South West England Devon Holsworthy

  • From £114.30 a night
  • Sleeps 2

A floating luxury retreat for two on the Devon-Cornwall borders

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Tregulland & Co's properties are always something special, and this latest addition to their roster of holiday properties in Cornwall and Devon is no exception – a floating luxury retreat that began life as a traditional narrow boat and has been re-imagined as a coolly elegant bolthole for two on a serene lake.

Most importantly, perhaps, they have found a bit of Southwest England that is a perfect pocket of peace. The lake is tranquil and still, fringed by reeds and mature trees, and while there are one or two other moored boats, Blackbird enjoys a secluded position out of view of any neighbours. No expense has been spared on board, where the open-plan living space has a crisp, contemporary look, decorated in cool greys and blues and furnished with a sofa and wood-burner; there's a fully fitted kitchen with a dining table for two and an exceptionally comfy king-sized bed with lake views with shower room and loo. Fancy a bath? Back on dry land the there's a little private boathouse with a separate loo and a lovely slipper bath with more watery views – perfect for an indulgent morning, evening, or even afternoon!

Off the boat, you can enjoy strolls through the 20 or so acres of woodland that surround the lake, set up by the water and catch a trout or two (the lake is teeming with them), or just enjoy a peace that is only broken by the sound of the local wildlife: lots of birds, bats at night and in summer lots of butterflies attracted by the wildflowers that grow nearby. If you can manage to tear yourself away from this idyllic spot, it's also worth knowing that you are just a 15-minute drive from the North Cornwall coast at Bude and Widemouth Bay, and also Hartland Point and Clovelly in Devon. You're also a mile or so outside the small Devon market town of Holsworthy, which has all the amenities you might need (shops, pubs, restaurants) including a busy market on Wednesdays. It's the perfect spot for a romantic West Country break.

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Contact Website  01566 770 880  Blackbird, Blagdon Water, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6NX

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Getting There

Take the A30 from the end of M5 at Exeter, towards Bodmin for 25 miles. At the Sourton Downjunction turn off towards Tavistock/Holsworthy and then turn right onto the A386 towards Holsworthy for about 2 miles until you hit a T junction. Turn left onto A3079 and continue for about 13 miles to Brandis Corner. Turn left onto the A3072 for 2 miles and at Anvil corner turn right  towards  Cookbury and Thornbury; after half a mile you will see Blagdon Water see the driveway signposted on your left. Don't follow Google Maps, which leaves you the wrong side of the fields!


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We are working our way around all the Tregulland properties (just Barford to go now!) and love them all. Blackbird is a real haven of peace and relaxation. Sitting here in the morning sun, watching Coots, Moorhens, Grebes (sadly only 2 chicks now), Heron, Cormorant, Swallows, Jays, Damselflies and Dragonflies. The Bats and Fox made an appearance at night and we saw some stunning shooting stars. Love the fact that we are so close to Cornwall - we drove to Marhamchurch and did a great circular walk along the canal to Bude then back along the coast path to Widemouth. We are lucky that we live about 2 hours drive away - I'm sure we will be back!
Aug 29, 2023 by Judy & Mark

blissed out peacefulness

another slice of Tregulland& Co's laid back luxe style. Gorgeously located and equipped floating suite with knockout bath house too! We will be back
May 12, 2022 by illona aylmer

What an amazing place!

Perfect relaxation. Saw 3 deer on arrival. Heron on last day, squirrels, ducks, geese. After much patience caught a 3lb trout. I have never seen so many rainbows – singles and doubles! Thank you for a perfect stay on a stunning barge, and the Bath house – WOW.
Nov 13, 2021 by John and Amanda


Just had a superb weekend – so sorry to have to go back to the “real” world. So peaceful, chilled and relaxed – now definitely exploring our dream of houseboat living in our retirement. Fantastically appointed – everything we needed and can’t beat that view every morning and bird/fish watching. We also had time to explore and found one of my ancestors grave stones in Weare Gifford. Also recommend Appledore for a visit - Great crab sandwich at the Cabin. Also thank you to ESKA for Catering for us – superb Indonesian food! Thank you.
Sep 30, 2021 by Diana & Patrick

Made our honeymoon even more special

The most relaxing and interesting visit – the final part of our tour of the UK for our Honeymoon! This gorgeous place was a wedding present and has been fantastic. Its calm, blissful and a real getaway from real life! It was lovely to watch the stars from bed, watch the birds/wildlife whilst having breakfast/dinner. We love the decor and the Boathouse. We spent the entire time surfing and Paddle boarding at Widemouth Bay – gorgeous. The superb 26-degree weather as perfect so it was lovely to just sit out overlooking the lake drinking champagne. Thank you for a lovely stay, you made our honeymoon even more special.
Aug 27, 2021 by Mr and Mrs Garden

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