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Historic Watermill Cottage between Dartmoor and Exmoor with 4 acres of parkland

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

2 Bedrooms, (sleeps 4) in old watermill courtyard with 4 acres of park and river

Lapfrod Mill Cottage overlooks the courtyard and leat serving the old water mill. The cottage has seperate living and kitchen-dining areas downstairs with a shower room and two bedrooms upstairs with shared bathroom.

The kitchen has dining for four at the table, an upright piano for the musically talented(!) and overlooks the mill garden. The connecting corridor leads to the downstairs WC with shower and Sitting Room.

The cosy Sitting room has a flat panel tv, sofa and arm chair, and a staircase leading to the upper landing.

Upstairs there is a twin room and a double room, both with twin aspect and separated by a second bathroom.

The grounds of the mill comprise of a small private wheel-garden, which houses the 12-foot waterwheel, and a further 3 acres of private parkland beyond. Across the road from the mill courtyard is a private half-acre woodland with river frontage with fishing.

More Details

Owner
Alexander Gater
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
8 November, 2017

About Alexander Gater

We are three generations of the Gater family who lived at Lapford Mill from 1425 to 1850. The property has passed through several occupiers and is now back in the hands of the Gater family, namely, Ann J Gater Snr, son Alexander and grandson Connor.

Ann is now retired and enjoys working in the garden and planning improvements to the parkland. Alex (48) has spent his professional life working in media and IT, and continues to do so from home in the mill house whilst undertaking the restoration of the water mill and Connor is taking his GCSEs and helps his father with the mill at weekends.

Lapford Mill is host to the local music festival Lapstock once a year in the summer and details can be found at the Lapstock website.

Alexander Gater purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Alexander Gater chose Exeter

Lapford Mill is described by Natural England as a rare example of Devon's watermill heritage and is in very good condition, however the water is currently shut off from the mill whilst the watercourse undergoes maintenance.

The mill building is available for guests to visit and Alex enjoys nothing more than showing this old gal to interested visitors, however the mill is not open to the general public.

Being a watermill, the immediate area is interwoven with water courses, comprising a long mill leat and the Lapfod Yeo river, which is part of the Taw River system, boasting good fishing for trout and salmon.

The private park behind the mill is bordered to the north by the mill leat and farmland, and to the south by the old Tarka line which runs a small, two-carriage train once an hour! Across the road from the mill is the private woodland and conservation area, which is bordered by the main river.

What makes this cottage unique

The property is a detached part of Lapford Mill complex, a private courtyard surronded on three sides by the cottage, the mill house and the mill building. The mill is a rare treat and, though in restoration, a fascinating example of the period.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Exeter in Mid Devon District

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Downstairs WC - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bed - 1 Double Bed
    Twin Room - 2 Single Bed
  • 1 Double room with twin aspect and vaulted ceiling and 1 twin room with twin aspect and vaulted ceiling
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Garden ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing

Reviews

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Historic Watermill Cottage between Dartmoor and Exmoor with 4 acres of parkland
average rating of 4.7714286 based on 35 reviews
5

Lovely cottage set in beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was great, right next to the historic mill. Huge garden and paddocks gave our two children plenty to explore. The cottage had lots of space and two good size bedrooms. It was also very well equipped and the owners had kindly provided some non perishable essentials which was a nice touch. Peaceful, rural location but with good transport links to get to the north coast or down to Exeter. Would definitely recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovelly cottage

  • 5 of 5

Great location, fantastic gardens and woodland the dogs loved it as much as we did.

lovely cottage. lovely welcome form Alex and Ann.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
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4

Cosy vintage quiet mill , great location for exploring Devon.

  • 4 of 5

House itself had everything you needed for a self catered stay. Set in lovely grounds with ample space for dogs to be let out for a run in the garden. Less than 10 min walk from a great country pub -

The Malt Scoop which served very good reasonably priced food and a warm welcome. 30 min drive to bigget towns of Barnstaple or the city of Exeter. Great rural retreat if you need a bit of quiet/ relaxation.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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5

Excellent cottage and owners.

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Alex & mum Annie for letting us stay in this wonderful old cottage.They are lovely people nothing too much trouble even had flowers on kitchen table on arrival.The grounds were lovely,full of wildlife owls buzzards,squirrels etc.Easy access to anywhere in Devon due to its central position.The old malt scoop pub was excellent,good food,good local ales friendly bar staff and local people.Thanks Alex for the tour of the water mill very interesting and good luck with all your plans for it.We would love to go back in future and highly recommend this cottage to anyone.Nice & clean with all amenities you could want.We had a lovely relaxing 2 weeks even though the weather was wet and windy.Once again Alex thanks from Ann & Pete from Yorkshire.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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5

Very nice, lovely location, nice and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, tidy and had everything we needed. Plenty of outdoor space for the dogs to have a run around. Good host, very imformative when showing us around the mill.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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5

Marvellous cottage and grounds, great location.

  • 5 of 5

This peaceful cottage had all that we needed for a very comfortable 6 night stay. Alex and Anne are the perfect hosts. The large grounds offered our 2 children the opportunity to explore and run off their excessive energy, whilst we enjoyed a relaxing drink in the pleasant surroundings.

Only a couple of minutes walk to the village shop for any essentials. Ten minutes walk to the Malt Scoop for a splendid mix of excellent food, local beers and friendly conversation.

Lapford is located equal distance from the north and south Devon coasts which is ideal for chasing the sun and getting out and about.

This was our second visit to the cottage. We all absolutely love the time we have spent here and will definitely be looking for an opportunity to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Location

Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
The Malt Scoop
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Lapford

Lapford is centrally located in Mid Devon with good access to both Dartmoor and Exmoor, and nearby to Eggesford Forest.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Exeter, Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Winter 17
1 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£150
for 3 nights
From
£50
 
 
Xmas 17
23 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£344
for 4 nights
From
£86
 
 
Winter 2018
2 Jan 2018 - 1 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£162
for 3 nights
From
£54
£352
 
 
Easter 2018
2 Apr 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£204
for 3 nights
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£68
£440
 
 
Summer HT 2018
26 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£282
for 3 nights
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£94
£610
 
 
Summer Term 2018
4 Jun 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£261
for 3 nights
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£87
£561
 
 
Summer 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
£525
for 5 nights
From
£105
£680
 
 
Autumn 2018
3 Sep 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£204
for 3 nights
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£68
£440
 
 
Xmas NY
22 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
£294
for 3 nights
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£98
£638
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£174
for 3 nights
From
£58
£374
£1,200
 

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Guests are responsible for their own safety whilst at the property and within the grounds. Adults are required to familiarise themselves with the health & safety information in the welcome pack on arrival.

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