Exterior | Orford Mill - Tarka, Great Torrington
Exterior | Orford Mill - Tarka, Great Torrington
Great Torrington

Town Mills - Tarka

  • Sleeps up to 12
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • Up to 2 pets allowed
Pets stay free
Car parking on site
Pub within 1 mile


out of 5

A large cottage with character features set in grounds which are adjacent to RHS Rosemoor, and close to Great Torrington.
Ground Floor:
Living/dining room: 42" Smart TV, DVD Player, Electric Woodburner, Selection Of DVDs And Books
Kitchen: Electric Oven, Electric Hob, Microwave, Fridge/Freezer, Fridge, Dishwasher, Coffee Machine, Washing Machine
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: Double (4ft 6in) Bed, Freeview TV Ensuite: Cubicle Shower, Toilet
Bedroom 2: 2 x Single (3ft) Beds
Bedroom 3: 2 x Single (3ft) Beds
Bathroom: Bath With Shower Attachment, Heated Towel Rail, Toilet
Second Floor:
Bedroom 4: Double (4ft 6in) Bed, Freeview TV Ensuite: Cubicle Shower, Toilet
Bedroom 5: 2 x Single (3ft) Beds
Bedroom 6: 2 x Single (3ft) Beds
Bathroom: Bath With Shower Attachment, Heated Towel Rail, Toilet
Separate Toilet.
Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen, towels and high speed Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Tumble dryer available on-site. Games room with pool table, games machines and outside area (shared). 3-acre grounds with sitting-out area, garden furniture and play area (shared). Heidi’s Hideaway toddlers playroom (shared). Indoor heated swimming pool with changing and shower facilities (shared, pool 12ft x 33ft). Ample private parking. No smoking. Please note: There is a small ornamental pond, and a securely fenced river on-site. Low ceilings, caution required on the second floor.
Town Mills is a historic, Grade II listed former Mill and Manor House situated on the banks of the River Torridge on the outskirts of Great Torrington in North Devon. Built by Lord Rolle in 1823 and made famous as ‘Tarka’s Mill’ in Henry Williamson’s book ‘Tarka The Otter’, Town Mills started life as a Grain Mill and a Saw Mill, both mills being powered by waterwheels. Now, almost 200 years later, Town Mills has been sympathetically converted into seven well-appointed holiday cottages all with their own charm and personality.
From a cosy holiday cottage that sleeps three people, to a larger six-bedroom holiday cottage that sleeps twelve, every cottage benefits from character and charm combined with modern convenience. Located in the beautiful North Devon countryside, Town Mills is ideally situated for visiting the North Devon Coast, Exmoor, travelling The Tarka Trail, or visiting our next-door neighbour, the RHS Gardens at Rosemoor.
Tarka is our largest three-storey cottage which sleeps 12. It was originally the Grain Mill at Town Mills and has the Waterwheel on the side. You enter Tarka from the main garden side of Town Mills, entering into a large open plan living/dining area complete with large Smart TV. The well-equipped kitchen, including a double toaster, an extra small fridge for drinks and high quality cooking pans/knives/utentsils is also on the ground floor, and windows to the rear of the cottage look out over the riverside garden/play area and across the river to the fields beyond. On each of the first and second floors is a double bedroom with en-suite shower room. There are also two twin rooms and a separate bathroom with toilet and wash basin. Please note the ceiling height is low on the second floor.
On-site, there is a indoor shared swimming pool which is kept warm between 31-32 degrees, so is suitable for even the smallest guests. The owners offer the opportunity to reserve the pool for your exclusive use, allowing you the chance for a session of family fun, or a quiet moment to relax. There is a games room with a free pool table and a classic table football, along with a dart board and fruit machine. Located by the riverside, but securely fenced, the children’s play area offers picnic bench seating with swings, slide and climbing frame, as well as an elevated playhouse, its the ideal spot to spend a lazy afternoon with a picnic whilst trying to spot an otter or some of the other many local wildlife visitors. For younger guests, there is a kids hideaway where they can escape to. On the opposite side of the Mill there is a garden where you can enjoy a few moments, maybe have a picnic or watch the peacocks as they wander around.
The countryside around Town Mills 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. Local attractions include the renowned RHS gardens at Rosemoor (adjacent) and 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. Town Mills 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 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, with narrow, cobbled main street descending at a dizzying gradient to the little harbour below. The cathedral city of Exeter can be reached via a delightful drive through lush river valleys.
Town Mills offers very attractive accommodation set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens with streams, waterfalls and the water wheel which is still operational. This superb location makes a wonderful holiday base, especially for families, with sandy beaches on the North Devon coast only 10 miles away. Shop ½ mile.


Baby and Toddler Friendly
Childrens Play Area
Cot Available
Decorated at Christmas
Detached Property
Games Room
Garden or Patio
Golf nearby
Grouped Property
Highchair Available
Historical Property
Parking - On Site
Pets Allowed
Pets Free of Charge
Pub Within 1 Mile
Shower Cubicle
Swimming Pool - Shared
Swimming Pool - Heated
Washing Machine


Good to know

Check in and check out times

  • Arrive after 15:00
  • Depart before 10:00


  • 2 pets allowed

Car parking

  • On-site

What's included?

  • Wifi
  • Electricity
  • Bed linen
  • Towels


  • No smoking, please

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