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About Us

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Hello! We are Kevin and Emma Ireland & we're proud to welcome you to Mill Cross Retreats- where we hope to give you the opportunity to stop, relax & recharge your batteries in a natural environment. We choose the word "retreats" as we wnat to give you the chance to retreat from your busy lives.


We've lived in Devon for over 30 years & are passionate about supporting independent, local businesses, the environment, organic & sustainability. 

We moved to Mill Cross from Totnes in 2018 with the idea that we wanted to offer exceptional quiet, relaxing places to stay for couples. At the time, Kevin was a carpenter & Emma was running a wedding catering business. Being passionate about local community & nature, we knew Rattery was the right place- well located between Dartmoor & the sea, close to Totnes & Dartington, Ben's Farm Shop, friendly & with a brilliant local pub!


Mill Cross Retreats has grown organically to be a little haven where as well as providing beautiful, luxurious eco-friendly accommodation, we look after our 6 acres of land, manage the trees, grow fruit & vegetables, keep goats, chickens & ducks & our beloved  Spaniel, "Juno". In summer 2022, we found our cat "Pickles" in a car engine & she's become a core fixture- very popular with guests & family alike.

We are committed to being as eco-conscious as possible- we use organic toiletries, cleaning & washing products, create wildlife havens on our land, grow fruit & vegetables organically & don't use any pesticides on our gardens or plants. We buy local and support local, green-minded, ethical and independent businesses & hope you will too. 

We established The Bakehouse @ Mill Cross Retreats in 2022 to build on our experience of running a woodfired catering business & now run a pop up restaurant, cookery school  & crafting workshops to provide relaxing learning opportunities for guests staying with us & day visitors.

When we're not working, we like to spend time with our 6 children & 7 grandchildren, walk on Dartmoor and eat lovely, local food. We have even hosted one family wedding here! Come & join us at Mill Cross Retreats & leave feeling relaxed & refreshed.

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