Heddon Orchard Bothy

Barnstaple, Devon
The front entrance at Heddon Orchard Bothy, Devon
The front entrance at Heddon Orchard Bothy, Devon
The exterior of Heddon Orchard Bothy, Devon
The exterior of Heddon Orchard Bothy, Devon
The exterior of Heddon Orchard Bothy, Devon
Interior staircase and signage at Heddon Orchard Bothy Devon
The staircase at Heddon Orchard Bothy Devon
The upstairs floor at Heddon Orchard Bothy Devon
The South West Coast Path close to Heddon Orchard Bothy, Devon
View at Heddons Mouth, Heddon Valley
The cliffs of Heddon Valley near Heddon Orchard Bothy, Devon
The exterior of Heddon Orchard Bothy, Devon

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Preferred changeover day Flexible
  • Minimum stay 1 night
  • Number of dogs welcome 2

About Heddon Orchard Bothy

For a truly rustic getaway, try this indoor camping style bothy set deep in the wilds of Heddon Valley.

Heddon Bothy is a simple, basic four person hideaway located deep in the remote Heddon Valley. You’ll need to bring all of your equipment with you for cooking and ‘indoor camping’, as this wonderfully secluded accommodation is a place for real adventurers.  

Step out into the valley and explore miles of excellent hiking trails, including the famous South West Coast Path right on your doorstep. Follow the winding river and you’ll reach Heddon's Mouth pebble beach. The more daring in your group might choose to scale the valley walls in search of panoramic cliff top views. 

After a long days exploring, head over to the Hunter's Inn Hotel, a welcoming pub just 20 metres downhill from the bothy. 

Make the most of your unique location and head inland to explore more of the outstanding Exmoor National Park. With its status as an International Dark Sky Reserve, the moors provide some of the best stargazing in the world, on a clear night you’ll be amazed by what you can see. 

Enquire and book

Call 0344 335 1296

Opening times

Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm

Saturday: 9am - 7pm

Sunday: 9am - 1pm

Email bunkhouses@nationaltrust.org.uk

Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair not available
  • Microwave not available
  • Fridge not available
  • Freezer not available
  • Dishwasher not available
  • Washing machine not available
  • Tumble dryer not available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television not available
  • DVD not available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner not available
  • Garden not available
  • BBQ not available


  • Ground floor

    The ground floor is accessed via the main entrance and there is seating for four along one wall. Stairs that lead to the first floor.

  • First floor

    The upper floor consists of a sleeping deck with sleeping platform. There is a shuttered window that serves as an emergency exit.  

Notes for guests

Heating: No heating provided. 

Bedding/linen: No linen provided.

Facilities: Public toilets are available approximately 300 metres from the bothy.

Parking: Car parking can be found in the National Trust car park (free to National Trust members) approximately 100 metres from the bothy. It is possible to unload 40 metres from the bothy. The route is along a well-maintained path, uphill and with some steps.

Garden: There is not an allocated garden area but there is a small yard with benches along the wall to the front of the bothy where you can barbecue (not provided).

There is also a meadow alongside the river 100 metres from the bothy that is ideal for picnics.

Hazards: The approach to the bothy is via a relatively narrow uphill path.

The internal staircase is very steep.

Dog owners should be aware that there is no enclosed garden.

This is an area of minimal light pollution and so the nights will be dark. Even a trip to the toilet will need a torch.

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

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