Fishing is a relaxing yet exhilarating sport in which people head to the water in hope of their next big catch. Whether you are an experienced fisherman, a keen beginner, or someone who has never thought to try it, there are lots of beautiful locations throughout Devon that would make a perfect spot for a day of catching fish – for any level.
Some of the most common catches in Devon include bass, plaice, coarse, dab, mackerel, mullet, red mullet, bream, whiting, pollock and cod. Fishing is a very seasonal activity, with different species of fish hanging around the coast at different times of the year, so if you are looking to catch a specific type of fish make sure you brush up on your research. However, there are trout lakes and fisheries in Devon which make the seasonal changes less of a factor.
Sometimes, it is hard to know where to stay when planning a holiday around fishing. If you want to spend most of your time on the banks of the water, you probably want to eliminate travel time – this is where our holiday cottages with great fishing nearby come in handy.
Here we feature some of our best holiday cottages that are ideal bases for fishing holidays in Devon, whether they are on a lake or beside the ocean. Carefully selected by our team, they have been chosen according to their proximity to the county's best angling spots, making them ideal for those keen to enjoy a spot of fishing on their time off. Enjoy browsing the collection and start planning your next fishing holiday in Devon.
Heron Lake Barn
Sleeps 6 guests and 4 dogs
Located on the outskirts of Dartmoor National Park, this charming barn conversion makes the perfect base for a family holiday in Devon. Just outside the town of Tavistock, the cottage is well situated for exploring West Devon, and what makes this one brilliant for fishing is that there is an on-site trout fishery – it could not be more ideal! Wake up and get straight to the water. Nip back for lunch, or take a picnic with you.
There is lots of space in this holiday home, inside and out. Visitors particularly love the enclosed lakeside patio with comfortable seating, a BBQ area and a hot tub. Spend your days out fishing and then return to bubble away in the evenings with woodland and waterside views. Pop your catch on the BBQ and enjoy a beer with the sunset. Read all about Heron Lake Barn and plan a stay today.
The Old Store
Sleeps 6 guests
Located a 24-mile drive away from the world-famous Jurassic Coast, this comfy and characterful holiday home is the perfect base for a sea-fishing break in South Devon. Equally, if you want to stay inland, there is a nearby fishery which you can visit for a day of outdoor sporting pursuits. The pretty towns of Exmouth and Sidmouth are both close by, and the independent Exmouth Marina is a lovely spot to visit if you like your boats. Here you will find everything from jet-skis to yachts parked up. For sea fishing, head to Learmouth Jetty and Pebble Beach.
This cottage offers a calm, relaxing and trendy interior. Each room has been decorated beautifully, and the semi-open-plan living area is great for groups and families who like to be sociable. Although the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you will need, this area is renowned for its great local grub, so you won’t be short of popular pubs to visit. You will find a hot tub and a BBQ area in the garden which is perfect for al fresco dining - and perhaps cooking your catch of the day!
Sleeps 2 guests
Fancy staying somewhere where the fishing is literally on your doorstep? Well, this sweet little cabin for two will be just the ticket. With on-site trout fishing, this is a Scandinavian-style lodge that is accessed via a small wooden bridge that crosses over a beautiful pond. The decked veranda is a lovely place to relax with some al fresco dining whilst enjoying the wild and natural surroundings of the owner’s very own trout fishery. One of you may chill here while the other is fishing, but the nice thing is you can still be together.
Keen fishermen are probably not going to need to leave the fishery, however, on the days where fishing isn’t on the agenda, there is plenty to do within the surrounding area. Nearby is the pretty Devon town of Barnstaple, and of course, being close to the coast means there are endless beaches to discover. You will be comfortable and cosy here, with a wood burner to warm the toes after days out and a luxurious bed to relax in. Read more about it and plan a visit today.
Cottages for group fishing holidays in Devon
We have some great collections of holiday cottages with fishing that are located in the same complex. This is a nice way to get larger groups of friends and family together to enjoy the same location but to also have more living space and privacy for a bit more independence within the group. Here are some of our favourites…
Clovelly Lakes holiday cottages
This is a lovely lakeside complex that offers ten cosy holiday cabins surrounded by nature, wildlife, and stunning lakes. The holiday homes sleep between two and eight people, making them great for all sorts of holidays, from romantic retreats to big family-fun getaways. At Clovelly Lakes, you will find:
These holiday lodges are set on a 320-acre farm with woodland and wetlands, all carefully placed to look over six well-stocked fishing lakes. They are all designed with socialising in mind, with lovely spacious living spaces with enough room for everyone to rest and relax in together. Games nights, home-cooked meals, lazy brunches, and al fresco dining are some of the nice things you can do around the home, and the lovely balconies offer charming places to sit and take in the views.
As well as fishing on-site, you can get out and explore the surrounding area that's brimming with coastal walks, pretty villages, historic attractions, beaches, and lots of amazing places to eat. You can even hop over the Devon/Cornwall border and explore further south – the options are endless. It’s all on your doorstep when staying in the Clovelly Lakes lodges!
Book as a group, or just arrange a wee break for you and your loved one.
Cabana Lakeside Lodges
This is the ultimate place to come if you are looking for log cabin holidays with fishing lakes in Devon. Set in the heart of the county, these holiday lodges are great for friends and families who are looking to spend quality time together in peaceful surroundings. Here you will find four modern lodges which are all stylish and luxurious, adding something special to your stay.
But what about the fishing? The surrounding lakes here are great for coarse fishing, and being right on your doorstep, there is no limit to how much time you spend by the waterside. If the family has different interests, you can leave the fishing-mad ones at home while you go and explore further afield. At Cabana Lakeside, you will find:
Welcoming the whole family, including the four-legged friends, the lodges are lovely, bright and spacious inside, with large French doors opening out onto decked areas complete with hot tubs and great views. The wood burners are great for cosy nights in after long days out fishing, and the open-plan layouts are perfect for those who like sociable mealtimes and after-dinner drinks.
As well as fishing, there is a whole host of attractions nearby if you can bear to pull yourself away from the rod. Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is only 7 miles away. You can tour to see the wild ponies of Exmoor, or head to the Jurassic Coast and explore rugged coastline, sandy beaches and even more marine life. Walking, golfing, cycling and more; there's plenty to keep you busy at the Cabana Lakeside Lodges.
There you have it, some amazing holiday cottages with fishing in Devon. We hope we have inspired you to book your next fishing holiday with us. For more information and more options, check out our full collection of fishing cottages today.
Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing,
please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.