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Orford Mill - Tarka

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Great Torrington, Devon
Grade 4 Star rating
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Sleeps12
Bedrooms6
Bathrooms4
Pets0
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Description

A large cottage with character features set in grounds which are adjacent to RHS Rosemoor, and close to Great Torrington.

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 three-storey property is a converted former mill enjoying river and countryside views, with the original mill wheel still in place. Open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner and 42in plasma TV. Well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Family bathroom. Second floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Family bathroom. Separate toilet. Low ceilings on second floor.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Wi-Fi (in on-site café, open 9am - 9pm)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
    Stairgate
  • 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
  • Children's Play Area
    Children's Play Area
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Celebration Houses
    Celebration Houses
  • Active Family Holidays
    Active Family Holidays


Customer Comments

  • 9

    03/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2018
    Our family group all really enjoyed our stay at Orford Mill. Our party ranged from 7 months to over 70 years old and everyone was very happy. The facilities on site such as the swimming pool, playground, tennis court and gardens were much appreciated and well-used by our family group. The owners are understandably proud of this lovely holiday setting and work very hard to keep it all well-maintained.


  • 7

    29/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 14/05/2018
    The cottage overall was lovely and close to a lot of things to do. Not too far from the town centre. However the kitchen utensils were not given a clean state. Wi-Fi was not available in the cottage, you had to go to the tea shop to get Wi-Fi.


  • 2

    20/02/2018
    Confirmed guest, 12/02/2018
    We stayed at Tarka for two nights. However, we booked the cottage for three nights and forced to leave after the second night. As it is visible from the pictures, Tarka is located in a beautiful place. But there are some issues one needs to know before travelling there & investigating his money on it. First of all, the cottage was freezing cold on our arrival and during our stay the landlord avoided to keep the heaters on even in the hours he was officially undertaken to do so! Then, the swimming pool was extremely unclean and smelly. Besides , despite of booking beforehand, we were told by landlord that the hot tub is out of service and unusable! Last but not the least, the landlord's attitude towards gusts was really defensive and unfriendly! Overall ,please "Be watchful! We only see the tip of iceberg, but that doesn't mean there wasn't something else underneath."

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; This party cut short their stay purely because so many of them were ill, with one child ending up in hospital. The heating is set to come on from 7 – 11 am and from 5-11pm which suits most people as holidaymakers are usually out during the day. When these guests told us several of them were ill and they wanted the heating on during the day, we turned it on for them all day. With central heating on all day, double glazing, 2 ft. thick walls and an additional electric heater in the living room, there is no way the cottage could be considered cold. Our cottages and facilities – including the swimming pool, are regularly inspected by an Agency representative, and all are graded 4 star. We completely repudiate all the allegations made by this party.

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