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The important stuff

  • Check in is from 3pm, latest arrival is at 7pm
  • Check out is before 11am
  • Breakfast provisions of organic bread, milk, butter, cereal and yoghurt are provided
  • Although the Shepherd’s Hut is fairly isolated, West Town Farm is a working farm so please be aware that you may occasionally run into people or the odd tractor on the site. There will also be barbed wire, electric fences and livestock in the fields, so you’re advised to stick to the track and wash your hands before eating. 
  • To prevent unsettling the farm animals, drones are not allowed on the farm
  • Being torches and wellies
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • Double bed

Extra space available

Space for 1 adult from £14 per adult per night In own tents (please bring bedding). Space can also be used for children

Space for 1 baby no charge.

Kids & Pets

Children welcome. Sorry no pets.


  • You can cook over a bonfire or on the barbecue 
  • There is a ewer, bowl and water tap
  • Firewood for the firepit is provided
  • There's a kettle for the fire with cups, teaspoons, bags, sugar etc & a small amount of milk at the beginning of your stay
  • Bowls, mugs, plates, cutlery, chopping board and bread knife provided
  • There's a toaster and a mini-fridge


  • Electric shower and compost toilet in the bathroom hut, 25ft from the main hut.

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Wood burner
  • Electric lighting in hut
  • Torch
  • All bed linen provided
  • Electric plug socket


  • Cards, board games and books in the hut.


Hay making at West Town Farm

At West Town Farm

Thanks to the hard work of the West Town Farm team and OrganicARTS, there's often something going on on site - have a look at the Farm Events page to find out about activities on offer during your stay. As a little taster, these might be... Spring At The Farm, a barn dance, theatre performances, farm walks, Open Farm Sunday, Devon Open Studios and an Apple & Pumpkin Day.

Places to Visit

Exeter is just a stone's throw away, offering all manner of entertainment from its many theatres (BikeShed, Northcott, Phoenix, New Theatre, Corn Exchange, Barnfield and others) to the stunning Exeter Cathedral, the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the historic Underground Passages. The Exeter City Council website is a good place to start looking for inspiration.

A La Ronde is just the other side of Exeter. A quirky 16 sided house built by two spinster cousins and decorated by them with feather friezes and a shell gallery.

Other slightly more contemporary National Trust properties include Castle Drogo near Drewsteignton and Powderham Castle, in the opposite direction, with guided tours of the castle, a forge, birds of prey displays, Deer Park Safaris, Pets Corner and Toby Buckand’s Nursery. 

If you fancy a spot of shopping and maybe even a spa treatment Darts Farm is the place to go for local produce and a lifestyle shopping selection from handpicked specialist retailers.

Outdoor & Active

West Town Farm is perfectly located for exploring all around East, North & South Devon.

Follow the B3212 from the end of the road to get to the heart of Dartmoor, with all its incredible scenery and outstanding walks. Take your pick from cycle routes, horse-riding, climbing, letterboxing, geocaching and kayaking.

A selection of beaches can be found not far away. Exmouth offers sailing, diving, kite surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. It’s also the starting point for those wishing to walk the Jurassic Coastal path, much of which can be reached by car from the farm. The town of Beer is a particular favourite for farm staff on a day off, and many a mackerel has been brought back for the barbecue.

Dawlish & Dawlish Warren offer some classic beachside activities for all ages as well as a National Nature Reserve. Slightly further on at Teignmouth & Shaldon you can pick up some great fish and chips and visit Shaldon Wildlife Trust, the nearest zoo.

A little closer to home just pop up the hill to Haldon Forest Park where, amongst the usual array of walking, cycling, horse riding, you can take it easy and Segway or you can even Go Ape!, with zip slides and Tarzan swings aplenty.

Food & Drink

At West Town Farm

Delicious breakfast provisions of organic bread, butter, milk, homemade granola with organic yoghurt. Tea and coffee facilities for making a brew over the fire are also available.

There is a farm shop on site selling meat for your BBQ (frozen or fresh depending on the time of the year) and for all the other essentials, Ide Community Shop in the village is an easy walk away and very well stocked for a shop of its size.

Pubs & Restaurants

There are two lovely village pubs within walking distance:

The Poacher’s Inn - a traditional country pub with a delightfully cosy atmosphere and a terrific pub quiz.

The Huntsman Inn (at the bottom of the village) - winner of the Devon Life Food & Drink Awards' Best Dining Pub of the Year 2012. An extra bonus is that it actually uses West Town Farm beef for its Sunday Roasts and steaks.

A short drive away the NoBody Inn is another lovely pub notable for its selection of over 200 whiskies and great cheese boards.

Meet your hosts

Cow at West Town Farm

Andy’s family have been leasing West Town Farm from the Church Commissioners for the last three generations, and they've been farming in the area for even longer, starting out on the other side of the valley. Originally the family just kept a dairy herd, but in Andy's capable hands the farm is now a successful organic beef and pig farm.

What makes West Town Farm a bit different is Andy's belief in farming as stewardship of the land, and in encouraging people to come out and experience farm life. This means that, in addition to inviting people to stay in the shepherd's hut, the farm organises weekend walks looking at the its environment and history, and holds events such as live theatre performances and the popular annual Barn Dance, as well as private events like wedding parties.

This dedication to the community is also reflected in the farm's special partnership with OrganicARTS, a charity based at the farm. They work with West Town Farm to run school visits and open days for the local community, as well as running volunteer days in their community garden, organising artistic workshops such as life sculpture or Raku firing, and taking part in Devon Open Studios where, for a couple of weeks every September, the farm buildings and trails are transformed into a gallery space.

Wildlife & Environment

Butterfly at West Town Farm

Andy was an early convert to organic farming methods and the farm is now in its 21st organic year. The farm is also managed under Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship scheme, which involves replanting orchards and hedgerows, growing fields of wild flowers for bird food and ground cover and maintaining areas of woodland. This means the farm is abundant in wildlife, from flowers, bees and butterflies to badgers and over 50 species of birds, from the rarer hawfinch to a very entrenched family of buzzards. Visit the West Town Farm website for loads more information on its history and wildlife, including videos of some resident badgers!

Getting there

West Town Farm, Ide, Exeter, Devon, EX2 9TG

By train

Exeter St Thomas is the nearest railway station, only 3 miles away, but Exeter Central and Exeter St Davids are also both within 4 miles of West Town Farm. Pick ups from any of these stations can be arranged in advance at a surcharge of £12.

By bus

The nearest bus stop is the 360 stop, less than a mile away in Ide Village. Ring the bell mid way up the hill to stop at The Poacher’s Inn.

By car

Coming from the A30, take the Ide exit onto a C road, clearly signposted. Follow the road (Fore St) round to the right, then take a sharp left up the hill (High St) past Ide Primary School. Just after the Poacher’s Inn, turn right at the mini-roundabout. Continue down that road, past St Ida’s Church and out of the village.

Take the next right onto Westown Rd, which bends abruptly left, following the course of the stream. You should soon see a sign for the West Town Farm car park.

Look out for small green signs with the white tree logo marking the route.

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;


  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 ( 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 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.


1.4 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.


1.5 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 ( 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;


(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;


(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.