The Cress Well Shepherd Hut is named after the springs and pond a little below and to the left of the hut. The name of the farm, ‘Kerswell’, came from ‘Cress Well’. The springs emerge from a rock face at the top of the pond which was quarried perhaps hundreds of years ago.

Beneath the face is a rock-cut channel with side slabs of local slate, the first four of which are original. It is likely that water cress, rich in Vitamin C and minerals, was grown here to supplement the diet of the farmers.

The purpose of the large pond, restored in 2013, is unknown but was probably to ensure a water supply for livestock and was possibly used to wash farm carts. It may also have been used to feed other cress beds below the massive earth dam.


  • Wonderful view towards Dartmoor and the setting sun
  • Mains Electricity
  • Mains Water
  • Comfortable Double Bed
  • Toshiba 22” Flat-screen HD TV/DVD
  • Free Wi-Fi with ultra-fast (Starlink) internet access
  • Electric Radiator
  • Shower Cubicle with Power Shower
  • Flushing Loo
  • Electric Towel Rail
  • Beaumont and Brown Towels
  • Hair dryer
  • Fully equipped Kitchen Area
  • Electric Hob
  • Microwave Oven
  • Large Refrigerator
  • Wine Rack
  • Decking Terrace
  • Webber Barbecue
  • Outside Table and Chairs
  • Private Lit Parking

1 - 31 May 2024 - £95 per night (min 2 nights) - 7-day rate £550

1 June - 30 September 2024 - £110 per night (min 2 nights) - 7-day rate £650



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Kerswell Farmhouse, Cornworthy, Totnes, TQ9 7HH - Tel: 01803 732013