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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 1 - 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.

More Details

Property Manager
Nick Compton
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018


Morwenstow Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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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Gooseham Mill House - magical house sleeping 7 with children's bothy in garden
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Impressive property with a good blend of old world charm balanced with modern day comforts

  • 5 of 5

Great location for the perfect getaway vacation - very comfortable house with extensive gardens blending well with the natural environment - we will definitely return as it's the best location we have experienced - absolutely beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really pleased you enjoyed the house and had a good holiday. We will look forward to your staying with us again. Nick
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Truly Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a great week staying at the amazing Gooseham Mill House.

Hard to put into words just how great the house and setting are. A secluded retreat but within easy driving distance of Devon and Cornwall's attractions. The owners are also exceedingly helpful.

Our only points (not criticisms) are the lack of mobile service - with no house phone - and interesting drive to and from the property on the narrowest of single track roads. We coped without issue, but worth mentioning.

Would definitely return.

Steve and Julie - Swindon UK

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A peaceful and characterful haven

  • 5 of 5

We loved Gooseham Mill House. The house is old and interesting, but at the same time spacious and comfortable. The garden is full of interesting things to look and a stream for the dog to splash in. Encouraged by Paul the gardener we helped ourselves to lots fresh vegetables from the kitchen garden, and loved that it feels a lot more remote than it actually is. We wanted some peace and quiet, and weren't disappointed.

We were first time visitors to the Hartland area and enjoyed exploring the coastline across to Bideford and down to Padstow. In particular we enjoyed Boscastle and the sands at Instow beach where John's store on the sea front is worth a visit.

Very little to criticise at Gooseham really (apart from the weather). The directions to the property weren't quite correct and didn't take the best route, there was no wood for a first burn in the fire as promised, and the wifi only works in one half of the house. All minor issues

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am really pleased that you enjoyed your holiday at Gooseham Mill House and all that it has to offer. I am sorry you didn't find the directions to the property quite correct; these have been used by guests for the last five years and everyone has found the house so I am not sure what you found incorrect with them; there is only one route to the house! We provide logs in the winter months rather than throughout the whole year which is why there were not any for your stay. I hope you enjoyed the vegetables from the garden - Paul works very hard all year round so he will be delighted to know this is appreciated.
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Beautiful house in beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Very quiet and peaceful , cozy relaxed home from home with luxury bedding and beautiful things , lovely warm kitchen

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great place to stay, both inside and out

  • 5 of 5

Excellent property with spacious, well appointed interior and a large interesting garden. Our party ranged from 69 years old to 8, and all seven of us found something to really like about the place.

We suggest you walk to the beach via the woodland walk and eat at the Old Bush, where the food and service were very good.

Use it a place to relax and chill, or as a base to explore the coastline of North Cornwall, either way you will enjoy.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Still life, with pleasure

  • 5 of 5

This house is so peaceful, so steeped in quiet, that I happily slowed down.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund