Historic Devon Farm


Historic Devon Farm

Historic Devon Farm

The Old Shippon is a historic farm building
situated in open countryside, the land having been farmed for many hundreds (possibly thousands) of years, and is recorded in the Doomsday Book. Adjoining the farm is the Dunsdon National Nature Reserve (managed by Devon Wildlife Trust), designated as a SSSI, as a rare and protected culm grassland area.


– Doomsday Book Extract
Land of Ralph Pomeroy
Ralph holds DUNSDON himself.  Tovi  held it before 1066.  It paid tax for 3 virgates of land, land for 12 ploughs.  In lordship 2 ploughs; 9 slaves; 1 virgate.Meadow, 40 acres; pasture, 60 acres.  35 cattle; 10 pigs; 40 sheep; 10 goats.
Value 100s; value formerly £4.

Cob Barn – Stone Barn

The buildings at Dunsdon Farm centre round a traditional farm courtyard, and are in the main constructed of stone, along with a traditional lime washed Cob Barn (which is probably an early farmhouse), probably of late medieval construction with slate roof. 

The buildings at Dunsdon Farm, include cart shed, pig sty’s (now offices), stables and The Old Shippon (our converted stone barn luxury holiday cottage), In addition there is a small covered yard within the main farmyard (now home to our two resident donkeys).

About The Old Shippon

The Old Shippon is a traditional Devon stone barn holiday cottage, Restored in 2011 to a very high standard, the cottage features solid oak staircase, doors and skirting and has been decorated with a contemporary feel, yet still retaining the charm of its historic agricultural past.

Sadly now lost, but previously attached to the Old Shippon was a Devon Roundhouse, we had every intention of repairing this building and incorporating it into the Old Shippon, but the years of neglect beat us. So much of this beautiful building had decayed that it would have been a complete re-build and thus not original and honest to the project.

Restoration & Repair Philosophy

All of the traditional buildings have now been fully restored, using materials and techniques in keeping with their architectural and historic importance.

Staying at Dunsdon Farm – Five Star Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage in Devon

At Dunsdon Farm you have the opportunity to stay in our luxury pet friendly self catering cottage in Devon – The Old Shippon this beautiful barn conversion will not fail to impress.

With three good sized bedrooms (sleeping six) and a large open planned living area, all under floor heated – you are guaranteed probably the nicest luxury dog friendly cottage in Devon