Houseboat holidays in Devon, England

Description of Houseboat holidays in Devon, England

Hidden away in the heart of the Westcountry not far from the North Devon Coast lies an original holiday experience.
Devon Houseboats enjoys 33 acres of unspoilt countryside, fishing lake and superb wildlife. Stay on board a unique houseboat. Each widebeam barge is permanently moored on her own private jetty and sleeps 4 to 5 in ensuite cabins.

Each boat is very private, being located over 100 metres apart with their own separate shoreline.
The boats have a surprisingly spacious galley and salon with plenty of natural light and wood burning stoves.

Experience the joy of waking up to the sound of nature drifting across the water. Watch the busy wildlife right outside the galley window. Land organic rainbow trout for dinner. Be awed by the silent swoop of the barn owl. And in the evening as you watch the sun setting from the aft deck know that it has given its solar energy to power your lighting for the night ahead.

Visitors have delighted in "no TV", "washing up with a view", "getting to know my kids", "the real sense of isolation from the rest of the world".

Rooms, food and facilities

Each boat has 2 ensuite (shower/wc) cabins, full galley, salon, sun decks. The boats have summerhouse on shore, allowing for additional space to spread yourselves. Each boat has bbq and picnic areas and each is secluded and completely private.

Activities: Fishing is available at no extra charge (organic Rainbow Trout) The Atlantic coast is only 20 mins away by car for surfing and swimming and a reservoir is within 8 miles for sailing and windsurfing. Other activities in the area include cycling, fishing and horseriding.

Family friendly: with 33 acres to explore , the woodland, stream and oak lined hedges provide hours of fun for adventurous children and hours of peace for parents!


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How to find us

45miles west of Exeter/M25
9miles south of Bude, north coast
2miles east of Holsworthy
18 miles Dartmoor/A30

Use an AA or RAC route planner to post code EX226NX

Responsible tourism

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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