If you are looking for a beautifully unique and special property for a perfect Dorset holiday then look no further than The Old Mill. Formerly a working mill, this gorgeous property has been superbly renovated by the owners who have cleverly incorporated all the original mill features into what is now a luxurious, modern retreat.
Entering on the first floor, you will step in to a spacious living-room which is a fantastic space to kick back and relax in to your holiday (take a look at the original mill stone embedded in to the flooring - just fabulous!). Just off the living-room is a secluded balcony that looks out over the south-facing expanse of garden; this is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of something chilled on a summer's evening. Meander your way down the very special hand-made oak staircase in to the sociable kitchen/dining-room; a great space to cook up a feast. Equipped to the highest standard, the kitchen will leave even the most discerning chefs wanting for nothing more.
Two stylish bedrooms, both with their own en suite, occupy the second floor and you are assured of the upmost comfort with soft linens and plush bedding. The wooden beams are beautiful and full of character (please mind your head as they do slope). You'll do well to find bedrooms that marry together original features with modern styling so effortlessly.
As well as the balcony, there is ample outside garden space for you to relax in, or fire up the barbecue and dine al fresco. You'll be hard pressed to hear anything in this secluded location, apart from the birdsong and snuffling of local wildlife. The owners also have some very friendly sheep close by who are sure to offer the odd 'baa', reminding you of the beautiful countryside setting you are in. Your four-legged friend is most welcome at The Old Mill however please ensure it is on the lead near the sheep and note the garden is not enclosed, instead a large open space that you are welcome to explore. Also situated in the grounds but totally private is La Cabine Francaise (4726), a secluded shepherd's hut for a couple. The welcoming owners live close by but you can be confident in having the upmost privacy.
The local village of Cattistock has a great local pub and village stores so you don't need to wander far in search of your favourite tipple, or morning paper. Cattistock is also famous for supposedly being the birthplace of Dorset Knob Throwing - we can see you're intrigued! The Dorset Knob is a locally made biscuit that also serves as a good hurling missile and Cattistock hosts the world-famous annual throwing festival every year in May - a sight not to be missed!
A short drive south is the county town of Dorchester, which still has a weekly market and boasts infamous Thomas Hardy history. For a culinary treat, head to Summer Lodge in nearby Evershot; a rural fine-dining gem. A holiday to Dorset is of course not complete without a trip to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast; a thirty minute drive will take you to the pretty coastal villages of Abbotsbury, Burton Bradstock and West Bay. Inland, the Jacobean manor of Mapperton House is a beautiful spot to spend the afternoon.
Kitchen/Dining-room with induction hob, electric oven, microwave with grill, fridge, freezer, wine fridge, washing machine/drier and dishwasher
Sitting-room with TV, DVD player and balcony
Separate WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5') and en suite Bathroom with bath, hand shower attachment, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with king-size double bed (5') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Please be aware that there is a large pond in the grounds, to the right of The Old Mill, so take care with children and dogs. The original external steps to the upper garden are quite steep so please do take care and utilise the rope handrail. The Maiden Newton to Yetminster train line runs the other side of the border of the owners' grounds which you may hear in the distance however we are confident this will not impact your stay as the trains only run approximately every three hours and are slow trundling passenger trains. They do not run any later than 9pm.
- Dogs welcome (1 only)
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 2 miles
- Patio and balcony furniture and barbecue
- Full oil-fired CH (partial under-floor)
Welcome to The Old Mill - a former working mill which has been exquisitely converted.
As soon as you step through the door of this fabulous property you will be wowed!
The kitchen/diner is simply gorgeous and a great space for socialising.
Relaxing in this bedroom will be a pure delight.
The gardens at The Old Mill are beautifully unspoilt. Feel free to explore and you may spot some local wildlife.
Need to keep an eye on the chef? No problem with this beautiful window looking down from the sitting-room in to the kitchen/diner.
The stunning sitting-room is on the first floor.
Plan your Dorset adventures on the map!
From the ground floor and first floor you can see all the original mill workings - how unique!
This Mediterranean-style, under cover seating-area is yours to enjoy. A perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks.
Switch off and relax in the super-stylish sitting-room that has views out over the countryside.
A modern and luxurious en suite shower-room.
Looking through in to the en suite shower-room.
Fill up the bath and star-gaze through the Velux window...bliss.
Super-soft linens and throws make a cosy sanctuary.
The Old Mill is full of beautiful features that blend history with modern living.
Even the ground floor WC is gorgeous.
Kitchen/diners don't come much better than this; beautifully equipped with everything you could need, including a wine fridge.
A special place at night too!
The driveway entrance to The Old Mill (signed Metford Mill).
Your private balcony awaits where you can sit and enjoy uninterrupted views across the peaceful grounds.
Situated a little distance from the side of The Old Mill is this pretty pond (please take care with younger guests and dogs). You'll be sure to spot the colourful dragonflies here.
These original external steps are quite steep so please take care and use the rope handrail. The area you can see on the left-hand side, at the top of the steps, is not enclosed so please be mindful not to go too close to the edge.
Keep an eye out for this sign on the road which is at the entrance of the driveway down to The Old MIll.
Say hello to the owners sheep.
Although in the grounds of the owners' house, The Old Mill is completely separate ensuring your privacy.
Up this slight incline and to the right is the parking area.
Rural Dorset is so peaceful and attractive, you'll leave wanting to return time and time again.
The stunning Jurassic Coast is just a short drive away.