Big Sky Retreat | Cabin in Devon | Canopy & Stars

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Big Sky Retreat - Cabin in Devon

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Hookhill Plantation

Not suitable for children

Not suitable for pets

A secluded, hand-crafted wooden yurt with a deeply relaxing feel and an awe-inspiring view

Big Sky Retreat is a creatively crafted haven of soft wood colours and solitude. Inspired by legendary American yurt builder Bill Coperthwaite, and his iconic 70s book,A Simpler Life, owners Alison and Scott set about building Big Sky Retreat to his wooden yurt plans. Scott and Alison’s passion for sustainability can be seen in everything they do and the yurt is entirely constructed from recycled and natural materials. The wooden furniture, including the Swedish style enclosed king-sized bed, was all handmade by Scott. The homely interior is filled with colourful cushions and thick rugs and though owners Scott and Alison try to live ‘the good life’ as far as possible, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are some modern touches from the hot shower to the gas hobs.

Situated between Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks, the yurt has spectacular 180 degree views across undulating countryside, and sits next to a pond. In summer there is a large swing.  Perfect for long lazy summer days. 

Hookhill Plantation offers plenty of scope for exploring. Wander the extensive ornamental grass gardens (featured on Gardeners World!), explore the ancient woodland – complete with bluebells in season – or have a picnic by one of the large landscaped ponds.

Our guests say...

The Big Sky Retreat was perfect! Everything we needed was provided and the place was very well looked after and spotlessly clean. Various outdoor areas capitalised on the sunny weather and we weren't disturbed once.



Big Sky Retreat was the most perfect place to stay for a few days. We can not fault anything about it, from the moment we arrived it was like a little piece of paradise, totally isolated from the outside world.



A thoroughly relaxing few days surrounded by breathtaking countryside. The retreat is perfect for a get-away, a wind-up/solar radio kept us company if we wanted it and allowed us to listen to the England football match in the Euros. Would definitely recommend.



The hosts were really organised, the hut was clean, well stocked with crockery etc. I liked that there were a few basic dos and donts but we weren't overwhelmed with rules. I felt that everything lived up to the description and photographs online. The stay was relaxing, peaceful, really shut off from the hub bub of the world, which was exactly what we wanted.



We had the most wonderful time possible at Big Sky Retreat. The Yurt was spacious, warm & comfortable and provided us with everything we needed for our stay. The walled quarry garden with pond was beautiful, the view across the valley was breath-taking and the tree swing is without doubt the most enjoyable place I have ever rested in my life. The host Alison gave us a lovely welcome and we would very much like to thank her, we really did have the best holiday of our lives. In our entire time there the only disturbance we had was from the occasional tractor rumbling-by along the lane used to access the Yurt. We also very much enjoyed the wild-life in the area with constant chorus of bird-songs and the occasional visits from Deer, Birds of prey and even Bats collecting flies from the pond at dusk



Idyllic and secluded position in the Devonshire countryside. We had a lovely couple of days staring at the view, the stars and the outdoor fire!



Absolutely fantastic! Never been to such a serene and beautiful place. I felt like I'd stepped into a novel.



Excellent location, a superb place to stay, homely, stylish, back to basics, comfortable, relaxing and fun. Big Sky Retreat is perfect for a relaxing break, you have just got to try it, you wont make a better choice this week.



What a beautiful and magical handcrafted yurt in the most idyllic setting. We both adored the gorgeous panoramic views of the Devon countryside and loved the variety of nature surrounding us - from birds of prey soaring above us to ducks in the pond and from newborn lambs in nearby fields to wandering calves on the country roads. We enjoyed a 15 mile walk around the local area, lovely food and drink in local pubs (The Lamb Inn and The Stag Inn) and, above all, savoured the calming mood and ambience of the yurt. We left reluctantly but feeling refreshed and truly inspired by the beautiful haven Scott and Alison have created. Thank you for a relaxing and memorable retreat! Shaun and Natalie.



We had a very relaxing stay, spending most of our time enjoying the yurt, looking out over the sweeping views. We were plenty warm enough once the fire got going, even though it got down to minus 5 outside. We ventured on one long walk to the lamb Inn, in Sandford and were fortunate that Scott spotted us walking back and offered us a lift. Would definitely recommend!



We planned to pick a place away from the world, where we could simply enjoy our own company, enjoy the views, read some books and while away the hours unwinding. Big Sky Retreat was perfect!! We arrived on the Thursday, left on the Sunday fully relaxed. The cabin is lovingly care for and decorated, and the views over the valley were lovely. Although through most of our stay the rain poured down, we were not in anyway put out. The log burner kept us nicely warm and cosy, while we had enough food, games and books to while away the hours, as we slowly settled into a slow pace of life for the few days of our stay. If you want to go for a walk there are several to go on, you can even walk to the local pub, which we heard was very nice but didn't go ourselves. Totally would recommend this great little place to anyone wanting some time away.



Absolutely amazing!! Loved every Minute of it. I have never been so relaxed in all my life. 100% going to go back in the summer.



Lovely secluded and peaceful spot, so nice to be isolated from the bustle of everyday life and rely on solar power and wood burning stove. Beautiful views, and very very friendly hosts. Really loved the wooden construction and wide windows looking out and down over the valley.



We had a fabulous stay at the Big sky retreat. it was really very special. The hosts were welcoming but they gave us space to enjoy the beautiful cabin. The place is really romantic and is very special and I would recommend anyone to stay here.



My husband and I visited Big Sky Retreat for our first wedding anniversary and it was even more magical than we imagined and hoped for. The setting is beautiful, even when it rains; a cross between a quirky Hobbit home and serene Byron landscape. Everything you could possibly need is catered for (including a bug catcher for those not totally at one with nature!) and our plans to explore barely happened as we just didn't want to leave. Big Sky Retreat is perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of normal life; no wifi, no electricity, plenty of calmness and relaxation.



This was our third time staying at the big sky retreat. We loved using the outside fire to cook and had a very relaxing time. We did not want to leave.



WOW WOW WOW! I thought Big Sky Retreat looked special but it far exceeded our expectations despite the fact it rained most of the time we were there. Great to switch off, no WIFI, iPads, Facebook! Or even lights and telly!!! Instead cards and chat by candlelight over a glass of vino or 2. Perfect!



Idyllic stay, only wish it had been for longer because I'd like to have spent more time around the yurt itself - there were several great reading nooks I didn't get chance to enjoy. The location was lovely, on a sun trap of a terrace with a great view and completely secluded. Loved it!



We were greeted by Alison, who was a great host, and walked down to the big sky retreat. As we turned the corner and first caught a glimpse of the beautiful yurt, we knew we were going to have an amazing weekend. The scenery of green luscious fields rolled on for miles. We were lucky enough to have blue skies which we were able to view whilst laying on the suspended trampoline - which was an incredible feature. Our dinners were cooked over a fire pit everyday which added to the experience. Without phones, laptops, computers or any media, it was a great chance for us to shut of from the everyday hustle and bustle of working life. We played board games, made up songs and just laughed the late evenings away - with a few *cough* glasses of wine. The bed was cosy, the yurt was cute and it was sad when we had to leave. We would 100% return one day.



From the time we arrived we were made to feel very welcome, Alison and Scott have obviously put a great deal of time and thought into creating this Eco paradise. We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return sometime in the future.



Celebrating golden wedding. Beautiful location and novel but good accommodation.



It was a wonderful first experience. Not to difficult to get to, stayed there as a romantic mini break and couldnt of been happier with my experience.



It was just so wonderful. Peaceful and relaxing. The yurt had everything we needed and having no electricity just made it even more of an escape. Perfect for relaxing in the sunshine on the grass, perfect for looking at the night sky, lots of footpaths to explore the area. Basically just the best place to unwind and get away from the city. We could have stayed forever.



We stayed at the Big Sky Retreat for 2 nights as a babymoon/husbands birthday. We had not used C&S's before and were not 100% sure what to expect but we loved every minute of our stay. The outside area was well kept and the view stunning. The inside of the yurt was spotless, homely and had everything we needed. We arrived and called Alison who came up 5 mins later to bring us ice blocks and show us around quickly. Once this was done she left us to our own devices for the entire stay, we felt so comfortable and safe, we would love to go back.



It was beautiful. Relaxed, private and far from the maddening crowd.



Lovely set up,very remote cosy little yurt with nice log burner. Host very friendly and knowledgeable.



Absolutely loved it. The view, the remoteness, the lack of charging facilities for mobile phones - everything was great.



"Absolutely amazing! The location was par to none and the yurt was fantastic, romantic and cozy! Truly a wonderful stay!"



"As a couple we had an amazing stay, we wanted to escape our everyday busy lives and this was THE PERFECT place. We arrived and were so pleased with our choice. There is a binder with all you need to know in it from places to walk, eat/shop, bike/tandem hire, shooting ranges there's a little bit for everyone. The views are outstanding and as for the yurt it has been cleverly designed and well thought out. The hand made items added a warm and quirky feel to the atmosphere, as for the toilet it provided plenty of laughs on the first night and was some what of a novelty. For a December stay warm cosy nights spent by the wood burner were enhanced by all the games that had been provided but we did learn we are a little to old for twister. We have decided to book again for the summer time as we feel we could get so much more from the big sky retreat. It truly was a great stay."



"Staying at the Big Sky Retreat was by far one of the best breaks away that me and my husband have ever had! From the moment we arrived walking down the hill to found the delight that is the Big Sky Retreat wooden yurt to the moment we left we felt so relaxed and I long for that way of life all the time! The interior is stunning and the finishes are perfect! Shabby Chic heaven!! Lovely and warm with the wood burner that kicks out heat! It comes with everything you need. Little Tip: Bring some torches - it gets very dark at night. But candle light is perfect. The owners are extremely friendly and didn't bother us at all, but it was nice to meet them when we first arrived. They left us alone for the whole break but where still available if you needed anything. Words literally can't describe how amazing this place is, stunning, beautiful and tranquil. Thank you for letting us stay :) x"



"What a beautiful place! Perfectly hidden away in the Devon countryside with inspiring views across rolling hills of farmland. Seclusion, privacy and a true sense of closeness to the environment situated in what appears to be a very small and disused sandstone quarry where a pond has taken root and filled with life. This is genuine relaxation only made better by accommodating and unintrusive hosts with obvious skill and imagination in the way they have created this idyllic retreat."



"Fantastic stay, it was our honeymoon and we couldn't have picked a better place for it the beautiful views, quiet mornings and wonderful accommodation."



"We had a wonderful time at the big sky retreat. The views were stunning and the yurt was beautiful and cosy. It was lovely and peaceful and we will certainly return one day."



"The accommodation was fantastic, but we were completely blown away by the view and the fact we were completely alone to enjoy the scenery and the tranquillity."



"It was everything we could have hoped for and more a perfect romantic getaway. The yurt was just so beautiful and the location outstanding. Can't praise it enough."



"Thank you for such an amazing few days. My girlfriend and I absolutely loved it, favourite feature of the yurt was definitely the bed, so cosy having the bed in the wooden box with the light peering through the cracks in the mornings. Absolutely gorgeous location and would love to come back again."


Reece & Paige

"Beautiful wooden yurt in the middle of nowhere, quiet, private, beautifully made."



"had a brilliant stay at big sky. it was so relaxing and quiet words could not describe. will definitely be making another visit."



"We loved our stay!! It had such a romantic atmosphere, set in an amazing location to make the most of the view!! Highly recommended to all couples!!"



"We had an absolutely wondrous time at the Big Sky Retreat. The views across the valley were magnificant, the yurt very cosy and our hosts were welcoming and kept the place very clean. There were plenty of opportunities for nice walks around the valley to come back to a roaring log fire. Don't try going off piste across the fields, as my girlfriend discovered coming up to her waist in mud."



"We absolutely loved our stay. Alison and Scott were very friendly and helpful. The yurt itself was amazing and the views were spectacular. That place was balsam for the soul."



"Fabulous location, quirky accommodation and loved the supply of pre ordered provisions."



"It was amazing! We had such a relaxing, chilled out time and thoroughly enjoyed the design and decor of the yurt. The views were incredible (despite the rain) and we left feeling re-energised. The best was all the lovely, thoughtful details that Alison had put into creating the yurt i.e. the solar lamp, the spare blankets, the wood burner, the sofa by the window and the awesome Scandinavian-style bed! The only thing missing was the trampoline swing off the website, but totally understand that they had to remove this due to the weather."



"Really excellent - would love to go back... but maybe when its more likely to be warm and sunny as it rained most of the time, but we did still manage to get a walk in. As it was November and got dark early we sat around most of the time in candle light which made our "minimoon" all the more romantic. Alison was really friendly and accommodating to our needs and requests."



"We had a fabulous stay. It was our 5th Civil Partnership Anniversary and being surrounded by all the lovely wooden elements was very fitting."



"we enjoyed our stay very much, the yurt was beautifully constructed and the interior had been given much thought and had been lovingly furnished. The location was perfect with great views across the valley."



"We had a fantastic stay at Big Sky Retreat - wonderful yurt, excellent location, and a great trampoline swing!"



"We absolutely loved our stay"



"The views were amazing. The peace and quiet was heavenly. The yurt its self was lovely so well made and looked after you just sat there thinking I wonder what that was in its former life"



"The yurt is an incredible building in a beautiful, quiet and stunning location. We'd stay for a month if we could. A big thank you to our hosts, we especially appreciated the pre-ordered local shopping and their home grown salad. The best was a whole day reading and soaking up the incredible views. The worst was having to leave."



"We had a warm welcome on arrival. The yurt looks even better up close and there was a real sense of care and attention to detail. The setting is idyllic and we had fine weather to appreciate it. We enjoy walking and there's plenty to choose from either setting off from the yurt or a short drive north or south to the nearby national parks."



Absolutely loved it. Beautiful yurt in an amazing location. Alison was a lovely host who was very helpful and welcoming. We would love to return one day



"We had an amazing weekend. The owners were lovely and every detail was spot on. I would love to go back one day."



"Our stay was very enjoyable and as soon as we arrived we knew we had made the right decision. It was just what we had hoped for and I was very pleased we had booked."






"The location is stunning, the views were beautiful and the photos do not do it justice! The yurt was beautiful; having no electricity was not a problem and we didn't even use the solar lights, choosing to use lots of large candles instead! The log burner was easy to use, keeping it nice and warm inside. The food was lovely. We cooked for ourselves mostly but took the offer of the curry, which was pretty tasty. The owners are lovely and I would return.  It was so nice to be secluded from the world and play games (provided in the Yurt) in the candle light with a bottle of wine."



"We really enjoyed our stay. The owner was lovely and gave us all the info we needed. The Yurt was well looked after and had EVERYTHING we needed there. The views were amazing and it was so peaceful - just what we were looking for."



"We had an amazing time at the yurt! The surrounding area was absolutely beautiful with great views for miles. The yurt itself had clearly been built with love and the attention to detail with the storage spaces and little kitchen was fab. We really enjoyed keeping the fire going (although we clearly need more practice!) and it kept the yurt nice and warm. We had dinner the second night at the pub recommended by Alison and the people and food there were lovely. The only thing that could have made our stay better would have been the sun coming out to make full use of the big swing and fire pit!"



"Big Sky Yurt was truly beautiful; the surrounding countryside and the location the yurt is based within is stunning and utterly peaceful.  The yurt itself is full of personal touches to make the stay unique, and it had everything we need.  We especially loved the romantic feeling from the furnishings and hearts carved into the bedroom doors; arriving after a long drive from London to watch the sunset over the valley whilst laying on their large 'swing' was magical.  I would love to come again for a relaxing weekend to get away from it all."



"We absolutely loved our stay, it was so relaxing and lovely to really get back to basics (luxurious basics admittedly!) The village is within walking distance should you need to pick up extra food and such but we took most with us a good stack of books and a wind up radio and loved bunkering down in the cabin of an evening or enjoying the last of the September sun by day. The cabin is beautifully finished, with gorgeous detailing and is ABSOLUTELY IMMACULATE - for reluctant campers such as ourselves it was perfect! The ideal place to 'relax and reset'  for two busy city folk."



"Brilliant time, amazing place, so much wildlife and quiet...Didn't want to leave, wouldn't change  a thing!"



"We had a WONDERFUL time. This location is utterly brilliant. Quiet and secluded but with lots of scope for exploring. The weather wasn't brilliant but it didn't stop us making full use of the outside seating area, the huge swing - I woke up very early on the Sunday morning and went back to sleep on it under a blanket, heaven!"



"Had an amazing time - totally away from it all and really well kitted out. Loved it so much we have decided to take the whole family away to a similar place. Very friendly owners with right amount of input from them. Gorgeous!"



"We had an absolutely brilliant stay. The location is stunning and the Yurt is better than it seems in the photos. Inside and out was immaculately clean. Very homely and the log burner kept us beautifully warm despite the persistent rain. Bed very comfortable and cozy. Alison's meals that she supplied us with were excellent. A lovely family who were all welcoming and helpful. We knew what to expect as our daughter and partner had already stayed at the yurt last year so had recommended it to us. If you read the description carefully and expect no electricity, a sawdust toilet (amazingly clean, comfortable and odour free) and miles of open countryside around and are happy with these things, you will be delighted with this little gem. We would love to return."



"It was wonderful, the yurt was fantastic and the views were beautiful. The fact that we had so much space all to ourselves, it felt like not only was the yurt and pond ours but all of the surrounding fields too! The yurt has been beautifully kitted out and the details were lovely, like the wooden decorations, tealights and solar powered fairy lights. We appreciated that all of the essentials were provided such as crockery, cooking pans, towels and blankets. "



"We loved it!  We really liked the way that we left the car at the top and couldn't see it from the Yurt so for 2 days we felt cut off from the real world. The yurt is totally secluded and there is a beautiful old fashioned hay meadow sloping down from the Yurt which was filled with flowers. Inside it is really comfortable and has everything you could need (except a tea pot).  We did a couple of walks using footpaths and back roads. The whole area is very much lost in time.  It is difficult to realise that Crediton and Tiverton are so close.  Alison Scott and their son were really welcoming and helpful  with fresh eggs but also left us to ourselves. For potential future vistors I would recommend some insect repellant or citronella candles as the pond next to the Yurt has an explosion of insect life in the evenings which drove us inside. Also there is no fridge so our G and Ts were warm although I'm sure that Alison would have provided ice if I'd asked. i just couldn't face the trek back up the hill!!!!!!  We would love to return."



Kay and I both had a wonderful time - the yurt is fantastic, as is the surrounding area. The only downside was getting chased by a cow while out walking! Some things you just can't plan for!



"Thanks for sharing your little bit of paradise with us! Love Jenny & Paul & Bump xxxx"


Jenny & Paul (and Bump)

"We had a wonderful relaxing week in this beautifully made wooden yurt. From the windows we watched buzzards, falcons, an owl, pheasants, deer; swallows swooping about above the lily pond and listened to the silence - except for birdsong or occasional cow or sheep calling. Even stormy weather was fascinating as we watched it roll over the Devon landscape. It really was a retreat from city life."


Eve & Sarah

"Just a quick note to thank you and say that we had a fantastic time at the Big Sky Retreat! It's a great location and the yurt itself is amazing!"


Magali & Paul

"Just had an amazing stay at the Big Sky Retreat! Would HIGHLY recommend it..... Was soooo wonderful! Pretty sad to be back in London I must say! Thanks Canopy & Stars!"



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