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Gooseham Mill House - magical house sleeping 7 with children's bothy in garden

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Fantastic four bedroomed house set in Nature Reserve

A magical property dating back to the 17th century. A secluded house set in the middle of the Devon and Cornwall Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve this house is perfect for those seeking a truly peaceful, tranquil and traffic free setting in which to holiday. The house has two large double rooms, one en suite, one twin room and a single room providing spacious bedrooms for up to seven. The cosy sitting room with Inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove lends itself to sitting quietly and relaxing. The kitchen is equipped with a Rayburn; the dining area has an antique cherry dining table with seating for seven and there is a separate sitting room with piano and sofa. All beautifully furnished with genuine antique furniture the owners have taken great care and attention to ensure this fabulous house is decorated and equipped to the highest standards. With original oak beams throughout and flagstones floors many of the original features of the house remain.

Children's Bothy: There is a lovely little bothy with bean bags. board games and DVD player which is perfect for slightly older children and teenagers to have their own space. Within a few yards of the main house this is a wonderful bolt hole for children and gives mum and dad even more peace and tranquillity in the house!

The Garden: Gooseham Mill House is located on the Cornwall/Devon border in a beautiful wooded valley just a mile from the sea in the middle of the Marsland Nature Reserve, which is well known for its flora and fauna. With the gentle stream meandering through the garden, start in Cornwall and walk over the bridge to be in Devon. Stroll along winding footpaths for a mile and you will find the secluded beaches of Marsland Mouth and Welcombe on the Atlantic Heritage Coast.

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Property Manager
Nick Compton
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2017


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Gooseham Mill House - magical house sleeping 7 with children's bothy in garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Stunning House

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful House and lovely garden. Big comfy beds and big sofas in the living area. We didn't need to use the lovely fire as the house was already warm enough. Glad the weather was not bad as unsure how we would had got up and down the tiny trek. The kitchen was well equipped however the washing machine was faulty on our visit. We couldn't get any mobile signals and the internet only covers one half of the house. I guess this is a small price to pay for such a remote cottage.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb stay in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Gooseham Mill is in an absolutely stunning location, with beautiful grounds and gardens. The house itself is well equipped and comfortable and is the perfect place to unwind. Can highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A dream holiday in a corner of paradise

  • 5 of 5

The peace, the tranquility and the beauty of the garden and surroundings plus the Quality of the interiour - old world charm (furniture) combined with modern day luxury (1st class bathrooms, heavenly beds etc...) made our stay here unforgettable. We hardly left the place for a whole week because we were so contented! It was the best Holiday rental we had ever stayed at... and we've seen quite a few...Thank you to the owner and Nick for letting us share this Corner of paradise for a week! We hope to be back one day!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything we hoped for and more

  • 5 of 5

With the onset of good weather, we decided on a last minute break to Cornwall. As we were travelling with a dog, I was hoping for any sort of availability and couldn't believe my luck when I stumbled upon Gooseham Mill. When we arrived we quickly realised that the pictures and the description were no exaggeration. The house was immaculate. The gardens were actually bigger and better than we could have ever expected. The garden and surroundings were so peaceful and scenic that on a couple of days we didn't even make it past the front gate. Fresh fruit and veg picked in Devon and then eaten in Cornwall! How many gardens can make that claim? As frequent visitors to this part of the country, it is easily the best house we have ever stayed in. Ok the Rayburn took a little getting used to, but we soon managed to get the hang of it and everybody has the extra kilos to prove it.

There are plenty of local beaches to explore, including one that you can access via a half hour walk directly from the path outside the house. There is a very big file of local info on things to do and see, where to drink and eat etc. etc. in the house. In the end we just ran out of days.

A big thank you to Nick at Elite West for sorting everything out so quickly and professionally. Hope to be back next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous holiday home

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time at Gooseham Mill but not our first time with Elite West Holidays. I regularly use this company as I know the high standards they set and the unparalleled customer service offered by Nick and his team. Gooseham Mill did not disappoint! If is a beautiful house with many homely touched that makes you feel at home immediately. The house is well equipped and the garden is to die for. Local shops like the butchers in Killhampton offer excellent goods and Bude is just a short drive away. We had so much to do like table tennis, badminton and croquet that even with less than summer weather you can never get bored. There is a lovely patio for alfresco dining and the views of the garden are breathtaking. Where else can you in your back garden walk over a bridge and be in a different county. I cannot rate this place high enough and urge you to stay here. The rental price is amazing for what you get and it gives you a week of seeing how you wish you could live every day!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Karen for your lovely review. It is always great to have you staying with us and I look forward to your next visit! Nick
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Total relaxation in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a holiday which offered us the opportunity to have a break from the normal hustle and bustle of life and what we found in Gooseham Mill House was total relaxation in the most beautiful and tranquil setting. The house itself was furnished to a wonderfully high standard and provided everything we needed and more and was lovely and clean and maintained to a very high standard. The gardens were amazing and our daughter found it a great adventure crossing the bridge over the stream in the garden and being able to travel from Cornwall to Devon in one step. There were plenty of outdoor games set up in the garden such as table tennis, badminton and basketball with all racquets, etc provided. We walked to the beach one day through the lovely nature reserve and even though it was quite a walk it was worth it to have what felt like our very own private beach as we were the only ones on it. Overall Gooseham Mill offered us the opportunity for total relaxation in total luxury and we would highly recommend this property and the professional services of Elite West Holidays.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
The Old Smithy Welcombe
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Hartland Forest Golf Club
Nearest Train
60 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
The Bush Inn
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Marsland Mouth
Car: necessary

Gooseham Mill House is located on the Cornwall/Devon border in a beautiful wooded valley just a mile from the sea in the middle of the Marsland Nature Reserve, which is well known for its flora and fauna and offers fantastic walking opportunities. There are woodland and coastal walks direct from the front door and the renowned beach at Welcombe Mouth is a mile walk. Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Lanhydrock, Cotehele are within an easy drive as are the towns of Bideford and Bude. Appledore Arts Festival takes place every year and there is fantastic wildlife to be found on the doorstep. This is an ideal base for exploring the National Trust Coastline, SW Coast Path and perfect for swimming, surfing, riding, visiting gardens and is rich in Arts & Crafts related activities. Close to the historic fishing villages of Clovelly and Hartland and the sea ports of Bude and Bideford

Golf: Hartland Forest Golf Club

The picturesque par 72 golf course of 6,158 yards with extensive water hazards offers good sport for golfers of every skill level including beginners. The course is gently sloping - no hills.

No handicap certificate is required.

There is no requirement to book tee times, except for Golf Societies. Societies are very welcome.

Golf clubs, trolleys and buggies are available for hire.

Hartland Forest has a golf shop (but no teaching professional), changing rooms and a licensed bar. Please see facilities under golf tariff and information.

The course opens at 8:30 AM.

Telephone: 01237 431777


Rates & Availability

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Rental Basis:
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Feb 11 2017 - Feb 24 2017
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May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
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Oct 14 2017 - Oct 27 2017
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Oct 28 2017 - Dec 19 2017
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Dec 20 2017 - Dec 26 2017
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2017 - 2018
Dec 27 2017 - Jan 3 2018
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Bude Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • The master bedroom has an en suite shower room. There are beds for 7 and we can provide travel cots for two infants as well.
  • DVD Player
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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