StarBed Hideaways

Yelverton, Devon, United Kingdom Book from Book from £150 per night

The ultimate in romantic glamping: stargaze from your bed while enjoying woodland seclusion and stunning views
Brand new in 2017, this is glamping with a whole new level of glamour. Tucked away in fields on a National Trust estate in the lush Tamar Valley (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of Dartmoor) are 2 utterly romantic shepherds hut hideaways. Set far apart from one another, each double oak-clad cabin is completely private, with spectacular views from their high-up vantage point down to historic Buckland Abbey.

Inside, beautiful hand-crafted interiors create a real sanctuary of cosiness and elegance; owners Bertie and Bryony have seriously raised the bar on rural stays. Each hideaway has a roll-top bath, a high-end kitchen and a totally unique curved glass skylight for gazing at the starry night sky from the comfort of your kingsize bed. Linens are top quality, toiletries are by Ren and there's a log-burner and sheepskin rugs to keep things snug. Every last detail has been thought of. Your adventure begins as you and your luggage are transferred from your car to your hideaway by an army-style Supacat, then you're left to enjoy complete isolation, peace and the feeling of being cocooned in your own world. Explore the estate or walk on Dartmoor by day, and as the sun goes down, pour yourself a homemade sloe gin, light the firepit, and enjoy the sound of... nothing at all, apart from the occasional passing owl.

Highs

  • Spoiling luxury while still feeling utterly immersed in nature
  • Sitting outside by the firepit for hours, gazing at the view by day and up at the stars by night; wildly romantic
  • Breakfast ingredients and home-cooked meals from an honesty shop (Moroccan spiced lamb; slow-cooked cider pork; rich chocolate torte), along with local deli spoils and hand-picked wines
  • Complimentary tickets for Buckland Abbey, as well as free rein of the National Trust estate and formal gardens (amazing in the evenings when everyone has gone home)
  • Total peace and no WiFi - we relished the opportunity for a digital detox

Lows

  • If you come and go from the estate, you'll have to walk 10 minutes from your car across fields to your hideaway, even in the rain or after dark (a torch is provided)
  • The glass ceiling above the bed isn't brilliant for light-sensitive sleepers, but eye masks are provided
  • No WiFi or mains electricity (so no hairdryers or TVs), but there are USB charging points and decent 3G/4G signals
  • No kids or dogs allowed
  • A strict payment and cancellation policy

Best time to go

Spring, summer and autumn offer the best chance of sunshine, but the hideaways are idyllic whatever the weather, and wood-burners keep things cosy in winter. Dartmoor’s wild beauty is resplendent at any time of year. Be aware that Devon can be very wet so packing wellies and wet-weather gear is a good idea, whenever you come. The hideaways are closed early Jan-early March annually.

Our top tips

  • Borrow blankets and a hamper and head onto Dartmoor for a picnic. You can help yourself to pies, tarts and salads from The Larder, or buy local cheeses and pasties from The Game Larder in Yelverton. Just don't feed the wild ponies or they won't leave you alone!
  • It takes around half an hour in the car to reach Spitchwick on the banks of the River Dart - a lovely wild swimming and picnic spot
  • Great for...

    Great Outdoors
    Honeymoon
    • Boutique Shepherds Huts
    • 2 one-bedroom units
    • Self-catering; meals available; on-site honesty shop
    • Adults only
    • Open all year
    • Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Daily Maid Service
    • Towels & Bedlinen
    Room: Aurora

    Rooms

    There are 2 gorgeous hideaways, Aurora and Halcyon. Each is made from 2 conjoined shepherds huts, providing a surprising sense of space inside, yet they still feel romantically cosy. They are completely separate from one another, both set in their own wooded copse overlooking green fields, forests and the magnificent Abbey nestled in the valley below.

    Open-plan, half of the living space contains a kingsize bed with luxury linens under the curved glass skylight, a stunning roll-top bath with an overhead shower and Ren toiletries, and a wood-burning stove for chilly days. The other half houses a dining area, a separate WC and a beautiful galley kitchen fitted with a gas hob, oven, farmhouse sink and fridge. Every element is bespoke in design, and the level of detail and care is extraordinary. You feel enveloped in luxury yet constantly in-touch with the stunning natural surroundings. Windows are at exactly the right height for enjoying the view from the bath or bed, and glass runs floor-to-ceiling at the point where the cabins join together. Note, there are no wardrobes so pack lightly, though you'll find hooks and under-the-bed storage.

    Aurora stands at the top of the hill with panoramic views and a deck which basks gloriously in afternoon and evening sun. Halcyon is more tucked away in its woodland grove, and feels completely and utterly private. Both have big outdoor terraces with firepits and furniture.

    Features include:

    • Barbecue
    • Bathrobes
    • Central heating
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Fridge
    • Hob or stove
    • Kitchenette
    • Oven
    • Radio
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • Wood-burner

    Eating

    The bijou kitchens are very well equipped for self-catering, with all the cooking kit and basic ingredients in place, but there's no need to lug all your groceries here: you can shop at The Larder, 10 minutes' walk away at the Cider House B&B (also run by Bertie and Bryony). Help yourself to local produce, deli spoils, ice cream, wines and beers, and then pay on departure. There's also a range of home-cooked dishes, which you can heat up in your hideaway. We loved the beef bourguignon with Thai rice and seasonal greens, followed by a delicious ginger treacle tart served, as per Bryony's instructions, with lashings of double cream. For breakfasts, there are freshly baked pastries, homemade granola, even a DIY Full English.

    There's no actual need to leave the estate during your stay, but Bryony and Bertie can recommend restaurants and book taxis if you want a change of scene. For spoiling occasions try the Michelin-starred Treby Arms (a stunning countryside pub). Closer by, The Cornish Arms in Tavistock has just been voted Devon gastro pub of the year (a 20-minute drive), or you can walk to the Who’d Have Thought It? in Milton Coombe (3km). Bertie can also arrange for a chef to come and cook for you at your hideaway.

    Features include:

    • Barbecue
    • Chef on request
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Fridge
    • Hob or stove
    • Kitchenette
    • Oven
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Meals on request
    Eating: Halcyon
    Activity:

    Activities

    • Just sit on your private terrace and revel in the peace and views. In the evenings, light your firepit and stargaze; the pollution-free night skies are incredible
    • Soak up the magic of Buckland Abbey, home to Sir Francis Drake in the 16th century. Don't miss the ancient chapel, high altar and newly discovered Rembrandt
    • Stroll around the National Trust estate: formal gardens, green pastures, and a walled kitchen garden which overflows with produce
    • Woodland trails are a dream for nature lovers - keep an eye out for deer, owls, badgers and, down by the river, kingfishers, otters and beavers
    • The enchanting wilderness of Dartmoor is a quick drive away. Bring your walking boots or bikes and explore; there are various spots for wild swimming, too

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Birdwatching
    • Cycling
    • Fishing
    • Golf
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Star gazing
    • Swimming
    • Well being

    Kids

    Adults only.

    Kid Friendly: Halcyon

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

    10/10
    Room
    10/10
    Food
    10/10
    Service
    10/10
    Value
    10/10
    Overall

    The cabins were so well appointed and the attention to detail superb. It was cold and rainy during our stay but we were very cosy and comfortable nonetheless. Owners Bryony and Bertie were friendly and welcoming. Definitely bring wellies and order a meal for the first night. We really enjoyed our meal on the first night (and wished we’d ordered one for the following night)

    10/10,

    We LOVED our stay here! The staff were so friendly and lovely, the views were gorgeous and the hideaway itself was just decadent. Will absolutely return. Three tips: 1. Visit the Abbey & grounds - really nice! 2.We came without a car - possible, but be prepared to walk a bit, especially when going into town or for dinner etc. Taxis can be difficult to arrange. 3. We ordered from the larder to cook dinner one night - was outstanding and we wish we did it every night. You're so cosy up there so leaving for dinner is less appealing!

    10/10,

    It may seem on the pricey side for glamping, but the hosts are hospitable and enthusiastic, the environment is lovely and the quality of the hideaway itself is superb.

    10/10,

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