from the attractive River Dart in South Devon.
We obtained a name from Alice forward of our keep, asking what our seemingly time of arrival can be, and whether or not we want the new tub heated upfront of our arrival. Instructions had been straightforward to observe and we had been emailed a code for a safety field making entry seamless. Electrical wheelbarrows – that may very well be set on ‘tortoise’ or ‘hare’ mode – are assigned for every shepherds hut and can be utilized to switch baggage from the parking space (the place there are additionally charging factors for electrical automobiles).
We stayed in Willow, a luxurious shepherd’s hut for 2 folks, completed to a excessive normal all through and, because the ‘finish hut’ of 5, having fun with the very best view down the wooded valley. Not like some shepherds huts which might be fairly small to reside in, this got here with ample room (234 sq. ft.), filled with character and appeal, while nonetheless being a sensible residing area too.
The huts have been lovingly hand-crafted to Dittisham Hideaway’s excessive specs by West Nation Artisans. At one finish lay a king measurement double mattress searching over the meadow with a really comfy mattress with Egyptian cotton linen and a quilt that’s 100% pure, 100% responsibly sourced and 100% sustainable, regionally sourced from Devon Duvets and created from 100% genuine, fully-traceable British wool from carefully-selected farms in Devon and the south-west.
One nook of the central residing space is occupied by a fully-equipped kitchen, full with child Belfast sink, fridge, microwave and two-ring hob, Dualit kettle and toaster, and Nespresso espresso machine. Pans, plates, utensils and a knife block are all current, too.
There’s additionally a conventional wood-burning range that ensures the hut holds a year-round enchantment, a rest space with espresso desk, and a breakfast bar with foldaway stools, making most use of area.
Each amenity has been considered from the designer materials and made-to-measure furnishings to a small assortment of books (on British birds, butterflies and bees) and a video games compendium (backgammon, chess, dominos and playing cards). There’s additionally free WiFi, an info folder with emergency particulars, sensible details about the hut, a woodland stroll and map, native info and issues to do.
On the reverse finish of the hut to the sleeping space lies a beneficiant rest room with a walk-in energy bathe, basin and WC. Mushy, fluffy towels are offered and there are Primary Earth toiletries, a Perfume Society diffuser and Hyacinth and White Birch room spray.
Exterior lies the hut’s personal personal terrace with a wood-fired sizzling tub, barbecue, Adirondack loungers with detatchable foot rests, a teak eating desk and parasol with seating for as much as 4 folks.
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Friends can even take pleasure in a woodland stroll throughout the grounds, and there’s outside desk soccer and an outside chess board.
While the situation feels fairly secluded and distant, Dittisham Hideaway is only one mile from the gorgeous waterside village of Dittisham and a 10-minute drive to the historic port of Dartmouth, 20 minutes from the market city of Totnes, and 30 and 40 minutes from the seaside cities of Paignton and Torquay respectively.
There’s a Sainsbury’s simply 3 miles away and numerous pubs shut by that serve meals. Strive The Crimson Lion at Dittisham. Advance reserving is really useful for the The Angel in Dartmouth, which is listed within the Michelin Information, holds 2 AA Rosettes and is led by Head Chef Elly Wentworth. For youthful households visiting, Woodlands Household Theme Park, with a theme park, play centre and falconry, is simply 5 minutes away by automobile.
Different good touches
Inside our hut we discovered complimentary sloe gin, a bottle of wine, a jar of marshmallows and a welcome hamper with all method of goodies that included a farmhouse loaf, cereal and quite a lot of snacks. Tea, espresso and sizzling chocolate had been offered and, contained in the fridge, an preliminary provide of milk, butter and orange juice is also discovered.
The shepherds huts begin from £195 per night time, based mostly on a minimal 2-night keep.
The very best bit
What I actually favored about our shepherd’s hut was the tranquillity, and the power to open the doorways and home windows to the recent air and sound of birdsong. The accommnodation is well-spaced and there may be loads of outside area assigned to every hut, good for absorbing the peace and solitude of the Devon countryside, and for being at one with nature.
The ultimate verdict
Dittisham Hideaway provides one thing very totally different to the standard self-catering break, offering all of the elements for a novel UK staycation, in understated luxurious away from a number of the extra touristy components of the West Nation.
Disclosure: Our keep was sponsored by Dittisham Hideaway.