The Old Shippon, Beara Farmhouse

Hoopers Water, Devon

A creative restoration of a fine shippon barn, rustic but inviting, on a delightful smallholding in a quiet corner of Devon


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Richard and Ann have a self-sufficient smallholding and blissful retreat. Busy hens and geese are the first to greet you, closely followed by your warm hosts, cream tea in hand.

Slip through the little blue door to an upside-down world of cosy bedrooms peeking over a terrace that’s primed for an early evening G&T. Then upstairs to a big light-drenched living space with views to get your paints out for. Ann’s art and Richard’s inventive farm treasures are dotted about and tucked into a corner is a vast wood-burner.

Richard shows budding farmers the animals and little playground – including his ingenious tubular bells – and wildlife abounds; buzzards, pheasants and the occasional deer.

Open plan kitchen and sitting room at The Old Shippon, Beara Farmhouse in Devon

We think you'll love

  • The peace and tranquillity
  • The animals and the playground
  • Richard and Ann
Sitting room with log burner

Home truths

  • You can’t get onto the coastal path straight from here
  • The owners and other guests are near
  • You need your car for the beach


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm, Friday and Monday changeover
Check out
10.30am, Friday and Monday changeover
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights; 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £64
Weekly price
from £450
£100 per night.
1 Barn for 4
From £642 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Beara farmhouse is situated down a track in a valley surrounded by lovely countryside. The village of Buckland Brewer is around a mile away and has a community shop, excellent pub (The Coach and Horses), church and village hall. Bideford is four miles away and it’s a 15-minute drive to the sandy beaches of Westward Ho! and Instow.

Local points of interest from Ann & Richard Dorsett

  • Clovelly - unique fishing village. Also pottery and silk screen printing can be seen. See web site for different events in Clovelly.
  • RHS Rosemoor - beautiful gardens. Also craft exhibitions, food markets, events for children and various courses for gardeners, pruning, propogation etc.
  • Instow beach - safe for small children. Local ice cream produced in Appledore, Johns deli. and cafe for supplies and good coffee and lunch.
  • Tarka Trail - wonderful for cycling. Cycle to Fremington Quay and enjoy a hearty lunch or cycle in the other direction, Torrington to Meeth and stop at the East Yarde cafe for wonderful local home cooked food and fresh apple juice.
  • South West coastal path for amazing walks, for all abilities.
  • Buzzards, pheasants and our own chickens can be seen from the living room doors. At dusk a barn owl sometimes swoops low across the field.


Ann & Richard Dorsett

Richard and Ann have lived here for 20 years rescuing Beara from many years of neglect and turning derelict farm buildings into comfortable holiday lets. They were captivated by Beara, it was love at first sight. Richard has been involved with restoring ancient buildings for most of his working life and has plenty of projects on the go. Richard enjoys archery and is happy to shoot a few arrows with guests and Ann is a keen gardener.