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. A special place to stay.

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.
  • Ideal for an adult couple. Infants under 3 stay for free (please bring travel cot)


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. You can drive right up to and park next to the mill. Sometimes it is possible to add a tent.

There are good pubs and cafes within a mile or so. Elizabethan Totnes with its individual shops and cafes is about 15 minutes' drive away. Visit pretty Brixham with its pastel-coloured houses tumbling down to the busy fishing harbour. Cross the river Dart by a tiny ferry to beautiful Dartmouth and watch the yachts from the promenade. 

Explore the coastline further west and bathe in the clear waters at Blackpool Sands. Wander along part of the stunning South West Coastal Path. Hire a spot on a fishing boat from Torquay or Brixham and catch mackerel for your supper. Visit properties such as Compton Castle (within walking distance) and Arts & Crafts Coleton Fishacre. Drive over to Dartmoor and walk in the wilderness with just birds and ponies for company. 

Please note that the mill is ideal for an adult couple. Be aware of steep stairs - not really suitable for people with mobility issues. Children under three stay for free if they stay in their parents' room - please bring a travel cot if required.

Sorry NO PETS, no smoking.





Room Types




 Not suitable for those with mobility issues



 Family bathroom


 Hot water





 Dining area



 Ironing board

 Plug sockets



 Private entrance

 Seating area

Nearby (within 5 miles)


 Country walks


 Lake / River

 Local shop


 Pub / Bar

 Pub within walking distance

 Public transport






 Mobile - Strong mobile signal



 TV - Smart


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 10

 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?

This accommodation isn't suitable for children. If you wish to bring a baby/child under three, 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.

How far is it to beaches?

About 15 minutes drive to the many beaches of Torbay, or half an hour or so to beaches further afield.

How far is it to shops?

About 10 minutes' drive to supermarkets in Torquay or Newton Abbot, 15 mins to pretty Totnes.

What is provided?

Heating and hot water included, also bed linen, soap and towels. Basics in the kitchen include salt, pepper, a small amount of olive oil, sugar, tea bags, instant coffee (there is a cafetiere if you bring your own ground coffee). Maps of the area to borrow.

Nearest Airport/s


Content updated on 1st July 2023 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Vince and Sue Hallam from Long Barrow Windmill