2 Bedrooms, (sleeps 4) in old watermill courtyard with 4 acres of park and river
About Alexander Gater
We are three generations of the Gater family who lived at Lapford Mill from 1425 to 1850. The property has passed through several occupiers and is now back in the hands of the Gater family, namely, Ann J Gater Snr, son Alexander and grandson Connor. Ann is now retired and enjoys working in the garden and planning improvements to the parkland. Alex (48) has spent his professional life working in media and IT, and continues to do so from home in the mill house whilst undertaking the restoration of the water mill and Connor is taking his GCSEs and helps his father with the mill at weekends. Lapford Mill is host to the local music festival Lapstock once a year in the summer and details can be found at the Lapstock website.
Alexander Gater purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Alexander Gater chose Crediton
Lapford Mill is described by Natural England as a rare example of Devon's watermill heritage and is in very good condition, however the water is currently shut off from the mill whilst the watercourse undergoes maintenance. The mill building is available for guests to visit and Alex enjoys nothing more than showing this old gal to interested visitors, however the mill is not open to the general public. Being a watermill, the immediate area is interwoven with water courses, comprising a long mill leat and the Lapfod Yeo river, which is part of the Taw River system, boasting good fishing for trout and salmon. The private park behind the mill is bordered to the north by the mill leat and farmland, and to the south by the old Tarka line which runs a small, two-carriage train once an hour! Across the road from the mill is the private woodland and conservation area, which is bordered by the main river.
What makes this Cottage unique
The property is a detached part of Lapford Mill complex, a private courtyard surronded on three sides by the cottage, the mill house and the mill building. The mill is a rare treat and, though in restoration, a fascinating example of the period.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
Dog owners are asked to clean up after their dog
the property has water courses and several ponds
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Perfect base for exploring Devon
Great hosts , always at hand for help and advice.
Property spacious with all the things you may need for a short stay.
Wifi base Station is in owners house right next door , so signal may not reach into back of the house.
We had 5 really enjoyable days there and definitely consider returning. Thank you.
Delightful cottage in mid Devon, accessible to all the major towns if needed
Lovely accomodation with space for one double and two singles (with cot as needed). Lovely hosts, Alex and his mother, who stay next door and help whenever needed. Quiet part of mid Devon, lovely countryside and in the town of Lapford. Infrequent trains and buses so car is a must. Really easy to get to Bideford, Exeter and surrounding towns if desired. Lovely area, can walk around the immediate grounds also, local shop is less than 5 minutes (also a petrol station)
I would recommend thoroughly and feel it is good value for money.
Five nights in Lapford
Lovely place to stay, great location, friendly hosts. Fantastic walks around the area. Great pub., The Malt Scoop serving excellent Tribute and food.
We could not have asked for anything better. Our cottage was comfortable, the gardens were lovely and our hosts Alex and Anne utterly delightful. We plan on returning before long
Very comfortable cottage
Great location for exploring Devon with good access to Exmoor and Dartmoor.
Excellent cosy cottage
This cottage was excellent in its surroundings, facilities and friendless of Alex and his mum.
Would definitely recommend as a place to stay
Thanks! It was great meeting you all. Hope journey back not to gruelling and look forward to seeing you again!
Alex, Annie & Connor
Lapford is centrally located in Mid Devon with good access to both Dartmoor and Exmoor, and nearby to Eggesford Forest.