Long Barrow Windmill

North Whilborough, Devon, England

A secluded windmill tower close to Torbay's beaches and with views to Dartmoor. No near neighbours!

The Quirky Tour

The windmill is alone in a field at the top of a hill giving striking panoramic views. It's a good base for the Devonshire coastline.

The accommodation is set over 4 floors, each room round of course making for an unusual stay in a historic building.

Jess' visit on 12th January during the Quirky Tour 2023

Key Points

  • Renovated windmill tower set in a peaceful & secluded location. Set in its own 5 acre field - total privacy!
  • Sensational views over the hills & farmland.
  • Sit back & relax in the outdoor seating area whilst taking in the surroundings.
  • A couple or family of 4 are welcome. Children aged from 6-17 would be on chair beds in the top room of the windmill.
  • Please bring bedding for the children or a travel cot if bringing an infant.


A beautifully renovated windmill tower in the picturesque South Hams countryside in Devon, just four miles inland from the beaches at Torbay, offers unique, peaceful and secluded accommodation for 2. Set in its own five-acre field with no near neighbours, it's a romantic hideaway or explorer's base, the perfect place for a get-away-from-it-all holiday. Within reach are sleepy moorland villages, bustling seaside towns, secluded beaches, boat trips, steam railways and historic castles.

On the ground floor is the main living space with excellent cooking facilities and comfy leather sofa. Curved stairs lead up to the first floor which has a double bedroom with a Victorian bed, double-sprung mattress and goose-down duvet, and lovely views to Dartmoor. The second floor has a large bathroom with oval bath and shower over, again with beautiful views. Right at the top is the 'Miller's Eye', a room with two comfortable chairs, Wifi and TV. It is reached by a space-saver staircase and has splendid panoramic views of the South Hams hills, Dartmoor and Torbay. Borrow the binoculars to watch ponies pass in the lane, look a buzzard in the eye, or take in 400 square miles of countryside and wildlife.

Outside is a grassed area with seating and a millstone table, from which there are spectacular views over the hills and farmland towards Dartmoor on the skyline, and beautiful sunsets when the weather is favourable. There is a car parking area close to the mill. Sometimes it is possible to add a tent. There are good pubs within a mile or so.

Please note that the mill is ideal for an adult couple, with potential for one or two children aged from 6-17 (for which bedding is required). Children would sleep on chair beds in the top room, reached by steep steps. Request 1 z-bed for the lounge / ground floor if you have 1 child over 6 you don't want in the top room. Bring a travel cot for an infant if required. Babies stay for free. There is a small fee of £12 per night for other children.

Sorry NO PETS, no smoking.





Room Types




 Not suitable for those with mobility issues



 Family bathroom




 Dining area



 Ironing board

 Plug sockets



 Private entrance

 Seating area


Nearby (within 5 miles)


 Country walks


 Local shop

 Pub / Bar

 Pub within walking distance





 Mobile - Strong mobile signal




On Arrival

 Bring outdoor towels

 Included - Linen

 Included - Towels

 Personal check-in

 Self check-in

Safety & Security

 Carbon monoxide detector

 Fire extinguisher

 First aid kit

 Smoke alarm


 Condiments & Oil

 Drinking water





 Kitchenware / Utensils



 Tea & Coffee


Young Children

 Not recommended for children under 5


 Free parking

 Guaranteed parking space

 Parking alongside accom


 Only one rental here

 Quiet location


 Set alone


Can I bring my children?

Add up to 2 children between 6-17 within your request (extra £12 per child per night). They can sleep on the top floor on chair beds (steep stairs) but please bring bedding for them. Let us know if you want just one child on a z-bed instead on the ground floor. If you wish to bring a baby then please bring your own travel cot for in the parent's bedroom and there is no charge for that.

Can I bring extra adults?

The mill is not really suitable in terms of space for extra adults, but one young person over age 17 can be accommodated on the top floor on a chair bed (extra £25 per night). Please request this at time of booking.

Nearest Airport/s


Content updated on 22nd April 2023 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Vince and Sue Hallam from Long Barrow Windmill