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400-year-old Ellesmera Mill is a bewitching blend of grace and rusticity, chock-full of old-world charm. This luxury self-catering millhouse and its romantic setting offer an enchanting destination for that out-of-the-ordinary escape. Set near Dartmouth in the sought-after South Hams, a gentle stroll through the valley leads to the sheltered cove of Blackpool Sands - one of south Devon's most beautiful beaches.

Luxury self-catering with hot tub in Dartmouth, South Hams


A haven of tranquillity, this luxury self-catering millhouse promises to endlessly enrapture all who step into its world of storybook charm. Inside Ellesmera Mill it's all open fires, white washed beams and rough stone walls, whilst the garden is filled with fluttering butterflies, mature trees, swaying hammocks and stepping stones leading to a wood-fired hot tub. The dreamy south Devon coast is almost within touching distance too, with Blackpool Sands just a short walk down the country lane.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The bedrooms and bathrooms are a blissful marriage of modern and rustic. The horseshoe-shaped first floor features a bathroom with roll top bath and Moroccan plaster shower, plus a double bedroom of bright whites and green garden views. Up again lies the master bedroom and, reached via a second staircase, is another double and single bedroom sharing access to a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. In the dining room wing is a large, airy first floor bedroom which flaunts huge wooden shutters, a cast iron double and separate single bed. There is an additional ground floor shower room and also an outside shower to cool off post-sauna.


Old mill stone steps lead from the formal dining room onto the deck, where a zinc-topped dining table invites guests to enjoy starlit feast nights. The gardens are filled with delicate wildflowers and big shady trees, all enhanced by the pacifying sound of the trickling stream once used to power the mill. Exposed bulb garlands set a romantic ambience in the linhay, which offers a private lounging area bedecked with reindeer hides and a roaring woodburner. A wood-fired hot tub is tucked-away behind the house, offering the perfect place to stargaze by night, or simply absorb the delicious scents of this magical coastal garden.

For Relaxation

If you can tear yourself away from Blackpool Sands, family day trips to Salcombe, Hope Cove and Bantham beach should be next on the holiday itinerary. Between the pretty pastel-hued town Dartmouth and its bohemian sister Totnes, there are a wealth of galleries and independent boutiques for creative types to explore. Back at Ellesmera Mill, children can run wild counting butterflies and making flower crowns, leaving grown-ups to pad around the garden between the sauna, hammocks and steamy hot tub. After dark, the gentleman's club themed cinema room makes a fun and atmospheric arena for the evening's entertainment.


There is private parking for two to three cars. Please note, access to the house is down a narrow lane. Ellesmera's rustic farmhouse style-kitchen is well-equipped with an Aga, electric oven, fridge freezer, dishwasher and microwave. A washing machine and tumble dryer can be found in the utility room. 


  • SleepsUp to 10 guests
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  • BedroomsDoubles: Four double bedrooms with king-size bedsSingles: One single bedroom (plus one single bed in double room)
  • BathroomsGround floor shower room, family bathroom plus Jack-and-Jill bathroom
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQA charcoal barbecue is provided
  • FeaturesHot tub, sauna, cinema room with table football
  • PetsSorry, no pets allowed
  • Mod ConsTVs with Freesat, SONOS sound system, cinema room and Nespresso coffee machineInternet & Communications:Wi-Fi internet and landline (please note mobile signal is patchy and the Wi-Fi speed is limited due to remote location)Mobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • RestrictionsSingle sex gatherings are considered with prior permission only. Groups over the age of 25 are welcome.This house is best suited for families however non-family groups over the age of 25 will be considered on prior request.
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Style: With a touch of rural Devon charm, this restored mill combines the finely polished with the charmingly weathered. Most striking is the juxtaposition of the moody cinema room and fresh white living spaces.

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Our Take

Property Owner Tanya says

Sleeping to the sound of the stream in the garden and enjoying the tranquillity of the ancient valley surroundings, strolling down the lane as the children try to identify the wildflowers on the way, then swimming in the sea and having brunch at the beach cafè... all makes for a perfect day.

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The open-plan kitchen dining room is very much the heart of this beautiful old mill, where the whole family can get involved in preparing supper - think Aga-cooked casseroles and traditional Devon splits. In summer, throw open the doors which lead directly from the formal dining area into the garden, where a third table awaits.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your luxury self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for your party (on request and subject to an additional cost).

Eating Out

Fresh Devon fodder fills the local menus. From fresh Start Bay lobster to succulent Devon beef roast dinners washed down with Totnes ales, guests will be spoilt for choice. Seafood lovers should try the Venus cafè's garlicky crab bisque, or head to The Seahorse for charcoal-roasted fish served up on Dartmouth's waterside. For something a little different, Bantham's quirky Gastrobus is well worth a visit, bringing great street food to this glorious golden beach since 2012.

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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