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, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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||Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|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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31 Aug 2014
"Such a relaxing week"
We spent a week with our two daughters, sons in law, and three grandchildren. The Mill House is beautiful, very comfortable and everything you need is there for you. Everything is of a high quality,… More
It sounds like you all had a good time. And a real treat catching a sea bass off the back terrace. Happy days : )
25 Jun 2014
"Wonderful location, Fabulous Host- We didn't want to leave!"
We stayed at the Mill House in Lee Bay in June and had a wonderful experience. Our visit was for filming purposes both in and around the stunning Mill House, it provided a superb location for our requ… More
It was really great having you guys around and seeing the whole "lights-camera-action" happening. I still can't believe you got so many people and so much gear in the kitchen when filming the cooking ... Looking forward to when it's screened. Thanks again.
3 Jun 2014
"Absolutely perfect in every way!"
We booked a week at the Mill House for my Dad's 70th birthday celebrations and it was just perfect. The whole family (10 of us!) got together and enjoyed the beautiful house and stunning surroun… More
Wow! Sounds like you all had a great time. We get lots of big family gatherings and the house seems to work well for everyone. Lots of space to spread out, the beach on the doorstep as you say, walks along the coast and The Grampus pub in the village of course! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it.
2 Jun 2014
A group of us stayed for a week in May – 3 couples with children and another friend – and it was just perfect for us. The location is second to none, in a beautiful setting right on the waters edg… More
Thank you for your kind comments. It sounds like everyone enjoyed themselves. And there is something nice about a holiday indulging in the simple pleasures of good food, family, best friends and the outdoors. Hope to see you all again.
2 Jun 2014
"Fantastic family retreat with great friends"
We recently spend a fantastic long weekend here with old school friends and their children. The Mill House is perfectly situated overlooking the sea on a small cove which feels like it belongs to the … More
It's great to hear you enjoyed it so much. Thanks for the review. Nick
28 May 2014
Stayed for a week with family. This place was awesome. Lots of space and very well equipped. The sea comes right up to the house and the beach is wonderful with lots of sea birds and secret paths. … More
Thanks for your review. The coastal roads and paths are pretty awesome with the cliffs rising to as high as 800' above sea level. A friend of a friend paddled a kayak round Britain and said the coast around here is some of the most amazing on his trip. Enjoy : )
27 May 2014
"Home from home"
We have just returned from a fantastic weekend at this beautiful house. The location and house are just stunning. We stayed with our two children, our brother and sister in law and their three young… More
Sounds like you had a great weekend. Thanks for the review. Nick
11 May 2014
A splendid location and a very well equipped house. Pub round the corner and a perfect spot by the sea. Some storm damage was still being sorted while we were there but that is the only thing to fault… More
Really pleased you enjoyed it. All the storm damage repaired now - just a short section of railing to go back on which should happen by the end of May. You had some pretty good weather for March. Must just add that The Grampus now has it's own micro brewery : ) Excellent for all beer lovers!
5 Sep 2013
"We could have stayed forever, fantastic!"
We've had the most wonderful holiday at The Mill House and would strongly recommend it. It's in a fantastic location, right on the waters edge it's in such a romantic setting with lots … More
That's great to hear you all enjoyed it so much. And I could tell your guys were good surfers, making the most of Croyde : ) Hope to see you again soon. Nick
5 Sep 2013
"Amazing, beautiful house and location. Brilliant holiday!"
Myself my husband and our three children 11,7 and 2 were lucky enough to stay at The Mill House in June and we had the most fantastic holiday, we love North Devon so when I came across The Mill House … More
Thanks for all those kind words. It's great to hear you enjoyed it so much. Hope to see you again soon : ) Nick
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