The Watermill – A Unique Holiday Home on Your Own Private Estate

The Watermill is a cosy traditional Cornish cottage tucked away in a nook of the Whitehay Estate, Withiel. As the name might suggest, there is something rather unusual and delightfully unique about this particular Cornish cottage.

Before the industrial revolution, and before the invention of steam power, watermills were used in almost every industry that required any motive power, usually flour grinding, textile production or mining. At the height of their use, there were over 10,000 water wheels across the UK, although few remain. This beautiful watermill is over 250 years old, and is one of those few. Fewer still can be rented out for a luxury holiday, which we think makes our watermill all-the-more wonderful!

The Watermill kitchen

Located on 65 acres of the Whitehay Estate, The Watermill has been lovingly and sensitively restored by the owners. Whilst enjoying all of the modern facilities, such as underfloor heating and beautifully fitted bespoke kitchens, the cottage manages to retain its traditional charm perfectly.

Tennis Court

The Whitehay Estate, which was once home to environmentalist, philosopher and founder of The Ecologist magazine Teddy Goldsmith, is the perfect location for a peaceful romantic retreat or honeymoon. Offering a plethora of idyllic woodland walks amongst wild orchards and along the River Ruthern, croquet and tennis on the all-weather court, this rural retreat also benefits from being a short car journey from both the north and south coasts of Cornwall. The world – or at least Cornwall – really is your oyster.