For hundreds of years Hoar Oak Cottage was home to shepherds working in this remote part of Exmoor. The cottage has never had electricity or gas, running water or sewers, telephones or even a road or track to reach it. The lives of the shepherds and their families were simple and ordinary, untold and unrecorded, but not forgotten. In the 1960s the last shepherd family left and the cottage was left to fall into ruin. In 2014 the cottage was conserved as a heritage ruin and the story of Hoar Oak Cottage – The Place, The People and The Life – is shared on this website.