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Orford Mill - Owlery Holt

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Great Torrington, Devon
Grade 4 Star rating
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Bedrooms2
Bathrooms1
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Description

Bird lovers will delight in the live link from bird box to your TV. Enjoy the 3 acres of beautiful gardens, complete with water wheel.

"Deep in Tarka the Otter country where the river glides beneath the trees and time stands still..."

Orford Mill lies alongside the River Torridge in a beautiful wooded valley, nestled below the historic town of Torrington. With its air of peace and tranquillity, abundant wildflowers and river life, it became the setting for Henry Williamson’s magical story of Tarka the Otter. Indeed, the mill wheel in which Tarka hid from the hound Deadlock was at Orford Mill. This superb location makes a wonderful holiday base, especially for families, with sandy beaches on the North Devon coast only 10 miles away.
The complex consists of a Grade II listed water mill and manor house, now converted into nine delightful cottages, all equipped to Visit Britain ‘4 Star’ standard. Most overlook the charming ornamental courtyard with its ponds and flowerbeds. Riverside is detached and overlooks the river. All cottages retain character features such as exposed beams and stonework, and each is furnished in an individual style to a very high standard. Guests can enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, with lovely river views, as well as a spa room and all-weather tennis court, games room and fenced outdoor children’s play area. There is an on-site cafe with wi-fi (open 9am-9pm). In addition, fishing rights are available on 200 yards of river (bring own licence, or avail locally at cost). All the waterways are safely fenced.
The countryside around Orford Mill 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 at close quarters. Adjacent to the grounds are the renowned RHS gardens at Rosemoor, and other local attractions include 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. Orford Mill 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 out 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, whose narrow, cobbled main street descends at a dizzying gradient to the little harbour below. To the south, the cathedral city of Exeter can be reached via a delightful drive through lush river valleys.
Orford Mill offers very attractive accommodation set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens with streams, waterfalls and the water wheel which is still operational. Excellent as a touring base, it makes a good choice for a holiday whatever the weather. Shop ½ mile.

This is a first floor property, accessed by an external stone staircase. First floor: Open-plan living/dining room with electric ‘wood burner’. Well-equipped modern fitted kitchen. Double bedroom (5ft bed) with TV. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity ‘wood burner’ included
  • DVD

  • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
  • Cot, travel cot and high chair by arrangement
  • TV with digital terrestrial channels
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi (in on-site café, open 9am - 9pm)
  • Shared grounds with sitting-out area and furniture
  • Gas barbecues for hire by arrangement
  • Ample parking
  • Shared games room with pool table, games machines
  • Shared outside area with table tennis
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (12ft x 33ft) with changing and shower facilities
  • Shared spa room with hot tub, wet and dry saunas
  • Massage and beauty treatments by arrangement
  • Shared hard all weather tennis court (bring own equipment, and tennis shoes – no trainers)
  • On-site river fishing (bring own licence, or available locally at cost)
  • Children’s play area with swings and playhouse
  • Heidi’s Hideaway (playroom for toddlers and young children)
  • Adventure fort
  • No smoking
  • NB: Securely fenced river on-site
  • Main TV in each cottage is linked (via colour video.audio camera) to its own individual bird box, providing live images on TV

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Features

  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Romantic Collection
    Romantic Collection
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Shared Hot Tub
    Shared Hot Tub
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 3

    18/06/2017
    Confirmed guest, 03/06/2017
    We were made to feel very uncomfortable by the owner whilst in the cottage and using the facilities. He is clearly more concerned about enforcing rules and keeping their facilities perfectly clean, than their customers enjoying their stay. There was also free roaming peacocks on site that make very loud squawking (or whatever a peacock does!) all through the night. Therefore we would not recommend if you are looking for a relaxing break. On a positive note, the pool was great and really warm.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We are sorry you feel so strongly about our simple request to remove outdoor shoes inside the cottage. Other rules relate purely to health and safety regulations which are not laid down by us, but which we are obliged to draw to your attention, relating to use of the swimming pool, spa room etc. We have had peacocks for many years and their beauty has been enjoyed by all our guests. However, due to a couple of negative comments, including yours, we have made the difficult decision to re-home them , so there are no longer any peafowl at Orford Mill. We are disappointed that you have given us such a low overall score in view of your higher individual scores.

  • 8

    22/02/2017
    Confirmed guest, 17/02/2017
    very clean, and well equipped and situated in a pretty area. The only downside was that the owner in his enthusiasm to keep his property 'pristine' made us feel that he rather we didn't use any of the facilities. So a little course on people skills to make the customer feel welcomed and wanted might be useful.


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