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

Overview

Property

Updated: 20-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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.

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About the Owner

Alexander Gater
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 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 Mid Devon

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.

26 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)

5

Fabulous cottage with equally fabulous hosts

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our two doggies spent three nights in the mill cottage last weekend.

What a fabulous place to stay! From the moment we arrived we were greeted by Alex and his mum Anne and made to feel extremely welcome.

The cottage is lovely clean and spacious and provides excellent facilities.

The dogs were blessed with 4 acres of gardens to run around in, and the walk to the local pub is approximately half a mile.

We cannot recommend this lovely cottage highly enough, and wish Alex and his mum all the the best for the future. We will be back!

Karina Steve and doggies

Hampshire

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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5

Delightful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We found this a wonderful place to stay. The cottage is charming, comfortable and very well equipped and there are large grounds to explore and enjoy. The location was ideal for our excursions to both north and south Devon. We particularly appreciated the warm welcome and the tour of the very interesting mill.

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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4

Lovely gardens and land. Alex the owner was ln hand but left us to it. A nice cottage.

  • 4 of 5

The beauty of this cottage is its setting. The land was perfect for our two daughters and dogs to run around. We had a lovely time and the cottage was cosy and welcoming. Alex, the owner, was so friendly and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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5

Wonderful property, wonderful location, wonderful owners

  • 5 of 5

We were warmly welcomed by Alex to a superbly equipped cottage in an idyllic setting. A fabulous pub just up the hill put the icing on the cake - we couldn't have asked for more! Will definitely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
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4

Everything we expected and more

  • 4 of 5

We had relied on a previous recent reviewer for confidence in booking and we loved this cottage. It was everything we expected and more. Warm, cosy, incredibly clean and tidy. Great central location, good little shop at local garage 200 metres away and good pub in short walking distance - uphill there so downhill back! Fab to walk our dogs in safety in grounds early morning and evening and Alex and Annie warm and friendly hosts. The Internet was absolutely fine on our phones but my old laptop wouldn't connect so just be aware. Alex did say he has plans to improve the signal to the cottage. Not that we wanted it but I think there was only one tv Chanel. We rarely go to the same location twice but we would certainly consider visiting Lapford Mill again if Alex and Annie will have us! A big thank you to them.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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5

What a gem!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful stay we had. Alex and his family were very welcoming and the cottage is just lovely. From the moment we arrived at the well equipped cottage and the lovely homely touches and beautiful flowers it was a joy to stay - cosy, very clean and situated perfectly to explore Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Thank you guys for inviting us along to your firework display and bbq which was above and beyond! We would recommend this cottage anytime and are planning to return when we can

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

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

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

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Summer Term
5 Jun 2017 - 23 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£237
for 3 nights
From
£79
£510
 
 
Summer Hols
24 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£486
for 5 nights
£680
 
 
Autumn 17
4 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£186
for 3 nights
From
£62
 
 
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
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£174
for 3 nights
From
£58
£340
£1,200
 

Additional pricing information

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

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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • cottage

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

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • forests

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing

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

Outside

  • Garden ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only