A charming former mill complex for sale

Tiverton, Devon

£1,100,000 Freehold
Bickleigh MillTivertonDevonEX16 8RGView Map

Bickleigh Mill is one of the most desirable customer/tourist destinations in Mid Devon. This charming former mill complex is situated close to the beautiful river Exe and benefits from stunning surrounding gardens. The three storied building is in good order, trading with a mix of retail and a licenced café and outside are additional terraces with tables, chairs and parasols. The grounds extend to approx. 7 acres having river frontage, which could be used for accommodation pods/glamping/weddings whilst the property’s upper floor could be converted into letting accommodation or similar. With spacious owners’ accommodation and substantial customer car park, early viewings are highly recommended.

The property is in an area called Bickleigh, off the A396 and is equal distance to both Tiverton and the Cathedral city of Exeter with both mainline London railway, M5 motorway and Exeter with its International Airport. The location draws upon a wide geographical area and the road links are excellent. The river Exe is stunning and the water frontage is peaceful, fish are plentiful and can easily be seen in the shallow water in summer months. Surrounding Bickleigh Mill is open countryside and within walking distance is the lovely ‘Fisherman’s Cot’ pub.

The business has been successfully owner operated, together a brigade of full and part time assistance when required, for many years and is only being placed onto the open market because of well earned retirement. The café and mix of retail work very well together and the children’s toy section is particularly popular due to the lack of such products on the high street. The well selected retail mix has proved to be very successful as well as the licensed café, which provides light bites and refreshments in a cosy atmospheric environment.  However, the upper floors of the building would suit alternative usage, possibly Airbnb, holiday lets etc. A full hand over / training will be provided to ensure the continued success of the business.




Entrance in through double part glazed doors to entrance lobby and through to



An open plan space with beamed ceilings and bespoke counter. The area has been comprehensively furnished with wall shelving, product carousels, centre island units, display cabinets for the retailing of gifts and accessories and much more.  The area benefits from many windows to front and side and is both light and airy. To one side you can see the historical workings of a mill which have been cleverly encased in glass and through an archway to


A delightful café with 5 x cosy indoor areas for seating for appx. 45/50covers. The servery is in the middle with food display and to place orders from the  counter. To the rear of the servery counter are the kitchens which are well equipped and door leading out to the rear yard and to receive deliveries. There are Ladies and Gents toilets on this floor at the far end. On either side of the café are doors leading out to the terrace with additional tables, chairs and parasols for an added 45/50 covers.


This is situated by the entrance to the business.

Wide gentle steps leading to


This floor has 2 retailing areas, one very large L-shaped and a smaller more intimate retailing area which again are both comprehensively fitted-out with staff counter, shelving, carousels, island units offering handbags, homeware, jewellery and general furnishings. Also on this floor are several stores for stock and  a separate staff staircase to the rear of the café.



This is at the top of the building and is a ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of fantastic children’s toys and books. Also on this floor are several additional stock rooms, a toilet at the far end with baby changing facilities.

This apartment can be access either from the side of the building with its own staircase or via the business on the 2nd floor.

This newly converted 2 x bedroom apartment is both spacious and airy because of its many windows. It comes with a modern open plan kitchen, bathroom and substantial lounge/diner and plenty of storage space.


The whole site sits in approx. 7 acres which includes the property, parking, woodland, river frontage and paddock/field. To the front and side of the property are large customer terraces and garden areas with tables and chairs and to the rear is stores, space for bins and general staff area.

The paddock/field is large and not currently being used. We the agents feel this would be ideal for glamping, accommodation pods or even crazy golf.


A large parking area for maybe 45/50 vehicles, conveniently located opposite the business.


All trade fixtures and fittings except for our vendor’s private inventory will be included in this sale. A full inventory will be provided prior to exchange of contracts. All stock will be sold at valuation on completion. No testing of these fixtures or any appliance has been undertaken by the agents, Ware Commercial.



Mains gas, electricity water, broadband and drainage are all connected. No testing of these services has been undertaken by the agents, Ware Commercial.



Please make enquiries on the local valuation website (VOA) at www.voa.gov.uk






All viewings and enquiries are to be made through the agents, Ware Commercial.

TEL. 01803 328880 or 01392 462266 Email. [email protected]


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