Hidden gem on rural fishery-peaceful, scenic, private-surrounded by nature 2BR
About Ellen Atwell
Chris is the owner of the property which consists of a Farmhouse, two holiday rental properties and a trout fishery and is helped by his wife Ellen, daughter Mabel 4 and son Stanley 2. We enjoy the peaceful surroundings we live in and consider ourselves very privileged to live here. We live with 2 horses, 3 dogs, 6 chickens, 2 pygmy goats and lots of Devon Close Wool sheep including Morris the Ram.
Ellen Atwell purchased this Caravan in 2002
Why Ellen Atwell chose Stoodleigh
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 Caravan unique
The main benefit of staying at Bellbrook is the Trout Fishery on site where the novice can try a taster session.. 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.
.... although smoking outside is fine of course
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Peaceful, idyllic retreat overlooking lake
We have just enjoyed a 3 night stay here & would return again in a heartbeat. The caravan is set in a secluded position to die for - facing one of the fishing lakes & surrounded by leafy foliage & trees on the other sides. The constant melodious birdsong, iridescent dragon flies & the occasional gentle ‘plopping’ sound of trout jumping in the distance in the lake below was mesmerising. The caravan is basic but super clean & very comfy. No Wifi but there is an excellent mobile signal. Chris left a generous supply of wood there for us on our arrival for the log burner & we were welcomed with a nicely chilled bottle of Prosecco left in the fridge, which we enjoyed the next evening sitting out on the veranda along with some freshly caught rainbow trout (absolutely delicious!) we purchased from Chris that same day. We never actually met Ellen, and Chris after welcoming us initially was respectful of our privacy and left us to enjoy the grounds of this beautiful fishery in blissful awe. We would highly recommend this idyllic place to anyone - fisherperson or non fisherperson, artist, writer or just nature lovers like us whose main agenda is tranquility, relaxation, decent walks, a spot of night star gazing & a complete recharging of our city batteries!
Very clean but,basic.
The area was beautiful, the Lake was lovely and it was really nice to sit on the balcony watching our dogs enjoying themselves. Very peaceful and lots of Dragon Flies to see as well as the birds.
Lovely place in a beautiful space.
Lovely Family Holiday
Thank you Chris and Ellen, Location is so peaceful and a pure connection to nature. The lakes in this location are just beautiful. My family have enjoyed staying here for a week.
Devon Countryside at its Best
The caravan was clean and perfectly functional, Our host Chris is a lovely chap and spends his time tending the fishery and his various animals. It seems that other interests include sheep wrestling and chasing his horses across the valley in an attempt to recapture escapees.
All jokes aside you could'nt wish for a nicer host, always available to help, we will be back.
Secluded and really great value !!
Lovely secluded spot. Our children really loved it. There's fishing available (ask the owners) and the lakes are well stocked with large rainbow trout. It was great to have the wood burner (some fuel was also supplied) as we love a real fire. It may be basic, but it was clean and just the getaway we needed. The barbecue came in handy and we left feeling recharged and rested! Chris was friendly on arrival and we saw Ellen as we were leaving. Apart from that we just saw a couple of fishermen and that was it. We enjoyed the peace and tranquility and would recommend it for that! Thanks Chris & Ellen !
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.
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 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!
Bristol Airport is 1 hour 15 mins
Exeter Airport is 40 mins
Tiverton Parkway Train Station is 15 mins away
A car is needed.
Tiverton is the nearest well known town and is 8 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.
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.