1, Mill House

Coombe, Morwenstow, Cornwall

Overview

In the hamlet of Coombe you'll find a watermill, the Mill House and several cottages built around a ford on a shallow stream that runs past the back of the house. Mill House dates from 1700 and is mainly built of stone, with a thatched and slated roof. It is divided into two Landmarks and either makes a good base to explore the north Cornish coast.

  • Dogs AllowedDogs Allowed
  • CotCot
  • Fire or StoveFire or Stove
  • Open SpaceOpen Space
  • Parking AvailableParking Available
  • BathBath
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Outside Dining FurnitureOutside Dining Furniture
  • MicrowaveMicrowave
  • RemoteRemote
  • Explorer PacksExplorer Packs

Beds 1 Twin, 1 Double

Sleeps
4
3 nights
£267 equivalent to £22.25 per person, per night

Steeped in History

Most of the Mill House predates 1700, with the thatched roof being the oldest part of this popular Landmark. The other slated roof was an addition from around 1800 and represents the newer section of the building. The layout and architecture of the Mill House are typical of the type of small farmhouses found in remote areas from the Tudor period onwards. This charming Mill House typifies traditional Cornish architecture. It has witnessed a host of different inhabitants and the Tape family, who lived here at the turn of 20th century, were renowned for their musical talents. Around the same time Coombe witnessed a resurgence in popularity among walkers following its inclusion in many popular guidebooks. Since this period Coombe's popularity has grown, just like that of the rest of Cornwall.

In the heart of North Cornwall

Mill House No.1 is the larger of the two Landmarks on this site and has a wide fireplace in the sitting room. The Mill House sits within beautiful orchards and a stream runs past the cobbled terrace at the back. The parish lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cornwall offers a diverse range of places to see and things to do. There are stunning walks and surfing on the beaches at Duckpool and Sandymouth. The surrounding area is steeped in mystery and local folklore whilst nearby Tintagel Castle is reputedly to be the birthplace of King Arthur.

The Landmark Trust acquired the whole of Coombe as part of a joint scheme with the National Trust in order to preserve the hamlet. Because the whole hamlet is owned by the Landmark Trust, all of the properties are available to rent either individually, or can be rented out together, ideal for larger groups.

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‘Strongly recommend a community boat race on the ford - great for kids of all ages, and for adults who forgot how to be children.’

'Enjoying the solitude, the walks and the sound of the stream.’

From the logbook

Floor Plan

Map & local info

Behind 1, Mill House a shallow stream runs past a cobbled terrace, where you can sit looking out across the orchards and enjoy the peace. The area surrounding Coombe is full of places to see and things to do. Cornwall boasts some of the finest beaches in the country and the sea at Duckpool is a short walk away from this small hamlet. Sandymouth Beach  is just a 20 minute drive from Coombe and surfing is a great way to experience the coastline. Summerleaze Sea Pool offers a more relaxing way to enjoy the water. 

Boscastle Village  is perfect for an afternoon out in a beautiful coastal setting. Tintagel Castle is reputedly the birthplace of King Arthur and offers a magical visit in this rugged coastal location with dramatic sea views. 

For more ideas and information on things to see and do during your stay at 1, Mill House, take a look at our Chapel Cottage Pinterest page.

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1, Mill House
Coombe, Morwenstow, Cornwall
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FAQs

    What you need to know about this building

  • Does the property allow dogs?

    Yes.
  • How is the property accessed?

    Via a short track from the main road.
  • What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?

    Exeter – 55 miles.
  • Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?

    Yes, there is one parking space adjacent to the property.
  • What type of heating does the property have?

    Heating is provided through a air source heating system. There is also an open fire.
  • How can I get fuel for the open fire or stove?

    Unfortunately, there is no arrangement for the purchase and delivery of logs, however details of local sources will be provided with your order confirmation.
  • What are the kitchen facilities?

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc. There is also an electric cooker, dishwasher and a microwave.
  • What are the bathroom facilities?

    There is one bathroom with a bath.
  • Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?

    The stairs are steep and narrow.
  • Is there a garden or outside space?

    There are open grounds and unfenced streams which can flow quite fast during heavy rainfall. There are public footpaths through the grounds.

    Booking and Payment

  • What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?

    If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will be able to tell you whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to prepare it then we consider that it is open and available for guests. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, depending on what we have available. It may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking. If the building is accessible but the customer cannot travel due to poor weather in his/her local area then please be aware that Landmark will not provide a refund. However the customer may be able to claim on his/her own travel insurance. We recommend that all guests take out travel insurance when they first secure a booking.
  • How can I pay?

    We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • How do I create an account?

    If you have not used the Landmark online booking facility before and you wish to register in advance, you can set up an on-line account by following the instructions below:

    Go to the Landmark home page and click on Gift shop (located at the top of the home page in red).

    Select a gift (e.g. Landmark Handbook or Anniversary Mug) and complete the ‘Amount required’ box. There is no need to complete the purchase but this step is necessary in order to bring up the registration page.

    Click ‘Next Step’ at the bottom of the page.

    This will bring you to the ‘Your details’ page.

    Please complete all the fields (name, address, contact details and create an account). Click on the green ‘Create Account’ button once you have finished.

    At the top of the page headed ‘Your details’ there will be a grey box saying ‘Signed in’ and underneath this it will say ‘you are currently signed in as ….

    Here you will also have the option to ‘Sign out’. Please do so and that is your registration completed.

    Please return to the Landmark home page.

    To check your registration or update your account details at any time please ‘Sign in’ using the icon in the top right-hand corner of the home page.

    If you experience any problems in registering or setting up your on-line account please contact webmaster@landmarktrust.org.uk.
  • How do I pick up the key?

    There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
  • Can I pay a deposit?

    If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
  • How can I cancel or change my booking?

    If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
  • Do you accept payment in other currencies?

    At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • What if I arrive late?

    Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
  • Do you have to be a member to book a Landmark?

    No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?

    No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!

    Staying at a Landmark

  • Are Landmarks accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?

    Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925 if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.
  • Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?

    Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
  • Do you provide catering?

    Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
  • Do you allow dogs?

    You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
  • Can I bring a pet?

    Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
  • What time can I arrive and what time do I have to depart from the Landmark?

    Arrival is from 4pm and departure is by 10am.
  • Am I insured if I break something?

    We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Are Landmarks suitable for children?

    Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Can I get married in a Landmark?

    Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
  • Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?

    All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • Are there televisions in the buildings?

    We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?

    One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
  • Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?

    Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s). If you are visiting one of our European properties we have standard European electricity sockets. If you are visting from the UK, you will need to bring your own adapter plug (s).

    Facilities

  • Are the kitchens and bathrooms restored to a modern standard?

    Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
  • Is linen provided?

    Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
  • Are the kitchens fully equipped?

    Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There are freezers and dishwashers (in larger buildings) and, where space allows, microwaves as well as a wide and standard range of utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
  • Do you provide logs for the open fire/stove?

    Logs are provided at many of our Landmarks for an additional cost.
  • Will there be a mobile signal in the Landmark I book?

    Mobile coverage varies. Some Landmarks have an excellent signal, but others have none at all. If you are concerned, you can check with the housekeeper before your arrival.
  • Is there Wi-Fi in your buildings?

    No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
  • What should I bring with me? Are there toilet rolls, soap, shampoo, milk, teabags, coffee, hairdryer?

    A welcome tray with tea and sugar awaits your arrival and you will find a pint of milk in the fridge. We also provide toilet rolls and a bar of soap per basin, but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers.
History

In Charles Kingsley's Westward Ho

Coombe Mill features in Charles Kingsley’s novel Westward Ho, whose heroine, Rose of Torridge is sent there to stay with her uncle. There has been a mill at Coombe since at least 1694 and probably long before that, although the present one dates from 1842. Most of Mill House is earlier, the thatched part predating 1700, while the part roofed in slate is an addition from around 1800.

The first known reference to Coombe is in 1520, but the mile of sheltered valley running inland from Duckpool has been lived in continuously from very early times. A decayed earthwork in Stowe Woods at the head of the valley is an Iron Age fort and the hidden site of the hamlet is typical of ancient habitations in Cornwall. Although the earliest of the existing houses date only from the 17th century, they are likely to stand on older sites. The hamlet lies on the southern edge of the parish of Morwenstow. It was until recently divided between two landowners. The land west of the stream belonged from the 1540s until 1922 to the Duchy of Cornwall, as part of the manor of Eastway. The land east of the stream was originally part of the manor of Northleigh, or Lee, which until the Elizabethan period was owned by the Coplestone family, but soon afterwards passed to the Grenvilles of Stowe on the hillside above. It remained part of the Stowe estate until 1949.

Coombe is listed as one of the ‘principal villages’ of the parish of Morwenstow by Daniel Lysons in Magna Britannia Vol. III, published in 1814. This makes it sound quite big and indeed it was once much larger. In the middle of the 19th century there were between 12 and 15 households here, but by 1891 these had shrunk to just three. By the beginning of the 20th century Coombe had become a favourite stopping place for walkers, gaining a mention in most Cornish guidebooks from the 1890s onwards. Official recognition of its landscape came in 1930 when the Council for the Protection of Rural England recommended that the whole Coombe Valley, along with the coastal path, should be preserved as a place of outstanding natural beauty. It was another 30 years before this hope was realised, but in 1960 the National Trust acquired the first of several holdings, on the south side of the valley. Between 1966 and 1969, the hamlet itself was bought by the Landmark Trust, as part of a joint scheme with the National Trust to preserve it and its exceptional setting.

The plan of Mill House is typical of small farmhouses in remote areas, from the Tudor period onwards: one room deep, with two ground floor rooms. The main room has a wide fireplace on the back room (now No. 1) while the inner room has its fireplace on the end gable (now in No. 2).

Restoration

Landmark and Coombe

When the Landmark Trust was founded in 1965, some notable buildings, were known to the trustees as being in need of rescue. But they were also keen to take on humble buildings in beautiful surroundings, and thus protect places, as well as architecture, from careless alteration or development. The National Trust had already suggested the Coombe Valley as a place where a joint project would be desirable, but could not afford to take on and repair the buildings.  

Coombe was just what the Landmark trustees were looking for.

Mill House

The first building in Coombe to be tackled was The Mill House.  This had already been divided into two, the main house and an annexe at the north end which had one bedroom at the back.  It was decided to keep this arrangement, but to give No 2 two bedrooms and a better sitting room.  Outside, the back of the house had become rather a muddle of lean-to and conservatory.  This was remodelled and the wall raised to give the west bedroom in No 2 its glimpse of Duckpool.  The front was freshly limewashed, and windows and doors repaired.  The thatched roof was recoated, and has had minor repairs to ridges and gutters since.

Inside, new kitchens and bathrooms were fitted, but otherwise the rooms were left as much as possible as they were.  In No 2, the former sitting room, with the stair leading out of it, became the hall, with a new front door in the east wall, in part of an extra long window.  To light the new sitting room, a window was made in the north wall, with a new fireplace backing onto the old end stack.  In the kitchen, a door in the north end, where the sink now is, was turned into a window.  

The Mill House was furnished and ready for letting in 1968.  In 1990, after more than twenty years of hard use, both No 1 and No 2 were given better bathrooms, and their kitchens renewed.

Availability & booking

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A changeover day is a particular day of the week when holidays start and end at our properties. These tend to be on a Friday or a Monday but can sometimes vary. All stays run from one changeover day until another changeover day.