Whistley Waters

Holiday Lodges and Coarse Fishery

 

ABOUT

Whistley Waters is a beautiful 15 acre peaceful retreat nestled in the heart of the outstanding North Dorset countryside, offering 2 delightfully charming and quirky self catering wooden lodges over looking 4 well stocked fishing lakes, all within the grounds of the owners home.  Set amongst working farms with unspoilt views of the surrounding countryside on the edge of the Blackmore Vale. Whistley Waters offers a little piece of English paradise where guests can truly unwind and feel at peace with the world.

  • Countryside setting

  • Self catering

  • Free wifi

  • Welcome hamper

  • Coarse Fishing

  • Boating

  • Pitch and putt golf

  • Great games shed

  • Child friendly

  • Dog friendly

  • BBQ and pizza oven

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Path leading to Whistley Coppice
The Golf Course
Swan Lake
Try some canoeing
Great walks for dogs
A view of Whistley Waters
Into Whistley Coppice
View from The Flower Meadow
Swan Lake
Apple Picking
Frosty Whistley Waters

Whistley Waters offers Rose and Apple Tree Lodge. Both lodges are set within 15 acres including its own ancient woodland, Whistley Coppice, which is a particular feature in spring, covered in a carpet of wild garlic and bluebells. With its own woodland walk leading to miles of public footpaths through farmland and country lanes and a nature treasure hunt, Whistley Coppice is a wonderful experience for all guests. There is a 3 hole pitch and putt golf course, exclusive use of any of the 4 fishing lakes offering either fishing, boating, a try at wild swimming or simply as part of the unspoilt views of the surrounding countryside. You can even go and collect your fresh eggs in the morning from the chicken coup. With easy access to numerous local attractions, the North Dorset cycleway, traditional country pubs within walking distance and the town with local ammeites only 2 miles away, Whistley Waters offers an idyllic, rural  setting with the feeling of seclusion without being remote. 

 

Nature lovers will delight in the rich and diverse wildlife that can be seen at Whistley Waters, including its own badger set and resident King Fisher living amongst the many feathery and furry creatures that visit throughout the year.  Bird and nature books are available in both lodges along with binoculars and with pond dipping jars dotted around different parts of the stream and lakes and seasonal foraging opportunities, with wild garlic, apple trees, blackberries and the community vegetable allotment all guests get to immerse themselves completely in the natural beauty of Whistley Waters. All set on a backdrop of a gently meandering steam with its own waterfall, which elevates the already flourishing sounds of nature, Whistley Waters feels truly enchanting, a real hidden gem.  

 

                                                                               The Lodges

Rose lodge
the view from the verandah
The golf course
The back patio.
Part of the Welcome hamper
View of the Lodges from the golf cou
A stroll around the lakes
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Whether it is a cosy night in front of a long burning effect stove or sitting on the patio, watching the sun set, while cooking a pizza in your very own pizza oven, Rose and Apple Tree Lodge offers everything you need to truly relax and unwind. After a dreamy night's sleep wrapped in egyptian cotton bedding, wake up to the sun rising over the lakes. Venture out to collect your very own fresh eggs to go with the locally sourced sausages and bacon, from the local butchers, enjoyed with a cup of Dorset tea or a freshly ground Dorset coffee all part of the generous welcome hamper, making breakfast a real treat. 

Both Lodges sit in an enclosed garden over looking Mallard Lake at the front with a verandah that accommodates some outdoor lounge furniture and dining for 6, enabling you sit and relax in an elevated position making the most of the  wonderful views over the pitch and put golf course to Mallard Lake and the countryside beyond. The verandah also has a screen so it can become an enclosed space.The back of the lodges offers meadow and farmland views with a patio with outside dining for 6 and a pizza oven all illuminated at night by festoon lighting. Hiring both together would be perfect for larger family reunions or groups of friends, giving you the oppotunity to exclusively enjoy the magic of Whistley Waters.

 

There is a games shed with an amazing selection of outdoor games including croquet, badminton and golf clubs and balls for the pitch and putt golf course. If the weather calls for it, there is also numerous pairs of wellies in a selection of sizes and the use of umbrellas.

 

Rose Lodge  sleeps upto 6                                                                             Apple Tree Lodge sleeps up to 5.  For specific lodge information and layout click on the specific lodge you are interested in. As an overview each lodge offers the following;

  • A breakfast welcome hamper with local produce, milk, tea and coffee.

  • A welcome folder offering detailed information about your lodge, Whistley Waters and its surrounding area, including activities, local pubs and restaurants and takeaways.

  • Egyptian cotton bedding and large fluffy cotton towels

  • Free Sat flatscreen TV

  • DVD Player

  • Free WIFI

  • Very realistic log burning effect stove, all the charm of a real log burner without the mess and need to refuel.

  • A selection of books, dvds and indoor games and activities

  • A well equipped kitchen for all your cooking needs, including an electric hob and oven, microwave and dishwasher and all the utensils and cookware you could possible need.

  • Fridge with freezer compartment.

  • Outside dining for 6 on the the verandah, at the front and on the patio at the back.

  • Pizza Oven at the back patio 

  • BBQ at the front of each lodge

  • With 3 young children we know how much planning and packing is involved to bring everything needed to make holidays away from home run smoothly. Baby and young children packages are available at no extra cost which include items such as cots, stairgates, bed sides and highchairs, so please contact us with your requirements and we will do our best to accommodate these.

  • Three local supermarkets deliver to Whistley Waters, they are  Waitrose, Tescos  and Asda. You are more than welcome to receive home deliveries during your stay and if you would like a home delivery to arrive before your check in time, we are more than happy to coordinate this with you. We can unload the shopping into your lodge and put cold items in the fridge. Please note the fridge houses a freezer compartment so room for frozen goods is limited. 

  • We can even organise an in house chef that cooks amazing Thai food.

  • Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement and at an extra cost. They must remain downstairs and a stair gate will be provided. You must provide their own bedding and towels and ensure they will remain off any furniture.

  • There is no wheelchair access in either lodge.

Rose Lodge

 
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Downstairs double bedroom
1 of the twin bedrooms
Kitchen, breakfast bar
The downstairs bathroom
Cosy Lounge area
Rose Lodge
The kitchen and breakfast bar

Rose Lodge sleeps 6, 5 adults and the 6th bed is better suited to a child. There is 1 double bedroom downstairs and 2 twin bedrooms upstairs. The Lodge offers free wifi, a welcome hamper, a welcome folder with further information about Whistley Waters and the surrounding area, complimentary mini toiletries, baby and children packages and accepts a maximum of 2 well behaved dogs, by prior arrangement and at an extra charge.

 

T o enter the Lodge you walk up 10 steps on to a wooden verandah where there is outside lounge furniture and also dining for upto six people. The verandah does have a screen which enables it to become an enclosed area. There is a gas BBQ at the bottom of the steps with BBQ utensils.

 

 The front door opens into the open plan kitchen/dinner/sitting room. The kitchen is well equipped with an electric oven and hob, microwave and dishwasher and there is variety of kitchenware and utensils. The dining area sits upto 6 people comfortably and there is seating for 2 at the breakfast bar. The sitting room is a combination of a comfortable sofa and 2 comfortable armchairs, all in front of a log burning effect stove. There is a flat screen, Smart TV with FreeSat channels and catch up TV and a DVD player with a small selection of DVDS in the Lodge. There are also a couple of DAB radios on hand if you prefer. There is a downstairs bathroom with a bath and a lovely view of the flower meadow as well as huge 100% cotton, fluffy bath towels. Next to the downstairs bathroom is the double bedroom with 100% eyptian cotton bed linen for an extra special nights sleep.

Up the spiral staircase you will find 2 twin bedrooms both with exceptional views of Whistley Waters and the surrounding countryside. There is also an upstairs shower and toilet.

 

 We offer baby and young children packages, free of charge, which can include high chairs, travel cots, stairgates or bed sides, if you have a specific request just contact us and let us know and we will do our best to accommodate it. 

 

Apple Tree Lodge 

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Photos coming soon. Same style and similar decor to Rose Lodge.

 

THINGS TO DO

Fishing on any of our 4 lakes. 
 
A games shed packed with garden games - Croquet, swing ball, cricket and much more.
 
Golf on our 3 hole pitch and putt golf course
 
Woodland walk and nature treasure hunt
 
Rowing boat, canoe, body boarding or wild swimming on Swan Lake
Each Lodge has its own BBQ and pizza oven and sun loungers are available too
A welcome folder in each Lodge provides further information on local activities including swimming and fitness, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, golf and local markets and eateries. For further information on these activities or if you need anything booked before your stay please do not hesitate to contact us.

Tried and tested local attractions within an hour of

Whistley Waters

 

National Trust

  • ​Stour head House and Gradens - 10 minutes

  • Montacute House -  40 minutes

  • Stonehenge - 40 minutes

  • Cheddar Gorge - 1 hour

  • Wincanton race course - 20 minutes

  • Haynes International Motor Museum - 20 minutes

  • Fleet Arm Museum RNAS Yeovilton - 25 minutes

  • Longleat House and Safari Park - 30 min

  • Monkey World - 1 hour

  • Wokey Hole - 1 hour

  • Shaftesbury - 20 minutes

  • Sherborne - 30 minutes

  • Bath - 1 hour

  • Bournemouth - under 1 1/2 hours

  • Dorset Jurassic coast - under 1 1/2 hours

  • Being on the Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset boarder there are plenty of wonderful day trips, so for more ideas check out the links below......

Apple Tree Lodge sleeps up to 5 adults in 1 double bedroom downstairs and a twin bedroom and a single bedroom upstairs. The Lodge offers free wifi, a welcome hamper, a welcome folder offering further information about Whistley Waters and the surrounding area, complimentary mini toiletries, baby and children packages and accepts a maximum of 2 well behaved dogs, by prior arrangement and at an extra charge.

 

T o enter the Lodge you walk up 10 steps on to a wooden verandah where there is outside lounge furniture and also dining for upto six people. The verandah does have a screen which enables it to become an enclosed area. There is a gas BBQ at the bottom of the steps with BBQ utensils.

 The front door opens into the open plan kitchen/dinner/sitting room. There is a well equipped kitchen with  electric oven and hob, microwave and dishwasher and a variety of kitchenware and utensils. The dining area sits upto 6 people comfortably. The sitting room is a combination of a comfortable sofa and 2 comfortable armchairs, all in front of a log burning effect stove. There is a flat screen, Smart TV with FreeSat channels and catch up TV and a DVD player with a small selection of DVDS in the Lodge. There are also a couple of DAB radios on hand if you prefer. There is a downstairs bathroom with a bath and over the bath electric shower. There is even a lovely view from the shower as well as huge 100% cotton, fluffy bath towels. Next to the downstairs bathroom is the double bedroom with 100% eyptian cotton bed linen for an extra special nights sleep.

Up the compact wooden stair case you will find 2 further bedrooms. 1 singe and 1 twin both with exceptional views of Whistley Waters and the surrounding countryside. There is also an upstairs toilet.

 

 We offer baby and young children packages, free of charge, which can include high chairs, travel cots, stairgates or bed sides, if you have a specific request just contact us and let us know and we will do our best to accommodate it. 

There are 2 traditional country pubs within a 45 minute stroll, mostly along country lanes, both offering food, pub gardens in the summer and cosy fires in the winter. 

 

FISHING

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Whistley Waters is a true mixed coarse fishery. Whether you are a match angler wanting to escape the crowds of the commercial fishery, a specimen hunter or a family wanting to try fishing for the first time, Whistley Waters offers something for everybody and is a great place to learn or test your skills. 

Spcies include:

Carp

Bream

Tench

Rudd

Perch

Eeels

Crucians

Barbel

Stone Loach

The Lakes
 

AVAILABILITY AND BOOKING

1. Swan

Swan Lakes is the largest lake, at about 3 acres. It was stocked with fish when we bought Whistley Waters in 2010 and was left unfished for 3 years. The fish have been fed and left to grow unpressured and only a few family and friends have had the privallige to fish it. Now, from summer 2017, we are inviting guests to come and fish it. It has specimen carp that love the bollies and pellet approach or a floating bait off the surface. For big bags of Tench and Bream, Crucians and still water Barble, Rudd and Perch ground bait and corn work really well, with open water, lillie pads, 2 islands with Weeping Willows and shallow bays to explore. Bags of 100lb+ of Bream and Tench have been caught in early spring and mixed bags of Crucians, Barbel and Rudd plus specimen Carp all in amazing condition.

2.Mallard Lake

Mallard Lake is the lake the lodges look over and is the closet of all 4 lakes to the lodges. It is around 1/2 and acre and boasts a great stock of fish that will keep you busy all day long. It fishes well all year round with the summer months seeing surface fishing with a dog biscuit or a crust of bread working really well. It even fishes well in the depth of winter. 

Scale down to the float rod and you will have a chance for bream, Tench, Rudd, Crucians and Perch.

3.Coots Lake

Coots Lake is around 1/3 acre and is mainly full with carp to double figures and with 100lb bags easily achievable.

4.Kingfisher Lake

Kingfisher lake is tucked away in the corner , amongst the trees, on the edge of our woods. It is currently 4 small ponds joined by channels. A future project is to develop it into a snake style match lake. Stocked with lots of Rudd, Perch and Bream it is an ideal float lake to learn your trade and get plenty of bites.

Fishing Prices

Adult Week Tickets - £35

Adult Day Tickets - £12

Concessions for children between 12years and 17years and families available. Children under 12 years fish free.

With our level 2 angling coach, guided trips are available to gain more experience or to make the most of the fishery and introduction to fishing sessions also available with prices including all equipment, bait and day ticket.

A valid rod licence needs to be held by anyone 12 years and over.

 

CONTACT US

01747 841108