Rich in industrial heritage, architectural splendour and rural tranquility, this historic landmark development is being created through sensitive regeneration and restoration

 Stowford Mill, in Ivybridge, is one of Devon’s oldest industrial sites, nestled in the beautiful River Erme valley, framed by the Dartmoor National Park and Brunel’s Great Western Railway. Operating as a paper mill since the 18th century, but with activity here recorded since the mid-1500s, the eight-acre site features a Grade II listed Mill House with a 130ft chimney dating from 1856, an Engine House built in 1914, a walled garden plus a leat and adjoining weir. Adding to its historical significance, the whole estate is surrounded by a plethora of impressive trees, dating back to the mill’s Victorian heyday.

Burrington Estates, in a joint venture with Pillar Land Securities, is now transforming this unusual and distinctive historic site, through sensitive regeneration and restoration, into a beautiful, legacy eco-development, so that, once again, it will become an important contributor to the town’s economy.

As befits a community with a range of ages and requirements, this exciting mixed-use scheme will feature 100 beautiful, high-quality, Dartmoor-inspired homes, in a mixture of styles and sizes to suit all budgets – from first time buyers, to families with young children and those entering retirement. And all the exceptional, imaginative properties will be set in a vibrant environment of charming bars and restaurants, a bijoux hotel and excellent boutique shops, with plenty of formal and informal public spaces which can be enjoyed by the whole community. Other facilities will include a children’s nursery and educational facility, and a business support hub.

Ivybridge – perfect combination of rural peace and commuter accessibility

Ivybridge has a rich heritage – its famous ‘Ivy Bridge’ being the subject of a famous painting by Turner in 1814 – and from its traditional roots in the 13th century as a coaching station on the Exeter to Plymouth Road, it remains the perfect location from which to access the larger cities of Exeter (28 miles) and Plymouth (12 miles) via the A38, as well as Bristol (97 miles) via the M5, and London (182 miles) or 3.5 hours by train from the town’s own station. This accessibility makes Stowford Mill the perfect place from which to commute, whilst enjoying the pleasures of a rural lifestyle.

And for those trips abroad, there are international flights from Exeter and Bristol airports.

Within the structure of the delightful, original Walled Garden, four high quality detached houses will be located, along with the characterful refurbished Greenhouse.


Stowford Mill – A new Heritage Destination

Burrington’s vision for the community at Stowford Mill is to enhance the character and preserve the architectural heritage of the original site, highlighting features such as the iconic landmark chimney, and breath new life into the town. Providing an exciting, eclectic destination in which people will be drawn to visit, and to live, due to its imaginative range of superior quality new homes and facilities, will significantly boost the local economy.

Councillor Michael Saltern, ward member for Ivybridge West, said: “This is an exciting development. There will be new opportunities for work, which will replace the jobs lost when the mill closed. This is a fantastic addition to our town.”

The architecturally important buildings will be restored to their former glory whilst being converted into very high quality homes and commercial facilities, charmingly blending many authentic period features with the latest modern interiors. A heritage centre will be created within the Mill complex to contain important artifacts from the Stowford Mill archive.

The Grade II Listed Mill building itself will be converted into stunning one and two bedroom apartments, and the Boiler House and Office will be respectfully retained and reformed into a mix of employment and commercial uses, opening onto a new high quality public square.

Drawing upon the historic character of the Mill Complex, there will also be 32 later living apartments and a selection of high quality two to five bedroom, two and three storey houses for families, designed around central green spaces.

Within the structure of the delightful, original Walled Garden, four high quality detached houses will be located, along with the characterful refurbished Greenhouse.

Ecologically sustainable

Burrington Estates’ characteristic attention to detail has not only gone into the buildings of Stowford Mill, there has also been a great deal of consideration given to the sustainability and ecology of the scheme. There is a substantial travel plan; the surrounding parkland and vegetation around the mill pond and leat will be maintained to benefit the local flora and fauna; the majority of the existing mature trees will be retained, including some non-natives (including Giant Redwood and Monkey Puzzle), and there will be significant new tree planting to enhance the overall quality of life for those living and working in the development.

Architectural Splendour and Rural Tranquility

Known as ‘A Gateway to Dartmoor National Park,’ with its numerous trails leading straight out of Ivybridge and into the stunning surrounding countryside, Stowford Mill’s location offers the perfect solution for a successful work-life balance.  A perfect mixture of elegant, high quality, and imaginative homes, with a range of first class facilities, in a location which combines the closeness to nature and rural tranquility, with the ease of accessibility to several major cities.


Burrington Estates
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