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Orford Mill - Skirr

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Great Torrington, Devon
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps4
Bedrooms2
Bathrooms1
Pets0
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Description

A fabulous choice for your holiday, whatever the weather, with many onsite faciltiies to keep you entertained.

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 comfortable ground floor property. Open plan living/dining room with inglenook fireplace with Ben Franklin wood burner. Well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with whirlpool bath, over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood burner
  • Widescreen TV
  • 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 video.audio camera) to its own individual bird box, providing live images on TV

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Features

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • 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
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • 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

    13/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2018
    The cottage itself is in need of an upgrade. The bathroom is probably the worst room with the shower guard needing replacing along with the shower itself which have seen better days. The bath around the shower guard was marked and not clean and the dryer is not something I have seen for 20 years. The kitchen could do with modernising with a few more utensils - a casserole dish and cheese grater come to mind. An irritating expect on arrival was being greeted by the owner after an 8 hour drive with a list of rules. We are not children sir, we have some common sense and a friendly welcome surely is the least we deserve. On the plus side the lounge, dining room and bedrooms were good. However the best things especially if you have children are the swimming pool, games room and play area. The surrounding area is traffic free so the kids can run around safely which is great and the location is perfect for days out.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We are surprised that you consider the cottage to be in need of an upgrade – all of our cottages are inspected regularly by a representative of the Agency, and all are rated 4 star. Your comments about the bathroom are very puzzling. We accept that there are one or two small scratches on the rim of the whirlpool bath where the shower screen has been pulled in and out, but these are minor blemishes which cannot be seen when the shower screen is in position. We have recently had a spate of damage to furniture due to children using sofas and beds as trampolines, and we apologise if we came across as being a bit over-zealous in trying to avoid similar occurrences. However, we are glad to see that these minor irritations did not spoil your holiday, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Orford Mill in the future.

  • 9

    02/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 31/05/2018
    A really relaxing three night break. Everything you would require is there, like a home from home.


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