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The Woodshed

Buckland Filleigh near Sheepwash, Devon (Ref. 1002726)



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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Cottage is a little out of the way, very remote, not to every body's taste but really nice and a beautiful setting."

    House is immaculate.

    Reviewed by StephenOct 2021

  • "A warm, friendly welcome from our hosts, Nigel and Helen and Yogi the Springer/Lab/cross, set the feel for our 4 day stay."

    The property was just perfect set in deepest Devon countryside so lush. Exploring the acres of woods and following the brook accompanied by Yogi calms the mind and relaxes the body. Sitting on the patio with a glass of wine at dusk watching the bats swoop and dive was just perfect. The track though a bit rough with some potholes was not too difficult to navigate with care. We intend to return to this beautiful property.

    Reviewed by PatriciaOct 2021

  • "The Woodshed is a very well appointed comfortable cottage in the heart of the Devon countryside."

    The owners, Nigel and Helen, and the local builder Geoff, can't do enough to make the stay a perfect one. If driving down a muddy track isn't your thing, this cottage probably isn't for you.The track to the cottage isn't tarmacked, and in wet weather you have to negotiate deep puddles, potholes and rainwater running down the track. But it's perfectly navigable in a normal car if you take it gently....and has the benefit of deterring passers by meaning the cottage is very peaceful. We loved it! The bird feeders are a genius stroke - you can spend hours watching the birds coming and going - with a particular shout out to the nuthatch and woodpecker who regularly visited us. The Woodshed has everything you need for a peaceful stay in a rural idyll!.

    Reviewed by ChristaOct 2021

  • "Really superb accommodation in a tranquil setting."

    Comfortable and quiet with fantastic pub and vineyard worth visiting close by. Little bit remote and long track to drive down but if that is not a problem, it's perfect.

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2021

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful week in the Woodshed in August."

    What a spectacular location in the middle of a beautiful woodland. The track was not as bad as we expected based on previous reviews and taking the time to appreciate the surroundings whilst we navigated it was certainly no chore! The house itself was very well equipped with everything we needed to enjoy our stay and the welcome basket of goodies was much appreciated. We were met by the owners and the wonderful Yogi (resident dog!) who could not be more helpful in making sure our stay was a comfortable one. Our children enjoyed exploring the field and stream opposite the house while we enjoyed a cuppa on the patio - whats not to like about that. We would definitely visit again, thanks so much.

    Reviewed by RebeccaAug 2021

  • "We had a fabulous time at the Woodshed, It is a stunning property in the most enviable of rural locations!"

    We had the pleasure of meeting the owners (And Yogi the dog) while we were there and were made to feel so welcome, and our girls loved the adventure into the woods complete with sausages over a campfire and a 4x4 ride to boot! Some have moaned about the track leading to the woodshed...Have you no sense of adventure, or are you just not used to driving anything other than the school run that you could have walked!?!? This is Devon at its rural best, The roads have bumps and the bushes are a wing mirrors width apart! Well worth navigating to get to this idyllic woodland location with it’s wonderful space, tranquility and abundance of nature. I hope that Nigel and Helen are proud of the wonderful property they have created ... they truly should be, it was our absolute pleasure to stay.

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2021

  • "The woodshed was incredible."

    Set amongst the trees the only noise you hear are birds or ducks and then there are sightings of deer too. It’s remote but yet close enough to places such as excellent pubs and shops and only a 30 min drive to the coast. The house is furnished to a high standard and well equipped for holiday cooking. We met the owners too who were very friendly and considerate. It was reassuring having spoken to Nigel on the phone the day before as he gave clear directions. We had an excellent holiday and didn’t want to leave.

    Reviewed by HilaryJul 2021

  • "We had a lovely week away visiting Devon, The woodshed has been a home from home, beautifully finished to a high standard with everything you need and located in beautiful peaceful surroundings."

    The evening before we set off for our week away we had a lovely courtesy call from the owners with the recommendation to use the what3words app to locate the property. The call was a nice touch and put us at ease on arrival. We also met the owners on arrival who very welcoming and hospitable, it was interesting hearing the history of the building and how the refurbishment progressed. (The building work was not at all intrusive on our stay in fact the builder Geoff was very friendly and helpfu!) As per other reviews the private access road to the property is as described in the property description, however if you take it slow and take your time you will be able to easily navigate through the uneven potholes with no problems. The WoodShed is in a ideal central location for visiting several of Devons attractions. Gotland Gin, Torview Winery and Vineyard and the local Half Moon pub are all located in the nearby village of Sheepwash. We hope that everyone else that visits enjoys The Woodshed just as much as we did!

    Reviewed by CharlotteJun 2021

  • "A fantastic base for travelling around Devon, we had a great week here."

    The owner's Nigel and Helen couldn't have been more helpful and the welcome pack was also appreciated. Wildlife great, you could spend ages looking at the birds outside your window. The road up to the property needs to be taken slowly as uneven however, we were aware of this as in the write up before we booked the holiday and would definitely not put us off of coming here again. Thank you Nigel and Helen for allowing us to rent your property and all the best for your future plans. Edna, Kevin and Alison from Kent

    Reviewed by EdnaJun 2021

  • "Ref: Woodshed rental 11th – 18th June 2021 (rearranged from the same week of 2020) Firstly let me quote from the Sykes Portal “Pick From A Wide Range Of Hand-Picked Holiday Cottages And Book Securely Online."

    We've Won the British Travel Awards 6 Years In A Row Every property inspected!” After you have read the comments below, you will agree that the inspector either arrived by helicopter or has only inspected the property not how to get there. The owner stated that he had amended the description of the access to the property while we were there, whether this will be confirmed by Sykes or not, I do not know. The cottage was found clean and tidy with a welcome basket. Externally I would comment that the cottage was found lacking and not in accordance with the description in the Sykes Website because: - i) IF YOU HAVE A VEHICLE WITH LIMITED GROUND CLEARANCE, I WOULD STRONGLY ADVISE AVOIDING THE ACCESS TRACK TO THIS PROPERTY BECAUSE THERE IS VERY POOR ACCESS WHICH IS BORDERLINE FIT FOR PURPOSE. A PATIENT IN AN AMBULANCE WOULD SUFFER IMMENSELY, ii) Following the directions as supplied, once the road is left, there is about ¾ mile of very rough track with large potholes, some in excess of 150mm deep (6”). It is impossible to traverse the track and miss them all. During daylight/sunshine the light is very dappled through the trees making it very difficult to see the holes or their depth. I can imagine that in wet weather when the potholes are full of water, it would be impassable in safety. We were informed that this length of track was owned by a third party who wouldn’t repair the track, iii) The final ¼ mile is controlled by the residents (from the fork to the property). This section was marginally better, but still had potholes and a hard mud ridge down the centre of the track, iv) DESPITE CAREFUL DRIVING I SUSTAINED £720 OF DAMAGE TO MY VAUXHALL INSIGNIA BECAUSE OF THE CONDITION OF THIS TRACK, v) The view from the Juliet Balcony off the smaller bedroom was of a dumping ground of miscellaneous building detritus including off cuts of pipework, steel mesh, concrete strengthening bar and a pair of iron gates, and vi) At the front of the property, which looked out over a field and woodland, the view was blocked by Travis Perkins dump bags full of gravel, numerous stacked sleepers and an empty blue plastic drum. Without these items the view was also obstructed by a high bank of weeds. Although the builder was very pleasant and helpful, we could not help but liken the property to a building site, It was our intention to have a quiet holiday, doing touristy things during the day and having dinner out so as to avoid cooking. I had also recently undergone a spinal fusion operation so was looking forward to a restful break not an off-road driving trial. As a result, we did not feel comfortable traversing this track an extra twice a day so ended up totally self-catering which defeated the purpose of the holiday and still did not do my recuperation from surgery any favours. Internally, I would make the following comments: - i) The en suite in the larger bedroom was very limited in space, ii) The TV reception was very intermittent with frequent pixilation and screen blackouts which made it completely impossible to watch any television programme for more than 2 or 3 minutes, and iii) For a self-catering cottage there was very little room for food storage outside of the fridge freezer. Otherwise, it was sparsely but adequately kitted out. I can see that the owner’s vision of the development when the building work is finished will be very nice but without improvement to the property’s access I would certainly not return without hiring a SUV or larger and thereby considerably increasing costs. RJ & AB Clark

    Firstly, the track does not belong exclusively to us ! The other residents do not want signage. Its appearance as a rugged forest track serves to discourage inquisitive motorists or its use as a rat run for locals. By discouraging both of these, our tranquility is preserved !! This past year, forestry has been very active in the surrounding woodlands and the track has deteriorated – at some point soon, it will be maintained !! In the meantime, careful negotiation of the potholes is achievable possibly with the exception of the lowest sports cars. Please use the ‘What 3 Words’ app to find us – then there is no need for signs !! Similarly, I anticipate adding/amending text and pictures again as the project progresses or the need arises. If I had made such a reservation, I feel that the curiosity and anticipation of a holiday would make me want to refresh my memory and revisit the website especially if over a year had lapsed since booking. This weekend, I visited the Woodshed. I used the track in both directions on probably half a dozen occasions. With careful negotiation, I experienced no problem. I also spoke with my neighbours. One drives a Mini and the other an Audi A4. They too endorse my comment of careful negotiation ! I have enquired costs of improving my section of the road but until heavy vehicle movements have finished, it would seem futile. Regarding the ‘Sparsley Equipped ‘ comment, There are eggcups in the crockery cupboard. A large fridge and space in kitchen drawers has always proved adequate for food storage. Some guests have even suggested sacrificing cupboard space for a washing machine. That is not a practical option so we have not pursued that idea. No guests have commented adversely about the television. However, I sat down last changeover day and observed that the tv was worse than I recall. I always take note of comments made by guests and wherever possible, try to ensure the same comment is not repeated. The television has been replaced by a new one. We are in a valley and the picture still breaks down - although less frequently! We apologize for any inconvenience caused during your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RobertJun 2021

  • "The Woodshed has been finished to a very high standard - much better than usual holiday lets."

    The birds and deer were plentiful and the peaceful location made for a very relaxing break. Geoff the builder was very helpful with his local knowledge and very considerate with his parking and noise levels during the day. Our only concern was the very long track to the cottage through the woods - not one for a low slung car - extreme pot holes!!! and a lack of a signpost at the end made finding the Woodshed initially quite difficult.

    Reviewed by IanMay 2021

  • "Very rural location beautiful surroundings area , kitchen is very well equipped but could do with a washing machine ."

    Dog wash area is fabulous and much needed due to location . Lots of fantastic places to visit nearby . Track to property isn’t great but is pretty . Lots of wildlife to be seen day n night

    Reviewed by WendyOct 2020

  • "Sadly there was a major problem with flies at this property."

    They are nesting and living in the roof and behind the cladding on the house. We would Hoover them up but then we would have 50+ more within 24hrs. Other guests had clearly also had this problem according to the guest book but nothing has been done by the owner to sort it. The house would probably need fumigating really!!

    We are really sorry this happened and had an impact on your holiday, please be rest assured that large parts of Devon & Cornwall can get troubled with cluster flies - not to be confused with house flies. Whereas house flies thrive on poor hygiene, Cluster Flies live in the trees and in the ground and with the changing of the seasons, they migrate to areas of warmth. They are not living and nesting in our roof or cladding.. Inevitably, opening doors and windows gives them the opportunity to come inside for even more warmth. Within a few days of your comments, we had a pest control company visit. Although they put out some serious looking fly traps, there were no flies to be seen !! They had disappeared just as quickly as they appeared in the first place. We are always here to help and would have been happy to come out and see you during the trip. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SiobhanOct 2020

  • "The property was beautiful, clean and with everything one needed except a washing machine and drying area -it rained solidly for 5 days during our stay!"

    ! The approach track to the property was in an appalling state with endless very deep pot holes. I grounded my car numerous times and was terrified I had done damage to it. Should NOT be allowed to rent out a property unless this is rect9

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2020

  • "The Woodshed is a lovely holiday cottage set in a great location, Even though we ..."

    The Woodshed is a lovely holiday cottage set in a great location, Even though we were told that building work was on-going on the adjacent building we did not expect the lovely view from the cottage to be blocked with building materials, Geoff the builder was great didn't make any noise until we got up and was very friendly and helpful (Cheers Geoff), Also the track down to the Woodshed had terrible pot holes I'm glad we had a crossover car the track really needs attention before we would think of going back, The cottage was furnished and equipped well except the sofa's were rather low to be comfortable and an addition of a washing machine would have been useful

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2020

  • "We very much enjoyed staying at the Woodshed."

    There are a couple of things that could have made the experience even better. The bathroom sinks are really very small indeed and quite difficult to use. Secondly we were lucky enough to have some warm weather and chose to sit outside. While the setting is lovely our outlook was essentially of the building materials being used for the adjacent build - I wonder if they could be stored out of sight? Thanks

    Reviewed by NeilAug 2020

  • "The Cottage is great inside, as described ."

    we had a deer visit night and morning which was lovely. There was no where to hang the towels up to dry, apart from the towel rail, which I assume is connected to the heating system as we couldn't switch it on .No blind on the window of the 2nd bedroom . Shame about the woodland track ,not great if you have a low car like ours. due to the weather, the week we stayed our car was absolutely plastered in mud, we went out and back once a day , have to visit a carwash now and get it cleaned . When I booked this property back in June 2020 , I was concerned about the building work next door, as we needed peace and quiet to unwind and de-stress due to our job. for us this year has been work as usual , 7 days a week ,so no time off at all. I rang Sykes Cottages to voice my concerns. they rang the owners and was told that the outside building work is finished , only the central heating inside to do, it would be finished by 31st July. so we booked thinking that everything would be done Unfortunately , that wasn't the case . we did have a lovely, quiet and peaceful weekend. then on monday morning , just after 9am . I'd just got up. there was something loud coming down the track. It was a flooring specialist van and generator on behind. my worse fears realised pretty quick what was happening. then a bit later. a huge lorry come with a mix as you go attachment. I rang sykes as we weren't happy with the situation. Eventually got through. they rang the owners , who said that they'll be there for a couple of hours to do the floor. apparently they didn't go there on Friday to do the job. Why weren't we told ? they were there until 12.30 . the only communication from the builder was a knock on the door . we didn't find him friendly. you need to make people aware that it is still a live building site !!!! Also people shouldn't be ringing the cottage to speak to the builder either . 1 of them said I expected him to answer, he usually does , so I hope he doesn't intrude on people's holidays by just letting himself in . His mobile works perfectly fine

    Reviewed by NickyJul 2020

  • "The cottage was very good but we would make a couple of observations."

    The main one would be to make the directions much clearer both on the ground and in the booking information. The cottage needs a sign at the entrance to the track so people are aware that is the correct turning and in the booking information it should be made clear that the track is nearly 1 mile long, badly rutted and unsuitable for sports cars or vehicles of that nature. There was no ironing board at the cottage which we found amazing, and although it was apparent that some of the furnishings and fittings were of high quality, they then skimped on toilet rolls and poor quality cutlery and glassware. The dining table was also very cheap. An improvement in these details would make a huge difference to the property.

    Reviewed by MickJul 2020

  • "Lovely cosy comfy cottage in a tranquil setting."

    The outside warm water dog shower was the cherry on top!

    Reviewed by EloiseFeb 2020

  • "Fabulous well appointed cottage."

    Briefly met the owners who were lovely and very helpful. The Sykes team were also extremely helpful throughout. Well done everyone, and thank you!

    Reviewed by DuaneFeb 2020

  • "The woodshed is located in a peaceful setting and was just as described."

    Unfortunately the weather was wet for most of the time. Because of this the surrounding area was very muddy. It would probably, therefore, be an idea to have a washing machine at the property. There was only one thing that let the property down and that was the amount of flies. On the first evening we opened one of the velux windows before going to bed and the flies swarmed out. Not pleasant. On another occasion, when the sun did show, the outside front wall of the property was covered in flies. We later found that the bathroom of the double room was full of dead flies. Apart from this everything else was just as described.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Woodshed and it's location. Apologies that you were disappointed there was not a washing machine, we made the decision to go with a dishwasher instead. As for the Cluster flies, they are common in Cornwall and are drawn to the warmth of properties at this time of year. We hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JackyDec 2019

  • "We would highly recommend this place, set in such a lovely peaceful place, very relaxing."

    Only one small suggestion is if a sign could be fitted with name of the name of the cottage at the start of the track upto the cottage. Also thank you to Geoff the builder been so helpful.

    Reviewed by SarahNov 2019

  • "We have just returned from a super week at The Woodshed."

    Not the easiest cottage to find but once you are there you soon realise quite how peaceful and lovely it’s setting is. The conversion has been undertaken to a high standard with some super touches such as a welcome basket, handy basics like dishwasher tablets etc. Really comfortable beds with great quality linen and towels. Great place to explore with a nice balance of walks from the door (especially fab to be able to walk in the woods and land which belongs to the cottage, our dogs loved it) and beaches within easy driving distance. The owners were excellent at communicating and please don’t be put off by the Barn works next door which are very low key and with a really friendly and helpful builder. We very much hope to return soon, Hill Family

    Reviewed by ConradOct 2019

  • "Despite the weather ( hurricane Lorenzo hit that week) we had a lovely break."

    The accommodation was exactly as described and the surroundings were beautiful. The only thing that would have improved our stay would have been a gate to the lane to prevent the dog taking himself for a walk. We would certainly book again.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2019

  • "This really is a beautiful place."

    The news that the next door barn is an "ongoing" project is a bit daunting but the builder is really very sensitive to the fact that visitors are around and keeps everything he's doing as unobtrusive and quiet as possible. The Woodshed has been lovingly restored and the decor is beautiful. All the utensils and furnishings are of the very best quality too. An added bonus are the peacocks that wander around from time to time - magical. The owner has included touches which are so very thoughtful ie tissues in each room, enough toilet rolls for the week, cleaning products including dishwasher tablets, shopping bag, apron, starter soap and shower caps in the bathrooms. We were also greeted with a "welcome pack" which, in our experience (and we book cottages twice a year for many years) is so rare!!!!! All in all a wonderful experience.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2019

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The property

Remotely situated in the picturesque wooded area of Buckland Mill, just a short journey from Buckland Filleigh is this unique and characterful property.

The Woodshed set in 25 acres of its own land, not to mention the surrounding beautiful woodland, is a very well-presented property and enjoys a stylish interior design.

The initial entrance to the property is via a rugged woodland track (complete with potholes and puddles to be wary of) that eventually bends round to the front of the property where ample parking is available.

Walking into the property from the large front patio, there is an open-plan layout that combines the spacious kitchen and main living area with the original stone wall adding to its character.

The kitchen has a large counter and is well-equipped with an induction hob, cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher all available for guest usage, as well as a dining table for those looking to self-cater.

From here, there is a hallway where you can store muddy boots and a cloakroom, completed with access to a small courtyard that has a warm shower for those muddy doggie paws.

Moving into the main living area is a dining table, chairs and a TV, as well as a woodburning stove and tiled floor with underfloor heating.

As you ascend the beech (sourced from our woodland) and copper staircase, you reach the first double bedroom equipped with a double bed, bedside tables and chest of drawers for storage, there is a Velux window in this room with a stylish Juliet balcony, which afford the room plenty of light and beams, giving it a charming vintage feel, and an en-suites shower room.

Moving further along the hallway is another similar double bedroom, with a super-king bed, velux window and en-suite containing a shower, basin and WC.

The picturesque village of Buckland Filleigh nearby, as well as the national cycle route where you can join the entirely traffic-free Tarka Trail route that takes you through Great Torrington to Meeth. The area of Buckland Mill itself is rich with wildlife and is perfect for bird spotters with cuckoo’s and woodpeckers being regular visitors, whilst you can spend the day at RHS Garden Rosemoor and roam around the beautiful gardens with arboretum and herbaceous borders.

Alternatively, head south into Dartmoor and take in the luscious scenery of one of the most highly regarded Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK.

The Woodshed is a perfect place to kick back and admire the stunning scenery that Devon has to offer, for those with a different focus, Tor View Vineyard is within a mile and Gotland Gin Distillery not much further away in Highampton, whilst two lovely local pubs both serving good food can be found nearby.

The Woodshed is the perfect base for a tranquil getaway to Devon.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size (zip/link, can be made into twins on request), with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Gas underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for four cars
  • Patio area with outdoor shower and furniture, and grassland with fire pit
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: It should be noted that The Woodshed is part one of a two barn restoration project
  • The adjacent Barn is an ongoing project that hopefully will add interest to your visit with minimal inconvenience Important information: This past year, forestry has been very active in the surrounding woodlands and the track has deteriorated – at some point soon, it will be maintained. In the meantime, careful negotiation of the potholes is achievable possibly with the exception of the lowest sports cars. Please use the ‘What 3 Words’ app to find us – then there is no need for signs.

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About the location


Great Torrington 9 miles; Okehampton 12 miles; Bideford 16 miles; Bude 20 miles.

Sheepwash village is set in the peaceful Torridge Valley in Devon. The village offers a shop and a friendly traditional pub set in the village square, serving good food and locally brewed ales. Sheepwash is ideal for walkers and country lovers, being located in the heart of Ruby Trail Country and within easy reach of the Tarka Trail or the coast. Stroll along the River Torridge where you are more than likely to spot an otter family and maybe a Kingfisher or two. There are many places of interest in the surrounding area, including the coastal towns of Bude, Clovelly, Bideford and Westward Ho!, where you will find traditional seaside activities, surfing and the South West coastal footpath. Dartmoor is within 20 minutes’ drive, as is the RHS Rosemoor at Great Torrington and several National Trust properties, and a good variety of visitor attractions, ideal for families or couples, such as the Big Sheep at Bideford, Trethorne Leisure Farm at Launceston, the Miniature Pony Centre at Moretonhampstead, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are all within reach.

Region Information

It should be noted that The Woodshed is part one of a two barn restoration project. The adjacent Barn is an ongoing project that hopefully will add interest to your visit with minimal inconvenience.

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