Millbrook Estate

Meet Our Team

Our Story

Meet the faces behind Millbrook: Bob and Kate. In 2005, we relocated from North Somerset to our beloved Millbrook, which we now call home and work diligently to cherish through the seasons. Kate finds late April, as spring bursts forth, the most enchanting time when every day brings a new spectacle in our garden. For Bob, winter holds a special allure with its crisp frosts and the vibrant hues of willow trees. Our children, Iszi and Louie, are active contributors to the Millbrook experience, delighting in assisting and connecting with our valued guests.

Our Family

Our Family

Millbrook holds a unique place in our hearts, not only for us but also for our cherished families and friends. During your stay, you may have the pleasure of meeting some of our loved ones: Bob's grown children and their partners, including our grandchild, Myles, and our dear friends, Oli, Abi, Charlotte, Kate, Iszi, Louie, Suzy, JJ Kowalski, and Kate's brother, Alan. We welcome you into our extended Millbrook family.

Rose Cottage

Rose Cottage

Rose Cottage, is located in the nearyby village of High Bickington; just 5 minutes from Millbrook. It was lovingly restored by us in 2011. This charming 18th century retreat offers a tranquil escape with its own private hot tub and two bedrooms its great with friends or as a romantic break.


Rose Cottage
Tree Top Escape

Tree Top Escape

Tree Top Escape is nestled at the top of the valley about 200m from the Mill but with its own private entrance; Its a 5 star luxury Tree House, on stills high up in the trees with spacious accommodation for four guests and offering intimate Weddings with up to 14 guests.


Tree Top Escape

Our Team

Our dedicated team at Millbrook ensures your stay is exceptional. James and Dave tend to our grounds, while Vanessa meticulously oversees housekeeping. With the green thumb of our gardener, Jenny, our spaces flourish. Meg and Nic handle weddings and office tasks. We encourage our team to engage with guests, so feel free to seek their advice on Millbrook or the local area. Meet our team below

Kate and Bob

Kate & Bob

Millbrook has been Kate and Bob's family home since 2005 and they even married in the Summer House in 2010; they love where they live. Millbrook is a labour of love. They are both in the estate day to day. Kate looks after the accommodation and designs the Website, and technical side and Bob looks after the Weddings, Estate and staff. Their favourite place in North Devon is Saunton Sands beach - it's an epic beach. Food-wise they love Morans' in Westward ho! for the fabulous Thai food and cocktails.

Iszi and Louie

Iszi & Louie

Iszi and Louie, Kate and Bob's kids, adore nature and North Devon. They're sports enthusiasts who enjoy Squires Fish and Chips, The Pierhouse, and Saunton Sands beach with their loyal dog Ruby. They love dune sprinting and rock pool exploring.

Nicola

Nicola (Nic)

Nic looks after Tree Top Escape; from looking after enquiries to coordinating the wedding, Nicola is a fabulous Tree Top Escape Coordinator and works with Sam Short looking after the day to day running of the Tree Top. Her favourite place is The Boat House at Instow, on a sunny evening sipping her favourite wine, Whispering Angel.

Meg

Meg

Meg is part of our fabulous office team, she also loves to coordinate weddings at Millbrook. When not at Millbrook she also runs her own beauty business. She loves spending time with friends and family and is a big foodie. Her favourite restaurant is Lush in Barnstaple!

Ness

Ness

Vanessa (Ness) is housekeeper at Millbrook, she has a great eye for detail. She's a fan of Italian food and loves Bellunos' in Bideford, she's partial to a nice gin and tonic or bailey's on ice!

James

James

James is our Millbrook Groundsman, he is outside all year around - what ever the weather. He looks after the grounds and animals on the estate.

Dave

Dave

Dave has been working at Millbrook, doing groundswork, catering and much more since 2012! He's very much part of the furniture. You will see him working him magic on the grass, hedges or evening cooking pizzas! He loves the great outdoors with his children and wife Jules.

Jenny

Jenny

Jenny is our fabulous gardener. You can usually find her somewhere on the grounds or planning new plants in the greenhouse. She loves the sea and spends lots of time at Saunton Sands with an ice-cold cider, eating fish and chips from Squires in Braunton (and she raves about their homemade tartar sauce!).

Maddy

Maddy

Maddy is currently on maternity leave until June 2024. She was responsible for weddings in the Summer House at Millbrook which is now being looked after by Meg. Usually she deals with enquiries through coordinating the weddings on the day in The Summer House, and she is office-based. Her favourite place in North Devon is Valley of the Rocks, and her favourite tipple is Red Wine.

Sam

Sam

Sam is our weekend wedding coordinator at Tree Top Escape. When she's not working at Millbrook, she is also a childminder and owns a small beauty business. She's horse mad and loves a bit of sex on the beach (to drink) or is partial to a bit of prosecco.

Cat

Cat

Cat is our Tree Top Escape’s housekeeper, ensuring that everything is perfect ahead of your arrival. Cat’s bubbly and friendly personality means you can’t help but smile and laugh when in her company.

When Cat’s finished making your stay perfect, she loves to spend time outdoors with her family, as well as her furry family.