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Essentials

The important stuff

  • Check in: from 3.30 pm
  • Check out: 10.30 am
  • Please bring a torch, walking shoes and your own beach towels
  • Two bags of firewood are provided for the hot tub, with additional firewood then available for £5 per bag
  • Plug sockets and a charging docking station are available in the hut
  • No WiFi but there's usually access to 4G
  • Please try and keep to the country lanes and marked pathways - the adjoining fields are privately owned by a local farmer and various livestock will be grazing there
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • One king-size double bed

Cooking

  • A fully equipped kitchen in the hut with combi microwave/oven, double hob, full size fridge and sink
  • Crockery, cutlery, pots and pans all provided
  • An outside BBQ

Washing

  • En suite with shower and flushing toilet
  • Hot tub outdoors

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Underfloor heating
  • Wood burner
  • Heated towel rail
  • Electric lights
  • All bedding and towels provided- but please bring beach towels if you intend on heading to the seaside

Entertainment

When apples aren't being pressed and cider made, the Cider House is available as your own snug. There's a mini library, chess, scrabble, cards, jigsaws, dominoes, books on the local area and a DVD collection.

Activities

At Little Poro

During the Autumn months you can learn to press apples and make apple juice in the orchard.

Star gazing evenings with a telescope can also be arranged. There are amazing dark skies here; glimpse the milky way, catch a shooting star or gaze at awe through a telescope at the moon, the rings of Saturn and other celestial sights (subject to weather and time of year). Or simply sit back in the hot tub and enjoy the views.

Places to visit

Outdoors & Active

  • Devon has some stunning beaches and rugged moors - perfect for walks and hikes
  • Baggy Point is a great circular walk just on the edge of Croyde Bay
  • The best kept secret is Crow point, walk along boardway paths, through the Biosphere, taking you out to the sea, views across the bay to Bideford and beyond
  • Fly-fishing
  • Kayaking at Wimbleball Resevoir
  • Water sports at the local beaches
  • Horse riding on Exmoor
  • Bike hire on the Tarka Trail - totally flat, beautiful places to see and nice and easy; hire the bikes at Torrington and pedal to Bideford, passing Instow

Food & Drink

At Little Poro

A small breakfast pack will be supplied on arrival which will include milk, eggs, bacon, bread and butter.

Tea, coffee, sugar, hot chocolate, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, ketchup and mustard are all provided. You're also welcome to pick fresh herbs from the garden.

Local shops

Bishops Nympton (1 mile) - a local village shop selling all basic supplies: wine, beer, frozen ready meals, papers etc.  

South Molton (5 miles) - Sainsbury’s, local butchers, bakers, fishmonger and numerous quirky shops.

Places to eat

London Inn, Molland (8 miles) - a traditional 16th-century pub set in the beautiful countryside on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Steeped in history, it is a pub full of character and charm with cosy dog friendly bars and a spacious restaurant. It has a beer garden offering lovely views of rolling fields and wandering pheasants – somewhere you can sit and watch village life go by. A fabulous local pub, very friendly, log fires and candles in the winter, serving local beers and real ales as well as an excellent selection of wines. If you're feeling energetic there is a beautiful circular walk starting and ending at the pub.

The Mason’s Arms, Knowstone (5 miles) - a picturesque, thatched 13th-century Inn and award winning One star Michelin Restaurant. Serving exceptional local cuisine using only the finest ingredients, presented with taste and style. Part of this pub’s appeal is that it is still the village local, and as you enter its cosy, low beamed bar you’ll often find regulars with their dogs and guns sat next to the huge fireplace, sinking pints and shooting the breeze with walkers fresh from the hills.

Woods Bar and Restaurant, Dulverton (8-9 miles) - situated on the edge of Exmoor, Woods Bar and Restaurant is a charming pub with fine food, wine and real ales. All dishes are created using quality West Country produce and are British cooking with a French influence. 

Tongdam, Dulverton (8-9 miles) - a Thai restaurant offering fabulous food, a la carte style, they have a great outside terrace under grape vines with patio heaters.

Bridge Inn, Dulverton (8-9 miles) - a great pub, right by the bridge, pretty place for a drink, lovely open fires in the winter. They pride themselves on cask ales, craft beers and gins. They have a great menu that includes their famous pies served with mash, peas and traditional gravy. The food is classically British with their own unique twist.

Meet your hosts

Val grew up in the Highlands of Scotland, and as a kid was always climbing trees and making dens (or what the Scottish call Hutties). She always dreamt of designing and building her perfect Huttie so after buying their house seven years ago, Mark and Val set about making this dream a reality. Val now travels the world delivering large events for global clients so coming back to Devon is always a treat; she loves sitting in the orchard, enjoying the peace and quiet, and says it's too special not to share!

Wildlife & the environment

Originally a farmhouse, the estate is nestled in the rolling countryside of North Devon, just off a quiet country lane. In the spring a mass of wisteria and clematis cover the house and the orchard is full of daffodils, bluebells and apple blossom. The house and orchard back straight onto open fields, with the most spectacular views that stretch for miles out to Exmoor and across the valley to the local village. If you are lucky in the early hours of the morning, the mist coming off the brook at the bottom of the valley, creates the most wonderful scene with just the church tower in the distance peeping above the mist. Sitting just outside Exmoor National Park, there is an abundance of wildlife; swifts in the spring, cuckoos, woodpeckers, buzzards, kites, owls, foxes, rabbits, and if you are lucky the occasional deer comes into the orchard. There are sheep and cows grazing in the adjoining fields and in the night you may hear the odd fox cry. Drive into the national park and you will see the wild Exmoor ponies, herds of deer and numerous birds of prey.

Getting there

West Quince, Bishops Nympton, South Molton, EX36 4PW

By car

At junction 27 of the M5, take the A361 for Barnstaple. Continue along the dual carriageway until you reach the edge of Tiverton, at the roundabout, proceed straight ahead on the A361 in the direction of Barnstaple on a single carriage road crossing over the river.

About 10 minutes later, at the end of a long uphill straight with wind turbines ahead on the left hand side, turn left at Moortown Cross junction, sign posted Rose Ash, Ash Mill and Bishops Nympton.

Continue straight ahead on a country lane without turning off and past some wind turbines all on your left-hand side until after 2 miles reaching a staggered cross road. Go straight over sign posted Rose Ash.

Follow the lane for half a mile into small village of Rose Ash and in the centre of the village the road bends round to the right at a sort of cross roads. At this junction take the narrow un-signposted lane straight ahead, situated between a white walled thatched cottage and a stone walled barn, it's almost directly in front of you.

Follow the lane for almost 2 miles until the next junction, a crossroads at Quince Cross, and turn right signposted Bishops Nympton. Head down the hill admiring the amazing views. About a quarter of a mile, and immediately after a left-hand bend, you will see buildings, take the first entrance off on your right-hand side just past the Cider House, it is a gravelled drive to West Quince. Proceed up the driveway and please park in the turning head without obstructing the car port entrance. If you reach the bungalow you’ve gone too far! Turn around and go back up the hill. 

From the turning head, walk in the direction of a nearby stone walled outbuilding (The Cider House) which backs onto the road, and in front of this outbuilding, follow some stepping stones onto a bark chipped path with West Quince house to your left, follow the bark chipped path up into the orchard to the shepherd hut.

By train

The nearest train station is Tiverton Parkway which is 22 miles away, just off Junction 27 on the M5 which is the main line, alternatively you can take the train to Umberleigh which is only 12 miles away, which you can reach via changing at Exeter St Davids.

By bus

The nearest bus stop is in the village of Bishops Nympton, 1.3 miles from the hut. 

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
 
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
 
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;

and

  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.

 

The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.

 

1. Booking and payments

 

1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).

 

1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk). Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.

 

1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.

 

1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.

 

1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.

 

1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.

 

2. Cancellation and Amendment by You

 

2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk) and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.

 

2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  

 

2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.

 

2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 

 

2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.

 

2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.

 

2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.

 

Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.

 

3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.

 

4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.

 

5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.

 

6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;

OR

(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;

OR

(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.

 

7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

 

8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.

 

9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.

 

10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.

 

11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.

 

12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.

 

14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.

 

15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 

 

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.

 

17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.

 

18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.