Watermill Cottages

Higher North Mill, Hansel, Nr Slapton, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0LN

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Tel01803 770219

Tel07900 785721

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Enjoy holidays like they used to be in one our five comfy dog-friendly  historic cottages. Each cottage is part of an 18thC watermill or a mill worker’s cottage with a shallow trout stream to play in set in 20 acres of beautiful coastal valley between Slapton & Strete in the heart of an Area of |Outstanding Natural Beauty. Close to Start Bay, beaches, pretty villages, Dartmouth & The Coast Path.

A haven of peace and tranquillity almost untouched by the modern world - woods, meadows, private gardens, shared lawns, undisturbed water meadows, orchard & stream.. No through traffic, it’s a green lane beyond us.

A 24-hour wildlife channel outside your window, green lane walks from your cottage door. Great birdwatching & star-gazing – no light pollution.

We welcome dogs and are flexible on number. 

Reconnect with nature and each other, away from the white noise of TV, wifi and mobiles - there is a landline in the office and mobile reception up the lane. Groups welcome, the cottages are perfect for larger groups of family and friends.

Free electric car charging using electricity generated by our water turbine.

We raise ducks, hens, sheep and cows (and welcome help with feeding), press apples for cider, and offer homegrown meat, eggs & veg to guests.

There’s plenty of parking.   All cottages have log burners, electric radiators and heaters so are cosy all year round.  All logs are included.  Short breaks available all year outside school holidays, two nights or more.  Call Christine and John on 01803 770219 or email christine@watermillcottages.co.uk.  We look forward to welcoming you!

Guide Prices

Quack Cottage: sleeps 2-4 (I double, 2 singles)
Barleycorn Cottage: sleeps 2-4 (1 double, 1 twin, space for extra beds)
Rose Cottage: sleeps 2-4 (1 double + ensuite, 1 twin + ensuite)
Mill Cottage: sleeps 2-6 (1 double, I twin or single + cot), 1 kids’ bunk bed room)
Crownwheel Cottage: sleeps 2-6/8 (1 double, I twin + ensuite, 1 full size bunk bed room; space for extra beds)

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* Short breaks available all year, outside school holidays.



  • Picinic Area


  • BBQ

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Cot
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • Countryside Location
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Electric Car charging point
  • Electricity inc in rate
  • Family Friendly
  • Free car parking
  • Garden/patio for guests' use
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Linen provided
  • Log Fire
  • Near coastal path
  • Open All Year
  • Pets accepted
  • Pets accepted by arrangement
  • Riverside
  • Short breaks available

Key Features

  • Celebrity connection
  • Family
  • Farm
  • Green
  • Groups Welcomed
  • In countryside
  • Midweek breaks
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Romantic
  • Weekend breaks

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On site parking

Room / Unit Features

  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Drying Facilities
  • DVD Player
  • Electric shaver point
  • Fridge
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Ground Floor Accommodation
  • Ground Floor Bedrooms Available
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Microwave in all units
  • Oven / Cooker
  • Radio
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly
  • Marketed to any other specialist market
  • Special provisions for walkers

Venue Facilities

  • Wood burning stove



Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Slapton take the Totnes road to Totnes. Half a mile from Slapton, turn right at Start Bay Centre, part of Slapton Ley Field Centre (an old school), signposted to Merrifield. Drive for about a mile. At the T junction at the end of the lane, with the house called Merrifield in front of you, turn right. Follow this lane as it bends, narrows and dips. You will pass Hansel Cottage and the walls of Hansel hamlet to reach us. Higher North Mill and Watermill Cottages are at the bottom of the hill, by the stream, and a mile from the No Through Road sign at Merrifield.

For full directions from M5 & Totnes, see website http://watermillcottages.co.uk/directions/







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Recent Reviews:

  • PomHester
    Trip Type:
    Wonderful holiday in wonderful location
    5 of 5 stars
    23rd Apr 2019
    We have just returned home from a terrific week at Water Mill cottages. We stayed in Rose cottage and all four of us (husband and two kids, aged 10 and 13) had the most wonderful time. Peaceful... Read full review
  • Arkadiana
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Beautiful gardens, perfect spot, just a bit sad....
    3 of 5 stars
    19th June 2019
    This really was a picture perfect spot for a holiday. Despite the fact that it rained the whole week we were there, and there was no internet, TV or phone signal, it was a lovely peaceful and... Read full review
  • sue l
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    So peaceful and relaxing
    5 of 5 stars
    24th Feb 2020
    Back from our week long visit and wish we were still there. Our 6th or 7th visit . Love the fact there is no TV or internet just peace and tranquillity. Despite the weather it’s beautiful and the... Read full review

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