F6 - The Old Mill
Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 11
beside a few other houses in Blakewell hamlet, a charmingly converted, Grade II listed mill in an acre of truly stunning gardens with its own indoor heated swimming pool (16' square x 5'6" deep, available Easter to October) in a separate building (table football). The owners have created a most magical place to stay. Steps and paths up to beautifully landscaped gardens, orchard with old Devonshire apple trees, and a sheltered suntrap patio (tables/chairs).
Inside, comfort and imagination. Three floors: on the middle floor, living room with woodburner (logs included) in huge fireplace, wood floor (rug), TV/Sky/DVD/video, iPod dock, DVDs. Loo (washbasin). Big conservatory with cane furniture looking to the garden, and fitted kitchen/dining room (cream units, dishwasher, microwave, freezer, fridge-freezer, cooker with induction hob, breakfast table seating 4, dining table best for 8). On the ground floor, two bedrooms – a double with original low beams and millstone, TV and steps up to en suite shower-room (suite), and canopied half-tester double with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower); utility room (washing machine, tumble drier); games room (half-sized table tennis, pool table, air hockey, Nintendo 64 and game cube). On the top floor, three further bedrooms – a double (low doorway and beam) with additional single bed, TV/DVD, dressing room with chaise longue, and archway (no door) to en suite bathroom (suite with roll-top bath plus hand-shower and separate shower); another double (low beam) with additional single bed, TV, sofa and glazed door to small balcony; a pretty single (low beam) - and bathroom (suite plus bath-shower).
Best for maximum of 10 people. Professional catering available. Walks from the door along stream-lined valley. Good food pub, 1 mile. Organic farm shop and trout fishing (adults and children), 100 yards. Damages Deposit £200.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Telephone, Games room, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1)|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool|
|Further details indoors|
Please bring your own beach towels.
The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 4.5 star.
The West Country region
North Devon: its coast is perhaps the most varied of all, from Hartland Quay with its tremendous cliffs and multi-coloured rocks like dinosaurs' backs, via car-free Clovelly village tumbling to the sea, and the estuaries of the river Torridge (where Tarka lived) and river Taw, and Braunton's wilderness of sand dunes (all good for birdwatching), to the best sand/surf beaches in Devon at Saunton (the West Country's best golf course too), Croyde and Woolacombe, all the way to Exmoor.
The main town is Barnstaple - busy, thriving, not too big. The Tarka Trail cycleway (bicycles for hire) follows, very attractively, the river Torridge from deep inland to the sea and on past Instow's good beach and lovely cricket ground to Bideford, from where Elizabethan merchantmen sailed. From Hartland Point's lighthouse, great views to Lundy Island - and from Ilfracombe ships (day trips) to it. In Appledore unusual ships are built and its heart is very pretty. Inland, woods and fields roll, sometimes steeply, with streams, rivers and farms, almost totally unspoilt - as is most of the coast. Its north-west, stretching from Hatherleigh to Hartland, is Devon's least changed, least visited, least inhabited part, a country of big fields, some forests, gently undulating, with long, long views beneath big skies where old men in their vegetable gardens look up as a car passes. Holsworthy is the main (very small) town, with square, market, firm purpose. The river Tamar rises in the Tamar Lakes (watersports, fishing). The roads are straighter and less high-hedged than most in Devon - and emptier.
Blakewell: hamlet in a quiet stream valley 1½ miles from Barnstaple - busy town (leisure centre/indoor swimming pool). The great north Devon sand/surf beaches (Saunton, Croyde, Woolacombe), about 8 miles; golf at Barnstaple and Saunton; fly-fishing locally; nature reserve (birdwatching), 5 miles; Exmoor, about 8.
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