Traditional Shepherd’s Hut – Desdemona

Desdemona was built to a traditional design for us by local craftsmen using oak from the farm and incorporating up-cycled furniture and fittings.  Traditionally used as a refuge for shepherds during lambing time, these little huts on wheels have also been used by gamekeepers and countrymen,  and during the second world war were often used by Home Guard units.  They’ve become popular over the past few years as garden rooms, studios, shops and holiday accommodation, and we are really happy to be able to offer our perfect little hut to our guests for a couple of nights or so!

Sleeps 2 adults in a cosy cabin bed

Rated 5 star on facebook

Small but perfectly formed!

If you are renting both cottages (or The Granary) Desdemona is available to rent for adults only.  It has a cosy double bed, a tiny wood burner, table & chairs (and electricity too!), not forgetting the outdoor fire pit.  

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There is a shower room (with loo, washbasin and walk-in shower with plenty of hot water, no chilly outdoor showers here!) and simple cooking and washing up facilities available in our outdoor kitchen (The Pig Shed)  should you need them

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Indoor Swimming pool

There is also access to our small heated indoor swimming pool which is shared with us and guests at Brimbles and The Granary.  The pool is available daily from 10 am to 7 pm

We stayed for a long weekend in April for a hen do and it was fantastic! Lots of space for our dance class and afternoon tea! Anne kindly put two long tables together for us. Very comfortable with lots of bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchens were perfect for catering for big numbers. Anne and Phil were very welcoming and accommodating! Very relaxing space. The swimming pool was great too! Thanks for having us, would definitely recommend! X

Laura Williams14th May 2017

We stayed at the Barton Granary. The houses were both immaculate, so well equipped and absolutely perfect to host all 18 of us. We wished we could have stayed longer! We had a fantastic time, and we're able to adapt our plans easily due to the flexibility of the houses.
The area was beautiful and so quiet! You also didn't feel as though you were disturbing anyone if you made some noise yourself! I would definitely return here, and will be recommending it to friends!

Leonie Yeates12th May 2017

Amazing!! Have had a couple of yoga retreats here and both times enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of the area and the place itself. Beautiful accomodation to stay in with everything you need at hand. Lovely swimmimg pool! We had meals included which were all homemade by Anne the owner! Wow!! What an amazing chef!! International and british dishes which included vegan and vegeterian. Everything was catered for perfectly. Will definitely be going back!!

Gwyneth Morris29th Dec 2017

Both cottages were so well equipped. We were a party of 20 and at no time did we feel cramped when we were all together in one cottage. The Pig Shed was absolutely great as it did get a little breezy in the evening, but because of the shelter the pig shed provided it meant we could all still sit outside for our BBQ. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the pool and it was plenty big enough. Would definitely recommend.

Zak Reid16th June 2017

Find us

Situated on the edge of the small hamlet of Poughill, in the heart of the tourist free Mid-Devon countryside, the Barton is a small family run farm. Our land is grazed by a small herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle and a handful of friendly sheep along with chickens and one or two pigs.


Occasionally, Desdemona is available to rent alone (usually for 2 or 3 night mid-week breaks) for £80.00 per night, which includes towels, bathrobes, and a DIY breakfast basket. Contact us for more information.

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