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Orford Mill - Mill Pool

Great Torrington, Devon
Grade 4 Star rating
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms3
Bathrooms2
Pets0
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Description

A perfect retreat enjoying use of many onsite facilities yet close to attractions of the area and beaches at Westward Ho!

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. 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.

A two-storey cottage with views of the mill wheel and leat. Large beamed living room with electric ‘wood burner’. Well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen/dining room with beams. First floor: Two beamed bedrooms; one double with en-suite bathroom with whirlpool bath, over-bath shower and toilet, one single with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Bunk bedroom.

  • Electricity ‘wood burner’ by £1 coin meter
  • DVD
  • Sitting-out area and furniture

  • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen, towels ad Wi-Fi included
  • Cot, travel cot and high chair by arrangement
  • TV with digital terrestrial channels
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • 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 (1 x 2 hour session included, additional 2 hour sessions at £5 per session), 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

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Features

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • 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
  • Hot Tubs - Shared
    Hot Tubs - Shared
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Childrens Play Area
    Childrens Play Area
  • Active Family Holidays
    Active Family Holidays


Customer Comments

  • 7

    07/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 05/11/2018
    The cottage was very good value for money. The main disappointment was that the spa was closed and we had been looking forward to using it.


  • 7

    19/10/2018
    Confirmed guest, 06/10/2018
    We had a lovely time staying at Mill Pool. My daughter loved being able to swim every day and had the pool to ourselves most nights. The cottage was amble, I would say it could do with a deep clean as there were cop webs and the enterance light was full of dead insects, but it did what it needed to and was nice and warm and cozy. The decor was not modern but that was not a problem for us. Be advised you are only allowed one use of the hottub per visit, it is £5 there after. The tea room was shut for the season when we were there which was a shame. The lady own was lovely, I can imagine the male owner to be a bit grumpy at time. I got told off at one point which upset my daughter. The walk into the neighbouring town involves some steep hill walks so bear that in mind. But can easily drive into town where there is a Lidl and takeaways / restaurants. If you like to be online 24/7 there is not wifi in the cottage, only outside the cafe and I could not use data so if you like to be glued to phone bare that in mind. Overall it was a nice place to stay but if you are a bit of a fussy type maybe not the place for you.


  • 8

    15/04/2018
    Confirmed guest, 13/04/2018
    great time .weather could kave been better.


  • 8

    13/04/2018
    Confirmed guest, 07/04/2018
    We had a good time. The host were good and they even agreed to arrange a mini birthday welcome for my wife.


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