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Wesbite under construction

Wesbite under construction

Thursday 1st February 2018

Now that we are putting the finishing touches on two of our contemporary lodges our focus moves towards updating the website. Please bear with us while we remove legacy text and images from the site which relate to West Pitt Farm Holidays in particular any reference to cottages.


Information relating to Oak & Beech Lodges such as pricing, availability, description and pictures are correct.


As the lodges are completed more detailed pictures will be added to the site.


Thanks


Seb & Angela


 

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May update

May update

Friday 26th May 2017

Both lodges 1 & 2 are progressing nicely, first fix electrics and plumbing are complete and they have been plasterboarded.  The wetroom suites have arrived and will be installed once the tiling is complete. The kitchens are in storage waiting for the windows and doors to be fitted, they are being delivery on June 2nd. The larch cladding and decking are being worked on now.


Lodges 3 & 4 are in the process of being insulated ready for first fix electrics and plumbing.  The roofs have been finished.


All of the patio walls are being faced with local stone and are looking great.


 



 

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Construction update

Construction update

Saturday 29th April 2017

Since our last update there has been huge progress with the construction of our luxury lodges.


Lodges 1 & 2 have been roofed and the first fix electrics and water are well underway.  Larch cladding and decking is on order with the doors and windows due towards the end of May.


All drainage will be complete next week so we can seed and plant up the ground down to the lake.


 

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Construction update

Construction update

Monday 20th February 2017

Construction of our Luxury Holiday Lodges started in early November, after 3 months the groundworks are virtually complete with all four Lodges now out of the ground.


The frames should be erected in the next 6 - 8 weeks

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Fishery under new ownership

Fishery under new ownership

Thursday 28th July 2016

The Fishery changed hands at the end of June with Seb Parker & Angela Tadd becoming the new owners.


Mallard and Willow lakes are open as usual with great sport for all the family; carp to 10lb, Crucians to 1lb 10oz and Roach / Rudd to over a 1lb being caught regularly throughout July.


Unfortunately Kingfisher lake & Farmyard pond are no longer available for fishing.


Work has begun clearing a stock pond in the third field to help in the managment of the fisheries stocks, netting of the lakes will happen during the winter to provide great fishing for 2017. 


A longer term plan is to dig a third lake in this field, watch this space!

Posted in Fishing by Seb Parker.
Tags: #westpittfarmfishery, #cruciancarp, #fishingindevon

Angling Times July 2015

Angling Times July 2015

Wednesday 15th July 2015

ON A TOP-4!  Reported in the Angling Times this week


Ben Squire, Mark Cox and friends reported explosive action on Mallard Lake at West Pitt Fishery last week.  Our 3 coarse fishing lakes located midway between Taunton and Exeter offer some of the very best fishing in Devon!


 

Posted in Fishing by Susanne Westgate.
Tags: #coarse fishing, #fishing in Devon, #carp lakes

Top 5 Things to Do locally while staying at West Pitt Lakes & Lodges in Devon over Half Term

Top 5 Things to Do locally while staying at West Pitt Lakes & Lodges in Devon over Half Term

Saturday 7th February 2015

A walk along The Grand Western Canal Tow Path


The tow path and nature reserve meanders through beautiful mid-Devon countryside. A easy walk from West Pitt to join this path.  With 11 and 1/4 miles, the path provides a wonderful location for a walk or bicycle ride. 


Knightshayes Court, National Trust


Discover a country estate on a grand, gothic scale with acres of glorious gardens and parkland.  Just ten minutes' drive from West Pitt Farm.  CHECK OUT HALF TERM MOVIE MAGIC FOR BUDDING FILM MAKERS AT KNIGHTSHAYES


A Day at Escot Park


A wonderful place for all lovers of nature and the great outdoors.  A family day out not to be missed.  Meet rare red squirrels!


Darts Farm and Topsham


Darts Farm is the home of local Westcountry food and drink. Plus a lot more - a great place to buy gifts too!  There is a cafe, restaurant and fish & chips shop. Combine with a visit to Topsham Town, on The Exe River. This attractive town has lovely shops, cafes and restaurants.


Tiverton Museum


This award-winning museum is a real gem.  Friendly staff, activities for children and lots of interesting collections with a focus on the history of mid-Devon Life.


 


 


 

Posted in by Susanne Westgate.
Tags: #walking, #cycling, #daysout,

Winter Catches

Winter Catches

Friday 23rd January 2015

Excellent catches all year at West Pitt Farm; January 2015 is no exception!


Rupert and Kev reported catches of over 100lb on Mallard Lake for a 5 hour fishing session earlier this month.

Posted in Fishing by Susanne Westgate.
Tags: Coarse Fishing, Fishing in Devon

Summer Fishing School at West Pitt Farm!

Summer Fishing School at West Pitt Farm!

Monday 11th August 2014

Enjoy an action-packed session with top angling write, Dom Garnett


Thursday 21st or Friday 22nd August 2014 at West Pitt Farm, Nr Tiverton Devon EX16 7DU.  JUST A COUPLE OF PLACES LEFT, £16 FOR A 4 HOUR SESSION.



  • For youngsters aged 6-16

  • Tackle and bait provided

  • Beginners to experienced welcome

  • Learn new skills and techniques from float to fly fishing

  • Teacher fully licensed and CRB checked


For more information contact Dom Garnett, Tel 07804 240986 email domgarnett@yahoo.co.uk

Posted in Fishing by Susanne Westgate.
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Father's Day

Father's Day

Sunday 15th June 2014

Happy Father's Day....  


Lovely to see father and son fishing together at Willow Lake today.  The sun is shining, fishing is great and I am sure they will have lots of catches.

Posted in Fishing by Susanne Westgate.
Tags: #Fishing, #Devon

Easter weekend fishing on Mallard Lake

Easter weekend fishing on Mallard Lake

Sunday 20th April 2014

 Excellent fishing on Mallard Lake yesterday - well done to the young lads on their catches.

Posted in Fishing by Susanne Westgate.
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Fabulous Fishing at all our lakes

Fabulous Fishing at all our lakes

Tuesday 1st April 2014

Spring has arrived in Devon - 


Enjoy excellent catches at all our lakes at West Pitt Farm.  There are three lakes to choose from for Day Ticket Fishing and whether you are an experienced angler or just starting out there is something for everyone.  Open every day from dawn until dusk.  See our fishery pages www.westpittfarm.co.uk/fishing.php for more information.  We look forward to seeing you at the Fishery.


Alternatively, stay in one of our holiday cottages and fish for free at all three lakes and the Farmyard Pond for guests' exclusive use,  www.westpittfarm.co.uk/cottages.php 

Posted in Fishing by Susanne Westgate.
Tags: #coarsefishing, #fishingDevon

10 Things you can do to help with a green holiday while at West Pitt Farm in Devon

10 Things you can do to help with a green holiday while at West Pitt Farm in Devon

Tuesday 24th September 2013

Our policy at West Pitt  is to minimise our impact on the environment while offering high quality, comfortable accommodation in Devon’s glorious countryside.  Here are 10 things we suggest our guests might do to help with a greener holiday at West Pitt Farm in Devon.


1. Conserve energy. Please switch off lights when not required and when you go out of the cottage. Close windows and doors when the heating is on. In fine weather use the washing line to dry your washing.


2. Conserve water. At West Pitt Farm our water comes from our own borehole providing fresh spring water to all the cottages. Please remember not to leave taps running.


3. Travel by train. We can arrange a complimentary pick up and return to Tiverton Parkway Rail Station which is just a few minutes’ drive from West Pitt. There are lots of ideas for days out by train too.


4. Give the car a rest. At West Pitt Farm there is plenty to do on site with our indoor heated swimming pool, games’ room, grass tennis court, fishing, children’s play area together with walking and cycle paths nearby. Map packs are provided together with local cycle hire information.


5. Days out under an hour’s drive. Enjoy all Exeter has to offer and use the Park and Ride service. There are free red badge day tours too. Experience wonderful wildlife at Escot Park. Have fun at Crealy Park. Visit historic homes and gardens such at Knightshayes Court, Powderham Castle and Hestercombe Gardens. These are just a few of the ideas we provide for days out nearby.


6. Reduce, reuse and recyle. Use the easily accessible and clearly labelled bins to recycle items. Remember to take bags when going shopping. Let us know if have not used any linen or towels in your cottage to save washing.


7. Remember to shower before using the swimming pool. This will reduce the amount of chemicals required to keep the pool clean and reduce the amount on your skin. Remember to cover the pool following your swim; it will help to keep it warm for your next swim.


8. Follow the Countryside Code. Respect wildlife and other people enjoying the outdoors, protect the environment and wildlife by not leaving any litter, keep dogs under control and always clean up after your dog, close gates and follow paths.


9. Shop local. There are two farm shops just a few miles from West Pitt Farm offering excellent local produce. In addition, there are markets in Tiverton and Cullompton just 10 minutes away.


10. Let us know how we can improve. We welcome any ideas you may have for a greener holiday.

 

Posted in Green Tourism by Susanne Westgate.
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Gold Award

Gold Award

Monday 9th September 2013

West Pitt Farm has been awarded Gold under the Green Tourism Business Scheme


Following a four hour assessment last month we are delighted to have been awarded the highest rating, a Gold Award.  The assessment was set against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas, like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity ....  It is good to know that the efforts we have made and continue to make at West Pitt Farm with our wind turbines, boimass boiler system, high levels of insulation in our cottages, recycling, countryside management... have been recognised.


 

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Harry's First Catch

Harry's First Catch

Wednesday 7th August 2013

Fishing at the Farmyard Pond at West Pitt Farm Cottages in Devon, guests staying are enjoying the sunshine and some fishing.  We are happy to lend fishing equipment to our guests and after guidance from his Dad, Harry is delighted with his first catch.


Well done Harry!

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Tiverton Balloon Festival

Tiverton Balloon Festival

Friday 12th July 2013

The Tiverton Balloon Festival  is underway this weekend with lots to do and see.


The Tiverton Balloon Festival at the grounds of Petroc College, Bolham Road, Tiverton, EX16 6SH is this weekend, 12-14 July, and with perfect weather it should be a great success. There is a fun-filled programme including music, "Taste of the West" Food Pavilion, Westcountry Ales and Cider, Vintage aircraft displays, mountain bike stunt teams, archery, falconry and much more.  There will be mass balloon ascents featuring a whole host of colourful Hot Air Balloons.


We are hoping to see some of the balloons from our stunning location at West Pitt Farm in Devon.

Posted in What to do in Devon by Susanne Westgate.
Tags: Tiverton Balloon Festival

Spring is here at last

Spring is here at last

Tuesday 12th February 2013

Spring half term has started and the snow drops are out.  We are looking forward to a warmer days and some sunshine too.


See our special offers for March and book online for a weekend break at West Pitt Farm Holiday Cottages in Devon.  Whether it is a cosy cottage for two with a woodburner or a family get-together in one of our larger cottages, there is something for everyone at West Pitt Farm.

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YouTube with Matt

YouTube with Matt

Sunday 27th January 2013

Watch Matt's YouTube of his day's fishing on Mallard Lake at West Pitt Farm with lots of tips on how to fish this carp lake.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm7KfnJrNAc

Posted in Fishing by Susanne.
Tags: Fishing in Devon

The perfect gift for someone who loves fishing

The perfect gift for someone who loves fishing

Friday 7th December 2012

A holiday at West Pitt Farm in Devon is not only the perfect gift for anyone who loves fishing but also for all the family.  With three fishing lakes, and a pond for exclusive use they will be spoilt for choice.  This together with our beautiful holiday cottages and excellent facilities including indoor heated swimming pool, games' room, sauna, grass tennis court and children's play area there is something for everyone.  Perfect for couples, families and groups of friends.    Call Susanne 01884 820296 or email susannewestgate@yahoo.com to find out more about a gift for someone who loves fishing.  Fishing at West Pitt Farm.

Posted in Christmas Gifts for Fishermen by Susanne Westgate.
Tags: Gifts for fishermen, Christmas gift of a holiday, Perfect gift for a fisherman, Fishing Gifts, Fishing Holiday in Devon, Gifts for Anglers

Holiday Cottage for the New Year in Devon

Holiday Cottage for the New Year in Devon

Wednesday 5th December 2012

See the New Year of 2013 in at West Pitt Farm with a complimentary bottle of Champagne.  The Cider Press is perfect for a couple or a couple and two young children and is available for a short break or a week's stay commencing Friday 28th December 2012.  Tariff from £550.  Call or email Susanne for more information.

Posted in New Year at West Pitt Farm by Susanne Westgate.
Tags: Cottage in Devon for New Year

Last Minute and Offers for Half Term

Last Minute and Offers for Half Term

Friday 12th October 2012

19 Oct, short break or week's stay for The Cider Press, sleeps 2-4 and The Carthouse, sleeps 2-10. 


Week of 26 Oct, The Hayloft, sleeps 2 plus space for one foldaway. 


Call Susanne for a quote for your dates and numbers in your group, 01884 282096 or email susannewestgate@yahoo.com

Posted in by Susanne Westgate.
Tags: Autumn Half Term, Last minute cottages, Cottages in Devon with swimming pool,

Birthday treat for son

Birthday treat for son

Monday 4th June 2012

Stuart and his son had a great day's fishing...


"I just wanted to thank you for an absolutely fantastic day on Sunday 13th May.  We fished from 8am - 8pm and caught somewhere around 100 fish, by far our biggest ever haul!  My son had the time of his life and still can't stop talking about what an incredible day it was, and all on his his birthday. We really couldn't have asked for a better day. We came home sunburnt, knackered and with grins like Chesire cats!  The ponds and surrounding area are absolutely beautiful and you clearly care a great deal about the whole set-up so thank you for all your efforts.  Many thanks again, I'm sure we'll be back soon!"  Stuart Eaglesome


We look forward to seeing you again at the Fishery.

Posted in Fishing by Susanne.
Tags: Fishing at West Pitt Farm, Excellent day's fishing at West Pitt Farm

Carp on Mallard Lake

Carp on Mallard Lake

Thursday 30th June 2011

"Thank you for a wonderful day's fishing at West Pitt Farm.  I will certainly be coming back.  Had in excess of 300lb of carp from Mallard Lake while fishing near the outlet pipe.  Lost the top of my pole that day too!!"   Keith from Bideford, Devon  June 2011

Posted in Fishing by Susanne.
Tags: Coarse Fishing at West Pitt Farm, Mallard Lake at West Pitt Farm

Excellent fishing at West Pitt Farm

Saturday 7th May 2011

Paul Warren from Wellington has reported his recent catches on Mallard Lake : "Sunday - 125lbs - 80 fish - of which 5 were crucian best 2lb 3oz - best carp 4lb 13oz - I used 14 elastic - size 16 hook.  Monday - 103lbs - 49 fish - 1 crucian 1lb 8oz - best carp 6lb 10oz - I used 18 elastic - size 12 hook.  I think this proves on the pole you catch more with lighter elastic and smaller hooks at this time of the year."


 


David Bell visiting West Pitt Farm Fishery for the first time last week: "Just a quick note to say thanks.  We have been at your ponds twice this week and were very impresed.  Having fished all over the southwest we have never found a cleaner or well presented fishery.  We have told all our fishing friends and will be back next Wednesday to have another go.  Thank you once again."  David Bell

 

Posted in Fishing by Susanne Westgate.
Tags: Coarse Fishing in Devon, Fishery in Devon, West Pitt Farm Fishery

Fishing at West Pitt Farm

Fishing at West Pitt Farm

Thursday 6th January 2011

Lakes are now clear of snow and ice and OPEN AGAIN for fishing.

Posted in Fishing by Susanne Westgate.
Tags: Fishing