Just three miles...
inland from Slapton village on the South Devon coast
How to Find Us
Watermill Cottages are three miles inland from Slapton village on the South Devon coast, between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth in The South Hams AONB.
We are just 5 minutes’ drive from the year-round dog-friendly beaches at Slapton Sands, Strete and Torcross (Start Bay) with many more beaches in easy driving range. Slapton and Strete are the closest villages, each with a good village shop. Strete has The King’s Arms pub, dog-friendly with sea views from the garden, a forty minute walk from Watermill Cottages mostly on green lanes. Slapton has two dog-friendly, welcoming pubs which offer food: The Queen’s Arms with west-facing beer garden and The Tower Inn with walled garden.
To reach us from the M5 and Exeter, take the A38 for Plymouth. After the Ashburton turn-offs, watch for the A384 for TOTNES and turn left off the dual carriageway. As you reach Totnes, at the traffic lights, turn right onto the A381 (Kingsbridge). Drive through the villages of Harbertonford and Halwell. At the BP garage after Halwell follow the road round to the right, towards Kingsbridge. DO NOT TURN LEFT TO DARTMOUTH HERE. One mile after the BP garage turn left for Slapton/East Allington/The Tower Inn.
NB: Please do not use sat nav locally as it may direct you down a steep hairbend track, unsuitable for vehicles
Drive for about four miles on this lane, known locally as Five Mile Lane. It’s narrow in places and there are passing places. All the signposts at crossroads have the name of the junction written vertically on the post. At Buckland Cross turn left, it’s signposted to Gara Mill.
After about 50 metres, turn right by the third telegraph pole into a narrow unmarked lane by a metal gate (important not to miss!).
After another 500 metres you reach a T-junction where you’ll see a house called Merrifield on your left. This is Merrifield Cross. Go straight ahead on the lane, past the two signs; one symbolises a dead end, the other reads NoThrough Road After A Mile. This lane is narrow and twisting and dips up and down. Follow it for about one and a half miles, past Hansel Cottage and between the walls of the hamlet of Hansel, around the sharp left bend and down to the river. The last part of the lane is pretty rural; keep faith and keep going until you see a Mill House and a river!
If you are coming from Slapton take the road to Totnes which climbs uphill out of the village. About half a mile from Slapton you will reach the Start Bay Centre, part of Slapton Ley Field Centre (an old school). Turn right here, signposted to Merrifield. Stay on this road for another half mile or so. When you reach the junction at the very end of the road you are at Merrifield Cross, with the house called Merrifield in front of you. Turn right and keep going as the lane bends, narrows and dips. You will pass Hansel Cottage and Hansel to reach us.
Higher North Mill and Watermill Cottages are right at the bottom of the hill, by the river, and a mile from the “Farms Only” sign.
ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP Landranger No 202. Map Reference. 826 478