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Idyllic retreat - private hot tub and garden! Rural farm-free fishing-5* reviews



Updated: 08-Dec-2016
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.

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
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

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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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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


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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The view from the window is now my screensaver

  • 5 of 5

After an awful journey due to boat shows and weight of traffic on the south coast we arrived late to a lovely welcome from Chris that made it all ok. It got even better the next morning when we saw, in daylight, the amazing view from the caravan window and tucked into the eggs,bacon, sausage and home made breadthat had been left for our first breakfast - such a lovely touch. We all relaxed immediately, including baby and dog! It was quite amazing. The spot is glorious and you can walk by all of the lakes giving a real feeling of peace and isolation but with the knowledge that Chris and family are close by and there is also holiday accommodation nearer to the house I believe. We certainly plan to return and I look at the view daily on my screen saver to get that piece of peace back again! It's also very handy for getting about- I loved Tiverton itself but we also went to Exeter via the scenic route (and nearly bought a handbag but resisted) and also the North Devon coast via exmoor which was great. The weather was turning by now and the evenings were getting chilly so the wood burner had to be used and we were toasty warm immediately. Thank you Chris for a fantastic week and hope to see you again soon. Sue and trevor

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Sue and Trevor - thanks for the kind words and hope to see you again soon. Yes there is more accommodation nearer to the house for those less brave and wanting a few more creature comforts - its also advertised on Owners Direct - property number E13397. Thanks again:)
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  • 5 of 5

We wanted a break to relax with our daughter and dogs. This is fabulous place to unwind. Very quiet but central to most places of interest. Chris is a great guy and always at hand if needed. We highly recommend the annex and the smoked trout. We would not hesitate to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words - it was a pleasure to have you and your family staying with us - you are welcome back anytime:)
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bristol, Exeter at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Oakford at 2 Kilometres Nearest Train : Tiverton Parkkway at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : M5 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Oakford at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Saunton at 25 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The property is part of a well known Trout Fishing complex in Devon. Set in 40 acres with 7 lakes plus its own fish farm and two holiday rental properties - see E18482. The fishery attracts visitors all year round. We have all the facilities needed for those more experienced fly fishers or beginners with various introduction packages, tuition and equipment hire. The lakes are stocked with Rainbow Trout with 5 lakes being stocked with "normals" which weigh approx 2lbs + and 1 lake stocked with "specimen" fish which weigh in at 4 - 15lbs! Check out the photos here and on our website for more info at www.bellbrookfishery.co.uk


Situated in the middle of Devon there is access to numerous surfing beaches - North Devon (Saunton and Croyde) 55mins. South Devon (Bantham, Bigbury on Sea) 1 hour 20 mins.

We are also only 30 minutes away from Wimbleball which offers sailing and canoeing.


Bristol Airport is 1 hour 15 mins

Exeter Airport is 1 hour

Tiverton Parkway Train Station is 20 mins away

A car is needed.


Tiverton is the nearest well known town and is 10 miles away. The very characterful market towns of Bampton (5.5 miles) and South Molton (14 miles) are both worth a visit while the tea rooms in Dulverton (6 miles) are essential. We are also blessed with some wonderful country pubs that serve excellent food - too many to mention but starting at 2 miles away.

Further Details:

As well as all the nature and fresh air we provide on site, we are located in what is known as the Exmoor fringe. Many people visit the area to walk the moor and take in the views - it is still a truly wild area. It is also well known for star gazing and Exmoor National Park was recently designated the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Jan 2017 - 31 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
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 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
90 night minimum stay
for 90 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £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. The charges are £25 for a weekly stay and £15 for 3 night stay

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.

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From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • 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


  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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


  • 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.


  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • 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.

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