Sheldon

Travelling to Sheldon

Sheldon is easy to find if you know how, but there are traps for the unwary so please read this page before you leave home!

We are Sheldon (name of the property), Sheldon Lane, in the Teign Valley. We are not the village called Sheldon near Honiton, or the town of Shaldon near Teignmouth.

If coming by taxi pre-book a private hire cab (further advice below), as a cab off the rank is unlikely to know how to find us, and will cost you significantly more.

Our postcode is EX6 7YT and shared with other properties along the Sheldon Lane. Sheldon is right at the end of the, half mile long, lane.

Our what3words location is slipped.aside.entrusted

Mobile reception in our area is patchy at best, so please don't rely on being able to ring up if you get lost.

The Sheldon lane is unlit - so we don't recommend the bus after dark for first-time visitors.


Sheldon by car

Fully detailed printable page for drivers here. Don't leave home without it!

We have an electric vehicle (EV) charging point for use of guests (in return for a donation).

Our key advice to car drivers is to avoid approaching Sheldon via Haldon hill and Doddiscombsleigh village. These roads are narrow, rough and very steep in several places so are best avoided.

Unfortunately most satnavs and route planning websites are not clever enough to realise this, so here's our advice for a smooth journey.

If you approach Sheldon via Exeter or the A30, take the B3212 through Longdown, turn left onto the B3193 and follow it South and then South East until you reach the Teign House Inn, turn left here and follow the road over a wide bridge then a narrow humped bridge and turn left onto Sheldon Lane. Click on the first map below for directions on google maps.

If you approach Sheldon via the Devon Expressway/A38, take the Chudleigh/Teign Valley turning, turn right and right again to follow the B3193 North until you reach the Teign House Inn, turn right here and follow the road over a wide bridge then a narrow humped bridge and turn left onto Sheldon Lane. Click on the second map below for directions on Google Maps.

Either route is okay coming from the M5, but the second (A38) one is the easier, especially after dark. 


Sheldon by public transport

Train

If you're coming to Exeter by train, the main rail station is Exeter St David's. 

(Coming from London, there is the slow train from Waterloo which takes 3 ½ - 4 hours, or the fast train from Paddington which takes 2 - 2 ½ hours)

Winter 2019/2020 there are SWR strikes affecting the Waterloo line so check details carefully.

Coach travel

Oct 2019: National Express Coaches and Megabus currently arrive and depart from Sidwell Street (Stand 31) during the redevelopment of Exeter Bus and Coach Station.

Having reached Exeter you can get to Sheldon by Taxi or by Bus.

Taxi

We recommend Exe Cars or Apple Taxis for the journey TO Sheldon. Book your RETURN journey from our phone at the Sheldon Reception at least the day before you leave. 

Always make sure to:

  • NEVER pick up a taxi off the rank
  • Check that you will be charged the quoted standard rate
  • Check that the driver really has actually been to Sheldon before. If they have not check that they have the detailed instructions from the office.  
  • Say to them “I am a guest to go to the Sheldon Centre in the Teign Valley. Please use the travel directions held on the company computer, and charge me the agreed tariff of £x.” 
  • Notify us if you are given a driver who is not confident of the route - we always raise these with the company
  • We recommend you print the directions and have them with you just in case

(Problems are rare, but we don't want you to have the stress of a poor journey here ...)

Exe Cars

Fixed prebooked fare: £19 from Exeter train station.
Telephone 01392 555555
www.exetercars.com

Apple Central Taxis
Meet your driver at the office in a small line of shops immediately opposite the Exeter St David’s Station exit.
Fixed pre-booked fare: £20 from Exeter and £30 from the airport.
Their telephone number is 01392 666666. :
http://appletaxisexeter.co.uk/

Christow Cars. This is our lovely local firm. We only recommend them for return journeys back into Exeter - book on our phone at Reception while you're at Sheldon. 

(If you do want to contact them for your outward journey they are on 01647 252227, but make sure they take down your name and your mobile number, always confirm your booking by email to christowcars@yahoo.co.uk and remind them on your day of travel)

£20 from Exeter and £30 from Exeter airport.

Bus

The 360 bus operated by Country Bus.
Country Bus number : 01626 833664
Traveline number : 0871 200 2233 (7am - 9pm every day).
The journey takes about 40 minutes and the fare is £3.50 one way, £5.20 return (checked March 2019).

Although the bus station is partially closed for redevelopment, the bus continues to depart from within it and the stand should be marked but may vary. 

Ask to be set down "at the end of the Sheldon lane" which is between the Nobody Inn and the Teign House Inn. Walk up the Sheldon lane - 5 - 10 minutes (unlit road - safe area but not recommended after dark nor after heavy rain as the road can be impassable without wellington boots)
If you get off at the Teign House Inn, walk back towards the Nobody Inn (signed Doddiscombsleigh) for about 1/3 mile - crossing over the River Teign and a steep bridge over the old railway. The lane has a clear "Sheldon" sign at the end.

On the return journey you can ask to be dropped at the Clock Tower at the end of Queen Street which is a 5 - 10 minute downhill walk to Exeter St David's.

Exeter Bus Station 08:35 11:15 13:15   16:15 17:55
Teign House Inn 09:16 11:56 13:56 16:56 18:36
Teign House Inn     07:30 09:40 12:18 14:18  
Exeter 08:13 10:20 12:58 14:58

(note - there is no later bus back into Exeter)