Set in twenty acres of secluded coastal valley between Slapton and Strete in the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in south Devon, Watermill Cottages comprises an eighteenth century watermill and surrounding cottages. Thick stone walls, beams, logburners and comfy individual accommodation, with private and shared gardens, streamside lawns, woods, meadows and wetlands to explore.
We invite you to share the soothing natural energy of our unique and beautiful valley, to relax and revitalise in the heart of mother nature away from traffic and the white noise of TVs, mobiles and texts to encounter nature away from it all in a typical steep-sided Devon valley that’s virtually untouched by the modern world.
The Gara brook which runs through our land feeds Slapton Ley, the National Nature Reserve, and provides a rare eco system for otters, kingfishers and other wildlife, whilst the lack of light pollution offers perfect stargazing. It’s a full moon the weekend of 15-17 November!
The Gara Valley’s a creative and inspirational haven. Irish Impressionist artist Jack Butler Yeats (brother of WB Yeats) lived and worked in the valley at the turn of the C20. He was visited by John Masefield and together they invented pirate tales around the model ships they sailed and then exploded on the brook. Masefield set poems and based a child’s story ‘Jim Davis’ here. Yeatsdevised and staged plays for the local village children.
On the fringes of Bloomsbury, Beryl Drusilla De Zoete, dance ethnographer, traveller, translator and lover of Arthur Whaley, owned Rose Cottage for some years in the 1950s. She had strong connections to the dance & literary circles of the Elmhirsts at Dartington Hall, about 30 minutes away.
Michael Morpurgo based Adolphus tips around Slapton. The whole area was evacuated with six weeks’ notice in Dec 1943 and used to rehearse the D-Day landings. It’s steeped in history; corn milling, cider, quarrying and reed harvesting. There’s been a mill here since medieval times…
You’re close to nature here with a 24-hour channel right outside your door. Go slowly, listen, look, feel. Let your body and spirit remember what it used to know, and feed your creativity with essential experiencing.
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