With this post about the Gone Fishing Accommodation and details on where Mortimer and Whitehouse stayed, I want to support these local small businesses, when many in the hospitality industry have been struggling.
I hope I’m not alone in thinking that the Gone Fishing series with Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse is one of the best things to hit UK television for a long time. Touching the hearts of a nation, these two ageing comedy stars enthralled us with their heady tales, japes and banter at a time when it was most needed.
The series is a terrific reflection on the duo’s lives, while discussing some important aspects of men’s health and enjoying the beautiful settings, alongside some incredible accommodation (apparently selected by Bob aka Boots McFoolish).
Where did they stay in Gone fishing?
According to the show, Bob hand picked all the places that the two stayed at during each episode of Gone Fishing. The various locations they stayed at included some of the UK’s most unique and quirky places to holiday.
From luxury beach huts, yurts and a chapel, to a converted water tank, a bus, a train carriage and even a toilet! Find details below on each of the places that Mortimer and Whitehouse stayed for the Gone Fishing TV series.
For reasons unknown (probably advertising restrictions by the BBC), the places that Bob and Paul stayed at during their TV series “Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing” didn’t get namechecked in any episode. Although they are listed in full on the Gone Fishing website, I thought it would be nice to shine a light on them a little more.
So, the question is… Do you want it?
Gone Fishing Accommodation: Series 1
Series one saw Bob and Paul fishing in Norfolk, Derbyshire, Hampshire and the River Wye. Here are the details of the Gone Fishing accommodation from series one:
Where did Mortimer and Whitehouse stay in Norfolk?
Series 1 Episode 1: Round the Woods – Weston Longville
Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse spent 2 nights in the yurts at Round the Woods, while filming episode one of the Gone Fishing programme in Norfolk. They rented both yurts, with Bob staying in ‘Hazelnut’ and Paul spending the nights in ‘Oak Tree’. Their days were filled with fishing in some of the many local lakes and in the evening they returned to cook heart-healthy food around the campfire and enjoy the local pub The Fox at Lyng.
NB: See below for Episode 4 in West Norfolk and Series 3 for more Norfolk locations that Bob and Paul stayed at.
Where did Whitehouse and Mortimer stay on the River Wye?
Series 1 Episode 2: Riverside Lodge – River Wye
Riverside Lodge is a luxury wooden lodge on the river Wye with a spacious outdoor cooking and dining area. This is where Bob to a late evening plunge in the bubbling hot tub nearby. Sadly no longer available to hire.
Where did Mortimer and Whitehouse stay in Derbyshire?
Series 1 Episode 3: Cambridge Lodge Water Tank – Matlock
Beautifully located in the conservation village of Wensley, in the heart of the fresh air-filled Peak District. Cambridge Lodge provides welcoming and luxury accommodation with truly magnificent rural views naturally built in.
Where did Bob and Paul stay in West Norfolk?
Series 1 Episode 4: The Old Station – Heacham
The Old Station was once part of the King’s Lynn to Hunstanton Railway Line and although the last train left Heacham Station on 3 May 1969, this quaint English railway station refused to fade away. Since 1993, Terry & Judith have owned and operated the old Heacham Station as holiday accommodation and many have enjoyed this unique setting (including Mortimer and Whitehouse) for a memorable holiday.
Where did Mortimer and Whitehouse stay in Hampshire?
Series 1 Episode 5: Eco Luxury Beach Huts – Calshot
Stretching out for a mile and home to a thriving water sports centre, Calshot beach is the perfect place to watch ships glide in and out of the port of Southampton; as you listen to the sound of rushing waves and the seagulls cawing overhead. Don’t forget to do your morning exercises on the beach.
Series 1 Episode 6: Undercastle Cottage – New Forest
This fairy tale thatched cottage on the edge of one of the best fishing rivers in England is the epitome of a rural luxury retreat. surrounded by gnarly trees and sprawling acres of the New Forest National Park and its wonderful wildlife.
Gone Fishing Accommodation: Series 2
In series two, Bob and Paul went fishing in Wales, Essex, Scotland, Devon, Northern Ireland and Yorkshire. Here are the details of the Gone Fishing accommodation from series two:
Where did Mortimer and Whitehouse stay in Wales?
Series 2 Episode 1: Sycamore Barn – Glanusk Estate
Perched on Llangattock Hillside with magnificent views across to the Sugar Loaf and Black Mountains National Park. This cosy retreat has been converted from an old stone barn into a beautiful holiday home in the hills.
Where did Mortimer and Whitehouse stay in Essex?
Series 2 Episode 2: Waterlily Lodge – White Coln
Water Lily Lodge is found down a country track and situated on the edge of a hidden lake, offering beautiful water front views. The comical Gone Fishing fellas enjoyed the comfort and luxury this cabin has to offer, surrounded by wildlife and nature.
NB: See below for Series 3 and more Essex locations that Bob and Paul stayed at.
Where did Mortimer and Whitehouse stay in Scotland?
Series 2 Episode 3: The White Tower of Taymouth – Perthshire
A place of exceptional beauty and peace, The White Tower luxury holiday accommodation is a perfect hideaway. This crenelated structure is second to none for luxury lodging in Scotland. A place where eagles soar, stags roam and a spot with romantic Royal connections (Queen Victoria and Prince Albert stayed at Taymouth Castle during their honeymoon in 1842).
Where did Mortimer and Whitehouse stay in Devon?
Series 2 Episode 4: Bertram’s Bus Hotel – Hartland
Alexander Dennis Volvo (B7TL) REG. W129EON VA95 – Put into service March 2000 By London United, Hounslow Bus Garage and operated on routes 111 and 222 to Kingston and Heathrow. Refitted in 2012 and purchased by Sussex Coaches in 2013; operated on route 634 Crawley and Horsham. Later to be retired then purchased by us in April 2018 and brought to Hartland, North Devon. Where the bus has been given a new lease of life as a holiday let.
Where did Paul and Bob stay in Northern Ireland?
Series 2 Episode 5: Geaglum Cottage – Derrylin
Believed to have been built around 1914 and constructed of wood and cement, this small thatched cottage was once home to a family of ten. After a pint of the ‘black stuff’ in Enniskillen, we saw Paul carry out CPR on Bob to the beat of Staying Alive. In the morning, playing the part of Mystic Wilf in the Romany Gypsy Caravan on site, Bob first coined the now infamous phrase “and away” on air.
Where did Mortimer and Whitehouse stay in Yorkshire?
Series 2 Episode 6: Three Peaks Barn – Chapel-le-Dale
After a pint of the ‘black stuff’ in Enniskillen, we saw Paul carry out CPR on Bob to the beat of Staying Alive. In the morning, playing the part of Mystic Wilf in the Romany Gypsy Caravan on site, Bob first coined the infamous phrase “and away” on air.
Gone Fishing Accommodation: Series 3
In the third series Mortimer and Whitehouse went fishing in Gloucestershire, Essex, Norfolk, Wiltshire and the Scottish Borders. Here are the details of the Gone Fishing accommodation from series three:
Where did Bob and Paul stay in the Scottish Borders?
Series 3 Episode 1: Roulotte Retreat – Melrose
Six French Roulottes and one Dutch roulotte nestle in a wildflower meadow; around a lochan in the heart of the Scottish Borders. After a stereotypical tumble by the fireside, Bob takes on the character of Mystic Wilf once more. This time being staggeringly upstaged by Mystic Wendy, the fortune telling chicken.
Where else did Mortimer and Whitehouse stay in Essex?
Series 3 Episode 2: CanalAbility – Harlow
An award winning charity dedicated to providing the facilities for disabled people and people with special needs to enjoy boating on the river on specially adapted canal boats. Three purpose-built, fully central heated and accessible broad beam boats enable everyone to take a full and active part in the boating experience all year round.
Where else did Mortimer and Whitehouse stay in Norfolk?
Series 3 Episode 3: The Wee Retreat – Sheringham
The Wee Retreat is a unique accommodation as its history, story and property are so unusual. Converted from a traditional Victorian toilet block the property was bought by the owner as a present for his wife. Now transformed into a property with attractive accommodation that is well equipped and very comfortable.
Where did Paul and Bob stay in Wiltshire?
Series 3 Episode 4: King Arthur’s Treehouse – Poulshot
King Arthur’s Willow is set in the heart of beautiful Wiltshire countryside at Mill Farm offering panoramic views of lush green meadows bursting with colour. Enjoy watching the ducks and geese splash in the stream and the deer roaming the fields with they’re young under a sunset. All whilst sipping a glass of wine from the spacious deck this tree house has to offer.
Where did Mortimer and Whitehouse stay in Gloucestershire?
Series 3 Episode 5: The Old Chapel – Slad
The Old Chapel in Slad, near Stroud, Gloucestershire is a luxury self-catering Cotswolds holiday rental. As featured on BBC’s ‘Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing’ Series 3 (episode 5, first aired 20th September 2020); where Bob and Paul stay at the Old Chapel after fishing at Great Somerford Lakes in Wiltshire.
Series 3 Episode 6: The Dovecote – Pauntley Court
Dating back to the 1600s, The Dovecote is a unique and historical building in which to stay. It consists of three floors with two superking double bedrooms each with their own modern bathrooms. The open plan sitting room has a wood burner, a fully fitted kitchen and a dining room table for 4.
Will there be a series 4 of Gone Fishing?
Yes there is a series 4 of Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing! It has now aired on BBC and is available to watch again on iPlayer. I hope to be adding details of all the Gone Fishing accommodation from series four in the very near future.
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