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Bagtor Mill

Ilsington, near Haytor Vale, Devon (Ref. 975857)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 9

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing place and grounds."

    Will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Chey PJun 2022

  • "The property and its surroundings were stunning ."

    The only issue we had was the 9am departure time which was unreasonable. The next guests cannot arrive until 5pm - does it really take 8hrs to prepare ?

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2022

  • "We all had a fantastic time at Bagtor Mill."

    The property is very comfortable and the garden is beautiful with so many flowers, wild birds and different areas to sit in and enjoy. The woods are great for the dogs, but be aware of deer. The best thing was the peace and quiet. You feel as though you are in a different world just with nature. Also it was refreshing not to have signs everywhere saying don't do this or that but just being able to enjoy everything. The house itself is not very sound proof. Every noise from the TV or conversation in the downstairs lounge can be heard upstairs very clearly in the main bedroom, so no early nights. This was a minor thing and we were more aware as there was a young baby in our party, so when up early we all were! The lanes are very narrow so this is not the cottage for you if you are a nervous rural driver. If you are looking for dog walks try the National Trust property 4-5 miles away, Parke which allows dogs off lead on it's trails. Thanks to Mark for sharing this amazing property. Everyone loved it .

    Reviewed by NicolaMay 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage, brilliant location that was easy to get to and stunning gardens and woodland."

    The dogs loved the garden with stream and ponds and walks in the woodland at the bottom (as did we!). We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed breakfast sat outside in the sun all bar one morning of our stay. The kitchen was really well equipped and we loved the Aga. Waking up to the sound of the stream and the bird song was heavenly. Great food and staff at the local Ilsington hotel for the odd night you don’t want to cook and the Ilsington village shop was brilliant for supplies (nice wander up the quiet lanes to it) along with the butchers at Ullacombe Farm Shop. We didn’t make it to the pub in Ilsington (one for next time) but the Rugglestone Inn at Widecombe in the Moor was great. Just to try and organise when we can go back now!

    Reviewed by EmilyMay 2022

  • "Absolutely stunning property in an incredible and silent location."

    We had an amazing week and without doubt the best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. The place just made us relax from the moment we arrived. Facilities are excellent and plentiful, right down to the top quality kitchen equipment that includes knives that are sharp and nonstick pans that are actually nonstick !

    Reviewed by IanApr 2022

  • "We had a great holiday."

    Bagtor Mill is a lovely cottage and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. It’s a special place to go and just relax and ideal if you have dogs. There were three of us with three Springer Spaniels between us. They had a super time running around in the woodland and paddling about in the streams. We would recommend and hopefully go back again.

    Reviewed by CatherineApr 2022

  • "Bagtor Mill is the most beautiful holiday property we have ever stayed in."

    Everything about it is special; the house is comfortable and appointed with the best quality fixtures and fittings, the garden and woodland are absolutely beautiful and Mark the owner is friendly, welcoming and informative. We will definitely return!

    Reviewed by KateMar 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Bagtor Mill, the house was absolutely lovely and spotlessly clean."

    The gardens and surrounding area were stunning. The owner was helpful and accommodating and we can’t wait to visit again.

    Reviewed by CharlotteMar 2022

  • "Thank you for letting us stay in your property."

    It was beautiful, immaculate, and welcoming. A great place for our family get together over new year. I couldn't speak highly enough of it. And what wonderful grounds and gardens...

    Reviewed by MikeDec 2021

  • "Heaven in Devon."

    We really enjoyed our stay at Bagtor Mill. Family joined us for the first weekend and were very sad to be leaving on Monday morning, so much so that we booked again before the day was out. Mark, the owner was very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We will be back!!!

    Reviewed by AnitaNov 2021

  • "The cottage when we arrived was very clean, the overall condition is very fresh with everything you need, the garden is very large, mature and well kept, with a few ponds and after the gardens straight into the woods so plenty of walks, there is also a wealth of wildlife, with various sorts of ducks, squirrels, herons and lots of birds."

    The area is very quiet with mobile phone signal poor, the internet is good and you can use the land line (honesty box style). Shops are 10 min drive as is the nearest pub although well worth a visit (The Carpenters Arms). roads are very narrow not really suitable for walking on or cycling. Over all a hidden gem to which we will be returning.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "A beautiful old mill set in large secure grounds in an attractive valley on the edge of Dartmoor."

    The Aga range took a little getting used to but we managed to cook meals on it to feed 6 adults and 2 children very well. Excellent location for exploring Dartmoor and not far from the coast.

    Reviewed by GerrySep 2021

  • "Fabulous garden, wonderful grounds, lovely cottage."

    We all had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by RobSep 2021

  • "A really enjoyable visit, everything we needed in such a beautiful cottage and grounds, would happily return."

    Just felt the oven needed more prominent instructions and a box for cardboard recycling.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2021

  • "An outstanding holiday cottage in a beautiful location."

    The owner is extremely helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by LisaJul 2021

  • "Great holiday and the most beautiful mill and gardens."

    It was like a little bit of paradise. Sitting outside listening to the birds and watching the ducks on the ponds was blissfully peaceful. The house is so well equipped and very comfortable we had a truly memorable family stay. Mark the owner is very kind and helpful. We would love to return there one day.

    Reviewed by AnnMay 2021

  • "Absolutely amazing place to stay and explore."

    The grounds and woods are beautiful. The house is very well maintained and really homely. I can't recommend this place highly enough. Can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by LukeMay 2021

  • "This is by far the best holiday cottage that we have ever booked - and that's saying something!"

    The location is stunning and the extensive gardens have got to be seen - the woodland, river, ponds, bluebells, old water wheel and so much more. The cottage was warm, comfortable and had every item in the kitchen that you could possibly need and the lovely age kept us feeling toasty warm as did the open fire in the lounge. The beds were really comfy and we slept like logs after exploring the area every day. There were so many places to visit that the week positively flew by - we will definitely be back soon. The dogs loved it too!

    Reviewed by LesleyMay 2021

  • "It's where Bilbo Baggins would live when he had grown up."

    2 couple family had an awesome stay. The gardens!!! Oh my word. They are just stunning. Perfect for doggies too. Thatched cottage surrounded by huge garden where you can be on your own. So clean too and beds really comfy. Fabulous sitting room with comfy sofas and access to Netflix with fire was just perfect for family movie night. 5 mins drive to Haytor Rocks and just drive into Dartmoor and enjoy... Walk into your own forest beyond the garden too if you want to just stay at home. Heaven in Devon. Thank you Mark.

    Reviewed by BronwenOct 2020

  • "Bagtor Mill is a wonderfully located and comfortable cottage with everything you could possibly need."

    The grounds are beautiful and interesting - acres of woods as well as a lovely garden, and ponds and leats to regulate the water flow from the moor. The owner was very friendly and keen to ensure everything was perfect - and it was - thank you, Mark. It was also fun learning how to cook on an aga, and having a log fire on colder evenings. Dartmoor has beautifully varied scenery and there are very many fantastic walks within a short distance. Idyllic!

    Reviewed by JennySep 2020

  • "A fantastic property - a quaint thatch with beautiful gardens surrounding it, but thoroughly modern bathrooms and bedrooms inside made for a perfect combination."

    The three dogs loved lying in the kitchen with the heat from the Aga and the 4 spacious bedrooms meant that our family had plenty of space. Annoying that we rang to clarify with Sykes the departure time and were told 10am, so we were not ready to leave when the owner turned up to clean at 9.00am. We left things behind in our rush, which could easily have been avoided, but the property itself is perfection.

    Reviewed by LucieAug 2020

  • "The listing didn’t fully convey the beautiful setting and grounds of the holiday home which exceeded our expectations."

    Would definitely recommend this beautiful holiday home a wonderful place to have a break.

    Reviewed by SallyAug 2020

  • "Exceptionally well equipped in kitchen, bedrooms and bath/shower rooms."

    The Aga was nice but difficult to cook on so the induction hob was very useful.

    Reviewed by TerenceJul 2020

  • "This gorgeous property far exceeded our expectations."

    Set in an idyllic spot with so much character, lovely walking for the dog and very peaceful.

    Reviewed by A MJan 2020

  • "The setting and grounds at Bagtor Mill were exceptional!"

    Being able to step out of the door and walk down the path, beside the ponds and through the woods was a real treat. We have visited the area many times but our stay at this beautiful cottage has been by far the best. We were impressed by the comfort and cleanliness at the cottage and as a larger group we felt the space allowed us to spend time together as a group whilst allowing us the opportunity to find quiet spaces in which to relax when we wished. Mark was a wonderful host and made us feel so welcome, giving us information on local eateries and providing us with extra logs when we ran out, (the wintry weather in January meant we spent a few evenings indoors!). The bedrooms were so well arranged, all of us feeling we had plenty of space and ample storage. Popular games were available when we were unable to head out for walks and the fire and cosy lounge provided a welcome and relaxing respite from the inclement weather. The kitchen was well appointed and cooking on the Aga a real treat. What was brilliant for us was how at home our two dogs felt at Bagtor Mill, the outside space and pet-friendly kitchen made our stay with them so easy.....like us they were sad to leave! We will definitely be visiting Bagtor Mill again, the perfect retreat for our large, blended family, thank you Mark.

    Reviewed by ClaireJan 2020

  • "A better corkscrew would be good !"

    Advice about recycling was absent A potato peeler would be good.

    Reviewed by RobertDec 2019

  • "Beutiful & well appointed cottage in idyllic setting"

    Reviewed by MichaelNov 2019

  • "Bagtor Mill is a wonderful place, superbly well equipped."

    A stay here is thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by PeterNov 2019

  • "Fabulous well equipped cottage in a quiet rural location."

    Owner goes above and beyond with little extra touches:- tea, coffee, toilet rolls, logs, matches even cling film, etc to ensure you have everything you may need. Really handy as there are no shops in walking distance. No mobile signal but good WiFi throughout the cottage Our 2 dogs and children were safe and very happy. Even though both the dogs decided to explore the muddy pond, luckily hosepipe on hand to give them a hose down. Did not want to come away and would live the opportunity to revisit this relaxing haven again.

    Reviewed by SAug 2019

  • "A beautiful house in a lovely setting - very well looked after and ideal for larger groups looking for a relaxing break"

    Reviewed by RickAug 2019

  • "Your team was very helpful."

    The house is way beyond the standard I would expect from any holiday rental. Everything here is of the highest quality, the owner is lovely, the ambience of the house is wonderful. It's a magical place.

    Reviewed by HeatherJun 2019

  • "Fantastic property, very well equipped, beautifully presented and in the most stunning location."

    We had a wonderful week and hope to stay there again in future.

    Reviewed by LouiseMay 2019

  • "Fabulous house in unbelievable setting."

    Acres of woodland to explore and a beautiful water garden that Monet would have liked to paint! Just one neighbour, across the river. Steep uphill walk to open moor at Haytor, pub and shop in Ilsington also walking distance, if you don’t mind uphill all the way. Recommended for artists, photographers, bird watchers and walkers.

    Reviewed by LizApr 2019

  • "We stayed at Bagtor Mill in April 2019 and it's even more beautiful than the photos."

    The house is in a spectacular tranquil setting and we loved the peace and quiet. Just the sound of birds and the streams. The lounge is wonderful and cozy with the open fire and the kitchen lovely and warm with the aga. Managed to cook a roast in the aga! Enjoyed beautiful walks on Dartmoor and lunches at lovely pubs. Would definitely recommend staying at Bagtor Mill.

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2019

  • "The location was fantastic and it was tremendously well equipped."

    Everything we needed.

    Reviewed by RachelApr 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage in an outstandingly beautiful location."

    The garden is just wonderful. Luxuriously equipped with everything you could need and is very comfortable. Only slight downside was the long distance from the family bedroom to get to a bathroom, but luckily this wasn't a problem for our group. Would definitely recommend and book again.

    Reviewed by CatherineFeb 2019

  • "We had four nights at Bagtor Mill as a group if friends and the place was superb, a wonderful cottage that was spotlessly clean and comfortable with excellent bedding and towels."

    The kitchen was well equipped with everything you needed and then some. Tremendous location if you like that out of way feel with the woods and the river providing a wonderful backdrop. Great suntrap so breakfast outside in January was an unexpected bonus. Well done Mark its a great place.

    Reviewed by PeterDec 2018

  • "As previously being with Helpful Holidays for many years I find Skyes not as easily to deal with and not having that personal relationship that I had with Helpful Holidays."

    I think that Skyes should think of taking on some of the traits that made Helpful holidays so successful,especially the ability for a customer who stays at a letting to have priority to booking that letting for the same dates the following year. The actual holiday was perfect and dealings with owner was very friendly.

    Reviewed by PhilipNov 2018

  • "Lovely cottage beautiful grounds very peaceful ."

    mark the owner was very helpful & even arriving earlier than expected mark allowed us to go in an hour earlier . A very lovely & welcome thought was the tea/coffee & cookies after a long journey . All in all a wonderful holiday we would recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by TanyaAug 2018

  • "Our week at Bagtor Mill was absolutely wonderful."

    We arrived to find this picture perfect little enclave of two thatched properties lying in a dip beside the River Lemon in a tree dappled valley. The mill wheel is still in place and there is a little stream that runs down the side of the property which feeds the two ponds. Very dreamy! Made all the more dreamy by an unusually perfect week on Dartmoor of wall to wall sunshine. The weather had been dry for a while which meant that the two beautiful ponds on the property were very low. Very appealing to the dogs, that both dived in to the mud on arrival after a long car journey! (there is a very useful hose on the side of the Workshop!) The house is south east facing and breakfast every morning on the terrace in front of the house, in the sunshine, was a highlight. The terrace is bathed in sunshine (when we have it!) all day and is a quiet spot to while away the hours if not climbing the tors. Unfortunately the sun goes behind the hill in the evening so a jumper was necessary for supper. The house sits in a woodland setting with the grounds meandering down the valley. The drive sweeps round infront of the house, but there is a secluded little grassy area down by the summer house, a little walk down the track, where you can sit in the sun, serenaded by bird song and cooled by the breeze up the valley. The track leads on through the woods for a lovely short walk with the dogs in the evening. This is a place of real tranquility. We were 8 adults (3 couples and two cousins!) so the sleeping arrangements worked out perfectly. There are 2 double rooms, 1 twin and 1 double with an additional single bed. All bedding was good quality with lovely comfortable mattresses and good quality fluffy bath and face towels for everyone (if this is important to you) The kitchen was well equiped and there is an electric AGA with a surface mounted electric hob beside. Loads of cutlery and crockery so no endless washing up sessions in order to have a clean mug! The basics were provided - selection of individual teas/coffee; cooking oil; biscuits; milk; washing up liquid; loo paper; soap and individual shower gels/shampoos etc in the bathrooms. If I said that the only thing lacking was a knife sharpener, you will understand that Mark has pretty much thought of everything! The sitting room is a great size for a large party and there are a good selection of books - Dartmoor/flowers/novels - and some games. A useful community shop is only a few minutes up the hill in Ilsington (open Sunday mornings too) selling lovely fresh produce as well as essentials. Perhaps my only disappointment was that there are no footpaths from the property on to the moors, so we had to use the cars every day. But the house is in easy access of some wonderful areas of the moors for walking, with some of the "big names" (Haytor/Widecombe/Dartmeet) all relative close by. The north part of the moors (Okehampton/Belstone) is probably a good 40-60mins through the magical Dartmoor lanes. Mark is a wonderful host, friendly and at the end of the phone if needed. Bagtor Mill is a very special location for a real escape. Thank you Mark for sharing it everyone.

    Reviewed by MonicaJun 2018

  • "Just to say this was our 1st time at Bag tor Mill and we found it a really excellent property and will definitely returning next year."

    Reviewed by PhilipMay 2018

  • "A wonderful week in a fabulous historic home."

    Beautifully clean and very very comfortable accommodation. Lovely beds, linen, towels, and pillows; all of a very high standard. The bedrooms were pretty and very peaceful. Firewood was also provided. There were complementary biscuits and milk on our arrival. We really enjoyed the exquisite setting of Bagtor Mill with endless gardens and a woodland walk within the grounds. It was a pleasure to stay there and to meet Mark the owner, who was available if needed. The stream and river Lemon were a delight and then a short eight to ten minute drive to the moor. The outdoor table and chairs were also very comfortable with a beautiful view of the garden. Peace and tranquility always present. There is also a fantastic village shop in Ilsington which is open until 19.30. Produce there is plentiful and of a high quality with lovely volunteers running the shop. Thank you to Mark, the owner for providing this fabulous holiday home.

    Reviewed by CatherineMay 2018

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  • Three first floor bedrooms: 2 x king size double (one with en suite shower room with shower, WC, basin), 1 x twin
  • Top floor family bedroom with double and single bed
  • First floor bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin
  • Ground floor sitting room with open fire
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Utility room
  • Ground floor WC with basin.
  • Central heating with open fire
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Blu-ray, DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for four cars
  • Up to three well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Note: Access to woodland area is occasionally restricted during felling work/bad weather
  • Note: River/ponds in the garden and woodlands are unfenced.

The property

This amazing thatched detached house is situated beside the River Lemon about a mile from the pretty Devon village of Ilsington.

Adapted and extended from a 17th century mill house, it is Grade II listed and is a very special place for families or groups of friends to relax in this tranquil setting.

The long drive leads you up to the entrance into a kitchen fitted in oak with a traditional electric Aga.

Enjoy leisurely meals together in the dining room, or snuggle down in the charming sitting room with its beams, open fire and door opening to a terrace.

The bedrooms ramble over two floors, with two doubles and a twin on the first floor and, up another flight of steep stairs, a roomy family bedroom under the eaves, complete with TV.

The surroundings are gorgeous, with the fascinating original mill wheel and workings to admire and five acres of gardens to wander, with the river babbling through and ponds with wildlife amongst the lawns.

A terrace is a lovely suntrap with outdoor furniture.

You may spot deer and other gentle creatures amongst the private woodland paths which are signed from the house.

Beyond this lovely place is more beautiful countryside, Dartmoor’s southeastern slopes and the River Lemon valley which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest where birds and butterflies thrive.

A visit to the dramatic landmark of Haytor is a must, as is the traditional seaside town of Teignmouth.

With easy access to the A38 within a couple of miles, Bagtor Mill is perfectly placed for exploring the area.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Haytor Vale is a very pretty hamlet of white cottages beside the old coaching inn, The Rock on Dartmoor's southeastern edge just one mile from the market town of Bovey Tracey.

Region Information

Note: Garden and woodland maintenance staff could be on site weekdays between 9am and 16:00pm. Access to woodland could be restricted during high winds or tree felling operations.

Note: Sleeps a maximum of 7 adults.

Note: There is no Electric Vehicle Charge point available at this property, if you wish to use the property to charge your car please discuss charges and payment directly with the owner.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas