Enjoy…

our varied wood and wetland birdlife
from your cottage window

Space…

to explore, relax and revitalise

Beautiful…

and sustainable on a working smallholding

Rediscover...

what life is about in our tranquil valley

Just three miles…

inland from Slapton village
on the South Devon coast

01803 770219

Rediscover what life is all about as you relax and unwind in one of our five comfy Watermill Cottages in the tranquil coastal Gara Valley. Situated below the hamlet of Hansel, Slapton, near Dartmouth in the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in South Devon…

Each cottage is tastefully converted from the former mill building, barns & workers’ cottages round the old mill-house, built in the 1750s. Thick stone walls, beams, and logburners make each cottage individual in decor offering you spacious, comfortable accommodation, a modern fitted kitchen (with own washing machine, microwave, electric oven or range, kettle, toaster, fridge-freezer), bathrooms with baths and showers.

Quack Cottage

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Rose Cottage

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Barleycorn Cottage

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Crownwheel Cottage

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Mill Cottage

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Our dog-friendly, fun-friendly historic old stone cottages offer comfy space in unique buildings plus your own private garden or patio with bbq & outdoor furniture, perfect for getting away from it all… And a rural, coastal retreat for eco-friendly breaks too.

a haven of peace and tranquility almost untouched by the modern world

We generate electricity from a water turbine using the former mill leat. We grow our own meat, eggs and veg, and press our own apples for juice & cider. Our smallholding on 20 secret acres near the sea. We raise ducks, hens, sheep, cows and sometimes pigs. We offer meat, eggs and veg to our guests and welcome help with feeding the animals.

Walks from your cottage door and beyond on green lanes, a 24 hour wildlife channel right outside your window. Great birdwatching and star-gazing – no light pollution. Woods, meadows, private gardens, shared lawns, undisturbed water meadows & a shallow stream to enjoy – a haven of peace and tranquility almost untouched by the modern world. Holidays like they used to be … Space to relax and explore… We welcome free-range kids and well-behaved dogs.

Just keeps getting better and better!

We’ve been to Watermill Cottages almost every year since 2007, and have an amazing time every year. The setup is perfect for holidaying with friends or extended family, and just as nice as a private getaway. Super kid-friendly and dog-friendly as well…

– Julie B




We welcome groups of families and friends, the cottages are perfect for combining. We’ve hosted writers, painters, horticulturalists, film-makers, bird-watchers, alternative therapists, photographers, poets, gardeners, growers, green woodworkers, walkers, runners, swimmers, fishers, cyclists – all love the natural relaxation of an untouched valley with a stream, birdsong and traffic-free walks.

Use our PodPoint, electric car charging point, to charge your electric car with ‘homegrown’ electricity generated by our onsite water turbine.

We’re all about holidays like they used to be… away from it all…

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Watermill Cottages
Higher North Mill, Hansel, Nr. Slapton
Dartmouth TQ6 0LN