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Bagtor Mill

(Ref. 975857)

Ilsington, near Haytor Vale, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 9 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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72 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage and grounds."

    We would be very happy to come here again. Comfortable and clean through out. It is easy access to the moors, Devon and Cornish coastline.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Mar 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage and surroundings , the country side around the cottage is stunning."

    We had our grand children with us who played in and around the Cottage grounds and throughly enjoyed them selves . Mark the owner is really helpful and full of knowledge of the area .

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Feb 2024

  • "Idyllic cottage."

    Quiet and tucked away in a beautiful valley. Gorgeous grounds and access to a small wood. Perfect for us and the dogs. Cottage has everything you need in a home from home. Host was lovely and there if needed. We hope to go back.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Nov 2023

  • "Absolutely gorgeous cottage."

    Very clean…we didn’t even unpack our anti-bacterial wipes!! The gardens are beautiful & very well maintained. Great location to explore both the South Devon beaches & Dartmoor. Mark, the owner, was really helpful & informative.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2023

  • "A little more lighting in kitchen, and if at all possible an enclosed area for dogs in the fabulous grounds."

    Overall superb though and my 91 year old mother loved it too. We immediately rebooked!

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2023

  • "Extremely lovely property with lots of character."

    The grounds were absolutely stunning! My dogs loved to walk the grounds and there’s lots to explore.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Sep 2023

  • "Bagtor Mill is an excellent holiday place to stay for all the family."

    The gardens are just fantastic and the location is ideal for getting up onto the moors, and nipping down onto the beaches of the south Devon coast. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and would recommend it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage,and gardens such peaceful surroundings ."

    The only sound is birdsong and the lovely river trickling over the mossy stones. So Dartmoor ! Lovely walks with panoramic moorland views.would love to return again one day.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had an amazing week at Bagtor Mills - the house is truly gorgeous and the extensive grounds really beautiful."

    I would love to go again and can definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Jul 2023

  • "This is an amazing place it had everything we needed in fabulous surroundings the gardens and woods are just fantastic ."

    The grandchildren and dogs had walks in the woods everyday . Met Mark the owner a cuople of times and he had lots of intresting information about the area. To sum it up none of us really wanted to leave and we should have booked it for longer . Will definitly be looking to book this one again .

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jul 2023

  • "The house was well equipped and well maintained."

    However it was very isolated and both dogs and people were infected with ticks

    Thank you very much for your feedback, we’re really pleased to know you found Bagtor Mill to be well equipped and in good order and we do hope that you had a happy holiday. We agree that it’s in an idyllic setting which is why we’re careful to include in the description the surroundings and a map – this is of course a big reason why many visitors choose to stay here. Ticks are common across all of Dartmoor (especially in areas where deer and sheep live) and are most likely encountered in spring or autumn. There is useful advice for pet owners on how to prevent (and remove) on the official Dartmoor visitors website. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathleen4.4Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week with all the family and this beautiful property met all our needs."

    It is well equipped with everything you could want for a week (or more!) away. There is plenty of space and the grounds are amazing - much loved by our grandchildren, our dog (lovely walks) and of course us! It was a lovely getaway in a rural location but within reach of amenities and places to visit. It definitely ticked all the boxes for 6 adults and 3 grandchildren (all under 4). After a day out they couldn’t wait to return and play in the grounds. Would definitely love to return.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jun 2023

  • "Rarely can I say this but cannot fault anything, from the beautiful house to the outstanding gardens this really is paradise."

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely holiday staying at Bagtor Mill in June (7 adults and 1 Labrador)."

    Very picturesque house and grounds in a tranquil location. We found the accommodation comfortable and well appointed. Loved the kitchen crockery. Enjoyed the terrace; breakfasts and dining outside; or sitting listening to birdsong and watching dragonflies. The gardens are beautiful and well kept. We enjoyed all the ponds and pathways. Parking is tucked round the side of the house. Directions to the property are good. Moors walking nearby.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Jun 2023

  • "The property is lovely, everything you need included."

    The gardens are a beautiful peaceful retreat from the modern world. The owner is more than helpful and it was a pleasure to have a chat with him most mornings. It's one we would definitely revisit at some point in the future.

    Reviewed by Alec5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had an amazing time away."

    The cottage is so beautiful and grounds are so peaceful, it's very relaxing. Everything has been thought of, milk in the fridge, tea, coffee and cake! It is lovely to walk around the gardens with the dogs. Can't wait to return!

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0May 2023

  • "Bagtor Mill is a stunningy beautiful house in an amazing setting!"

    The accommodation is very comfortable and well equipped. We loved watching the great variety of birds at the feeders, the ducks on the ponds and to have the lovely woodland walk was a real bonus. Owner Mark was really friendly and helpful, even popping round during the week to refill the bird feeders. We all thoroughly enjoyed out stay, well recommeneded!

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Apr 2023

  • "Such a beautiful property, we were all delighted with it (2 families with teen and preteen kids)."

    The rooms were large and comfy and the whole house felt welcoming. The grounds with gardens and mill ponds are just gorgeous and even in early Spring we could appreciate the different plants and trees coming to life. The cottage itself was very well equipped and cooking on the Aga soon became the norm, although a good pair of oven gloves are required! Ideally placed for walks on the moor and the coast is easily within reach by car, but be prepared for muddy narrow lanes. Overall a really fantastic place to stay even with the typical mix of UK weather thrown at us.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Apr 2023

  • "Bagtor Mill exceeded our expectations."

    The house and grounds are simply stunning. Everything was in good, clean condition and the kitchen was well stocked. The Welcome pack was a thoughtful touch. Our daughter was converted to bird twitching because of the hive of activity around the bird feeding station. Our son managed to spot several deer. Our grandchildren loved the ducks, the ponds and the river. Our son-in-law fortunately knew the rudiments of Aga cooking. My husband enjoyed stoking the fire each evening. Ilsington village shop and the Carpenter’s Arms were a few minutes drive away and everyone was very friendly and helpful. Haytor was the nearest tor and car park with an excellent tourist information shop. The Rock Inn reserved a snug room for us for a superb Sunday lunch. Ullacombe Farm proved a hit with the littluns as they had toy tractors to ride, some farm animals and best of all, according to our grandson, you could buy a bottle and fill it with ‘pink’ or chocolate milk! A slight quibble with Sykes policy regarding arrival and departure times. Pre-pandemic used to be 4pm and 10am. Now 5pm and 9am which is unreasonable. Fortunately, Mark let us know that the place was ready at 4pm instead of 5pm. But trying to get the littluns fed and dressed while trying to get everything out of the house by 9am was stressful to say the least. We loved our stay at Bagtor Mill and are already planning our next trip here!

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Feb 2023

  • "It’s hard not to be blown away by Bagtor Mill, the property and grounds are enchanting, like something from a story book."

    The thing that really impressed me was the attention to detail in the finishes inside the house and the cleanliness - by far the cleanest holiday home we have ever stayed in! Not only would I recommend staying here but I would love to come back myself!

    Reviewed by Emilia4.7Jan 2023

  • "We recently celebrated Christmas by spending a week at Bagtor Mill near Dartmoor."

    We were all very impressed with the quality of the accommodation. The house was beautiful, atmospheric, clean, warm and comfortable. We really enjoyed the challenge of cooking the Christmas dinner using the Aga! The huge garden and grounds were a joy to explore - particularly the extensive woods running along the side of the stream - and the fabulous bird feeding station which attracted hundreds of birds including sparrowhawk and water rail! The location suited us perfectly, with Haytor rocks and the River Dart both a short distance away. Mark was a fantastic host - helpful, cheerful and welcoming. He kept us supplied with seemingly limitless quantities of good dry wood for the open fire. We particularly appreciated the Christmas hamper - containing a bottle of port, local cheeses and a fabulous fruit cake. We also loved the fully decorated Christmas tree!

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Dec 2022

  • "As usual, we found the quality and prep of the accommodation was as we expected."

    . absolutely great. Thank you so much for my family and the visitors from USA were also impressed. See you soon, Ian and Carol

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Dec 2022

  • "Super stay."

    Mark was amazing in his concise answers and everything was there that we wanted. It's quite simply a beautiful location that's homely and secluded - just what you want if you are there with firends and have walked kilometres around the Tors. Highly recommended. We already want to go back.....

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Oct 2022

  • "A perfect rural hideaway set in gorgeous gardens with acres of woodland to explore."

    Ideal to escape the rat race of towns and cities. Bagtor Mill is a real chocolate box gem of a property with ample room for families and a well stocked country kitchen with many appliances. Quirky, quaint and comfortable just right for a very relaxing holiday. Lots of wildlife can be seen on the land and our dog loved his walks in the woodlands. Mark the owner was very friendly and helpful and on hand if needed. A lovely welcome pack awaited us on arrival, which was gratefully received. Definitely a place to return to in the future.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Sep 2022

  • "This is a picture perfect thatched cottage sitting in mature gardens and woodland…."

    A remote location….very peaceful and tranquil. All rooms are very spacious with lots of storage space…a well-equipped kitchen …separate dining room and plenty of bathroom and toilet facilities for large groups. Cooking on the Aga was actually a brilliant experience…a delicious Sunday roast was had by all! There were a few niggles….but this is a country cottage…so accept and adapt…..

    Reviewed by Jackie4.7Aug 2022

  • "We were made very welcome."

    This place is a dream Summer holiday destination. We felt instantly comfortable and relaxed. The gardens are incredible. Thankyou!

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Aug 2022

  • "Super property with substantial grounds for the dog and the children to enjoy."

    Gardens, a little stream, wild life ponds and woodland. I cannot think of anything missing and, if we holidayed with so many of us again, would certainly rebook.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jul 2022

  • "Bagtor Mill is exceptional, the tranquil location, cottage and grounds are simply beautiful."

    The quality of the furnishings is superb, and the kitchen is fully stocked with all the utensils needed. Working the aga was an intertesting challange but one we mastered. A great week was had by all and we will definitely be back for more scenic walks and relaxation.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Jul 2022

  • "We loved the house and its surroundings."

    So peaceful and green! It was all in very good order inside and out, with masses of kitchen equipment, books etc Cooking on the Aga was a bit of a challenge but we tended to use the separate hob more. There could have been more info about local places to visit etc but this is a minor point. We found plenty to do and would happily visit again.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely, quiet and characterful country property with a very pleasant, helpful owner."

    The property was well-appointed with good quality equipment, furniture and fittings throughout. The gardens were a delight. Dartmoor and the Bovey Valley are easily accessible for (dog) walkers.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Jul 2022

  • "Amazing place and grounds."

    Will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Chey P5.0Jun 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 Graham5.0Jun 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 Nicola5.0May 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 Emily5.0May 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 Ian5.0Apr 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 Catherine5.0Apr 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 Kate5.0Mar 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 Charlotte5.0Mar 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 Mike5.0Dec 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 Anita5.0Nov 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 John5.0Sep 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 Gerry5.0Sep 2021

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

    We all had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by Rob4.7Sep 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 Sarah5.0Aug 2021

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

    The owner is extremely helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 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 Ann5.0May 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 Luke5.0May 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 Lesley5.0May 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 Bronwen5.0Oct 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 Jenny5.0Sep 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 Lucie5.0Aug 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 Sally5.0Aug 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 Terence5.0Jul 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 M5.0Jan 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 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 Claire5.0Jan 2020

  • "A better corkscrew would be good !"

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

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Dec 2019

  • "Beutiful & well appointed cottage in idyllic setting"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2019

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

    A stay here is thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 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 S5.0Aug 2019

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

    Reviewed by Rick5.0Aug 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 Heather5.0Jun 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 Louise5.0May 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 Elizabeth5.0Apr 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 Andrew4.7Apr 2019

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

    Everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Apr 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 Catherine4.7Feb 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 Peter5.0Dec 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 Philip5.0Nov 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 Tanya5.0Aug 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 Monica5.0Jun 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 Philip5.0May 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 Catherine5.0May 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 single room (with truckle bed)
  • 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 at £20 per dog per week
  • 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 single (with truckle under) 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.

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.

Please note : Up to three well-behaved dogs welcome at £20 per dog per week

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas