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This luxury floating suite on a secluded freshwater lake in North Devon and offers a slice of Tregulland&Co's signature interiors in the form of a deluxe repurposed narrowboat and boathouse.
Blackbird started life as a traditional canal boat and has been totally refitted to offer an open plan living space perfect for two with ensuite shower room, as well as its very own cool bankside ‘boudoir bathhouse’ with elegant roll top bath.
Located at the far end of a privately owned three acre lake teeming with fish and other wildlife, the backdrop of mature oak and beech ensures total privacy for couples looking to escape off grid to this haven of tranquillity, rocked to sleep by the gentle swell of Blackbird on the water.
While there are a couple of other boats moored on the large landlocked lake, each boat is positioned to ensure a totally private outlook, tucked out of view of neighbours.
On land there are 20 acres of newly planted woodland to explore on foot and lots of wildlife to look out for. Take a walk, dangle a line in the water to catch a rainbow trout for supper, or just sit back and relax and listen to the birdsong. During the summer months wildflowers flourish attracting clouds of butterflies and dragonflies: Simply bliss.
On board we have removed the engine and re-designed the boat to include a comfortable sitting room with cosy woodburner for those chillier winter nights, a compact but fully kitted out galley (kitchen) with built in table for two, a sumptuous king size bed with exceptional lake views and an ingenious showeroom and loo. Just up the gangplank on the lakeside is your own boudoir bath-house with separate lavatory. Relax in our luxury William Holland slipper bath with magnificent views out over the lake for those indulgent bubble-filled afternoons!
Click for prices and availability. Blackbird is designed and built for just 2 adults, no children or pets allowed, I'm afraid.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
Blackbird is fully kitted out for your holiday (except food! have a look at our handy shopping suggestion guide).
KITCHEN AND COOKING
NB: For people staying a week or if you think you will use a lot of consumables then we would recommend you add them to your shopping list.
We do not permit wax candles on board, however we have provided some LED candles for guests to use.
We have built in plenty of clever storage for your bags to keep the boat ship shape.
Woodburner - The fire will be set for easy lighting should you need it (the boat is very well insulated so you shouldn't ever feel too cold). We will leave firelighters, kindling, and logs for you to light more fires, more logs can be found under the deck seat. Please only stock the fire one or two log at a time to avoid overheating.
NB: Never leave the fireglove, matches or firelighters (or indeed anything at all) on top of a lit/hot woodburner, it obviously gets extremely hot!
The Boathouse also has a 2200w hairdryer and Bluetooth speaker.
We supply a decent pair of binoculars and a couple of wildlife books for you to use while youre staying with us.
The bed has been made up with our signature 400 thread-count, Egyptian cotton bedding with a feather duvet and two down surround pillows per guest
Each guest is provided with a generous waffle bathrobe, a large bath sheet, a hand towel and an orange swim towel for the beach - PLEASE do not take white towels to the beach.
NB: We reserve the right to charge reasonable additional laundry and or stain removal costs if necessary.
NB: If you book for 14 nights or more a complimentary clean and linen change is provided on the eighth day.
The bathrooms have a selection of luxurious REN bathroom products for you to use during your stay. These products are available to buy on request.
On the Boat: Music player with bluetooth radio player and AV-In jack. We suggest you download any music/podcasts you would like before you come due to the not great 4G reception. There are no TV/screens at all at Blackbird - Stare at the water or bring a book!
Mop, bucket, broom, dustpan and brush, Henry hoover (tbc)
Chubb combination safe big enough to hold a standard laptop (tbc)
THINGS TO DO
Explore the Coast & Moors
Blackbird is in the heart of the North Devon countryside commonly known as Ruby Country- the land between the moors, bordered by Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.
To the north and west lies the Atlantic coast in all its splendour. You can surf the nearby beaches in the morning and walk the moors or go on (and off!) road cycling late into the evening. North West Devon is considered to be one of the most un-spoilt rural environments in England.
Bude – 20 mins drive
Sandymouth – 25mins drive
Widemouth Bay – 20 mins drive
The lake is well stocked with fish for you, so bring your rod and see what you can catch - there is nothing quite as satisfying as catching, cooking and eating your supper! Please note we do not provide or hire out fishing equipment.
As Blackbird is on a lake that is teeming with wildlife, we do not allow dogs
MOBILE AND INTERNET
There is patchy mobile reception and no internet provided at Blackbird, although you may get some 4G reception, why not take this opportunity to switch off and enjoy the natural world around you?
HOW TO GET HERE
Blackbird House Boat, Blagdon Water, Holsworthy EX22 6NX. Close to Holsworthy on the Devon/Cornwall Border
DON'T FOLLOW GOOGLEMAPS - it takes you to the closest road and then wants you to walk across fields for the last section! The ONLY entrance track for Blagdon Water/Blackbird Boat is just off the unnumbered road running between Anvil Corner on the A3072 and Holsworthy Beacon
Its about 4hrs 50minutes drive from West London, whether you go via the A303 or M4/M5
2hrs 20 minutes drive from Bristol
1 hr from Exeter
(Although this is not the most direct route, it takes you on slightly bigger, two-way roads with fewer scary passing problems.)
From the bottom of the M5 at Exeter. Take the A30 towards Bodmin for 25 miles
At the Sourton Down Junction take the turn off towards Tavistock/Holsworthy etc, turn right onto A386 towards Holsworthy for about 2 miles until you hit a T junction
Turn left onto A3079. Stay on A3079 for about 13 miles until you get to Brandis Corner
At Brandis Corner turn left onto A3072 for 2 miles
At Anvil corner turn right towards Cookbury and Thornbury
½ mile will see the driveway signposted Blagdon Water on your left
¾ mile at the end of the track keeping left at each junction until you see Blackbird Houseboat at the very end of the track.
As the boat is on a lake at the end of a rough unsurfaced track, it is not recommended that you bring a low sportscar or walk; a taxi can be arranged from the nearest train station.
BOOKS AND BOARD GAMES
Normally we would supply a selection of board games and books, but due to Covid we suggest you bring your own for the time being.
BOOKING WITH US DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
We have finalised all our cleaning routines, systems and management plans to ensure we are doing all we can to keep everyone as safe as possible during this Covid Pandemic. Some elements of staying in our houses will be slightly different than normal, but we hope to be able to offer people the best self- catering holiday home they can possibly get within the guidelines. All the new information; cleaning routines, risk assessments etc are now available on our Covid19 tab below.
We will keep reviewing our processes as more information becomes available.
From all the team at Tregulland&Co