Rainsbury House

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Wimbleball Lake

Our land adjoins the lake. This quiet corner of Exmoor offers a surprising wealth of things to do if you like outdoor pursuits in a jaw-droppingly beautiful environment, or simply want to explore the rivers and woods on foot or on two wheels.

With nearly 400 acres of water, Wimbleball has something for everyone. It's a place where you can walk, fish, sail and cycle, or simply relax with a cream tea and enjoy the view. Wimbleball is the first Dark Sky Discovery Site within the Exmoor National Park International Dark Sky Reserve. www.swlakestrust.org.uk

Walking, Wildlife & Birds

There are many miles of stunningly beautiful paths following the shorelines of the lake, including a 9-mile circular walk. There’s also a wealth of wildlife to watch and discover, including Common Buzzards, Sparrowhawks, Kestrels, Peregrines. Merlins, Hobbies, Hen Harriers, Red Kites, Goshawks and a variety of waterfowl as well as Red, Roe and Fallow Deer.

Wimbleball Bushcraft Adventures

  • Shelter Building.
  • Canoeing/rafting across the lake.
  • Fire Lighting.
  • Green woodworking (making pencils, spoons, bowls, mallets etc).
  • Game preparation – fish, pheasant, squirrel, rabbit.
  • Cooking food on an open fire – without pots and pans.
  • Games – stalking, listening, team building games.


  • Sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding.
  • RYA courses.
  • Bring your own boat, or hire one at the lake.
  • Zorba Balls.

High Ropes & Climbing

  • 30 foot high ropes.
  • Zip wire.
  • Climbing wall.


  • Archery range and tuition – a real family occasion.


  • 2 woodland childrens trails: ‘Mr Twisty’ & ‘Mr Twizzle’.
  • 1 family friendly 1.7km green grade trail running adjacent to the lake, finishing at the spectacular dam.

Trout Angling

  • Nationally renowned Trout Master fishery.
  • Fishing boats with/without engines available.
  • Rainbow trout (regularly stocked).
  • Wild Brown Trout frequent the ‘Upton Arm’ of the lake. 

Out and About

Wimbleball Lake boarders our land, a fantastic resource for a wide range of outdoor activities ...

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Availability & Prices

With a minimum stay of 3 nights, prices for The Barn start at £1,100. And for Barn Owl Cottage £510 ...

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Rainsbury House

Two beautifully renovated barn conversions can be linked for large groups. 7 bedrooms + 5 bathrooms. Sleeps 13 + cots.

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