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

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


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

Alexander Gater
Member since: 2016
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
15 April, 2018

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.


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Downstairs WC - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Garden ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Historic Watermill Cottage between Dartmoor and Exmoor with 4 acres of parkland
average rating of 4.794872 based on 39 reviews

Clean and very welcoming

  • 5 of 5

A super mid point location for exploring North and South. Alex made us all feel very welcome and everyone (kids and dogs !) felt very comfortable. The heating was excellent and we were so cosy and slept brilliantly on the extremely comfy beds. The cottage has everything you could need including a much appreciated washing machine as the children enjoyed wading up nearby streams and jumping in the sea fully clothed ! A fantastic stay. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from another fantastic few days at Lapford Mill Cottage. Both Alex and Ann are very accommodating and although they live on site they allow you just to get on with your stay but always there if you need anything. Having the use of the field for dog walking is such a convenience and bonus. For us Lapford is very conveniently located enabling us to visit various friends in Devon. The cottage is very well equipped (although the kitchen could do with a grill pan!), the beds are comfy and the cottage is beautiful. Being within walking distance of the local pub is also handy!!!! I'm sure we will be back for a 3rd, 4th, 5th etc visit in the near future!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for coming back and leaving your warm reply! It was good to see you both again! I am sorry the grille pan has gone missing! I hadn't noticed but will get a replacement sorted. Thanks for letting me know. Meanwhile we look forward to welcoming you back on that 3rd, 4th, 5th etc when you are ready! Warmest regards, Alex
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A wonderful stay in a beautiful little cottage with stunning surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was beautiful. It was very clean and everything I thought it would be and more. The kitchen is so well equipped (much more so than my own) and the bed linen and towels were of the best. The bed I slept in was very comfortable indeed.

Alex and Anne are wonderful hosts and are on hand anytime if you need anything.

The surrounding countryside is so very peaceful and all in all we had a very relaxing Christmas break.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well supplied, quiet and attractive cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with our stay in Lapton Mill Cottage. The kitchen was well supplied with utensils and cooking equipment; the bathroom and shower room were also nicely stocked. Everything was clean. The cottage was beautifully quiet and the gardens were pleasant to explore. We felt welcomed without being overwhelmed. It was a very pleasant home to come back to at the end of the day.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
The Malt Scoop
Nearest Train
200 Metres

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


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Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.