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The Old Mill


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Bucks Mills, near Bideford, Devon
Grade 4 Star rating
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The Old Mill is adjacent to a clifftop pathway leading to a glorious beach and the Tarka Trail is nearby.

Beach 200 yards

The Old Mill is the ideal choice for a family seaside holiday or a relaxing escape at any time of year. This historic, Grade II listed house is thought to be the oldest in the village dating back to the 17th Century. Steeped in history it retains many of its original features, charm and character. Bucks Mills was the home to Prunella Scales during World War II. The Old Mill was the village guest house at this time and its landlady is thought to have been the inspiration for Sybil Fawlty.
Just a stones throw from the secluded sand and shingle beach, it sits in the tiny cliff top hamlet of Bucks Mills, one of the most beautiful villages in North Devon, a secluded hidden gem with pretty white washed cottages speckled along a wooded valley at the end of a no through road. This delightful, spacious holiday home is one of the last adjacent to the steep clifftop pathway which leads you down to the glorious beach overlooking Lundy Island and the Atlantic Ocean. There are plenty of rock pools to keep young and old entertained or have a go at sea fishing.
There is plenty for everyone with birdwatching, fishing, riding, golf, surfing and sailing close by. The coastal path passes by the cottage and leads you to the famous fishing village of Clovelly and the unspoilt beach at Peppercombe, or if you are feeling energetic, walk all the way to Westward Ho!
A village store and post office is one mile away and nearby Bideford has restaurants and town amenities along with boat trips to Lundy Island, or hire a bike and explore the nearby Tarka Trail. RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Docton Mill and Hartland Quay are well worth a visit along with many pretty fishing villages to explore including nearby Instow and Appledore. For family fun the Big Sheep, The Ultimate Adventure and Milky Way Adventure parks are a must. Beach 200 yards. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

Ground Floor:
Living room 1: With wood burner, 32" Freeview HD TV, DVD player and flagstone floor.
Living room 2: With wood burner and double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
Dining room: With flagstone floor.
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Kitchen: With electric cooker, range with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
First Floor:
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Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite toilet.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
Bedroom 5: With bunk bed.
Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and toilet.
Shower room: With shower cubicle (no toilet).

Oil central heating and electricity (£35 per week, £20 per short break). Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for wood burners included. Courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Sea View
    Sea View
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    Lovely cottage but is very shabby. In desperate need of painting / decorating. 3 of the 4 settees need replacing - like sitting on the floor, the cushions are so badly depressed. The covers were very badly stained. Carpets need replacing especially in the main bedroom 'ensuite'! Lampshades and skirting boards have not been cleaned in years. Overwhelming smell of damp. Rubbish dumped outside the cottage and when we had a visitor unable to walk who was being dropped off at the cottage he was informed that he could not leave the car there as that is where everyone leaves the rubbish. There was little cupboard space for supplies and therefore cereals etc were placed on top of the cupboards. Had to be thrown out as when brought down the boxes were covered in grease and mould. Windows did not shut and 7 light bulbs needed changing on arrival!! Advised BT the information leaflet to open the velum roof windows in the kitchen - no pole available to do so. Initial concerns with the owner resulted in contact from the cleaning agents but other than a number of bulbs being dropped off, no other promises were upheld. On a positive note the beds were clean and comfortable. The cottage is in a fabulous location for able bodied people who love walking up and down very steep hills and just needs a bit of TLC. when paying more than £3k to stay there - it should have been pristine. Far from it I'm afraid and I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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    Response on behalf of the owner. Very sorry and upset to receive this review. There were cleaning issues which were raised with me by the guest and I put the cleaning company in touch with them immediately. Subsequent to this, the cleaning company told me they had resolved all the issues. I am very sorry if this is not the case, but I assumed it was as I heard nothing further from the guests although I had asked them to keep me posted. There have been issues with the cleaning company this summer and I am very sorry about this and am currently in process of resolving. In terms of furnishings, it is a historic house and is furnished in keeping with that. I'm not sure that all the issues you raise are fair but in the next couple of weeks I am, in fact, replacing the sofas and all dining room furniture. I am also going down myself mid September to supervise painting/decorating and renovations. There have been dampness issues in the past due to the historic nature (flag stones, stone walls) and position of the building, and especially if there has been a lot of rain, but these have been treated and I personally don't experience the property as damp. I will obviously, however, have a good check and put any necessary measures in place. I adore this house, it is in the most wonderful position on a beautiful coast line. I'm glad the guests appreciated some aspects and enjoyed the stunning location and hope that overall they had a good time.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2017
    The house is exciting, and had all the space we needed, and we enjoyed our stay. Unfortunately, the house is a little tired - the furniture, including the beds, is uncomfortable, and there was a feeling of dampness and darkness, even during the beautiful weather we had for a few days, and the lighting was poor. The kitchen was very well appointed, but the bathroom facilities were poor - not enough loos for the number of rooms, and very small and weak shower. Being slightly older than our fellow guests, we found the hills quite hard, but are undoubtedly fitter for the experience!

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