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The Shippen

Rackenford, Devon (Ref. 987411)

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “Outstanding property, would highly recommend”
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    • “Immaculately presented property in a beautiful location. Very friendly owners, nothing was too much trouble.”

    Odyssey45349762892, October 2018

    • “A fabulous place to stay!”
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    • “We stayed for a long weekend and, on arrival, were greeted with a home made cake and a bottle of wine - greatly appreciated after our three hours journey from home. We loved the homely feel of the property and I, being a city girl, really enjoyed collecting free range eggs for breakfast every morning. The owners are very friendly and took time to show us around their lovely farm. It was a great stay overall - much recommended!”

    Svetana K, October 2018

    • “Amazing find in Devon!”
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    • “Recently I stayed here for a few months, and used it as a base of operations for my tour of England and the Europe. The accommodations were very nice and modern. The rooms were very comfortable. Because the house is on 24 acres, there is plenty of space to explore, which is excellent for hiking. There is parking available. And the WiFi connection is very strong. If you are looking to have a nice holiday, I would recommend that you should book your stay here!”

    Eric J, October 2018

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    • “The owners of the Shippen are an extremely nice couple. Very helpful and caring without invading one's privacy. We hope to return at some stage in the future.”

    Mr Flinders, Hook, October 2018

The Property

The Shippen is a delightful, lodge-style cottage with its own gated entrance, situated on the fringes of Rackenford in the heart of Devon. With car parking and an enclosed private garden, set in beautiful grounds, this accommodation is ideal for families and friends looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The front door leads inside to a useful hall area where coats and shoes can be stored, and off to one side is the newly fitted modern bathroom with pea shaped bath, perfect for a long hot soak or shower if preferred. On through the entrance, the fitted kitchen can be found, with everything needed for a great holiday experience. The spacious open-plan area is a great opportunity to all be together seated at the table or enjoying the sofas with TV, games and books all on offer. The pull-out bed provides additional accommodation should extra guests be included and there is also the added luxury of underfloor heating to ensure toes are kept cosy and warm at any time of the year. There is a king-size bedroom as well as a second smaller bedroom with a double bed - perfect for children or another couple. Outside is an illuminated decked area and seating, where you can relax with a refreshing drink, whilst planning your next day’s activities in fabulous surroundings. This well-appointed cottage is set in a picturesque part of the country, to be enjoyed the year-round. Explore the numerous walks and cycling routes - the owners welcome guests to enjoy the 45-minute circular walk on their private land to discover the lake set in unspoilt Devon countryside. There is a fire pit for you to enjoy a barbecue before strolling back between the fields with their friendly pigs, calves, sheep and chickens, which on arrangement can be hand fed with the owners. You really are spoilt for choice, with so much to see and do; Barnstaple, Tiverton and Woolacombe are all an easy drive with a plethora of attractions. The nearby village of Rackenford has a local thatched pub, where you will receive a warm welcome from the locals. The River Exe offers salmon fishing when in season, or maybe enjoy experiencing the views from horseback. With plenty of National Trust properties in the area, some fabulous villages and farm shops, this stunning property is perfect for enjoying a real taste of rural Devon. The Shippen is a lovely cottage in a glorious woodland setting, for a memorable holiday at any time of the year.


All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x double. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen. Living/dining room with electric fire and 2 x pull out single beds, can sleep 2 extra people on request.


  • Underfloor oil central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • 2 x TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Decked area to the front with furniture
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Countryside walks with two pubs 3 miles
  • Note: Property is on a working farm, livestock present
  • Note: Property is set in 24 acres of farmland, please be careful whilst exploring
  • Note: There is a lake on the grounds, please keep children supervised at all times
  • Note: The owners offer free ranged meat that guests can purchase at an additional cost

Regional Information

RACKENFORD Witheridge 3.8 miles; Tiverton 9 miles; South Molton 11 miles; Barnstaple 22 miles. The small village of Rackenford is ringed by farms, and agriculture is still the largest single source of employment. Unlike so many small villages, there is still a school, a village shop, a traditional village local The Stag Inn and a social club, providing a strong community spirit. You can discover Village Day on Rackenford Common, the November 5th bonfire, the Garden Club's spring and autumn shows to name just a few. A truly great village with a vibrant community!

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas