Due to the current circumstances, we are not taking bookings for either the Linhay or the Wool Studio. We are, of course, regularly reviewing our position. Should you be interested in making a booking, please feel free to contact us and we will be delighted to keep you personally updated.

About the Smiling Sheep

Inspected and selected by Sawday's logoOur smallholding is tucked away in a secluded spot at the end of a rough track in the lush countryside between Dartmoor and Exmoor. This part of Devon is very much off the tourist trail and deeply rural. It’s rich in tradition, wildlife, picturesque villages and cosy pubs. There are many well-signposted walking routes nearby (including the Two Moors Way and the Devonshire Heartland Way) and innumerable smaller trails and tracks to explore. The spectacular tors of Dartmoor are just a short drive away. 

About us

We are Holly and Andrei - we arrived here some years ago, as escapees from hectic city life and instantly fell in love with the area and the little thatched cottage that is now our home. Our smallholding has nearly 8 acres and on it we keep our flock of rare breed sheep (for their wonderful wool and also for meat), raise a few rare breed pigs (for their delicious pork), keep chickens (for fresh eggs) and grow a variety of fruit and vegetables. 

In the Wool Studio discover the traditional craft of wool-making and disconnect from the everyday at our rural Sheep to Shawl experience. Learn and practise new skills, meet friendly animals and enjoy sustainably-sourced food.

Separate from the main house, we have a private little converted thatched barn (known as The Linhay) available for bed and breakfast. This is a Sawday's Special Place and was featured in the Daily Telegraph in 2017 as one of "Britain's 10 Coolest B&Bs", and was described as “truly idyllic” in Devon Life magazine in February 2018. We produce delicious, home cooked (and home grown) food and a seasonal supper menu should you want to just kick back and relax.

For those interested in exploring the beautiful countryside here we welcome walkers, and happily offer collection for the intrepid souls walking the nearby "Two Moors Way".
Please have a look around our website (all the pictures were taken here) or have a look at The Smiling Sheep Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for all the most up to date news. 



The Linhay

Relax with all the comforts of home in our lovingly-converted, thatched barn.



Delicious home grown and home cooked breakfasts and suppers.




Wool Studio

Sheep to Shawl – day courses to learn simple spinning and weaving