The Mill House
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House / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 10
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House / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 10
The Mill House is an amazing period holiday home standing right on the water's edge of Lee Bay. The sea borders the property on two sides, so in the summer you can sit out on the terrace overlooking the bay and enjoy a drink, barbecue and the fabulous sunsets. In the autumn/winter it's wonderful to sit inside around one of the log fires with good food, family and friends.
In July 2014 we featured in an ITV cookery mini-series, Coastal Cottage, with celebrity Masterchef Lisa Faulkner; the Mail on Sunday used the house for its 'Win a Dream Holiday Cottage' competition (sadly it wasn't me that won it) and we've been listed in the Guardian for the best Easter breaks. We get lots of other media mentions, but that gives you some of the highlights.
The beach outside the house is a mixture of sand and rocks, so is great for exploring or just lazing around. There's the secret Smugglers Path to Sandy Bay and the caves that go straight through the rocks.
Lee village is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is famous for its fuchsia lined lanes. There is a good traditional pub, The Grampus, just a short walk up the village.
There are some fantastic walks along the National Trust headlands to Bullpoint Lighthouse and onwards to one of the pubs in Mortehoe, or in the opposite direction to Ilfracombe. Both walks take in a spectacular coastline where, not far away, the cliffs rise to 800' above the sea, some of the highest in Britain.
Some of Devon's best beaches are within a short drive; Woolacombe, Putsborough, Croyde and Saunton.
We also hire out Kayaks for either paddling around within the bay or exploring all the coves along the coast. Coasteering, surf lessons and fishing trips can be arranged.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 170 km, Nearest railway: Barnstaple 21 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (6), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The Mill House has the benefit of two lounges both with slate flagstone floors and open fires. One has a TV/DVD player, the other a CD player and iPod docking station, together with a good collection books and games. The furnishings are homely and comfortable with squidgy sofas, complete with throws and cushions.
The kitchen with views straight out to sea, has recently been refitted with painted shaker style furniture, granite work surfaces, under floor heating and a central island for drinks or breakfast. An American style fridge freezer with icemaker is just one of the features of this room. We love cooking and so it’s pretty well equipped with kitchen ‘stuff’.
Dining can be enjoyed in the original Mill Room with views looking out to sea and where French doors give access to the terrace and gardens.
Upstairs there are two double bedrooms, both with views onto the beach. A twin room and a bunk room both also have sea views. The bunk is a French style open room off the landing to the master bedroom. The bathroom has a bath, washbasin and loo. The shower room has a walk-in shower with twin heads, basin, loo and heated floor. There is an additional room with a toilet and washbasin. The fifth bedroom, a twin, is on the mezzanine floor over the Mill Room, accessed by ladder stairs.
Free wifi. Phone for incoming and for standard rate UK landline calls.
The Mill House is a no smoking property.
One important point you must note. The Mill House is a period property, standing right by the sea and so is affected by this environment. Although we have a regular maintenance programe, you will see a few areas of flaking paint downstairs. Please forgive the Mill House these imperfections - the salt and damp in the air creates these problems and so we’re working with conservation and historic building specialists to try and find remedies that last more than a few weeks.
|Further details outdoors|
The front terrace is enclosed by a stone wall and looks out across the bay. The rear garden is on several levels with a terrace looking out across the ocean. There is an area of level lawn with garden furniture and a BBQ, perfect for al fresco dining. Boundaries with the bay have railings and the mill race is covered with steel mesh.
Kayak hire - Single and two man kayaks are available for hire and can be launched directly from the Mill House. Paddle out around Lee Bay, exploring the rocky inlets, or go further along the coast if you’re experienced. Costs £6.75/day for weekly hire, or from £15 for just a day. We have four singles and a double.
Surf lessons – we know the best instructors and the best surf spots – solo or in a group. Example cost, £30 for a half day (2 hours) session including board and wetsuit.
Coasteering – you’ll be equipped with a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet before setting off round the cost with an instructor, leaping - lemming-like - off the cliffs … as low or as high as you like! Cost @ £30-40 per person depending on group size and season.
Chef for a night – let a chef come cook for you. Choose a menu and everything is taken care of, even the washing up! It costs no more than a good meal at a decent pub.
Beds are all made up on arrival with white linen. Bath towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towels.
All normal kitchen cleaning products are provided.
Friday changeover day for both weeks and weekends. Midweek stays have a flexible changeover day. Departure by 10am. Arrival not before 3pm.
Short breaks are available out of season - please email to check availability.
We are always happy to help you whilst on holiday with advice on places to eat out, things to see, walks, etc.
The Devon region
We've been coming to North Devon ourselves for over 30 years - now living here permanently - and still wonder at the incredible diversity of landscapes - it is truly amazing. From the golden surf beaches of Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe with acres of sand and clean sea, to the rugged wilderness of Exmoor, the deep wooded valleys and tumbling rivers around Lynton and the lush open rolling countryside of South Moulton. The area also has some of Britain's highest cliffs rising up to 800' above sea level and a UNESCO World Heritage Site at Braunton Burrows.
The coastal villages are full of sea faring tales of pirates, smugglers and shipwrecks. Some may have been embellished through the ages, but they make captivating stories for both children and adults alike.
Places of interest in the region include:
- Lundy Island, a Pirates' hideaway in years gone by, now owned by The Landmark Trust. It is well serviced by day trip boats from Ilfracombe
- Clovelly: a world famous fishing village in North Devon, built into a cleft in a 400' high cliff. The cobbled street tumbles its way down past whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers to the tiny working port. It is famous for its donkeys, which traditionally carry goods up the hill; sledges bring things down. There are links with Charles Kingsley, Turner, Dickens and the Spanish Armada.
- National Trust's Arlington Court - a splendid regency house and gardens full of the Chichester's collections. Other properties in the region include Knightshayes and Killerton House.
- Panier Market and Butcher's Row, Barnstaple - a must visit for foodies.
- RHS Rosemoor - 65 acres of both formal and informal gardens - as well as woodland walks, water features and open spaces - there is something for children and adults alike to enjoy time and again.
- Dartington Crystal, Torrington - at the award winning visitor centre you can watch the live demonstration of glassmaking and try the many hands-on activities we have to offer, as well as seeing the museum collection. The shop has lots of tempting goodies.
Goldcoast Oceanfest: a celebration of music and the ocean right by the beach in Croyde, normally on the Solstice weekend in June. In 2011 Ed Sheeran and Seasick Steve topped the bill. Beach volleyball and beach soccer competitions, iron man event, diamond lady event, surf lifesaving competition ... great for partying in the evening and chilling during the day.
Places to visit near The Mill House include:
Sandy Bay, Lee, via the secret Smugglers Path
Walk to Bullpoint Lighthouse and onwards to one of Morthoe's pubs - Chichester Arms or Ship Aground
Barricane Beach for a Curry Night in the summer. Grab a curry from the beach cafe and enjoy a unique, if not unorthodox, experience. Bring your own beer/wine. Everyone we've sent there has loved it!!
Putsborough Beach Cafe - great for snacks, lunches and even early evening meals.
The Rock, Georgeham - great food.
The Kings Arms, Georgeham - great music
The Thatch, Croyde - great vibe, buzzy, busy great for families and couples alike
Hunters Inn, Heddons Mouth - amazing cliff top walks
Squires Fish and Chip Restaurant (or take away) - best you'll find around. A must visit place
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22 Apr 2013
"Perfect for a family get together"
Mill House sits practically on top of the sea with easy access to excellent walks and great scenery. The accommodation is spacious enough for a party of 10 ranging from 4 to 77 year olds to be able to find peace and quiet. The property is tastefully decorated and well accessorised and maintained. We enjoyed our week and would happily recommend it to anyone.
8 Apr 2013
"Can we do it all again!"
Our stay at the Mill House was absolutely amazing! Thank you so much to Nick who was SO helpful every step of the way. He is a wealth of helpful information about the area and tips for making the most of a Devon excursion. The house is so full of character and charm situated in such unique setting - it was like we were children again, exploring the layout of this fascinating building! It was clean, warm and cosy - we only wish we could have stayed longer. A huge highlight of the weekend was the culinary skill of Chef Tony who came to cook for our group - HIGHLY recommend this for a stay at the Mill House, our meals were just delicious!!!
20 Mar 2013
"Dream Break in Perfect Location"
We had the most wonderful break in Mill House. Lee Bay is a childhood haunt and the location of Mill House could not be better. The house itself is beautifully presented and comfortably accomodated seven of us. Having two living rooms, a dining room and the kitchen meant there was plenty of space for everyone. It was perfect.
I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and retracing your steps from earlier years - I bet Lee has hardly changed! Hopefully now refreshed and recharged : )
19 Mar 2013
"Notting Hill Beach House"
The location is as close to the sea as it is possible to get with beach walks and rock pooling at low tide and a dramatic seascape at high tide. The sea literally licks the walls of the house. One can walk along the cliff path from the house to either Woolacombe or Ilfracombe. The garden and terraces overlooking the sea would be wonderful in fine weather and have plenty of tables and chairs although the terrace at the front of the house was sheltered enough to use in March. The property is beautifully decorated to a beach theme although still manages to be cosy with open fires in the two drawing rooms. There is a pub 10 minutes walk away which serves good food and has lively musical evenings and there are two exceptionally good pubs in Georgham, about 20 minutes drive away. Woolacombe and Ilfracombe (each about 20 mins drive) have many shops. We felt very relaxed and at home there and the only problem is that it is too long a drive from London to go more often!
Thank you - I'm so glad you all enjoyed your time at The Mill House. A good way to travel from London is by train ... direct from Paddington - Tiverton in 2 hours + hire car (they deliver/collect from Tiverton Parkway) @ approx £105 for 3 days. Or Taxi approx £95 each way. Hope to see you again.
28 Jan 2013
"A great house in a beautiful location"
I was organising a company away week for 10 people and the Mill House was a brilliant location. The house is quirky but had plenty of space to both relax and work in and is really well kitted out with "extras" to make for an enjoyable stay - modern kitchen, open fireplaces etc. The surrounding area was beautiful and walking straight from the house onto the beach is very special. The owner was very helpful in finding activities in the local area and a Shepherding lesson in Mortehoe was a particularly memorable experience. I would thoroughly recommend it as a location for similar retreats.
I'm glad it work so well for you all ... and especially that you enjoyed the Shepherding experience with our 'celebrity' farmer, David Kennard : )
22 Dec 2012
"What an amazing house!! Beautiful setting!!!!!"
This was the perfect house and location for girlie birthday celebrations!!! It was a lovely blend of old and new, clean and charming and we would HIGHLY recommend it!! The owners arranged for Doug to help us out with laying and sorting out the fire - what a star! Big thanks to him. It was the perfect setting for a weekend full of girlie giggles, wine, bunting, a surprise tea party, spa, Miranda, walks, food, shopping, champagne, chocolate, cake, and A LOT OF FUN! Thank you so much for a fabulous weekend!!!
It sounds like you had a great time. And, yes, Doug is a star when it comes to all the TLC the Mill needs with his fixing and mending : )
6 Dec 2012
Excellent time had by all the family. We stayed at the Mill House for one week for my mother's 60th birthday. We all had a great time; the house was amazing, the position was amazing, and Lee Bay is a beautiful village. The owners were extremely helpful and organised a 'Chef for the night' - which I would definitely recommend for anyone who can't go out in the evenings (young children!) or just wants to be cooked for in the comfort of the Mill House. The only thing I would say (which didn't really affect us as the weather didn't make it possible) is that the garden isn't great for young kids. The position is right on the sea edge (which is brilliant and amazing) but obviously not great for littlies! The garden is also tucked completely round the back of the house. Overall the house is great and what an AMAZING position!
Thanks for your review and all the great comments about the house/position/bay - so pleased you had a good holiday. As far as young children and the garden are concerned, it’s fair to say there are quite a few steps and so toddlers would need to be supervised. As they get older there is a flat area of lawn on which to play and some shady trees, as well as lots of little paths to follow and explore. Oh, and just to say the boundary next to the bay has railings around, so you can’t just wander onto the beach. Hope to see you again. Nick
13 Nov 2012
"Long surf weekend - Guy Fawkes"
What can I say, other than incredible. The house is beautiful, full of old worldly character and charm - yet with all the modern conveniences - a fantastic kitchen which spewed fourth superb cuisine for amazing group dinners in the adjacent dining room and great bathrooms. The location is unbeatable, with the water at your door step/ out you bedroom window. A group of 10, were down recently for a long surf weekend which co-incided with Guy Fawkes evening. The surf was pretty rubbish but we had a fantastic time. Including the most up-close and personal experience with a baby seal who seemed to be making a break for it up the hill. (this hill climb is over a km long). After coaxing him/ her off the road with smoked salmon, we then managed to keep him/her contained in the front porch until the animal rescue could arrive and assess the situation. By this time the seal seemed quite attached to us - as we did he/her. It transpired he/her wasn't well and was off with them to be feed and cared for for the week before being released. Plenty of cute seal photos were taken I can assure. Lee Bay itself is a wonderfully charming area, with great rock pools on lowtide, a fantastic local pub (Grampius), and coastal walks. It's a superb retreat. I can't wait to go back. And the owners made the whole process of staying extremely hassle free. The Champagne waiting for us on arrival was a lovely touch. Thanks again. Gary & Co.
It must have been amazing to be so close to the baby seal. There's quite a few in and around the bay. And last year an Otter appeared on the Mill House draw bridge! See you again. Better luck next time with the surf. Nick
15 Jul 2012
"Amazing spot and beautiful house such a treat - and a real home from home"
It's not often that when writing a review for a place you worry that if you are too nice then it will be harder to book up next time. The Mill House is such a place. Everything about the house and it's location is jaw-droppingly good. The house is incredibly comfortable and tastefully decorated that it made it difficult to leave to explore the area. From the moment we walked through the door and saw the welcome note and bottle of Champagne we knew we were in for a treat. It did not dissapoint and even 4 days of rain failed to dampen our spirits all because of the house and the village. It was an unforgettable week and we will definitely be back - thank you Nick and family!
Thank you too. Most kind. Hope to see you again soon.
30 May 2012
"An amazing period property with modern amenities in a fabulous location"
I really enjoyed staying at the Mill House in Lee Bay. It is a really interesting and quirky old property with lots of history but has been updated in all the right places - kitchen and bathrooms. The house is right on the beach so the views are unsurpassed, from inside as well as out on the terrace. I hope to be able to go back one day...
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