Thank you to Nick for kindly allowing us to have a guest spot on Reels on Wheels to talk about some of the UK’s finest cottages for angling holidays, and in particular, those specifically laid out with wheelchair access in mind. We’ve chosen our top 5 favourites, some of which provide exclusive access to a number of angling hotspots and others allow you to fish literally on the doorstep, with waterways running straight through their grounds. Most importantly, all of the properties are wheelchair accessible!
So without further ado, here’s our top 5…
Osprey Cottage, Meilgle, near Dundee, Scotland
Set on a 2000-acre estate and within easy reach of the CairngormsNational Park, this property is great for an ‘away-from-it-all’ escape. In terms of angling opportunities, there’s free salmon fishing on the nearby River Isla, albeit by prior arrangement with the owner. There’s also some great wildlife spotting from the property including red squirrels, nesting ospreys and deer. The property boasts wheelchair access and also allows pets.
Lamorna, Tresooth Holiday Barns, near Falmouth, Cornwall
With an outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, games room and sauna, this cottage will keep everyone in the group occupied, keen anglers or not! Fishing opportunities are focused on the nearby Argyle reservoir, whilst the property itself is all on the ground floor with 2 double rooms (one en-suite) and 1 twin room. The cottage is set just 3 miles from the port of Falmouth with its beautiful harbours, restaurants, cafes and shops.
River View Villa, Liskeard, Cornwall
Set just 11 miles from the sandy beaches of the SouthCornwallCoast, this detached wheelchair-accessible villa is set by a lake stocked with carp, roach and bream. However, it’s worth noting that you will need to bring your own fishing license, barbless hooks and landing nets. In the evening there is a licensed bar and restaurant just outside the property’s grounds.
Yenworthy Barn, near Lynmouth, Devon
Sleeps 8 – 10
This converted barn is set in a great position on the northern slopes of picturesque Exmoor, only a few hundred metres from the sea (although if it’s sunbathing you’re after, the nearest sandy beach is a 5 mile drive away). Private river fishing is available by arrangement, and during the summer there is a barbeque available for alfresco dining. Best of all, if you don’t feel like cooking then there are three gastro-pubs within 3 miles of the property! Pets are also welcome.
Caddleton Farmhouse, Ardmaddy Castle, near Oban, Scotland
Sleeps 10 – 12
This one is great for large groups, but it’s quite a drive if you’re coming from outside of Scotland. The cottage itself is 4 star accredited, and is set on its own bay with some great views over to Seil Sound. The fishing is free and is centered around Ardmaddy’s stocked hill loch. Wheelchair access is on the ground floor and for the disabled category 1.
And that’s our top 5! Hopefully our list will have given you some inspiration for your next fishing holiday in the UK. Alternatively, if none of these cottages have taken your fancy then be sure to check out our full listings of self catering cottages for anglers.
Ben Johnson for Historic UK