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  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 Pets
  • Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
  • Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
  • Children's Play Area
  • Shower Cubicle
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2 nights - mostly start on Fri or Sat
3 nights - must start on Fri

4 nights - must start on Mon
5 nights - 22nd or 29th Dec 2012 only.

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A large cottage with character features set in grounds which are adjacent to RHS Rosemoor, and close to Great Torrington.

A large cottage with character features set in grounds which are adjacent to RHS Rosemoor, and close to Great Torrington.

Town Mills is a historic, Grade II listed former Mill and Manor House situated on the banks of the River Torridge on the outskirts of Great Torrington in North Devon. Built by Lord Rolle in 1823 and made famous as ‘Tarka’s Mill’ in Henry Williamson’s book ‘Tarka The Otter’, Town Mills started life as a Grain Mill and a Saw Mill, both mills being powered by waterwheels. Now, almost 200 years later, Town Mills has been sympathetically converted into seven well-appointed holiday cottages all with their own charm and personality.
From a cosy holiday cottage that sleeps three people, to a larger six-bedroom holiday cottage that sleeps twelve, every cottage benefits from character and charm combined with modern convenience. Located in the beautiful North Devon countryside, Town Mills is ideally situated for visiting the North Devon Coast, Exmoor, travelling The Tarka Trail, or visiting our next-door neighbour, the RHS Gardens at Rosemoor.
Tarka is our largest three-storey cottage which sleeps 12. It was originally the Grain Mill at Town Mills and has the waterwheel on the side. You enter Tarka from the main garden side of Town Mills, entering into a large open plan living/dining area complete with large Smart TV. Windows to the rear of the cottage look out over the riverside garden/play area and across the river to the fields beyond.
On-site, there is a indoor shared swimming pool which is kept at a balmy 32 degrees as a minimum. The owners offer the opportunity to reserve the pool for your exclusive use, allowing you the chance for a session of family fun, or a quiet moment to relax. There is a games room with a free pool table and a classic table football, along with a dart board and fruit machine. The children’s play area offers picnic bench seating with swings, slide and climbing frame, as well as an elevated playhouse. For younger guests, there is a kids hideaway. On the opposite side of the Mill there is a garden where you can enjoy a few moments, maybe have a picnic or watch the peacocks as they wander around.
The countryside around Town Mills is dotted with sleepy villages nestled among the hills, while extensive woodlands, traversed by many footpaths, offer the chance to experience the area’s natural beauty. Local attractions include the renowned RHS gardens at Rosemoor (adjacent) and Dartington Crystal, offering a factory tour and visitor centre. Great Torrington is only a mile away with good shopping and amenities, and there is golf at nearby Hartland. Town Mills adjoins Torrington Common which extends to 365 acres, incorporating 20 miles of footpaths. The common is a haven for wildlife. The ‘Big Sheep’ and ‘Milky Way’ theme parks are each less than 10 miles away.
The River Torridge runs downstream to the ancient port of Bideford, still with a working quay offering boat trips to Lundy Island. Just around the corner is the attractive little town of Appledore with its colourful houses and narrow streets. To either side lies Devon’s most spectacular stretch of coastal scenery – a chain of magnificent cliffs and rocky promontories, interspersed here and there by long flat sandy beaches, where the Atlantic breakers roll in to create ideal surfing conditions. There are splendid beaches at Instow and Westward Ho!, the latter bordered by the Royal North Devon Golf Club, and the Northam Nature Reserve. Further west is the supremely picturesque Clovelly, with narrow, cobbled main street descending at a dizzying gradient to the little harbour below. The cathedral city of Exeter can be reached via a delightful drive through lush river valleys.
Town Mills offers very attractive accommodation set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens with streams, waterfalls and the water wheel which is still operational. This superb location makes a wonderful holiday base, especially for families, with sandy beaches on the North Devon coast only 10 miles away. Shop ½ mile.

Ground Floor:
Living/dining room: With electric wood burner, 42" Smart TV, DVD player, with a selection of DVDs and books, and beams.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine and washer/dryer.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bathroom 1: With bath, shower attachment, toilet and heated towel rail.
Second Floor: With low ceilings.
Bedroom 4: With double bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 5: With twin beds.
Bedroom 6: With twin beds.
Bathroom 2: With bath, shower attachment, toilet and heated towel rail.
Separate toilet.

Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Games room with pool table, games machines and outside area with table tennis (shared). 3 acre grounds with sitting-out area, garden furniture and play area (shared). Heidi’s Hideaway toddlers playroom (shared). Indoor heated swimming pool with changing and shower facilities (shared, pool 12ft x 33ft). On-site river fishing (bring own licence, or available locally at cost). Ample private parking. No smoking. Please note: There is a securely fenced river on-site.

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What do our customers say?

  • 10

    Claire

    Posted by anonymous

    We had a great week celebrating a family 40th birthday. Our host was lovely and very helpful. Great place to stay with young family owing to the pool, play area etc. Although on river felt very safe for our 5 year old as all fenced in but still able to appreciate beauty of river.

    Confirmed guest, 05/08/2022 07/08/2022
10.0 out of 10 – based on 1 reviews collected by ReeVoo