Horry Mill

Chulmleigh, Devon
Self-catering
+44 (0)1769 520266
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£120
per night
From
£450 - £799
per week

Set off on blissful walks, trek home to crumpets and tea. There’s no better place to escape the 21st century than rural Devon

Bed

3 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£120 per night

£450 - £799 per week

The Experience

Concealed by a thick blanket of award-winning woodland is this textbook country bolthole, where the birds chirrup, the river flows and the stars shine brightly. The guardians of your charming miller’s cottage are Sonia and Simon, who live in the nearby Millhouse.

It’s a place to step back and take stock: relax by the creamy Rayburn or doze off by the wonderful old fireplace with limitless logs. A pretty window seat upstairs overlooks the cottage garden – secluded and south-facing, a lovely spot for a summer barbecue.

Explore the valley by foot – Simon and Sonia’s enthusiasm for the area is infectious and they carefully manage the surrounding area. Bees, birds and bluebells are encouraged, and a small herd of beef cattle, pigs, ducks and hens merrily thrive.

Cup of tea on the coffee table with a fire burning in the background

We think you'll love

  • The wildlife and being in nature
  • Being left to your own devices in peace
  • Rediscovering family life here
The open plan kitchen and dining room at Horry Mill in Devon with an aga and farmhouse table

You should know

  • You’ll need a car for the nearest shop or pub

Essentials

  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Pricing

Nightly price
£120
Weekly price
from £450
Surcharges
Overseas payments must be made in sterling.
1 Cottage for 4
£1203 beds2 bedrooms

Information

Special offer: 29th June available for one week at the new price of £450.

Booking information

Check in
5pm
Check out
9.30am
Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season.
Closed
Never.
Property
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dogs

Woodland walks, maps and dog towels.

Max. 2 dogs. Dogs over 1 year allowed.

Woodland for walks. Chickens and ducks wander freely into your garden, and garden not secure.

Reviews

We have just returned from a week in Horry Mill Cottage with our very old labrador, Hamish. Due to his limitations we stayed close to 'home' and we couldn't have chosen a better place to do this. The cottage is very comfortable and there was nothing that we needed that we couldn't find. Sonia and Simon were excellent hosts. Sonia kept us supplied with fresh eggs and a welcome cream tea on arrival. My husband was able to take the dog for varied walks from the front door and we all enjoyed the delightful, natural garden. We have never felt so relaxed in a rental cottage and slept very well.

Carol, Marlborough

Peter & I enjoyed a relaxing stay at the very well equipped comfortable cottage. Sonia & Simon are engaging hosts welcoming us with fresh eggs, scones & cream & advice on places to visit (i.e. RHS Garden Rosemoor, Exeter etc.). Lots of walking through the surrounding woodland & identifying the local birds. Always ready to develop a new skill & under Sonia's tutelage, I bottle fed 2 calves during our stay. We hope to return & if possible with several of our grandchildren.

Lee, Vancouver, B.C, Canada

A truly beautiful cottage in a wonderfully tranquil location. Warm and welcoming, Horry Mill is the perfect base for exploring Devon or simply as a place to unwind and get away from it all. We visited for a few days in March, and after months of rain it could have been a dull, grey visit - but this couldn't be further from the truth! Warmed by central heating, a Rayburn AND a huge inglenook open fire the cottage couldn't have been cosier. Everything we needed was laid on and we were welcomed by a wonderful cream tea. Dog friendly, with walks literally outside the front door. Highly recommended

Bob, Redruth

Returning for our second visit, we now understand why so many people have been coming back to Horry Mill for years, for generations – it gets under your skin, and there's nowhere else quite like it. We had a week off work, and we just couldn't think of anywhere we'd rather be. What makes it so special is that it's a real place, not an artfully conceived holiday experience. And at its heart is simple generosity - gorgeous baking and treats, big plentiful towels, sprigs of lavender in the wardrobe, unlimited logs in the woodstore. Please don't change anything. It's just perfect.

Liz, Lanreath

This is THE most delightful and characterful cottage, hidden away in absolutely stunning woodland - it's peaceful and utterly charming. We arrived to find a plate of delicious homemade scones and felt instantly at home. Sonia looked after us beautifully, the cottage was immaculate and comfortable with a really well equipped kitchen. We went for many wonderful walks from the cottage, and further afield on Dartmoor and to the coast. I couldn't recommend more highly. Thank you Sonia for everything including the fresh eggs and apples!

Miranda, London

We had an amazing stay at Horry Mill, the house was charming, spotlessly cleaned, had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The bedding was so comfortable, huge bathtub for soaking. (Shower also available). Cosy sitting room with huge fireplace. Sonia left us a homemade tart that was devoured. We loved how peaceful it was, beautiful woods for us to walk in with running water from stream that meandered its way through the property. Highly recommend staying at Horry Mill!

Andrea, South Jordan

We have been regular visitors to Horry Mill for more than 25 years, both as a couple, as well as with family and friends. The peacefulness and tranquility of the situation of the cottage is perfect to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Local pubs and shops are a short drive away, as well as Barnstaple and Exeter being within an hour’s drive. Sonia and Simon are perfect hosts, and they always provide a lovely welcome!

Karen and Martin, Norwich

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Horry Mill Cottage. Its tranquil setting, in woods near the stream was restful and restorative. We were there when the wildflowers attracted myriads of insects, butterflies and a large dragonfly skimming the garden. Sonia has thought of everything. The kitchen is fully equipped and she is very generous in treats around the place including a cream tea, Miles tea, chocolates and Prosecco. This is a quirky property imbibed with history including wonky stairs and old windows of character. If you want modern and perfect it’s not for you. We loved it.

Kathy, St Blazey

Horry Mill exists in its own little world: a wonderful escape from the relentless demands of modern life. Simon and Sonia are generous hosts, and they are doing a great job balancing farming with protecting and enhancing their land for wildlife. Our stay unfortunately coincided with some abysmal weather, but the cottage is a very cosy, welcoming place to hole up and relax when getting out and about isn't much of an option. In fact, you may not feel the need to stray far whatever the weather. A real find, and after two weeks we understood completely why so many visitors return again and again.

Steven, Great Yarmouth

We had a lovely stay at the cottage. Very relaxing and peaceful and the cottage is well equipped. It was particularly good to meet the owners too and chat about the area and the farm. We were very appreciative of their time. As a nature lover, I loved the wild flowers in the garden and surrounding area. A memorable holiday.

Sarah, Walton-on-Thames

We had wonderful stay at Horry Mill. We used to visit many years ago with our children and had great family holidays. We returned in May with our two dogs and had a fantastic time and beautiful weather. The garden is amazing with such beautiful flowers and all you can hear is the sound of the birds. The dogs loved it and remained safely in the garden with the freedom to explore. The cottage is steeped in history and has a beautiful open fire for the cooler evenings. There are walks straight from the door step and easy access to the coast and local villages. Sonia and Simon are great hosts.

Elaine, West Midlands

We stayed there 3 months ago , but Horry Mill still shines brightly in my memory. This is an enchanted place. It felt like going on holiday to my childhood. If you love the deep peace of woods, steep valleys of flowers and birdsong, cattle grazing in small fields, ancient oak trees, then it's for you. You can walk everywhere: you won't need the car. The walk to Winkleigh (pubs, real post office, shop, butcher, cafes, church) is lovely and quiet, except for short stretch of busy road. Best of all is the cottage itself: beautiful, authentic, comfy, cosy, an open fire AND a Rayburn – just heaven.

Liz, Lanreath

What a lovely place! So remote and quiet, beautiful wild garden , lovely house and exceptional weather. Sonia and Simon are perfect hosts and the welcome pack was delicious. What's not to like?

David

Our third visit to Horry Mill but the first in 3 years. When we arrived it felt like we had never left. Sonia and Simon are so welcoming and when the week was up we didn't want to leave. Thank you and see you again soon.

Paul, Watford

When we first stayed at Horry Mill about 15 years ago we found our perfect hideaway. The charming cottage is well equipped and comfortable with a beautiful garden and wonderful walks with our dogs straight from the door. Sonia and Simon could not be more welcoming and we have returned at least once a year, sometimes with children and grandchildren who have also fallen under its spell.

Hilary, dulverton

Sonia and Simon are the perfect hosts and as with a previous visit we enjoyed our stay enormously. We were greeted by them with scones and Devon cream for tea. Fresh eggs were provided during our stay. Horry Mill is set in a wonderful remote wooded valley in beautiful countryside. The cottage was perfect and provided all our needs but above all the peace and tranquillity of this special place remains engrained in our memory. Thank you.

Jeremy, Saffron Walden

We had a wonderful holiday at Horry Mill. The cottage is lovely and the location even better. There is a large private garden surrounded by wooded slopes and wild flowers with chickens and ducks happily pottering around nearby. Sonia and Simon are very generous hosts and nothing is too much trouble for them. Wonderful walks straight from the house but if you want to go further afield there is ample opportunity for all that Dartmoor has to offer. Perfect peace and relaxation.

Sarah, Salisbury

We had a fantastic family holiday at Horry Mill. The setting is utterly peaceful and beautiful. There are walks from the door and private gardens and woodlands to explore. We had lots of adventures on Dartmoor then came back to wander round the meadow or to drink wine by the fire or - my favourite place - in the vine filled summer house. Perhaps the best thing about Horry Mill are the kind and generous hosts. Our daughters were allowed to collect eggs every day, we found flowers, chocolates and a cream tea waiting for us and there are lots of logs for the fire. We felt very lucky to stay here.

Jenny, Eastbourne

Horry Mill is a very special place to visit. Superb location in a quiet mid-Devon valley, nothing but birdsong and the occasional horse and rider walking past the kitchen disturbs the peace and quiet. Sonia and Simon are perfect hosts, always there if you need them but leave you to your space. Great walks from the door, or spend a sunny day in the garden with a good book. We did both.

Sue, Bristol

It is hard to find the words to describe just what a beautiful place Horry Mill is. This well equipped cottage is cosy, spacious and full of character with lovely views from every window. It’s peaceful setting, in a huge flower-filled garden on the edge of woodland is just stunning, we enjoyed varied walks from the door, and spent hours watching the amazing array of wild birds and other wildlife which visited daily. Sonia and Simon are a really lovely couple who made us feel so welcome, this was our first visit and we are looking forward to returning in October.

Karen, Eastleigh

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Location

The neighbourhood

Surrounded by the steep hillside and trees Horry Mill is hidden from the rest of the world down a half mile drive. Winkleigh is three miles away and has two pubs, a post office, garage, butcher and a village store - the nearest supermarket is at Okehampton 12 miles away. There are numerous footpaths and bridleways in this area and the Tarka Trail is a 20-minute drive. From Okehampton to Lydford you can cycle the Granite Way with spectacular views.

Local points of interest from Simon & Sonia Hodgson

  • Tuesday is the day of Hatherleigh Market, well worth a visit to pick up a bargain or two, or just some bread & cheese for a picnic before heading off to War Horse Valley. Thursday is the pannier market in South Molton. Lunch at Griffins Yard?
  • RHS Rosemoor & Dartington Glass, a short drive from us at Torrington. Head up to the Spectacular North Devon Coast for a bracing walk - if you're lucky you may be able to see Lundy Island in the distance, or even book a day trip to visit.
  • Take the train from Eggesford to Exeter on the Tarka line. Visit the beautiful cathedral, underground passages, museum, or wander down to the historic Quay. From Horry Mill Dartmoor is a short drive. Visit Castle Drogo or Lydford Gorge.
  • 'The Shop at the End of the Universe' and The Mad Butcher can be found in Winkleigh - both are excellent and can supply most things for your break. Fiona's Farm shop is just up the road, and the Winkleigh Cider Co is worth a visit.
  • There are numerous footpaths/bridlepaths, plenty of maps in the cottage, and books of walks slightly further afield.The Tarka Trail is about 20 mins drive. From Okehampton to Lydford you can cycle the Granite Way with spectacular views.
  • Free unlimited logs - it really is true! There's no charge for dogs either. We have welcomed guests for 29 years - have seen small children grow in to young adults and the parents still come to stay. We look forward to seeing you here soon.

Introducing

Simon & Sonia Hodgson

Softly-spoken Sonia and husband Simon have been welcoming guests to their properties for over 30 years. Sonia is a keen cook, greeting everyone with homemade goodies, and you’ll often find her tending to their wild meadow. Simon enjoys forestry, photography and is a keen beekeeper. Together they love birdwatching and walking the South West coast, so they’ll happily give you all the best tips for your stay.