Living room: With electric coal-effect fire, Smart TV, DVD player, a selection of DVDs and books, and beams.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine, washer/dryer and beams.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower over whirlpool bath, and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With single bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With bunk beds.
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.
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.
Mill Pool is a comfortable two-storey property which originally formed part of the Saw Mill. The front door opens onto the main garden at Town Mills, and the cottage is located alongside the leat that provided the water for the waterwheels. It has a spacious living room with views of the original waterwheel that powered the next door ’Grain Mill’. There is one double bedroom with an en-suite, a single bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a small bunk bedroom which provides cosy sleeping for two children.
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.