Magical Country Hideaway with Fishing


Entire cottage hosted by Michael

4 guests, 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 bathroom
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Authentic 19th Cent. gamekeeper's cottage set in some of the most beautiful countryside in England - many original features, log fires, squishy sofas, & large well-maintained private garden. The cottage is the ideal spot for a romantic weekend or a countryside adventure with family or friends. Woodland walks, riding, cycling & fishing available. Fast wi-fi. Great pubs/food nearby. Dogs welcome. (When booking, please include a short profile & any info that will help us improve your holiday).

The space
Fish Cottage is one of a group of former estate houses built by the Earl of Portsmouth in the 19th Century to house the gamekeeper for the old Devonshire estate of Eggesford House. Surrounded by mature woodland, with a large private cottage garden, the cottage offers a peaceful retreat, away from it all, while being only a short distance from the nearest village shops - and a fast wi-fi network!

The cottage has modern amenities, including central heating, but retains its original 1840s character. In the surprisingly spacious interior is a selection of individually furnished rooms in which to relax and enjoy your stay. Upstairs two Cottage Bedrooms, with comfy king and double beds, hypoallergenic Miracoil mattresses and luxury cotton sheets, overlook the garden. Downstairs is a large Sitting Room with a wood burning stove, comfy sofa and leather armchairs. There is a stereo system in case you still have any CDs or Cassettes you like to play but there is also a RCA cable adaptor which allows you to play music from your smart phone through the speaker system. The Garden Dining Room adjoins the Sitting Room and has a large oak table dining and chairs for six. The book-filled Study has an open fire, antique bureau and leather sofa and armchairs. There is a well-equipped Country Kitchen with modern electric cooking appliances, dishwasher and washing machine. The Bathroom has a walk-in shower, sink, antique bath with hand shower and toilet.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Washing machine
Patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace
Hair dryer

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Where you’ll be

Chulmleigh, Devon, United Kingdom

Fish Cottage is located on a hill above an ancient river crossing point over the river Taw at Eggesford. At 45 miles long, the Taw is one of the larger Devon rivers and rises high on the slopes of Dartmoor and together with its tributaries, the River Mole, Yeo and little Dart, runs north through beautiful rolling countryside down to Barnstaple and into the Bristol Channel.

Within easy distance of Exmoor and Dartmoor, in the newly designated Unesco Biosphere, Fish cottage is the perfect base from which to explore the unspoiled Devon countryside. It is one of the few corners of England where low levels of light pollution allow visitors to enjoy night skies that have long since disappeared elsewhere. Exmoor National Park is designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve – the first place in Europe to receive this accolade.

Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks are a short drive away and are renowned for their beautiful scenery and opportunities for walking, riding and fishing. The spectacular North Devon coast, with its sandy beaches and fabulous coastal walks is an ideal spot for a day trip from the cottage. There are a variety of villages and small towns within easy reach (Chulmleigh and Winkleigh are the closest) with pubs, shops and restaurants. Many of the bigger towns like South Molton and Barnstaple, host traditional weekly markets – ideal places to meet the local community and buy their produce. Horse riding and stabling are available locally and other seasonal country pursuits can be catered for.

The Taw provides habitat for a wide range of animals and plants alike, resulting in many stretches of the river being protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Otters are once again numerous and can be seen most summer evenings by anglers or nature lovers willing to remain quiet and unseen on the river bank. The Taw estuary which forms part of the UNESCO Biosphere reserve is a fantastic place to spend the day watching the many different types of wading birds that can be found there. The number of wading birds, including lapwings, curlews and redshanks, can reach over 20 000! There are excellent opportunities for salmon, sea trout and trout fishing along the Rivers Taw and Mole, either nearby at the Fox and Hounds Hotel in Eggesford or the Rising Sun at Umberleigh, or on a variety beats along the Taw and Mole valley.

A program of fishing can be arranged on a variety of beats on the local rivers. Owner has fishing one of the best beats of the middle Taw. Please allow at least two weeks for us to arrange sporting trips and guided walks.

Hosted by Michael

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Julie and I love returning to our Magical Country Hideaway in the Devonshire countryside to relax and have fun away from the big city of New York where we live part of our time. My roots are in Devon and I love to fish the local rivers and explore the North Devon countryside just as I did as a boy. The river Taw valley retains many of the qualities I remember from that time and is a great place to reaquaint oneself with the simple things in life. Julie loves to visit the surrounding villages and small market towns and we spend as much time outside as possible, taking long walks or driving in my old series 2 Landrover "the Beast" – a rather uncomfortable testament to our love of the old and authentic. We visit whenever possible but because we travel a lot, there are plenty of opportunities for others to share in the delights of this magical place. We recently fell in love with a charming thatched cottage in the nearby village of Kings Nympton and have made this into another "home from home". Please take a look.
Julie and I love returning to our Magical Country Hideaway in the Devonshire countryside to relax and have fun away from the big city of New York where we live part of our time. My…


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During your stay

Julie and Michael may not be on site but are happy to answer any queries via email/telephone and arrange guided trips for fishing and other activities, preferably with a few weeks notice. Please contact Michael with any questions or concerns.
Julie and Michael may not be on site but are happy to answer any queries via email/telephone and arrange guided trips for fishing and other activities, preferably with a few weeks…

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Check-in: After 15:00
Check out: 10:00
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No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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