How do we begin to eulogise about Lavethan Mill? Should we start with the location, the privacy, or the loving restoration and exemplary standard of furnishing in this award-winning renovation?
To ensure that this 16th Century mill's architecture and essence is safeguarded forever, it is Grade II Listed which means there are some low beamed ceilings, small split-landing staircases, large oak staircases, slate floors, higgledy-piggledy rooms, ups and downs and a waterwheel which is turned by the leat that fed it all those centuries ago!
The accommodation is certainly not 16th Century though as there are luxurious and spacious living-rooms and perfectly gorgeous bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.
Integral to each other, the mill and the cottage next door are now one property. The mill accommodates the amazing bespoke, wanting-for-nothing kitchen, complete with Aga, where you really will enjoy socialising together, cooking, dining and planning the next great adventure whilst admiring the historic water wheel's machinery.
The large sitting-room and three of the bedrooms are divided over the first and second floors and all have views over the beautiful landscaped gardens, waterwheel, leat, granite terraces and winding paths that will provide hours of exploration and delight. Through the slate-floored hallway into the other side of the property is your truly Cornish cottage with low ceilings and timber-clad walls, just perfectly styled to allow guests room to spread out and enjoy some privacy.
Outside the Mill has it all, al fresco dining, a fabulous pizza oven and privacy from prying eyes as you enjoy the tranquility of this unique bolthole in Cornwall.
There is a large enclosed orchard where children and adults may enjoy a game or two of football or tag. The leat is divided off from a stream which runs the length of the spacious grounds down the side of the driveway. At one point the stream cascades over granite boulders and has formed a pond deep enough to swim in, if the weather permits.
At the end of the drive you can explore the Camel Trail as it meanders approximately 15 miles through unspoilt north Cornish countryside from Wenford Bridge via Bodmin and Wadebridge to the fishing port and tourist attraction of Padstow on the Camel river estuary.
Less than a mile up the road is the attractive moorland village of Blisland with its unspoilt pub, a post office and general store. Although there are railings please take care around the stream, leat and waterwheel ducts. Guests will be shown the workings of the waterwheel on special request.
Cottage Ground Floor
Kitchen/Breakfast-room with electric Aga, fridge and dishwasher
Sitting-room with TV, DVD player and open fire
Cottage First Floor
Bedroom 1 with double bed (5')
Bedroom 2 with twin beds
Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, shower cubicle, WC and wash-basin
Mill Ground Floor
Entrance hall 2 with wood-burner
Kitchen/Dining-room with induction hob, two electric ovens, electric Aga, microwave, two fridge/freezers, four dishwashers and TV
Utility-room 1 with washing machine and tumble-drier
Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin
Utility-room 2 with washing machine and tumble-drier
Mill First Floor
Sitting-room 2 with TV, DVD player, wood-burner and balcony
Bedroom 3 with double bed (5')
Bedroom 4 with twin beds
Bathroom 2 with bath, shower attachment, shower cubicle, WC and wash-basin
Mill Second Floor
Bedroom 5 with double bed (6') and en suite Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, shower cubicle, WC and double wash-basins
Although there are railings, please take care with children around the leat and waterwheel ducts. Guests can be shown the workings of the waterwheel on special request.
- Regret no pets
- 2 travel cots, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Sunday
- Private parking for 4 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 1 mile
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- Full oil-fired CH and partial under-floor heating (Mill), 5 oil-fired radiators (Cottage)
- Logs for wood-burner and open fire
This is the cottage side of the mill which is picture perfect.
The stunning master Bedroom (Bedroom 5) on the top floor of the mill.
The amazing kitchen/diner in the mill.
The luxurious sitting-room is a great place for the whole family to gather.
You even have you own outdoor Pizza Oven and BBQ area
A warming Aga in the cottage kitchen.
The gorgeous kitchen/diner in the cottage.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped.
The sitting-room in the cottage side of the mill is a cosy little room with an open fire.
The double bedroom (Bedroom 1) in the cottage is beautifully styled.
The double bedroom is very spacious in the cottage.
The twin bedroom (Bedroom 2) in the cottage looks over the garden.
The bathroom in the cottage has a gorgeous bath where you can enjoy reading your book with a glass of bubbly.
The bathroom in the cottage is gorgeously fitted out with a sink, bath and even radiators.
The dining-area in the main kitchen.
The Mill workings.
This is the ideal house to celebrate a special occasion.
There are lovely touches throughout Lavethan Mill.
The kitchen is so well-equipped.
The tiling behind the Aga says it all! One of each please!
The ground floor cloakroom.
The sitting-room in the cottage side is really cosy and snug.
The sitting-room even has a grand piano.
The wood-burner in the sitting-room will keep you warm on chillier evenings.
The landing-area is the ideal spot to enjoy the water wheel which can be arranged to be turned on so that you can see it working.
The double bedroom in the mill is beautifully furnished.
The main bathroom in the Mill.
The twin bedroom in the mill is next to the double bedroom.
Holidays are the ideal time to take a nice relaxing bath.
Even the grounds are immaculate.
All the bedrooms look out over the gardens.
The master bedroom takes full advantage of the architecture of the building.
Lavethan Mill is beautifully furnished throughout.
The cottage basks in sunshine most of the day.
The drive down to Lavethan Mill will assure you that you have booked something a little bit special and so private.
Lavethan Mill is beautiful inside and out.
The easterly side of the mill has a great patio-area that straddles the leat.
There is plenty of room to park.
There are cobbled pathways and garden seats dotted around.
The water wheel has been restored to working order.
The leat gathers in one spot beside the garden which has been known to be used as a dipping pool.
The garden flowers are beautiful throughout the spring and summer.
The surrounding gardens are stunning all day long.
The gardens are stunning in the spring.
Wisteria in May is gorgeous.
Just up the road you have the famous Blisland Inn where you can enjoy a good pint and locally produced food.
The scenery at Rock.
Take a ferry trip over to Rock and enjoy the shops, beaches and view of Padstow.
Daymer Bay beach.
Daymer Bay is across the river and offers walks all the way to Polzeath.