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Japanese Onsen
& Eco~Sauna

 Bad weather?
We've got you covered!

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Why choose HOF Hut?

Our Hut is the last word in handcrafted design & ingenuity. Everything you see has been made & designed by us and you won't find anywhere else.

 Larger than a shepherd's hut, you will feel all the warmth, comfort, generosity and love you need for magical, couples' retreat in deepest darkest Devon. 

Alongside the HUT, we include our selection of year-round, all weather outdoor spaces purposely built to help you instantly relax, re-set & refocus. 

We offer a private retreat with

 resort worthy

facilities just for your own use whenever you wish- no bumping into other guests, no sharing, no choosing a time or towel bagging! Where else can you experience that?

We take our cue from nature & natural materials, design, reuse, add quirky features, loving touches ♥ plus many added extras you were not expecting - finishing with a boutiquey flourish.

We aim to give you the feeling you've had a big rustic naturey warm hug, that you will want to repeat again & again!

Oh & it's also just a short stroll to the pub!

We live in the property next door, so you are not isolated, however we treat your privacy as sacred. We are here in a little hotel concierge capacity if you require.

HofNorthlew Hof Hut Rural Chic handcrafted kitchen

In the kitchen....there is everything you need including the most important bit- the Hygge drinks making section:

a 'Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser'

with cocoa & marshmallows + an aeropress' with HOF Blend artisan roasted coffee- for an out of this world coffee experience.

There is also a milk frother for your cappuccino.

No wasteful coffee pods here! We also supply a variety of teas.

HofNorthlew Hof Hut Breakfast Bar

Most of the fixtures, fittings & furniture are handcrafted by Siobhán, using reclaimed wood.

The hut interior design takes it's inspiration from combining a cool palette of minimalist Scandi design & the textures of a

Japanese Wabi-Sabi aesthetic ~ embracing imperfection, impermanence.

A true celebration of wood in many forms, it's original usage is sure to inspire & make you smile.

HOF HUT sitting room and open bifold doors

Spring & Summer days are a dream when you can just fling open bi-fold doors and let the outside in. 


Our thatched cottage with it's moon gazing hare, makes an interesting view (no windows face the hut whatsoever, so your privacy is assured). Unlike some other huts, the roof is finished with fibreglass and the amount of wall insulation ensures that you can hol up, complete in the knowledge you will be snug, warm in Autumn & Winter, with the elements a distant sound.

Its a small but ergonomically designed shower room, with a very unique set up and quirky use of materials. A proper flushing loo - none of your composting loo nightmares!

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This handcrafted, covered Japanese Onsen is big enough to float in. Continuously heated by our 'Big Bertha' woodburner and air source heat pump to about 38/39 degrees you'll find it's a very different experience to your average hot tub.

We take care of all the filling/heating/cleaning during your stay (like you'd expect from a hotel) so you occasionally need to add a log or two to the woodburner but that's all- no hard labour or hours spent waiting for it to heat up when you should be relaxing. It's ready when you arrive!

With a bottle of fizz, a donkey nay, some owl - offs (they are quite feisty here) and the quietness of our rural valley, you will quickly forget your worries and believe in the simple here and now.....ah...bliss!

On long hot Summer days the Onsen can also act as a cooling plunge pool.

HOF tip: Early morning dip before the world awakes will seriously reinvigorate and.....sitting in there in the middle of a storm is just the  most unique of experiences!

The exclusive use of the Onsen is included in your stay.

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This beautiful compact  Eco~Sauna (handbuilt from scratch by Siobhán) is completely unique and so called because no new trees were chopped in the making.

All the wood has been completely repurposed from other projects, giving the charm, look, feel & sustainability of an old traditional Sauna that almost appears to have been teleported from Finland.

The stove is electric and soft under seat lighting illuminates your session. You can have as many sessions as you like- no sharing/queuing/or signing up for a specific time.


Our handmade wool seating pads have been made using locally sourced wool.

An exquisite meadow view awaits you

 with an abundance of wildlife to experience. 

After your Sauna session you can have a cool blast of ground source mineral water from our Tree Shower- to invigorate the senses.

HOF tip: Early morning coffee & brekkie sat

up here under the sauna veranda is a must.

Not to mention sundowners. & sunsets..

The exclusive use of the sauna

is included in your stay. 

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Hof Hut pallet bar, HofNorthlew, Devon


If that's not enough, take advantage of our outside spaces - HOF Hide is a covered chillout area with honesty bar.


There is a canvas windowed side panel to enclose you in Winter months and a bio-ethanol fireplace to toast your complimentary marshmallows by.

A perfect place to chillout & de-stress- whatever the weather, time of day, post sauna/onsen session.

HOF tip: activities here inc birdwatching ,book reading or just  chilling - as you become  aware of your peaceful surroundings and really  start to unwind.

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So this is an expanded view of HOF Hut, The Japanese Onsen, HOF Hide and decking area


Also in the Garden, small webber BBQ & hammock for using in good weather.


Oh and superb views over the valley

to Yes Tor-the second highest point in Dartmoor. 


Exclusive use of the Hide & Garden is included in your stay.

toasting shed firepit


A new addition for Autumn 2023, our Toasting Shed is for serious all weather marshmallow toasting.

This structure is made from recycled  wood and tin to make fire pit toasting a true joy - whatever the weather or time of year.

HOF tip: There are no calories in these marshmallows when you are on holiday!

Exclusive use of the Toasting Shed is included in your stay


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Do you remember the dark skies of your childhood ? Well we have those here too.

The village street lights turn off after 1am but this picture was taken with street lights on and a crescent moon behind the camera.

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Here, we have your indispensable constellation map for those evenings

you try to impress with your knowledge....shhh! we won't tell.

Here, then shows the major constellations to be found by season.

Our spotting scope is available to use please just ask

What you Get

In the Kitchen (open plan):

Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser & milk frother

(great for frappés), an aero press+

artisanal HOF blend coffee, copper pans,

Smeg hob, Panasonic combi oven,

Fridge/freezer, proper panini/sandwich

toaster (because you cant sunbathe by the pool

without a cheese & tom toastie!), toaster/kettle,


In the Lounge area (open plan):

LG Smart TV+ Netflix, Free WIFI,

Tiny Outbacker woodburner

(with enough logs for your stay), small breakfast bar with two stools, on the shelving: coffee accoutrements to start your morning with panache, hot chocolate/tea/mini marshmallows, books of interest for the discerning guest.


In the Bathroom

White company shower gel/handwash,

bumboo toilet paper, handmade tin shower,

handmade wooden basin with

handpainted tiles.

In the Bedroom (open plan):

Fluffy White Company towels & robes,

spa slippers & towels,

quality bed linen, hair dryer, hot water bottles.

In the Japanese Onsen (hot tub):

Woodburner heated Hot pool (its large-

at 2.5m x 2.5m!), internal steps to sit

at various levels, heated to 38/39 degrees

at night, daily cleaning, air source heat pump to

maintain temp (minimal guest involvement).

In HOF Hide:

Honesty bar (cash donations please),

drinks fridge, bioethanol fireplace (fuel replen each day of your stay) Electric Pizza oven for super fast pizzas :-) Long benches, cushions and throws. Handmade canvas side panel for inclement weather. Fairy lights help to enhance cosy alpine feel.


Plus Complimentary basics like bread, a completely homemade Devonshire Cream Tea (Scones, Jam & Clotted Cream in the Spring/Summer months, Apple crumble & custard (apples from our trees) or mince pies in Autumn Winter) milk & butter, coffee/tea/cocoa.

Please note we operate a strictly over 25s only policy. We also do not allow pets inc. dogs to stay.

On the decking:

Handcrafted Wooden table & chairs with parasol in Spring/Summer. Sunbeds (late Spring/Summer).

In the Garden:

Did we mention the view?! HOF Hut is situated on top of a hill, overlooking a lush rural valley with views towards Yes Tor- a volcanic peak with hourly changing weather patterns. 

You also get..... a Toasting Shed (new for Autumn 2023) our rustic handcrafted shelter for more marshmallow toasting + firepit + wood, a webber BBQ +charcoal, standalone hammock (late Spring/Summer), mature fruit trees, ontap raspberries/cherries & grapes when in season, lots of birdies, our cat Bob and sometimes our springer Tia- who will need a ball throw.

In the Meadow:

Hop over the stile to our meadow and walk the solar lantern lit, grass track across to Northlew (as an alternative to the village road). There are sometimes deer in the hedgerows as you walk (Autumn/Winter)- go softly & you can often view them from the Sauna. Butterflies, moths, bees, skylarks & grasshoppers guide your way in Spring/Summer.

Northlew has a fantastic local pub- The Green Dragon.

We also have a patisserie shop where Tania's Tarts opens her kitchen window to sell amazing mouthwatering treats (in the village square) Friday 10-12pm only.



In The Eco Sauna:

Sauna bucket & ladle, woollen seat pads, under seat lighting, electric sauna heater with timer for 60 min sessions. There is a veranda for hanging up robes and sheltering, a bistro set for those breakfasts & sundowners.  The space is lit up at night with solar fairy lights.

The Tree RainShower:

Right near to the Sauna is our new

Tree RainShower, where you can instantly cool off with a blast of fresh, mineral rich ground source water, from the branches of a sloe tree. 

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