Recent news from Butterwell Farm

What a year we have had and we are very excited to announce the completion of our brand new holiday accommodation: Kingfisher Cabin.  Designed and built by Sam, it’s fair to say we are very proud of what has been achieved and we are already receiving some fantastic feedback from our first guests.  Kingfisher Cabin is modern, spacious and very comfortable for couples, friends or small families.  Melt into the sofa and enjoy the log burner as well as views to the river through the large bi-folidng french doors.  The building is clad with western red cedar inside and out and boasts a super kingsize bed and large dual-aspect balcony to enjoy a sundowner or two!  Find more information and details about how to book here:

The 2016 sea trout season at Butterwell was mixed but a return better times. The total of 66 sea trout (61 returned) on night fly does not do justice to the number of sea trout running the river. Large numbers of fish were seen regularly in June, even running during the day in tinged water conditions. June and early July were fished most evenings by at least one rod and yielded over 50 sea trout, including a good number of well-conditioned deep fish over 3lb. The largest was 8lb although a few exceptional fish were lost after some quite spectacular battles. July and August were mainly dry but not necessarily impossible at Butterwell and good numbers of fresh fish were seen throughout the period. At the time of writing in early September salmon anglers are seeing large groups of sea trout, including many big fish, congregating on gravel runs in advance of their spawning run. The main problem at Butterwell in July and August was that nobody was fishing. We continue to encourage night sea trout anglers whether holiday guests or day rods and will be offering free guiding to our guests in 2017.

The salmon season got under way after a dry summer and with a very low river. Alan Lawrence and Mike Withers made a brief visit at the beginning of the month and returned four salmon each. All these fish had arrived over the summer and were quite small. A moderate fall of rain over the first weekend combined with spring tides pushed a reasonable run of fish into the river despite only a few inches of extra water and only tinged water. Five fresh salmon to 7lb were caught on a mixture of fly and worm including a salmon for John Clacy from Guernsey on each of his first two days salmon fishing!  To date we have 21 salmon in the book and fishing has been slow due to a lack of rain fall.  We have high hopes that the next spate will bring in some fresh fish and we have some experienced anglers booked in over the next couple of months to boost the records.

For more on fishing at Butterwell visit our fishing pages.

In other news we have been receiving some fantastic reviews which are all helping to build a picture to our potential guests of what Butterwell Farm is all about.  One of our favourites has to be from a young family who stayed in Butterwell South Wing in August 2016: 
Butterwell Farm offers a slice of cornish magic. It’s a hidden gem, nestled on the slopes of the Camel Valley. The welcome, the accomodation, the obvious passion for the wildlife – Sam and Rachel are amazing hosts – making myself, my wife and two young daughters (4 and 6) feel instantly at home.

We stayed for two weeks in the South Wing and found the location to be spot on for anyone with a young family looking to explore the delights that Cornwall has to offer.

The accomodation itself was great with the bonus of a room on the ground floor (ideal for aging parents, who visited for a few days). The grounds of Butterwell Farm are probably the best/quickest “work de-stresser” I’ve ever encountered – quiet evening strolls along the river bank are highly recommended – my eldest observed her first deer, fox, jumping fish and otter (she was over the moon).

My only regret… I didn’t get to take Sam up on his offer of a fishing lesson (something I will rectify next year).

Top marks for a top location run by a top couple.

Now autumn is upon us and the cabin project is complete Sam has time to tackle the hedges and fence repairs.


If you have any questions about accommodation or require any further information, then please do not hesitate to contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you.


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