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Chaffinch Lodge

(Ref. 918821)

Highampton near Sheepwash, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Dishwasher

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful location and hosts- the lodge was spotless and incredibly comfortable with everything we could have needed."

    The only thing we missed personally was wi- fi access as we had a hard time staying in touch with visiting family and friends feeding our fur babies back home in the US. But we would most definitely stay here again and have already recommended to other family members

    Thank you for your wonderful feedback, it was lovely to meet you both, we hope you had a good flight home, come back and visit us soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by J5.0Mar 2024

  • "A lovely place to stay, clean and well equipped, A great place to bring the dogs , location is good for other places ."

    The owner is helpful and friendly

    Thank you for your wonderful feedback, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay, it was lovely to meet you, we hope you will come again, Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ta5.0Oct 2023

  • "Could not fault the owners nick and Tracey ,the lodge was really good ,great walks through the wooded area for our dog,fishing 3 lakes fished fish in good condition,august 2023 weather could have been a bit better but this is England ,wi-fi would be a great advantage for the rainy days."

    Dave and gill, Daniel and spaniel Harley thanks.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at legge farm, the lodge was equipped with everything we needed, it was spacious and comfortable and the fishing lakes were a huge hit."

    Would definitely recommend staying here and we hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Carly5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely site - tranquil, peaceful, easygoing plus beautiful lakes!"

    We were made very welcome. My 2 young grandsons had a wonderful time fishing for two days & caught many fish as well as feeding the ponies.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jul 2023

  • "We was delightfully surprised by the Chaffinch lodge and grounds, although you did advertise the fishing the lakes were beautiful and helped to make our stay very enjoyable although we didn’t do any fishing, perhaps next time I’ll bring my fishing gear, all in all it was a peaceful and relaxing experience, it would be nice to have a field for the dogs to have a run in, oh by the way the lodge was immaculate inside and out."

    Fred & Susan

    Reviewed by Frederick5.0Jun 2023

  • "You don't have to be into fishing to appreciate Legg Farm, it's a wonderful place for those seeking a little peace."

    Our stay was near perfect. Breakfast on the terrace over looking the lake with its screen of mature trees was magical. With no other ambient sound the bird song was naturally amplified. The lodge was comfortable, spacious and well equipped. Tracy and Nick have thought of everything. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger: 'We will be back!'

    Reviewed by Terry5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely lodge with full facilities and the surroundings, lakes and woods are absolutely beautiful."

    I feel it should be mentioned on the advert however that the owners live next door with their 3 dogs and 2 cats, who are allowed out off lead. We have a very fearful and reactive dog and would not have booked if we had known this.

    Reviewed by Ellen4.1Apr 2023

  • "Property was comfortable, and in a good position for travelling around Devon"

    Reviewed by Anita4.7Aug 2022

  • "The lodge was lovely, very clean and had everything you needed."

    It was a very relaxing holiday, my husband and grandson enjoyed their time fishing in one of the 5 lakes. We had some nice walks around the farm with our 2 puppies as well. Tracey was really friendly and always available if you needed anything. I would defiantly recommend Legge Farm for a nice relaxing holiday. Pat

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Jul 2022

  • "Exceeded our expectations lodge was beautiful lovely quiet location very clean ..."

    Exceeded our expectations lodge was beautiful lovely quiet location very clean even though weather was not at it's best it never dampened our 5 night stay, wind and quite heavy rain but unless you looked outside you wouldn't have known loved seeing the alpacas and cute sheep which we walked past every day when walking out pooch who was also made very welcome by Tracy

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at this lodge, the owners were very welcoming everything you could need was supplied in the lodge, we have booked through sykes for a number of years and this has to be one of the best places we have stayed, its a great base for touring Devon we went mainly to get away from the busy holiday area we live in and it was so quiet here and the 5 fishing lakes were lovely to sit by while my husband did some fishing."

    Would highly recommend staying here

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Sep 2021

  • "Tranquil stay, lovely lodge."

    Would recommend to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.7Jul 2021

  • "The lodge was absolutely stunning, it was different to the one advertised much newer and really beautiful, the location was just what we wanted and the area was so peaceful."

    The only observations we would comment on are we had expected an enclosed veranda from photographs as we had pets and it was a newer lodge and would benefit from a gate to enclose area for both pets and children as the veranda wraps around out of sight. The mattress on the double bed was very soft and springy and it could do with a more comfortable mattress. We had a great time, it was everything we had wanted from it, would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Sharon3.8Jun 2021

  • "We were put into another lodge on site as owners were in Chaffinch lodge."

    The place was a building site, as they were doing ground works for other lodges, it was noisy due to machinery being used for the ground works. Saying that the owners were very lovely people and tried to be as accommodating as they could given the circumstances, I did send an email to your company but with no response. We had an elderly relative with us who couldn’t venture outside due to the unsafe environment. As you can imagine the holiday was not that relaxing, especially as my father had just passed away and a quiet relaxing break was to help us all relax fir a while. I would like to feel that a partial refund would be looked at given the circumstances of our holiday with your company

    Reviewed by Sue3.4May 2021

  • "We had a lovely half term week at Chaffinch Lodge and would definitely go back."

    We took our own towels and pillows due to Covid, however under normal circumstances we would not hesitate to use those provided. The lodge was clean and had all we needed for a relaxing, quiet break away. The fishing lakes and surrounding areas provided some lovely dog walking routes. We will most definitely book to go again.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2020

  • "There were used pan scourers and dish cloth on sink."

    Babies bottle with milk in fridge, previous occupyers food in cupboards. Board games and books were still there after we were told they would be taken out and bed linen was stained. All of the above gave us no confidence in it being COVID safe as cupboards and fridge had not even been checked. We had to clean and disinfect everything before we could start our holiday. Lovely location and lodge were let down by the cleanliness especially in these times of Covid19.

    Reviewed by Richard3.4Oct 2020

  • "The Lodge is located right in front of one of the fishing ponds which give a stunning view of the blue waters when sat on the porch."

    There was amble parking for more than one car with an area around the lodge for pets to run when letting out before locking up for the night. Although pets remain on lead in most areas there was a field area at the back to let pets roam wider within a short walk. As for the Lodge itself it was spacious with all the basics needed to self-cater. Microwave, oven, kettle, washing machine/dryer and fridge/freezer all included with the utensils (plates, knifes/fork/spoons, glasses/cups etc). For myself it was great that there was no WIFI and limited phone/data signal as the intention was to get away from the technical day to day noise. A gas fire worked well and provided the night-time relaxing lighting with a TV giving Freeview digital channels. The Lodge was warm, clean, and well-presented throughout and would happily go back in the future. The Lodge was within driving distance of several local viewpoints which allowed travel around the whole area. The owners were very friendly and were on hand if there were any issues (not that we had any). It was a real pleasure for the week and just what we needed to get away and have already recommended to friends and will be looking to go back in the future.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Jul 2020

  • "Lovely lodge in a beautiful tranquil setting with lovely owners."

    Off season meant it was very quiet. Awful weather amd storm Dennis meant we were indoors a fair bit with young children and it was great. Lots of space, good furnishings and some board games and books are provided to enjoy. Central Heating is fast and heats the whole lodge in a short time. The bath /shower water is hot with a good flow. Only fault was the odd dog hair and scent which is totally understandable as a pet friendly lodge. Even without a dog or a passion to fish we would defo recommend.

    Reviewed by Bhaven4.1Feb 2020

  • "Fantastic holiday wonderful warm comfortable lodge."

    Fishing fantastic my husband caught 50 fish all in great condition and various species. The only draw back is no Wfi or mobile phone signal. But didn’t spoil our holiday just something to consider. Warm welcome from our hosts who acted as bailiff and advisor. The Half Moon at Sheepwash is 3 miles away a traditional Devon pub great Sunday roast very reasonably priced and dog friendly. Nearest convenience store is the CO OP at Hatherleigh. Fab Lidi in Bude about 20 miles away. Good fishing tackle shops at Great Torrington and Bude. All in all we recommend hence this is our second visit and back again next March 2020.

    Reviewed by Sandy5.0Sep 2019

  • "We absolutely loved the lodge - it's location is superb, very peaceful and relaxing and although not into fishing the lakes surrounding the lodge make for a very pleasant walk."

    The owners are friendly and helpful - I did have an issue with the hard mattress in the master bedroom which was dealt with in a "nothing is too much trouble" manner. In every other aspect the lodge is very comfortable and we felt completely at home.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2019

  • "This place is perfect it’s quiet loads of wildlife even a robin that comes in and helps itself to bread."

    Five lakes to fish and pubs with food not far away. The owner is very friendly and so are her three dogs. If I could move there I would.

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0Aug 2019

  • "This is an ideal holiday for anybody who wants to get away from it all and just chill out."

    There is great fishing on the lakes, my husband caught tench, bream and some lovely carp. Lovely walks around the lakes with the dog. We would definitely recommend Chaffinch Lodge and we will be returning there.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Jul 2019

  • "Had a great stay at lodge very relaxing my husband enjoyed fishing every day our ..."

    Had a great stay at lodge very relaxing my husband enjoyed fishing every day our dog enjoyed all the great walks around the fields would definitely be booking up again

    Reviewed by D5.0Jun 2019

  • "We loved it so much we book it for next year my husband loved the lake I love it ..."

    We loved it so much we book it for next year my husband loved the lake I love it for the piece and quiet people were friendly my dog loved it to

    Reviewed by Jean4.7Jun 2019

  • "Fantastic lodge Lovely people Will definitely be going back"

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2019

  • "The lodge was very clean and comfortable, in a beautiful location, very rural and quiet."

    Site management were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about local area and the fishing. The fishing was amazing, lots of species, good sized healthy fish, not over stocked like some fisheries, not over fished either, some days we were the only ones on the lake. Even if you don`t fish, highly recommend just for wildlife and tranquility. Sykes were great too, right from initial booking up to the day we left. Good price, kept informed and lots of info. We are very likely going to book again, possibly the same lodge, next year. Fantastic holiday, highly recommended if you like peace and quiet and/or fishing.

    Reviewed by Julian5.0Apr 2019

  • "It was that good there I’ve already booked to go back in 2019"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2018

  • "A comfortable lodge overlooking a fishing lake."

    Very helpful, friendly owners. Ideal for dogs and bird watchers.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.1Sep 2018

  • "Beautiful lodge - lovely, peaceful location."

    A good base to travel around. Would recommend the site and would visit again.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2018

  • "The quiet location."

    Luxury and comfort of the lodge.

    Reviewed by Sally4.7Jul 2018

  • "We had a lovely time people were lovely and welcome in fishing lakes were great ..."

    We had a lovely time people were lovely and welcome in fishing lakes were great the Cottage itself was absolutely brilliant going back next year can't wait if you love fishing this is the place to stay very happy with hoilday thank you

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2018

  • "We have stayed at chaffinch lodge twice now and there's a very rare thing for us to do."

    We normally just book different cottages but chaffinch lodge has it all. The peace and quiet but also the facilities and equipment inside. Very safe for our 18 month old and clean too! Just a small fault but maybe a larger frying pan would be helpful. Great week spent at chaffinch lodge and looking forward to returning soon

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Feb 2018

  • "The ultimate peaceful location!"

    Brilliant view of nothing but lakes and fields. The photos don’t really do the location or the lodge justice. The owners were welcoming and accommodating. We would definitely look to book again.

    Reviewed by David4.8Nov 2017

  • "This is a lovely property in a great setting."

    Spacious but cosy, comfortable and warm. So much storage space for luggage. Everything you need for a great stay. Nice to have plenty of towels and a dishwasher. Lovely view of one of the fishing lakes from our window and so many birds came to the feeders on the balcony. Never seen a woodpecker so close before. Great walks with the dog through the wood. If you are looking for peace and quiet look no further. Ideal place for relaxation especially sitting in front of the fire on a dull day.

    Reviewed by Jill4.6Nov 2016

  • "Very peaceful location."

    Made to feel very welcome. Dog heaven!

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Sep 2016

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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private patio with furniture
  • 28-acre farm with 5 unfenced fishing lakes, woodland walks and unfenced wildlife pond with picnic area
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.6 miles, pub 1.2 mile
  • Note: Although ground floor, there are three steps to the front door
  • Note: Guidebooks and fishing advice available on-site, please contact owner for more information
  • Note: Please bring own fishing equipment
  • Note: Fishing charges will apply and some bait will be for sale, please contact owner for details
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead when on the fishery and due to unfenced lakes, please ensure children are supervised at all times.

The property

Sheepwash 2.7 miles.

This beautiful two-bedroom lodge enjoys a secluded positon on the peaceful Legge Farm Cause Fishery, offering four guests a wonderful angling adventure to Devon.

Near to the quaint village of Sheepwash, Chaffinch Lodge boasts fabulous interiors and is encompassed by picturesque surroundings.

Following a day outdoors fishing on one of the five lakes, be welcomed back into the comfort of the open-plan living space, home to a collection of plush seating inviting you in to relax and refresh, whether watching the TV while the electric fire adds a homely ambiance, or getting stuck into a good book.

Come together around the dining table for board or card games, before clearing things away to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal, lovingly prepared in the kitchen.

Find a wealth of appliances here to assist you on your self-catered stay, fitted within a stylish, cream kitchen.

Retire to one of the two bedrooms at night, choosing from the master double bedroom with an en-suite shower room, or the delightful twin, served by the shared bathroom, perfect for a peaceful soak in the tub.

Spend time outside on your private decked area, relishing warm summer weather, with plenty of acres to wander which your dogs are sure to love.

Make memories to last a lifetime in this anglers paradise in Devon at Chaffinch Lodge.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs: 1068231 and 1115759 together sleeping up to 10 guests.

Legge Farm Lodges

Sheepwash 2.7 miles. A group of detached, holiday lodges on a 28-acre fishing farm near Sheepwash, providing fabulous getaways for keen fishermen or wildlife lovers. These rural retreats back onto a small, friendly caravan site, providing a sociable holiday atmosphere. The lodges are open plan and have small, private outdoor seating areas as well as the freedom to wander this beautiful site with wildflower meadows, woodland walks and five sizeable fishing lakes, well stocked with Common, Mirror Ghost and Grass Carp, Roach, Rudd, Bream, Tench and Perch. There is also a wildlife lake where visitors can marvel at the colourful dragonflies, interesting birds and ducks. All guests and day visitors to this farm are provided with a warm welcome by the owners and all the animals; there is always help and advice on hand. It is just a short drive into the nearby friendly village of Sheepwash where you can stock up in the shop or meet the locals for a glass of local brew in the quintessential pub. This part of rural Devon is known as Ruby Country and has some spectacular trails for walking or cycling. Further afield, the stunning North Devon coastline is rich in beaches, so guests at these lovely lodges will have a huge choice of surfing, swimming and rock pool beaches to choose from. Whether you decide to stay on site and relax, or if you’d rather venture out and discover the nearby area, you will be sure to enjoy your stay in this wonderful area.

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About the location


Great Torrington 9 miles; Okehampton 12 miles; Bideford 16 miles; Bude 20 miles.

Sheepwash village is set in the peaceful Torridge Valley in Devon. The village offers a shop and a friendly traditional pub set in the village square, serving good food and locally brewed ales. Sheepwash is ideal for walkers and country lovers, being located in the heart of Ruby Trail Country and within easy reach of the Tarka Trail or the coast. Stroll along the River Torridge where you are more than likely to spot an otter family and maybe a Kingfisher or two. There are many places of interest in the surrounding area, including the coastal towns of Bude, Clovelly, Bideford and Westward Ho!, where you will find traditional seaside activities, surfing and the South West coastal footpath. Dartmoor is within 20 minutes’ drive, as is the RHS Rosemoor at Great Torrington and several National Trust properties, and a good variety of visitor attractions, ideal for families or couples, such as the Big Sheep at Bideford, Trethorne Leisure Farm at Launceston, the Miniature Pony Centre at Moretonhampstead, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are all within reach.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas