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Beaples Barton Holiday Cottages

Two delightful cottages and fishing lake between Tiverton and South Molton in Devon

10 Key Facts about Beaples Barton Holiday Cottages

Two holiday cottages in a beautiful North Devon valley
Accommodation refurbished to a high standard.
Exclusive fishing on private lake
Well equipped living areas and kitchens
Freeview TV, DVD and Wi-Fi
Lake is stocked with carp, tench, roach, bream and rudd
Carp to 12lbs
Ideal base for exploring North Devon and the coast
Near to Exmoor National Park
Stunning scenery

Remote but within easy reach of the best of Devon

Situated in a beautiful valley on the outskirts of the delightful Devon village of Knowstone between Tiverton and South Molton in  North Devon, Beaples Barton Holiday Cottages are surrounded by native and fir woodland and offer a remote but easily accessible base for exploring the local sights and attractions.

Surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, the two holiday cottages were originally part of an old dairy farm and have been substantially modernised and refurbished to a high standard offering spacious accommodation which sleeps up to four people. Just a short walk away through the grounds is the three-quarter acre fishing lake which is reserved exclusively for guests and guarantees that for much of the time anglers will have the lake to themselves with fishing available during daylight hours.

The cottages make an ideal retreat for families as they can idle away a day by the lake or take a day out to explore the delights of Devon and return for an evening fishing session before the sun goes down.

Beaples Barton also makes for an ideal base to explore this delightful county with Exmoor National Park just a short distance away as are the villages of the North Devon coast including Lynton and Lynmouth, Porlock Bay and the beaches of Woolacombe and Westward Ho!, the nationally famous seaside village of Clovelly with its steep cobbled main street, harbour and fishermen’s cottages plus several National Trust properties.

Coombe Cottage

The living area in Coombe Cottage at Beaples Barton Holiday Cottages in Devon

Located in a hidden and peaceful location, sheltered by the surrounding woodland and overlooking a lake and meadow, Coombe Cottage offers a wonderful rural retreat and a great base from which to explore the whole of Devon.

With steps up to ground floor it comprises a living/dining room with Smart TV and DVD, together with  a kitchen with electric hob and oven, microwave, integrated fridge and freezer.

The spacious open plan living room has ample comfy seating, a large feature Inglenook fire place with electric fire, feature beams and a dining suite whilst the well equipped kitchen at the rear has a door leading out to a private patio ideal for quiet outdoor relaxation or alfresco dining in the warmer months. A shared utility area is equipped with washing machine and space for drying coats and boots.

On the first floor is a landing with seating together with a double bedroom, a twin bed room and shower room with shower cubicle, WC and basin.

Dairy Cottage

The living area in Dairy Cottage at Beaples Barton Holiday Cottages in North Devon

Designed to cater for up to four guests, Dairy cottage is the middle cottage on the estate of Beaples Barton and has been recently refurbished to create a modern and fresh look. Downstairs there is an open plan living and dining room with Smart TV and DVD whist the fully fitted kitchen comes complete with fridge freezer, electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster and kettle. A shared utility area is equipped with washing machine and space for drying coats and boots.

Upstairs there is one double bedroom, a twin bedroom with two single beds and a bathroom with a shower. The cottage has beautiful country views over the surrounding landscape.

The outdoor space incorporates a decked patio and private parking.

Beaples Barton Lake

The lake at Beaples Barton holiday cottages in South Molton, Devon

An ideal venue for pleasure anglers, Beaples Barton Lake is stocked with a variety of fish including common and mirror carp to over 12lbs but averaging about 5lbs, tench to about 4lbs, bream to about 3lbs and a good head of rudd – some of the bigger ones which run to 2lbs.

One of the features of the lake is that it has no fixed pegs, enabling anglers to fish from anywhere on the grass banks or on the jetty which runs out into the lake, although anglers should be aware that the jetty can become slippery when wet.

The fish are in pristine condition

A nice thing about Beaples Barton Lake is that, because it is so little fished, the fish are all in pristine condition and give a good account of themselves when hooked.

The sides of the lake are cut straight down to a shelf about four feet deep and four feet wide before the bottom drops off steeply to a maximum depth of about 12 feet in the centre. Apart from the jetty, the main feature of the lake is a small island at one end which is almost entirely surrounded by a bed of lily pads in summer.

The carp like red pellets

Although the carp are not always easy to catch they can usually be tempted on a 12mm Dynamite Red Robin pellet hair rigged to a Size 10 or 12 hook. Although the carp take to pellets they are rarely caught on boilies, probably because the fish are not used to them.

Anglers who prefer to float fish, particularly those after the rudd, tend to fish the shelf with sweetcorn or maggot although those after the bigger rudd are recommended to fish the deep water with ledger tackle, again using sweetcorn or maggot – although one angler does particularly well with small pieces of Jelly Babies!

When it comes to fishing for the tench and bream, bread paste or meat both work well as do maggots and sweetcorn, although it pays to use a fast sinking bait to get past the smaller rudd.

How to get there

Make your way to the Bridgwater or Taunton and join the M5 motorway
Leave the M5 at junction 27 and take the A361 to Tiverton/Barnstaple
Continue past Lurley and Loxbeare Cross
Take the right turn off the A361 to Beaples Barton
Continue to the end and Beaples Barton Holiday Cottahes
Get directions on Google Maps


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