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Bagtor Mill

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

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


    • “Excellent location”
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    • “Peaceful and stunning place with beautiful gardens and so relaxing just to be there. Amenities first class with everything provided for,and great for children and dogs with plenty of open space. Plenty of things to do nearby or within a short drive,the moors,the seaside,and historic places. Mark very friendly and helpful if needed.”

    Phillip M, June 2018

    • “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.”

    Mr Henley, Bristol, December 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.”

    Mrs Curtis, Tonbridge, August 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.”

    Mrs Tudor, BAMPTON, June 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.”

    Mr Moore, BRISTOL, May 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.”

    Mr Moore, BRISTOL, November 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.”

    Mrs Fairbairn, Crewkerne, May 2018

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The Property

About a mile from Ilsington, in a beautifully peaceful setting on the bank of the River Lemon, is Bagtor Mill, a stunning, Grade II listed, thatched, detached house. With late 17th cent. origins, the original mill house has been thoughtfully renovated and added to over time and is now a charming and spacious home, with its large mill wheel and original workings (fenced) attractively preserved. Surrounded by 5 acres of well-planted gardens, the tumbling river (unfenced) forms one boundary, with gently sloping lawns dotted with pretty wildlife ponds (unfenced) and a paved suntrap terrace (table/chairs). From the door, waymarked paths wind through the owner’s private woodland/conservation area and alongside the river where deer and other wildlife roam (access occasionally restricted during felling work/bad weather; owner sometimes on site to access workshop/tend grounds).
Long gravelled drive to covered porch and front door. Oak-fitted kitchen (dishwasher, combi-microwave, fridge-freezer, electric Aga, 2-ring ceramic hob). Dining room with doors to garden. Living room with beams, open fire (logs included), smart TV/DVD/Blu-ray and door to terrace. Utility room (washing machine, tumble drier) and loo.
Stairs up to three first-floor bedrooms - a double (5' bed, smart TV/DVD) with en suite shower-room (suite), a double (5' bed) with garden views, and a twin (truckle). Smart bathroom (suite with separate shower). Second flight of steep stairs from rear hall up to attic family bedroom with double plus single truckle bed (smart TV/DVD, apex beams, some sloping ceilings, Velux windows, no door).
Spring water. Sleeps maximum of 7 adults. Children of all ages welcome, but care must be taken at all times as garden river/ponds and woodland are unfenced. Up to three well-behaved dogs welcome. An idyllic and picturesque location with lots to admire and enjoy; a handy spot too for coast and moors.

Ilsington: pretty little village (church, shop, good food pub) on Dartmoor's farmed and wooded south-eastern slopes, through which flows the River Lemon to Teignmouth, its ancient wooded valley a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and habitat for woodland birds and butterflies. Haytor (massive granite outcrop), 2 miles. Easy access to A38, 2½ miles.


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.

Regional Information

Ilsington 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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
  • Note: Access to woodland area occasionally restricted during felling work/bad weather; owner sometimes on site to access workshop/tend grounds. River/ponds in garden and woodlands are unfenced.

    Note: Sleeps a maximum of 7 adults.
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.