Well, we were in The Shippon the week after the previous reviewer and would disagree with that poster’s criticisms! Even though the weather was pretty grotty, the house was not chilly – in fact, we had to turn the storage heaters down a bit. As the owner stated in their reply, the bathroom towel rail won’t come on if you don’t turn it on (!) and the shower is electric so the comment about heating tankfulls of water to have a shower doesn’t make sense. We didn’t find the sofa and chairs to be “just about knackered”, the covers weren’t grubby and certainly didn’t smell of wet dog. Yes, the bathroom door had an impressive squeak (nothing a bit of oil won’t cure) and there is a notable floor creak from one place in front of the bathroom. However, if it bugs you, just walk round it and avoid the creak! The very large king-sized double bed (actually, more like a superking, we’d suggest) is super-comfortable and the WiFi provides a solid decent internet connection if you really feel the need to stay in touch with the outside world
All in all, The Shippon was a great place to spend a week’s walking on the Moor (albeit, in-between heavy rain showers!). You can walk out of your front door and straight up onto the high tops (views from the top of Chinkwell Tor are especially impressive) and The Rugglestone Inn (recommended; good food, large portions, booking advisable) is only 900 yards up the road (10 mins walk). From there, Widecombe and The Old Inn (also recommended) are only a further five minutes’ walk.
In summary, The Shippon provides a peaceful comfortable resting place within easy reach of spectacular hills and local village facilities….Thanks Alona, we’ll definitely be back.
The Shippon is a barn - byre conversion on a working farm. It's obvious that the original conversion was well done, with many features of the old building retained, such as the massive roof beams and the stone construction. However, it's equally obvious that the property has not been reviewed since the original conversion which was apparently done about 15 to 20 years ago. Some of the electrics (such as the heating panel in the kitchen) no longer work, one of the heating panels in the living room has burn marks, and the towel rack and heating panel in the bathroom never came on once during our one week stay. A small portable electric heater was provided to top up any shortcomings by the wall heaters, but didn't do much to warm the downstairs. A wood-burning stove is provided as well, although we didn't use it due to the mess, disposing of ashes and so on.
At this point, the owners might consider taking out the electric heating panels and replacing the system with some sort of combi boiler along with heating panels attached to the boiler. This would not only address the chilliness in the house but would also save money on hot water due to not having to heat a tankful of water before a bath or shower.
Another issue is the upstairs flooring which has buckled slightly over the years and come loose from the floor studs. As a result, just walking on the upstairs floor releases loud squeaking and the floor bounces slightly underfoot. In the same vein, the bathroom and kitchen doors also squeak loudly, making it impossible to discretely go into either room without making loud noises. The upstairs flooring needs to be screwed tightly back onto the studs and quietened.
Generally the property simply seems old, worn, and down at the heels. The upholstered furnishings (sofa and chair) are just about knackered, with sprung springs and grubby fabric that smells faintly of wet dog.
The location is lovely, on a working farm, and it's fun to see the horses coming and going around the place. There's also a nice private garden that looks out across the fields which is a sun trap in the evening. The property just needs some updating and cleaning up.
We very much enjoyed our stay in the cottage. Spacious accommodation for two. Lovely to have a log burner. Walkable to the village if you have a reasonable level of fitness. Dog friendly but be aware the garden is access the road so you can’t just let your dog out.
The Cottage was in an excellent location for the Moor, towns and beach.Very roomy and well laid out.Very quiet and Great pub within walking distance. Plenty of Moor animals passing by.