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Painted Lady

Houseboat | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Devon Houseboats offer a unique opportunity to stay aboard a wide beam canal barge without the worry of locks and waterways. The barges are custom built to offer the maximum comfort and style for 4+1 people sleeping in two spacious cabins. Both cabins have their own en suite shower/wc. The onshore boathouse provides additional space with table, chairs, settee and a third bathroom.

Blagdon Water provides the visitor with peace and tranquillity nowadays rarely found. The floating accommodation provides the perfect setting in which to relax and share the wildlife habitat.

Blagdon Water is only 20 minutes drive from the Atlantic Coast, Exmoor and Dartmoor.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Bude 15 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter 65 km, Nearest railway: Exeter 65 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire
General CD player
Standard Kettle
Utilities Cooker, Fridge
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Enter Painted Lady amidships down oak steps into the main salon, galley and dining area. A pine dresser top and Belfast sink over looking the lake actually makes doing the washing up a pleasure whilst watching the birdlife busy itself on the lake. The cabins lie fore and aft and both have their own decks on which to enjoy a quite cup of coffee in privacy.

The wood burning stove in the salon allows the out of season visitor to enjoy the boat as the evenings draw in. The lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout and provides the fisherman a perfect and peaceful location in which to enjoy his hobby.

Further details outdoors

Blagdon Water is a 35acre site with 15acres of young woodland. As you drive through the trees the lake appears at the far end of the site. Painted Lady has her own exclusive 3acres with barbecue and picnic area.

The remaining 30 acres are yours to roam as you wish alongside the deer, rabbits, hare, foxes, buzzards, kestrels, barn owls, woodpeckers and numerous water-birds. Blagdon Water is proud to be an energy efficient and environmental project using solar power.

Further details

Due to the nature of a houseboat the galley is compact yet very well equipped with full size cooker and fridge. The galley is provided with all you need for holiday catering. There is mains electricity available for the use of iron, hair-dryers etc. A 12volt charger is available for charging mobile phones.

We welcome children of all ages but parents must be aware of the nature of the holiday and the obvious proximity to deep water. Life jackets are available.

The West Country region

Devon is one of the most beautiful and diverse counties in England and is reknown for its dramatic and unspoilt northern coast line. Both Exmoor and Dartmoor provide wonderful walking and horseriding opportunities with breathtaking countryside, peace and tranquility. Many National Trust properties such as Castle Drogo, Buckland

Abbey, Saltram House, Finch Foundry, Lydford Gorge are within easy reach. Theme Parks are in abundance around Bude and further along the North Devon Coast. Blagdon Water offers the visitor to this wonderful county an ideal location from which to explore.


Holsworthy is a small rural market town in North Devon 14 miles from Launceston and the Cornish border. The holiday town of Bude only 8 miles to the west offers many seaside activities and great shopping. Bude is the home of the reknown Jazz Festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Roadford Lake offers many watersports such as sailing and windsurfing and is only 10 miles away.

Holsworthy provides the visitor with everyday shopping, a good sized supermarket, a weekly farmers market on Wednesdays. An organic farm shop only 1 mile away provides excellent quality meat and vegetables. Horse riding can be arranged. Cycle routes surround the property. There are many places to eat in the surrounding area varying from the exceptional to the everyday.

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Review 1-6 of 6

31 Jul 2014



Peaceful weekend away, private setting. We would return but to a different boat, due to better chances with the fishing.… More

31 May 2014


"A gem of a find .... a wonderful place to relax and unwind!"

We have just returned from a week on Clouded Yellow - one of three Houseboats at Blagdon Waters, 'we' being myself and husband and two girls (14 and 11). The boat and boat house were very c… More

2 Apr 2013


"Best nights sleep I've had in months!"

'Painted Lady' is the name of the charming houseboat which we stayed on this weekend at Blagdon Water. Despite the weather being freezing, the little woodburning stove was efficient and kept… More

15 Mar 2013


"Highly recommended"

Just returned from a week aboard Swallow Tail.If you want noise, parties, internet, television, and the usual trappings of the 21 century don't go! If on the other hand you seek peace, calm, tran… More

19 Sep 2012


"A Brilliant experience away from the outside world."

We stayed on the houseboat Clouded Yellow at the extreme end of the water. It was well equipped with everything need to enjoy a very comfortable week away from the outside world free from stresses and… More

15 Jun 2012


"Peace and tranquility"

If you love peace, privacy, tranquility and nature, this can't be surpassed.A houseboat moored on a lake in a nature reserve.Solar powered so no TV etc...bliss. Fully equipped and clean.We have s… More

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Calendar last updated:27 Aug 2014

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