About Us

Louise & Richard Holman with Oscar

Rill :: About Us

We moved from London to Rill in 2009 after both enjoying long careers in the media world. Richard worked in the internet space and Louise was Managing Director of a group of magazines, most notably Heat, Closer & Empire.

Having attended many courses and conferences during our working years in London, our desire was to create something with all the facilities and attention to detail that a top class hotel or venue might offer, but without the stuffiness and corporate nature of many such places.

We feel confident that we have achieved this with Rill & look forward to welcoming you. 

Our philosophy

We want to keep Rill as unspoiled as possible. The buildings sit within 80 acres of land nestling on a hill overlooking the Dart valley down towards Totnes in the distance. Half of the land is farmed by our highly successful neighbour, Riverford Organics, and is maintained to the highest ethical standards. You will see various crops growing and livestock grazing in the fields depending on the time of year.

The other 40 acres are given over to woodland and are preserved for wildlife, so expect to see some interesting flora & fauna. There are several walkways around the woods and fields for guests to enjoy.

We are keen to make sure the woodlands are properly managed particularly with conservation in mind. To this end the Estate now has a Forestry Commission approved 10 year management plan.

We aim to be as sustainable as possible: we source as much food as possible locally; recycling and composting are part of everyday life and the water is supplied from the Estate's own well.

Our philosophy