Houseboat holidays in Devon, England

“A converted barge complete with ensuite cabins and a wood burner makes a unique houseboat stay, in quiet countryside on a private lake in north Devon. ”

Highlights

Barge sleeping up to five people | galley with wood burner | ensuite cabins | summerhouse on shore | private jetty | private lake with trout fishing | lots of private countryside around to explore | solar power

Description of Houseboat holidays in Devon, England

Stay in a beautifully converted widebeam barge on the water, surrounded by countryside and wildlife, on a houseboat holiday in Devon. Tucked away on a private fishing lake near the north Devon coast, each barge is moored up permanently, 100m apart from each other, and is very secluded, with its own jetty and private stretch of shoreline. The boats have a galley thatís light and surprisingly spacious, with a wood burning stove. They sleep four to five people in ensuite cabins.

Wake up to the sounds of nature, watch the wildlife just beyond the galley windows, and go fishing for an organic trout that you can serve at dinner. As the light fades, look out for a barn owl swooping over the fields, and watch the sun go down from the deck, knowing itís supplied the solar energy that will power your lighting for the evening.

Visitors regularly comment on the real sense of peace on this unique barge stay. They love the fact thereís no TV but a great view while youíre washing up, and relish the chance to reconnect with family.

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Responsible tourism: Houseboat holidays in Devon, England

We have been awarded the Silver Green Tourism Business Scheme Award. The nature of the houseboat accommodation offers the visitor the unique opportunity to co-exist with nature. The visual impact of the houseboats and the lake are an additional feature to the surrounding area.

The boats operate on electricity from solar power, have marine toilets (water efficient), instant hotwater units and a woodburning heat system supplied from site. We make sure that the guests are aware of the solar power system and as such that there is a limited supply depending on the daylight hours. Water on the boat has to pumped off the boat via electric pumps so we ask visitors to keep showers short and not to run taps unnecessarily. We have onsite composting and we have recycling bins for cans, plastics, bottles, glass, newspapers, paper, cardboard. We use Ecover products and leave them for the guests to use.

We are encouraging new wildlife such as hunting birds, wetland birds, hare, deer, barn owl, rabbits and voles by planting 13,000 trees, creating a 4 acre lake and wetland, not interfering with the wildlife balance. The lake was developed particularly with conservation areas in mind. Specific areas have islands and marsh bog areas that are not accessible to walkers. We instruct visitors not walk in certain areas and to respect the birdlife especially when there are chicks present. We manage our hedgerows to encourage wildlife. Hedge trimming to a minimum in order to allow a natural habitat for animals and birds.

We employ local staff and local agricultural contractors for work such as hedge trimming, topping rushes, land management. We have also employed a local cleaning company. We also encourage guests to shop in the local farmers market.

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