The Old Shippon, Beara Farmhouse

Hoopers Water, Devon

A quirky, creative restoration of a fine shippon barn, rustic but inviting, on a delightful smallholding near the coastal path


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


In a quiet corner of Devon, Ann and Richard have realised what most can only dream of: a self-sufficient smallholding and blissful retreat. Busy hens and geese are the first to greet you, closely followed by your warm lovely hosts. Richard is a carpenter, lover of wood and recycler; Ann is the creative eye. Slowly they turned a 17th-century barn stitched to their farmhouse into a civilised yet rustic holiday home – with a wonderful view from the retro Knole sofa. Slip through a little blue door to enter an upside-down world. Two cosy bedrooms, well-crafted and waxed, peek out over a sunny terrace to the hills; up the wooden stairs is a big light-drenched space with high windows for more views. Ann’s art and Richard’s farm treasures are dotted about; tucked into a corner is a vast wood-burner. A hefty run of granite and a Belfast sink line the open country kitchen allowing cooks room to concoct. Before slowing to a standstill, tick off the coastal path round Hartland Point, stroll through RHS Rosemoor, brave the boat to Lundy. A place to fall in love with, and live a little of the dream.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • 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
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • Pub 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
Check out
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

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.