The Smiling Sheep

Cottage Industry - Smallholding Life in Devon

The Linhay


Selected by SawdaysThe Linhay was originally an open, thatched, grain store/barn, set down independently a few yards from the main house, overlooking the orchard of apple and plum trees.

We think that it was built at the same time as the cottage, probably in the early 18th century. It was later converted into a fully enclosed space but, by the time we arrived, it was in need of a bit of an overhaul.

The summer of 2014 was spent renovating the Linhay and putting it into good order. In doing the work we were keen to ensure that it retained its original, quirky character (the original old oak floorboards for example) while providing a few extra home comforts.

It's now a tranquil little hideaway, perfect for a romantic weekend in the country.

In addition to our Sawday's listing as a "Special Place", we were delighted to be featured by the Daily Telegraph in 2017 as one of the "10 Coolest British B&Bs".


 Inside the Linhay

Inside the Linhay

Inside, it's a cosy space, ideal for a couple. There’s a sitting area with a log burner and a pair of rocking chairs for reading, listening to the record player (yes, it plays vinyl) or just some companionable dozing. (For those who can't do without it - there's also free Wi-Fi). Two pairs of French doors lead out onto a large balcony set up with a table and chairs and views over the orchard – great for alfresco dining.

We’ve installed a proper shower room with a loo and there’s a kitchen area for tea and toast. Up a narrow, spiral staircase is a mezzanine floor just big enough to squeeze a double bed under the beams (mind your head!). Guests are very welcome to use the orchard as their own garden and to wander up to greet the animals.


Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast

The Linhay is now available for £95 per night. Have a lie-in (snuggled up under the cozy cotton sheets) before helping yourself to some home baked bread, organic cereal, fruit juice, milk, butter, jam, honey and marmalade (all either home made or locally sourced), speciality tea and fresh coffee. When you're ready, we'll serve you the classic English breakfast - sausage, bacon and all the trimmings (collect the eggs from the chicken coop, if you like. You'll see the hens ranging around the gardens...). 

For evening meals, there are some great pubs nearby serving lovely food but if you’ve had a long journey, want to stay in front of the log burner (or sip wine on the balcony, for that matter) we can cook you a homemade, 2 course supper. We ask for a little bit of notice (24hrs if possible) and charge £25 for two. We use our own pork, lamb and veg (when in season), buy our duck and chicken direct from Creedy Carver (some of the ducks are kept in a field near the top of our farm track) and source our beef from the prizewinning Red Ruby herd at Clannaborough. We are also happy to cater for vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians or anyone with particular food allergies – just let us know.


Smallholder Workshops and Walking Breaks

We offer a “Smallholders Starter” course for anyone interested in an escape to the country. We’ll provide you with a basic rundown on what’s involved in running a smallholding – the rules, regulations, welfare issues –  and you get to spend some “hands-on” time with the animals and have a play with the tractor. The course costs £300 (for two) and includes two nights in the Linhay, cooked breakfast, lunch and evening meals (and, possibly, the odd glass of wine).

For those wanting a chance to explore the countryside, we're proud to support the recently improved Two Moors Way long distance footpath and we're very happy to offer a collection service, dinner, bed and breakfast for those intrepid souls trekking the route. We also offer our own "Walking Break". The package costs £450 (for two) and includes 3 nights in the Linhay, hearty breakfasts, delicious suppers and packed lunches. We will provide suggested routes, directions, maps, hints and tips as well as transporting you to the start of the walk, collecting you later in the day and getting the log fire blazing in time for your return. We'll even dry your clothes (well, it is Devon...).


We accept bookings directly or through Airbnb. We're delighted with the reviews we've received, so please take a look at our Airbnb or Sawday listings.

If you'd like to book some time here as a gift for someone (or for a special celebration), drop us a line and we can help with all the arrangements.

Getting here

The cottage is at the end of a long, rather rough farm track. While it's navigable (the postman does it every day!) it is quite bumpy and you may not want to risk your car. If you're not feeling particularly intrepid, call us and we will come and pick you up from the (free) local village car park.

Although we're hidden away, don't worry about finding us - we'll send you detailed directions before you set off (you'll need them - SatNavs don't bring you here!).

Alternatively, if you want to travel by train, tell us when you book and we'll collect you from Copplestone or Morchard Road railway stations on the Tarka Line.

(Sadly - and as much as we love them - the Linhay is not suitable for children or pets!).

To check availability, or if you have any queries, please contact us here

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