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Watermill Cottages

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Rediscover what life is all about as you relax and unwind in one of our five comfy Watermill Cottages in the tranquil coastal Gara Valley, below the hamlet of Hansel, Slapton, Nr Dartmouth in the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in south Devon. Our dog-friendly, fun-friendly historic old stone cottages offer comfy space in unique buildings plus your own private garden or patio with bbq & outdoor furniture, perfect for getting away from it all... And a rural, coastal retreat for eco-friendly breaks too. Plenty to experience of a self-sufficienctish life - we generate electricity from a water turbine using the former mill leat, grow our own meat, eggs and veg, and press our own apples for juice & cider on a smallholding on 20 secret acres near the sea. We raise ducks, hens, sheep, sometimes cows and pigs. We offer meat and surplus eggs and veg to our guests and welcome help with feeding the animals. Each cottage is tastefully converted from the former mill building, barns & workers' cottages round the old mill-house, built in the 1750s. Thick stone walls, beams, and logburners make each cottage individual in decor offering you spacious, comfortable accommodation, a modern fitted kitchen (with own washing machine, microwave, electric oven or range, kettle, toaster, fridge-freezer), bathrooms with baths and showers. Walks from your cottage door and beyond on green lanes, a 24 hour wildlife channel right outside your window. Great birdwatching and star-gazing - no ight pollution. Woods, meadows, private gardens, shared lawns, undisturbed water meadows & a shallow stream to enjoy - a haven of peace and tranquility almost untouched by the modern world. Holidays like they used to be ... Space to relax and explore... We welcome free-range kids and well-behaved dogs.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Self-Serve Laundry
Room features
Refrigerator in room
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I have just come back from a week with my partner and 3 dogs in Rose cottage. It is beautiful. No TV or mobile phone signal. We were invited to see the apple pressing by Christine and John. It was nice to meet other people staying and the children we spoke to were loving their
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Response from WatermillCottages, Owner at Watermill Cottages
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your kind words, it was fun squishing apples wasn't it! Glad you enjoyed relaxing in the tranquility of this stunning valley, look forward to welcoming you all again.
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A gorgeous place to cut yourself off from the modern world and completely relax. Very friendly, accommodating and helpful hosts. Beautiful surroundings and woodland walks. A stream for the children and dog to enjoy - we will certainly be back.
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A holiday at Watermill Cottages is a holiday like it used to be. Tucked away in a peaceful valley the only sounds are the river and children having a lovely time! Your hosts have developed an inspiring, largely self sufficient life style and children can help to feed the
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Best place of England I ever been until now. If you are looking for a peaceful stay and fresh air out of the urban life, the water mill cottages are the option. Family hosting them are great and best teachers of nature. Totally recommended :)
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What a wonderful place, hosted by wonderful people. This is a getaway for people looking to escape from the usual noise of modern life and take a proper break. Located at the bottom of a valley with no phone reception or TV but surrounded by beautiful countryside and log fires.
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Crownwheel Cottage
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Crownwheel Cottage - upstairs twin bedroom
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Crownwheel Cottage - bunk bedroom
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Crownwheel Cottage - Master Bedroom
"The cottage is "simple" but well maintained and fully equipped kitchen permitting proper cooking."
"Great place for a stress free holiday"
"All cottages are very well equipped!"
"Visit Dartmouth, Totnes and Kingsbridge also."
"All cottages are great, but Crownwheel is closest to the water, Quack has the cutest name and garden, Rose has the highest terrace and Barleycorn is closest to the mill itself."
United KingdomEnglandKingsbridgeSlapton
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