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Orford Mill - Mill Pool


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Great Torrington, Devon
Grade 4 Star rating
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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
  • Main TV in each cottage is linked (via colour camera) to its own individual bird box, providing live images on TV

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • 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

  • 8

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

  • 8

    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.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2018
    We stayed during February half term. Lovely, clean accommodation. Well equipped kitchen including dishwasher and washing machine. The cottage was adequately heated by central heating, which was on a automatic timer. If needed there was a log burner in the living room, but we only used once for about half hour when we stayed in the cottage during the day. Mill Cottage had two bathrooms one of which had a whirlpool bath in. The cottage is decorated tastefully in keeping with the beautiful surroundings. Our cottage overlooked the old water mill wheel. Some reviews commented about there not being enough hot water for a family of 4 to shower. We had no issues with this. We all had showers and still had hot water left over for my husband to do the washing up!!! The cottage is situated at the side of a river. The sound of the river was so relaxing. The owners of the cottages were getting the site prepared for the forthcoming season. Steam cleaning equipment and doing general maintenance to the site. This did not affect our visit. I think this shows how much they care for the site. Orford Mill was lovely to visit in February, but when the weather is warmer and the coffee shop is open and all the benches are out it would be absolutely stunning. On site there was a indoor heated swimming pool. Hours we could use the pool were slightly restricted due to private swimming lessons held (first thing in the morning and again after school until about 6pm) but these lessons always finished on time and the two ladies who ran the lessons were lovely and friendly and were happy for our boys to use their equipment during our time in the pool as long as we're put them away afterwards. There was a games room also on site which was had heating and lighting. This had a full sized pool table (chargeable at 50p a game which we considered reasonable). A large beautiful football table was available to use free of charge and also games consoles. We never used the consoles as we told the Xbox we are on holiday!! In a separate building/summer room/shed was Heidi's hideaway. This had dolls, video player and an assortment of videos. There was also a settee for adults to use so they could stay and watch the children play. There was also a outdoor play area for children which over looked the river, but the play area was fenced off so children could not wonder down to the river. Tennis court available on site along with a basket ball net. If the wether had been warmer, we would have used these. Nearest newsagents/fuel is a five minutes car journey. There is a Lidl about 7 minutes drive away. Activities in the area were limited due to us visiting out of season, but tarka pottery is worth a visit if you fancy having a go at pottery and the local glass factory had a lovey coffee shop. Beautiful beaches are within half hours drive. We used the cottage as a base, but headed out for day trips to Bude, Ilfracombe and bideford. There were lots of leaflets suggesting places to visit in the games room if you are looking for places to go. We never saw the Badgers that used to visit. The owner says they don't visit anymore. The down side of our stay...not many really. TV in the lounge had no TV reception despite there being an Ariel plugged in...but we didn't go on holiday to watch TV. We bonded as a family by playing cards and board games and completing puzzles. There was a DVD player in the cottage along with a small selection of DVD's. I would suggest taking a few films with you to watch after the kids have gone to bed if you don't like reading. In the smaller bedroom there was a working TV, so the kids had their half hour fix of TV in the mornings whilst us adults had a lie in. There is limited mobile phone signal for those of you who could not possibly be with out your phones. For us, no mobile phone signal was a plus. We never used the hot tub or spa. We forgot it was there.

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7.1 out of 10 – based on 10 reviews collected by Reevoo
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