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Idyllic retreat - private hottub+garden! Rural farm - free fishing* - 5* reviews

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 90 nights


About the property

Private hot tub & garden - perfect for walking & cycling - pets & families welcome - stunning setting on fishery and farm - great reviews - sleeps 4

In summary our holiday cottage offers you a private hot tub* and garden within the stunning setting of our farm and trout fishery. It is the perfect base for walking, cycling and exploring this beautiful part of Devon. Pets and families are welcome. The cottage sleeps 4 and it has had great reviews; a warm welcome, home produce and a fly fishing taster awaits!

With a large private garden and wood fired hot tub your stay at Bellbrook Fishery is guaranteed to be a relaxing one. Bellbrook Farm Annex, which is partly made from cob and dates back to the 16th century, has been newly decorated and furnished in a warm country style and is all on one level. There are two generous bedrooms that can either be made up as twins or super kings, a bathroom with large shower and an open plan living area with a well equipped kitchen. There is Sky TV, internet access, two comfortable sofas and a selection of games and books for those wet weather days! The cottage forms an annex attached to the owner's farm house and is set down a quiet country lane. It is one of two holiday properties and forms part of a working Trout Fishery and small holding covering 40 acres and boasting seven lakes.

The large, private garden is very secure for pets and children and, as well as having a lawned area, boasts several areas dedicated to the natural flora such as bluebells, hellebore and primroses. The hot tub is situated on the patio area, seats 6 and robes are provided for your comfort. The hot tub is wood fired with an air bubble system; the soothing crackle of the wood in the stove and the natural scent ensures you'll have a relaxing time. There is a small extra charge if £25 for the use of thehot tub for the dureation of your stay and this includes a reasonable quantity of wood.

We aim to make your stay as enjoyable as possible and to this end we have provided little luxuries such as Duck Island toiletries and homemade produce, as well as everyday essentials from salt and pepper to cling film. Complementary tea, coffee and sugar are provided and you are welcomed with our own free range eggs and a homemade loaf! Dogs and children are most welcome and a travel cot and high chair are available free of charge. We also aim to be as eco-friendly as possible and most of the electricity and heating are provided by solar panels and a biomass boiler. In keeping with these intentions the hot tub is wood fired.

Here on the farm we breed our own rare breed sheep and at the right time of year our fields are full of lambs. We also have a pair of pet pygmy goats who love a cuddle! There are many beautiful walks right on our doorstep and of course there are the grounds of the fishery to explore. Bellbrook is also an ideal base for walking, riding, cycling or trying your hand at fly fishing. Included in your booking is an introductory lesson to casting for your group which lasts approximately 20 minutes. If you enjoy the experience we have a lake suitable for beginners and children and free rod hire is available.

We are easily accessed from the A361 - the M5 is only 15 minutes away. The local villages of Oakford and Bampton have welcoming pubs with local ales and good food. The nearest pub is 1.5 miles away. There are also two excellent restaurants nearby. Local shops and supermarkets can be found in Tiverton which is 10 minutes drive – there is also a regular pannier market with tempting local produce. We are close to the historic market town of Dulverton which is known as the gateway to Exmoor National Park and is a must for the cream teas!

Please note there is a small charge for each additional pet and a refundable deposit is payable on arrival. Please phone or email to book, or if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to Bellbrook!

More Details

Chris Atwell
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
13 April, 2017

About Chris Atwell

Chris is the owner of the property and trout fishery and is helped by his wife Ellen. We enjoy the peaceful surroundings we live in and consider ourselves very privileged to live here. We live with 5 dogs and 2 horses, 2 chickens, 2 pygmy goats and 7 black welsh mountain sheep.

Chris Atwell purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Chris Atwell chose Mid Devon

We bought the fishery as we love the quiet location and the convenience to get to the rest of the West Country from here. The valley is rich with wild life and everyday you can see Exmoor Red Deer, Badgers, Foxes, Buzzards, Heron, Kingfishers and every songbird you can imagine. And yet if you want to get to the coast the beach is only 45 mins drive or if its a walk on Exmoor that's 20mins. If you are craving the city life Exeter and Taunton are 40 mins and Bristol just 75 mins.

What makes this cottage unique

The main benefit of staying at Bellbrook is the Trout Fishery on site. Please visit our website for full details but if you are an experienced fly fisher or fancy learning then we have all the facilities you will need including tuition and equipment hire. In addition to the fishing we have beautiful walks and cosy pubs all on our doorstep. The accommodation is located on one floor and is easy to access by those less steady on their feet.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Fabulous welcome from all - a truly peaceful environment. We loved the breakfast and will be back again soon for more of the freshly baked bread!" Jim and Vic from Stevenage February 2014.

"We had this as a gift from the family and very much enjoyed discovering such a hidden treasure. The fishing was very good according to Chris and I thoroughly relaxed in the homely cottage" Chris and Vicky from Exmouth March 2014

"As always a warm welcome, a spotlessly clean cottage and that cake!! We have been coming to Bellbrook for years and it just gets better:)" David and Christine from Manchester March 2014
Jan 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Tiverton in Devon

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a large modern shower and is bright and fresh.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , This bedroom can be made up as large double or two twin beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Bedroom can be made up as an Xtra Lg double or two twin beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1 (14' x 18') and Bed 2 (14' x 14') can both can be made up as either superking-sized doubles or two 3' twin beds. They are light and airy both with two windows with views of the garden and lakes. There is a wardrobe, chest of draws and bedside table.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Satellite TV, Off street parking, dogs and horses welcome-charges apply. Trout/Fly Fishing available onsite - accommodation/fishing packages available on request. Outside: As well as the hot tub and garden, visitors to the property have access to the extensive grounds around the lakes and there are several areas for picnics and BBQs with outdoor furniture. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. These are changed when the property is cleaned on changeover days.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


Relaxing Stay

  • 5 of 5

4 adults stay for Easter Weekend.

Absolutely relaxing, Chris was a great host and made us all feel relaxed.

Cottage had everything you needed in there. Very clean and modern!

Ellen made a delicious loaf of bread for when we arrived and also a few fresh eggs ready also which was very kind!

Hot tub was perfect at any time of day, made it even better with the smell of the fire!

Pub and town only few minutes away, very beautiful village close by. Chris recommend The Swan and it was a treat, would highly recommend going but prebook!

Would happily come back and hopefully will be soon!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. Its always feels good to have folks visiting that have a good time, make good use of the facilities and enjoy the area.
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Great location, well equipped & very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to say thank you for making our stay very welcoming and exactly what we were looking for. The location is fantastic and your home was perfect for us as well as being impeccably furnished and of the highest cleanliness of anywhere that we have stayed previously.

We hope to be able to have a return visit at some point in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just right

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house. Has everything you need. Extra treats provided- freshly made bread and eggs from their own hens. Very comfortable beds.

Everything you need is a few miles down the road.

Rural location so very peaceful. Dog loved it!

Felt very welcome.

You must try the homemade trout pate.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Total Serenity

  • 5 of 5

Total serenity. So much so, it took a while to acclimatize. You know; from the normal hustle and bustle of suburban life that my wife and I have gotten used to. That said, once you accustom yourself, it is bliss. We had five days of pure bliss.

The caravan was comfortable, with everything you need including a log burner. The view from the huge window giving you views across one of the lakes is amazing and was for ever changing. A couple of geese may wonder into the frame or a few sociable black sheep walk through. A fish may jump and cause ripples across the lake or simply the wind may change direction, blowing the trees into a different pattern.

We had to leave the caravan on one occasion and venture to the nearby picturesque village of Bampton. Just to restock on the essentials like wine and cider. When we returned, there was a loaf of freshly baked bread waiting for us. A nice touch and this was in addition to the fresh eggs that were there for us on our arrival.

Now, would I return for a second visit? Oh yes, that is for sure, as sure as god made little green apples.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi guys - thanks for the review. So glad your enjoyed your visit and what a poetic summary of what we hope to offer! Do come back and see us soon:)
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A great cottage in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

The property had everything we needed and it was great to be able to walk the dog around the lakes. Chris and Ellen were really welcoming and there if you needed anything. Plenty to do in the local area and only 45 mins to the beach, a great day out. My husband definitely wants to go back but this time with his finishing rod in tow, so he can take advantage of the fantastic fishing facilities. Overall a great short, would definitely return. Thanks Chris and Ellen.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, With a warm welcome

  • 5 of 5

As we arrived we got a warm welcome from Chris he showed us around the place we stayed the rooms look better then they are shown on the picture also he welcomed us with warm bread and eggs for breakfast, the surrounding was quiet with sounds of farm animals, one of the best places we stayed. 100% would stay again.


  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Zibby - thanks so much - we are really glad you and your family enjoyed your stay:) Hope to see you again sometime Chris and Ellen
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year '17
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
90 night minimum stay
for 90 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Use of hot tub £25

Booking Notes:
For a small additional charge our guests can have exclusive use of the hot tub situated in the garden of the property. There is a charge of £25 for the use of the hot tub and this includes a reasonable amount of wood based on normal usage:)

Changeover Day:
Please contact owner but ideally Fri or Sat

Notes on prices:
We ask for a 50% deposit on booking and payment of balance at least 14 days before arrival. Payment can be made via cheque or bank transfer - we have no card facilities.
We accept a max of 2 dogs and charge a little extra to cover their stay plus a damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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