A garden shed with windows may not be everyone’s idea of a good night’s sleep. But, for Britain’s budding star-gazers, it could be a dream B&B.
Fortunately, the owners of the small wooden construction – called The Stargazer – have become unlikely hoteliers are charging couples £30-per-night for one of the UK’s quirkiest rental accommodations.
And, according to reviews of the static Devon property, it’s an ingenious DIY sight to behold.
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Ingenious idea: The Stargazer is literally a storage and workshop facility redesigned to become a permanent ‘tent’ in Devon
The Airbnb description for the country escape says: ‘A rustic stargazer where you can fall asleep watching the stars and wake up to the sound of birdsong!
‘A rural spot, far from street lighting, the sky lights up on clear nights. Simple, basic, but unusual accommodation. This is a wooden A-frame structure for two with glass roof.
‘The stargazer is in the garden so there is the possibility that small spiders might get in, so if you are worried about spiders, maybe this is not for you.’
It adds: ‘You will be provided with pillows and duvets, and extra blankets on cool nights. This is only really suitable during the warmer months as there is no heating.
Unassuming: It accommodates a maximum of two guests and is competitively priced at just £30 per couple, per night
What a view! The roof panels were taken out and replaced with glass panels to offer an uninterrupted sight of the sky
‘If the weather turns bad we also have available a single room which you can use instead if it is not occupied’.
The Stargazer also lacks a bathroom, heating and running water, but facilities come via access to the owner’s grand country home.
The large Devon stone house in a quiet valley on the edge of the pretty village of Holcombe Rogus, surrounded by countryside.
Amenities: The cosy bolthole lacks heating, running water and a bathroom – but, thankfully, has nearby access
Secluded: Although it’s located on the owner’s property, The Stargazer is positioned to offer guests some privacy
On-hand: Toilet and bathroom facilities come via access to the owner’s grand country home, which is just metres away
Detailing the property, the owner adds: ‘The house is half a mile from the village, which has a small shop, a garage and a pub. The Prince of Wales pub does pub food as does the Staple Cross Inn which is about 3 miles away.
‘Both Dartmoor and Exmoor, and the north and south Devon coasts, are about an hour away, and there are plenty of pretty walks close by, including the Great Western Canal.
‘The cathedral city of Exeter is 40 minutes away, and the market town of Taunton 30 minutes. Nearby Wellington and Tiverton have a range of shops and supermarkets.
‘If the weather turns bad we also have available a single room which you can use instead if it is not occupied. Please see separate listing.’
Rave reviews: It boasts 70 five-star reviews on Airbnb, with cleanliness, friendliness and value all ranked as its selling points
Spacious: This image of the neighbouring conservatory illustrates the amount of natural light The Stargazer gets
Business brains: The Stargazers’ owners Richard and Tess
Fortunately, reviewers seem delighted by both the hosts and the Stargazer itself.
It boasts 70 five-star reviews on Airbnb, with cleanliness, friendliness and value all ranked as its greatest selling points.
One former guest wrote: ‘The hosts were great with the right balance of friendliness and privacy. We were lucky to have a clear night to enjoy the stars. A tasty homemade breakfast was provided before we left in the morning. I would not hesitate to recommend the accommodation.’
Another added: ‘Tess and Richard were fantastic hosts; welcoming, friendly and provided us with everything we needed. The location of the Stargazing Hut was fantastic, very secluded with nothing to hear but birds in the trees!
‘The hut itself was very comfortable and cosy in the evening, and the house is right there if you need to use any home comforts. Thank you again Tess and Richard for a fantastic stay!’.
Fully flushable! Mercifully, the converted shed does offer access to a hot shower, working toilet and bathroom mirror
Rustic: The couples’ kitchen and dining area are typical of the Devon countryside and add extra appeal to the listing