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Ellesmera Mill | Luxury Self-Catering Millhouse | Dartmouth, Devon

Ellesmera Mill

Dartmouth, Devon, UK

400-year-old Ellesmera Mill is a bewitching blend of grace and rusticity, a place where old-world beauty abounds. In a tender restoration project, the owner has sourced vintage tiles and fabrics from Morocco, transforming the old millhouse into a luxury sanctuary. Sheltered by trees in a secluded valley near Dartmouth and the South Hams, a gentle stroll through the valley leads to the cove of Blackpool Sands. Sunbathe on the beach, sway in the hammock and spend evenings spotting star constellations from the hot tub.

Introduction

A haven of tranquillity sleeping up to ten guests, this stunning millhouse promises to endlessly enrapture all who step into its world. Truly divine, 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 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. After dark, the gentleman's club themed cinema room makes a fun and atmospheric arena for the evening's entertainment.

Inside

From starting your day with an aromatic cup of coffee in the kitchen to family suppers in the elegant dining room, Ellesmera Mill turns every meal into a special occasion. Gifting ample space to both come together and spread out, the lounge is perfect for relaxed socialisation whilst the adjoining linhay with log burner was made for lovebirds looking to be alone. In the evening, gather for film nights in the cinema room before giving into tiredness and making tracks to one of the five bedrooms, each a blissful marriage of modern and rustic. Slip between cool, crisp sheets and fall asleep in blissful silence.

Outside

Old mill stone steps lead from the formal dining room to the deck, where a zinc-topped 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 (unfenced) stream once used to power the mill. Let children run wild exploring their new terrain and making flower crowns, leaving grown-ups to pad around the garden between the sauna, hammocks and steamy hot tub. With children tucked up in bed, grab some blankets and a bottle of wine and chatter away as an infinite number of stars pinprick the dark night sky.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 10 guests
    From £2,495 per week, £2,150 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOn the first floor are two double bedrooms both with king-size beds and a family bathroom with roll-top bath and Moroccan plaster shower. On the second floor are two further double bedrooms with king-size beds, one of which has an extra single bed in the room, and a separate single bedroom. There is a second floor Jack and Jill bathroom shared between the single and one of the double bedrooms, and there is also a shower room on the ground floor.
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  • FeaturesHot tub, sauna, cinema room with table football
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. One cot and highchair are available
  • PracticalitiesThere is private parking for three cars. Please note, access to the house is down a narrow lane. The rustic farmhouse-style kitchen has an Aga, electric oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave and Nespresso coffee machine. A washing machine and tumble dryer can be found in the utility room. Please note mobile signal is patchy and WiFi speed limited due to the remote location.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with Devon cream teas and the owner´s choice of French wines, TVs with Freesat, Sonos sound system in cinema room, iPad, landline, charcoal barbecue, linen and towels, fresh flowers, books, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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Dartmouth

A major harbour town on the River Dart with valley walks and rolling countryside, Dartmouth is a great base for exploring local towns and beaches, but it´s just as lovely for grabbing a beer and watching the boats go by.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Ellesmera Mill is located in the Blackpool Valley near Dartmouth, close to Salcombe and Dartmoor in Devon's South Hams district.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, take M5 South and follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Train Totnes station is around 30 minutes away, offering regular trains from London Paddington with a journey time of approximately three hours.
  • By Air The nearest airport is Exeter, one hour away by car.

From the owner

“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 café... all makes for a perfect day.”

From the owner

An old mill built some 400 years ago, Ellesmera Mill was one of four mills positioned along the stream (River Em) which runs through the garden. Evidence of the house's former life can be seen in the wooden posts in the hall which held the wheel fixings, as well as outside in the form of the original mill stones which are now the steps from the dining room to the deck.

We find the valley in which the house sits to be a tranquil and very special retreat. Strongly echoing this sentiment, the former owners (who undertook the original restoration work) inscribed a Latin quotation on the sitting room beam. This translates as “this corner of the earth smiles for me more than any other”.

For those looking to explore, there are many beaches, walks and restaurants nearby, as well as numerous places to visit in the glorious South Hams. That said, simply staying at home and enjoying the surrounding wildlife, lying in the hammock, lighting the wood burning hot tub and staring up at the amazing night skies is just as glorious.

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Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Dartmouth with an insider’s perspective.

Salcombe Gin School
To Do

Salcombe Gin School

The fabulous people at Salcombe Gin have now set up their own school for gin enthusiasts. Head over to learn about how to make your own gin, including mixing your own botanicals, and glean some skills to wow your friends with back home.

Dartmoor Zoo
To See

Dartmoor Zoo

Based on a true story, this is the zoo that inspired the film "We Bought a Zoo" starring Matt Damon. It´s small and so easy to get up-close to the animals, including tigers and lions.

Take to the Water
To Do

Take to the Water

For a scenic and relaxing afternoon, take a boat trip on the River Dart from Totnes to Dartmouth. Or, for the more adventurous, try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding with local family-run Discovery Surf School.

The Seahorse
To Eat

The Seahorse

The Seahorse is an excellent restaurant specialising in seafood, situated on the picturesque banks of the River Dart in Dartmouth town. They offer an extensive wine list of over 180 bins, all carefully hand-selected for seafood.   

Guest Testimonials

From start to finish we have had a wonderful weekend. The welcome was most warming, greeted with flowers all around the house, mince pies on the table, milk and eggs in the fridge and fresh bread too. The luxurious hamper didn’t disappoint either. We felt very comfortable in this beautiful home and loved the open fire and woodburners. We were able to indulge ourselves with the hot tub and sauna and listening to the sound of the stream was idyllic! The quality of the furnishings, down to the linen and towels were all exceptional. We will be back!

We had a lovely time here at Ellesmera Mill. We´ve especially enjoyed going in the hot-tub and the sauna. The house is so cosy which has made my mum very happy! Thank you for making our stay that little bit more special. We hope to come back again. P.S. the hamper was amazing (especially the scones and cream!)

This was our second visit to Ellesmera Mill and we had a fabulous weekend enjoying the hot tub and sauna. The weather was kind, although we couldn´t resist the lure of the fires. We loved the wonderful hamper with local goodies. Thank you for looking after us!

We go away together every year and this has to be one of the best places we have stayed. From the luxurious linen and towels, to the goody basket and all the little extras. Love, love, love the bath products! Thank you so much for having us!

I have to say that this was simply the most incredible property we have ever stayed in! A beautiful house in the most wonderful spot in Devon. The attention to detail, the interiors, the comfort, the facilities, the location - it was all wonderful. Our week has gone much too fast but we will be back one day!

We all enjoyed your lovely Ellesmera Mill, having barbecues, using the hot tub and sauna and playing on the garden swing we´re such a treat to finish off our summer. The owner and his team were excellent and nothing was ever too much trouble. Thank you for everything, and the super hamper of local produce!

This is a fabulous holiday home in the most perfect, idyllic setting. We´ve had a very restful weekend! We loved the hot tub and the closeness to the beach was great. It´s an interesting house and is beautifully decorated throughout. The perfect weather also made for a splendid week. Thank you!

Thank you for allowing us to stay in your superb home. Every detail considered and so many beautiful touches. The character of the mill still shines through. We have all had a fabulous time and we hope to return one day.

Honoured to be number four in the book! We had the most wonderful weekend, so sorry that we could not stay longer. Glorious house and facilities, especially loved the hot tub and the babbling brook.

The perfect home for our family holiday. We had a wonderful week here, the most beautiful place we have stayed in. Excellent hospitality and thoroughly enjoyed the area. Thank you.

We have had a wonderful week here. The house is beautiful and very well equipped, with lots of thoughful touches that make all the difference. We loved cooking on the aga & BBQ, watching films in the cinema room, playing ball in the garden. The pleasure of walking 10 ten minutes down the road to the beach. Thank you.

What a treat to be the first ones here! An amazing week in this beautiful home. I want to wake up every morning to the sound of the stream! Everything we needed and more. Thank you so much.

A beautiful property, beautifully renovated and with all facilities we could need. Lots of thoughtful touches e.g. nice soaps, linens, towels, good crockery, good supply of logs, beautifully cut flowers in the rooms. Everything had been thought through and it felt like a home from home. Wonderful location. Nice touch to send texts before and after we left

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