Privacy and calm at this mid-Devon longhouse
Bradford Mill B&B is a sixteenth-century traditional Devon Longhouse offering one large guest bedroom with its own sitting and dining rooms and independent access to three secluded acres. The house is cradled by rolling fields and framed by the Little Dart River that runs along the front.
Accommodation is in a private annex attached to Bradford Mill, a totally self-contained space with just one expansive guest bedroom on the first floor. The bedroom is light and airy, with a beautiful view of the garden and high-count cotton Designers Guild bed linen. The bathroom is on the ground floor – down a short flight of oak stairs – where the towels are again Designers Guild, alongside Moon Cat Soap and green, paraben-free shampoo, shower gel and conditioner, with a large bath tub and overhead shower. There is a huge sitting room – known as The Cowshed – with its own grand piano, fireplace, sofa and armchairs, and panoramic French windows that lead onto the three-acre garden and orchard. Finally guests have exclusive use of a dining room which connects through to the main house for fast and easy service of breakfast and evening meals.
Bridges cross the Little Dart and millstreams to reach a pond with Muscovy ducks and moorhens, and there’s a river walk leading to two acres of paddock and more stream frontage. In all it’s beautifully calm and tranquil, a perfect rural retreat.
On arrival, guests will be offered a Devon cream tea made with Naomi’s prize-winning blackcurrant or quince jelly – made from fruit from the orchard – or perhaps a glass of something if you get there late. For breakfast, there’s Naomi’s home-made bread and marmalade. A full English fried vegetarian option with local free-range eggs is always on offer, alongside scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. Dinner may be available by separate arrangement.
Bradford Mill B&B suggests:
Go for a walk. A few yards up the lane you can join the Two Moors Way, providing idyllic signed walks up to the village of Witheridge and beyond: it leads all the way to Ivybridge at the southern boundary of Dartmoor. Turn north and you can walk to Lynmouth on the edge of Exmoor – and the coast.
- Dinner by Arrangement
- Dogs by Arrangement
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- National Park
- Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
- Opening Times: Open year round
- Tel: +44 (0)1884 860 455
- Mob: +44 (0)7960 378 821
- Price Range: from £110
Price per room, based on two sharing, including breakfast
£110 - £160 depending on season
Dinner - £35 pp
Witheridge is two miles along the undulating valley road. This is very much a rural village embodying the best of slow-paced Devon life. It has a newsagent’s shop, a post office, a church, a pub, and the whimsical Two Moors Cafe-Gallery. The market town of South Molton, gateway to Exmoor, lies about 9 miles to the east. This comes to life on Thursdays and Saturdays with a busy pannier market offering the best of north Devon's organic and free-range produce as well as high-quality work by local artisans.
This area of mid-to-north Devon is a very special part of the country. It’s deeply rural, unspoilt and underpopulated. Breathtakingly beautiful Exmoor, with its protected expanses of wild moor and verdant valleys, is only 15 minutes away. Linger in the right spots and you may glimpse native stags with their hinds, ponies, kites - besides the wild flowers that make their home here. The rugged north Devon coastline - Hartland and beyond – is about an hour’s drive.
Despite its other-world feel, communications to Bradford Mill are close and efficient, with the A361 just four miles away, linking into the M5 as well as the Atlantic Highway.
- Bio : Naomi Price is a well-travelled journalist who lives at Bradford Mill with her horse, four cats, dog and family of Muscovy ducks. Although almost a vegetarian, she offers smoked salmon/scrambled egg breakfasts, while game and poultry is often on the dinner menu.