Hoar Oak Cottage is located in the valley of the Hoar Oak Water, on the Devon/Somerset border. Follow this link to see the cottage in its setting on Google Earth. This is a place defined by sheep. Once a temporary shelter for shepherds bringing sheep onto the moor for the summer pasture. Later a permanent home to at least fifteen shepherd families who lived and worked on the remote Hoar Oak herding throughout the year. When the last shepherd family left in the 1960s the cottage fell into disrepair but in 2014 it was conserved as a heritage ruin.