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The Log Cabin

Sheldon, Blackdown Hills, Devon (Ref. 1164)

4.5

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely comfortable property in an amazing setting - so peaceful, lots of wildlife , host very friendly but descrete , went above and beyond to help us after we had a car crash, made my sons day by letting him feed the fish and even hold one."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by KateAug 2022

  • "Beautiful rural retreat in a picture perfect setting."

    Owner was helpful and discreet. Facilities were basic but functional and this was part of the appeal. A couple of points for future guests to help get the best from their stay: bring everything you think you will need including toilet paper and hand soap. Note for dog owners - make sure your dogs are up to date on their tick treatment as due to the woodland and grassland ticks are rife in the area. Also be conscious of the electric fences round some of the pools.

    Reviewed by FionaMay 2022

  • "Lovely log cabin, well equipped, clean and so peaceful"

    Reviewed by DebbieMar 2022

  • "Exactly what we wanted."

    Log cabin as described. Room to move and relax.. Warm. Quite. Teaming with wildlife, fox owls buzzard, heron, squirrels etc didn't see the otter though. . Beautiful picturesque. Friendly host. Thanks for the 1st night logs. Easy access from M5 Near to friends we were visiting. And only 1/2 hour from the coast.

    Reviewed by LouiseMar 2022

  • "Basic but clean, shower was fantastic, plenty of logs provided for log burner and very peaceful setting."

    Disappointed that there was no view from inside the cabin, but wrapped up warm and sat on veranda to enjoy the surroundings. My fault for coming in March, if I come again I'd do it later in the year.

    Reviewed by JennyMar 2022

  • "Great little spot and walks."

    Good to get "off grid". The owner was super helpful!

    Reviewed by ByronFeb 2022

  • "Great place to stay Lovely surroundings peaceful."

    Only problem was Devon power company not set up to sort out after the storm, so had to cut short the stay due to no power !! This is not a reflection of the owners they done all they could.Maybe next time in the summer would be better .

    Reviewed by RussellFeb 2022

  • "This is a great get away for anyone wanting to relax in a authentic log cabin, to get away with no reception."

    The log cabin is just that, don’t expect to go to a log cabin and a completely modern tech experience, it is a very back to basics stay but that’s exactly what we were after so we could spend the days exploring and the evenings in reading by the fire. a lovely big wood burner and can pick up more wood if needed. The bed is very comfy, the sofas are a little warm but do the trick. It was cold when we stayed but we brought blankets and walking boots and water proofs ready for the weather. If you do want reception you can get it if you walk slightly down the drive. Sidmouth is a nice seaside town not to far away and Honiton good to go for restaurants.

    Reviewed by TheresaFeb 2022

  • "Both I and my daughter enjoyed our stay at the log cabin as we used it for a base to explore the area of Devon that we hope to move to."

    We had to bring our two dogs with us, but we don’t recommend it as a place to bring pets or young children to for a holiday. It’s ideal for a fishing holiday. Regards Maureen and Julie

    Reviewed by MaureenFeb 2022

  • "Very enjoyable, clean and comfy, will defenitely book again in the future."

    Reviewed by MauriceOct 2021

  • "The furnishings were very outdated."

    They looked and felt like they had been in there for 50 years. The sofa looked like it was second-hand to start with and was not comfortable. The sheet for the duvet was practically threadbare and had poppers missing at the bottom. The bunk bed was very unstable and visibly rocked when climbing to the top. The shower's drain didn't work well and so your feet would be in a constant puddle. We did alert the owner to this who came and did something which helped a little. The windows had not been cleaned for a long time and so obscured the view when looking out of them. The description of the log cabin's location in relation to the trout lake was very misleading. The log cabin does not lead onto the trout lake at all, but two nursery ponds with a high wire fence surrounding them. It also said that you could walk in the woods behind the cabin, however the woods were inaccessible from any place at the location - we looked thoroughly. We expected there to be paths into the woods where you could go for a walk, but to access the woods with safe parking, was quite a drive away and not at all the woods on the location. There were also two other holiday accommodations on site which was very surprising as there was no mention of the other accommodations in the description. One of the other accommodations did face the trout lake and have the woods behind it and felt more like the description for the log cabin, and so was disappointing to feel we had been mislead. The cleanliness was the worst part of the stay. We found previous people's possession's in the drawers and rubbish under the bed. There was a mouldy banana skin in the bread bin. I called to ask the owner if they had bbq tongs, which he assured me he did, however there were none provided and the knives were so blunt their blades were rounded and did not cut through anything.

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2021

  • "No WiFi at all which didn’t go down with the youngster !"

    Very peaceful setting. Lovely walks around the area for the dogs. Garden area could have been fenced in to keep the dogs away from the hens. Sofas were a bit low for our old Knees. We didn’t realise it was so far away from the main road and the access road was very narrow. We enjoyed watching the trout being feed and moved.

    Reviewed by PatMay 2021

  • "Such a beautiful place and the owners were lovely."

    Would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by KatieMay 2021

  • "This location and cabin was a perfect quiet relaxing location, which was exactly what we were after."

    Reviewed by AntonyOct 2020

  • "If you want to get away from everyday life, this is perfect ."

    Just make sure you stock up on food, as the nearest shop is 3.5 miles or 7 miles away.

    Reviewed by RobinOct 2020

  • "The photo's for the cabin or the location do not do this little haven justice."

    The drive down is beautiful, you feel like you are leaving the world behind. The dense tree cover is comforting and embracing and once within the cabin, I could have stayed there forever.! If you are after peace and quiet, no phone signal and a place to reset, relax, read and just "be" this is the place to come. The family, where friendly, welcoming and attentive. I did not partake with the fly fishing, but I did sit and admire the gentleman using the beautifully clean lakes. I, with my dog, maximised the walking options from here - breath-taking, both literally and figuratively (you need to be a mountain goat for some of the roads hahah). I will be back :)

    Reviewed by JoannaSep 2020

  • "It was OK I can’t complain, owners didn’t greet us nor ask if everything was ok."

    The place was beautiful and the area was lovely. Nothing local, had to drive to everything but the peace was great It was lovely to watch the fish jump in the ponds Got attacked by a bat on the last night, can’t really moan about it that’s the country isn’t it

    Reviewed by OliverAug 2020

  • "After our teenagers had had weeks in lockdown and as myself and my husband are keyworkers we were looking for a break and a change of scenery."

    The Log Cabin did not disappoint! A bit off the beaten track, the cabin was in a beautiful location and had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. The owner and his family could not have been more welcoming. We will definitely look at staying again in the future.

    Reviewed by NicolaAug 2020

  • "Nice little break away from it all, the log cabin is what it says it is, a log cabin."

    That said I have to say that Rob and his wife have the place to a very homely and comfortable standard. Myself my wife and 2 grown up grand daughters spent a week there and would have been happy to stay another week. If there has to be a downside, it is that the very narrow road leading down hill to the fishery can be a little challenging, but that’s not going to change anytime soon so give it a go, but keep an eye out for oncoming traffic and be prepared to reverse. Phil W.

    Reviewed by PhilipJul 2020

  • "We had a wonderful few days at the log cabin despite the weather."

    The kids and the dog enjoyed exploring and the grounds were absolutely stunning. Mr. Snaith was a fantastic host and made us feel very welcome indeed. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by KellyFeb 2020

  • "Previous reviewers were right, the photos don't do it justice."

    It was a lovely log cabin that was well laid out... The fire is amazing and makes the place so cosy. There is no interenet or phone signal so is a real retreat from the world, but the cabin has everything you need. I loved sitting on the deck watching nature even in the rain The road in and out is very steep but you soon get used to it and is worth it for the tranquillity of the place. The owners were lovely and on hand if you need anything. Would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by AliceOct 2019

  • "The cottage was in a beautiful, peaceful setting and comfortable & well-appointed."

    The owners were really friendly & helpful and made us feel very welcome, with freshly-baked scones and flowers on arrival. We also really enjoyed having great trout fishing on our doorstep, with on-hand advice from the owner when needed and he also kindly lent us a rod for the kids to try. We had a great stay and would love to return again.

    Reviewed by ShelleyJul 2019

  • "The Log cabin was very difficult to find following owners' directions."

    It was in a very nice setting and there were fresh flowers and a cream tea as described in other reviews.The inside of the cabin was very dark and gloomy compared with the sunshine outside. The sofas were old and saggy and not at all restful, and all the bed linen was very tired and pilled. I slept in the double bed which was fine, but my friend slept in the tiny claustrophobic room with the bunk bed which was extremely hard and uncomfortable. Utensils were adequate but basic (no spare loo roll!). The TV was small and lost reception regularly. The cabin might be an 'adventure' for a young family but was a disappointment for two active pensioners! We never saw our hosts, but left a day early putting the key and note in their letter box. Our two dogs were quite content with the break, even if we were disappointed.

    Reviewed by WendyMay 2019

  • "Lovely location."

    Cottage has everything you need. Owners leave you to enjoy your holiday without interference. A lovely welcome of scones, cream and Jam in the fridge.

    Reviewed by LApr 2019

  • "Lovely peaceful location and friendly host."

    Just the ticket for a 'get away from it all' sort of break. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by DeborahMar 2019

  • "We stayed there as a family and it's a pitty there weren't more pics as the cabin is a perfect get away if you want to get away from it all."

    We loved it there so we're booking it again as can't wait to see everything in bloom. You can even sit and watch the fish jumping in the ponds from the veranda which is also lovely on an evening. The cabin has a real rustic feeling which was lovely with old wooden doors, the owners are lovely but we were really made to feel welcome with fresh flowers and proper Devon scones with jam and cream waiting for us. Roll on next time we're too as can't wait.

    Reviewed by GailMar 2019

  • "This is the 6th time we’ve been to stay at the Log Cabin."

    My boys love it.

    Reviewed by ClareFeb 2019

  • "The photos on the website do not do this accommodation justice."

    The log cabin was gorgeous and the beautiful surroundings even better. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again.

    Reviewed by SarahJan 2019

  • "The Log Cabin was lovely."

    A great base for exploring Devon. Host was available but not intrusive and very helpful. Fresh flowers and cream tea on arrival was a nice touch.

    Reviewed by KarenNov 2018

  • "Log cabin had everything we needed for a great holiday."

    Clotted cream scones and jam on arrival were great. Even had a pot of fresh flowers on table which was a nice touch. Kitchen is well equipped with every thing you need. Wood burner means you could visit out of season. Being a log cabin holds heat well. We loved the log cabin and will definitely return, watching the wildlife outside was great. We saw herons, an owl, a dear , an otter, a fox and a mixture of wild birds. Looking out onto the lake was great. Photos on website does not do it justice, really cosy inside. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by TinaOct 2018

  • "The cabin itself was nice although the fire needed a good clean."

    it is set on the owners property but we didn’t see them much at all. the main downside was we were or certainly seemed to be miles from anything else, we drove everywhere and the road surrounding are very narrow. if you like quite and secluded this is perfect for you it was just a bit to rural for us.

    Reviewed by Amanda-jayneSep 2018

  • "Really relaxing, peaceful area by trout lakes and a forestry area."

    Could see myself living there the. I had a virus 2 days before our getaway so i did spend tge first couple days nursing that so I didnt get the full potential out of our break but the kids and our 2 dogs did. Would love to return to the same cabin in the near future.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2018

  • "It was exactly how we expected the cabin to be , set in a beautiful valley surrounded by the forest , owner was there when we arrived and was friendly and helpful, they had left us some delicious scones to enjoy which was a lovely gesture, we enjoyed the peace and quiet and even saw a baby deer outside the cabin on several mornings, our dog loved the freedom to explore outside ."

    All in all a lovely place and we had an amazing weeks holiday , so thank you x

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2018

  • "Very good value accommodation."

    Internal space larger than expected from picture. Good if you want to get away from phone, WiFi or 4g communications. Cream tea on arrival very thoughtful and welcome.

    Reviewed by ChristopherJul 2018

  • "The Log Cabin provided a quiet and peaceful base set on this attractive trout farm."

    You really felt at one with nature here. Deer and Kingfishers shared our surroundings as well as the fly fishers patiently hunting that elusive trout.

    Reviewed by MartinJun 2018

  • "It was very nice solitary we werent bothered at all"

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2018

  • "We had a lovely time with the feeling of privacy within nature listening to the birds all day long which was lovely."

    It is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. We felt totally relaxed and it is a great place if you are taking dogs. The cabin had everything you required and had all the space you needed. Definitely a great holiday destination.

    Reviewed by SerenaMay 2018

  • "I thoroughly enjoyed my recent stay at the log cabin."

    The suroundings were very peaceful and quiet. The Cabin itself is far enough away from the other buildings that you have your own sense of seclusion and privacy. It has a covered veranda so you can sit out when the weather is good, and if the weather is bad then there's the ideal opportunity to have a log fire (logs etc provided). The kitchen has everything you would need - the owners even supplied me with fresh scones on arrival! I enjoyed walking around the grounds and fishing lake. Would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2018

  • "Really lovely place to stay."

    ... the owners were there if you needed anything but left us to enjoy our stay ... very nice people. Would recommend... very relaxing... our dogs had a great time too.

    Reviewed by PaulineMar 2018

  • "Beautiful surroundings around a beautiful cabin."

    The owners are extremely friendly and accommodating. I would definitely consider booking the cabin again.

    Reviewed by NicholasFeb 2018

  • "We love it at the log cabin we’ve been back 5 times now and just booked for the 6th time our boys love it."

    Reviewed by ClareFeb 2018

  • "Beautifully rural location."

    Great area for walking and relaxing.

    Reviewed by KathOct 2017

  • "Great place to holiday with dogs and perfect location for a rest."

    The owners are really helpful but at the same time respectful of your holiday time. Have been before and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by LisaMay 2017

  • "Really enjoyed our stay in the log cabin."

    Stunning scenery, very friendly owners. Would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2017

  • "Second time staying here."

    Perfect for a relaxing holiday. Great woods to walk the dog. Very spacious cabin with friendly owners.

    Reviewed by KirstinJan 2017

  • "The log cabin was an 'away from technology' dream."

    No Wi-fi, no mobile signal, barely any television reception. So, if you're happy to read, walk, have squirrels, buzzards,bats and owls share your space, this is the holiday for you. We loved it, the dogs loved it and it's close to lovely Honiton, Beer, Lyme Regis and Sidmouth. The only downside is that the cabin was constantly in the shade, which is probably great in hot weather, but we missed out on the autumn sunshine,. No matter though, the wood burner was bright and cosy in the evening.

    Reviewed by HazelSep 2016

  • "This was our second time staying at the Log Cabin and we will definitely be returning next year."

    Reviewed by DeborahSep 2016

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Summary

  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x adult bunks
  • Bathroom with shower cubicle, basin & WC
  • Open plan living area with compact fitted kitchen, dining area & sitting area with woodburning stove in large inglenook fireplace
  • Covered veranda.
  • Electric convector heaters with woodburning stove in sitting area
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, TV
  • All electricity inc. in rent, starter pack for woodburning stove provided (extra logs available for purchase from owner direct - £3.50 for a large net bag)
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Covered veranda with garden furniture, leading to large lawned area (unfenced lake 15 yards, children to be supervised)
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Private trout fishing available in lake at extra charge (phone Sykes office for information on cost - 10% reduction for guests)
  • Ample off road parking
  • Shop & pub 3 miles
  • (Owner can do basic shop before arrival on request)
  • Note: As this property is situated in a valley, there is no mobile reception
  • Note: The garden in not enclosed, pet will need to be supervised when outdoors

The property

Sheldon 0.5 miles.

A real rustic retreat!

An atmospheric log cabin in a valley on the edge of peaceful woodland, within the grounds of the owner's trout farm, half a mile from the picturesque hamlet of Sheldon, and 7 miles from Honiton.

Situated within the Blackdown Hills, and made from weathered pine logs, this unusual holiday home has an open plan living area, a woodburner in a large inglenook fireplace, and a covered veranda ideal for an evening drink and BBQ.

Walk the woods and country lanes in peace, explore the region's beautiful countryside and visitor attractions, or fish in the nearby lake and enjoy grilled trout for supper on the veranda, before being lulled to sleep by the sound of running water.

It's the perfect country escape.

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About the location

SHELDON

Honiton 7 miles; Exeter 20 miles.

On the edge of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with deeply wooded valleys, lush green fields and winding country lanes, Sheldon is the typically peaceful and picturesque country hamlet. A collection of natural stone cottages, the village attracts those who love peace and quiet. Foxes, badgers, deer and a varied birdlife will share your stay here, and yet the Cathedral city of Exeter, with its shops, restaurants and good pubs is just a short drive away. Close at hand, too, is the Heritage Coast of East Devon and Dorset, with the beautiful fishing village of Lyme Regis making a splendid day out. Ottery St Mary, the coastal resort of Sidmouth and the lace-making town of Honiton are all within easy reach. The rocky tors and wild open spaces of Dartmoor, a must for anyone visiting Devon, are only 30 miles away.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

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