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Excellent 5/5 

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Dorset / Maiden Newton

Watermill / 6 Bedrooms / sleeps 12

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £236 / night

£1650 - £2850 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Beautiful newly renovated Mill house set in beautiful grounds on the river Frome. There are spectacular foot paths all around the Mill and Maiden Newton.  …see more


22 Sep 2014

5/5

"The perfect place to gather!"

We stayed in this property for a 40th Birthday weekend with 5 other couples. The location was perfect, easy to get to and the village has everything you need for a weekend, big supermarket only 15mins… More


25 Mar 2014

5/5

"Lovely house for a large family gathering."

Perfect house for our extended family gathering! We ranged in age from 72-2 and we were all happy. The Mill is in a beautiful setting and has been renovated very tastefully. The garden was great for t… More


1 Sep 2013

5/5

"Elegantly furnished house, very well equipped and in a practical location"

The house is tucked away on the edge of a village which turned out to be an extremely practical location. Lots of useful things are within walking distance - a great general store stocked with delicio… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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Denbigh / Bylchau

Watermill / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £50 / night

£350 - £580 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Segrwyd Mill is an 18th century grade II listed water mill, steeped in history and located in the heart of the North Wales countryside, between Nantglyn and Denbigh. It lies in a tranquil setting on the banks of the river Ystrad. Tastefully converted into holiday accom.  …see more


20 Feb 2015

5/5

"Stunning, Relaxing home from home."

This mill is everything you could dream about when looking to book a place to stay in Wales. Beautifully renovated, spotlessly clean, fully stocked kitchen (utensils, plates, dishwasher, tea coffee, m… More


16 Feb 2015

5/5

""Beautiful and amazing place""

It's a home from home get away a beautiful preserved Mill. The owners thought of everything to make our stay so lovely in every way. All that's left to say is it's a perfect place to st… More


2 Jan 2015

5/5

"Perfect cottage perfect location."

Absolutely lovely stay in the superb mill. Great location and great cottage. Definitely going to return back. … More

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Excellent 5/5 

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Dumfries and Galloway / Castle Douglas

Watermill / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £50 / night

£350 - £595 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Top end barn conversion, 4 star. Quality furniture and fixtures, Free, WIFI, wood burning stove, Stunning open countryside views, central location for seven stane venues, walkers,Birdwatchers,golfers welcome, located up a private road very safe for children. Burnbrae M  …see more


14 Jan 2015

5/5

"Christmas stay"

We stayed at the Mill for 2 weeks over Christmas. It was a lovely setting with great views. The owners decorated the mill outside and in with a real Christmas tree. It was a lovely touch that the owne… More


8 Jan 2015

5/5

"An absolute Gem of a place"

Burnbrae Mill is a delight! the building is beautiful and very tastefully decorated to the highest standard. It is spacious but also very cosy and comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped, and on o… More


5 Oct 2014

5/5

"Rural Paradise"

Just returned from our fourth visit to this beautiful and spacious rural mill set back from the road in magnificent countryside with great views from the upstairs lounge. Excellent location, perfect f… More

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Devon / Braunton

Watermill / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 5

2 Nights min stay

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from £50 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Sleeping up to 5 guests, Mill Cottage is a 2 bedroom 17th Century converted self contained Water Mill within a 5 min walk from beautiful village of Braunton, situated in the older part of the village with a wealth of character and a private sunny garden with barbecue.  …see more

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Dumfries and Galloway / New Galloway

Watermill / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 10

1 night min stay

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from £72 / night

£500 - £950 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
A Historic 16th century watermill. Catefory A listed with Scottish Heritage. An abundant premaculture based site. Magic woods with fire bath and sweat lodge available. Stunning bird and animal life. fishing hiking and biking from the door.  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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from £46 / night

£320 - £425 / week

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Holiday watermill in Dover

Kent / Dover

Watermill / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 3

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £46 / night

£320 - £425 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Romantic getaway .... apartment in old flour ( water ) mill exposed beams and iron work Luxury bedding , bath robes , located in grade 2 listed building , near dover port Canterbury , river location , beautifully furnished Sleeps 2 adults .super kingsize bed ......wi  …see more


6 Jan 2015

5/5

"lovely apartment in Dover"

We stayed here over New Year with our 1 year old and absolutely adored the apartment. Our stay was made extra special by the personal touches and attention to detail throughout. Thank you very much.… More


16 Feb 2015

4/5

"Defintly felt like a luxury relaxing break!!"

Apartment was beautifuly set up an made you feel very special as soon as you entered, smelt lovely, decor lighting and spacious corner bath an huge bed was fab! Stayed for my birthday and over the val… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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Pembrokeshire / Mynachlogddu

Watermill / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 2

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £43 / night

£300 - £575 / week

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Key info:

  • Not suitable for children
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
watermill. romantic escape. welsh holiday. country cottage. country retreat  …see more


10 Mar 2015

5/5

"Lovely hideaway"

This is a wonderful little tucked-away gem, in an area with so much to see and do. The kids loved sleeping up on the mezzanine bed and many happy hours were spent staring out of the huge picture windo… More


23 Feb 2015

5/5

"Honeymoon"

Oshi, we cannot thank you enough for creating this beautiful retreat.

We had the most wonderful honeymoon at the studio and were amazed with what you have done with the space.
Intimate, qu… More


1 Feb 2015

5/5

"6 stars"

Adored our stay in this beautiful little hide away. stunningly presented with care taken in every detail. The studio has everything you need including big basket of logs, coal and kindling (we went in… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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from £93 / night

£650 - £1150 / week

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Holiday watermill rental

Gwynedd / Abersoch

Watermill / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £93 / night

£650 - £1150 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Rooms - Large dining room, lounge with open log fire, fully fitted kitchen . 2 staircases adds privacy if more than one family is sharing. 2 double bedrooms , and a family bedroom. 2 bathrooms one with bath and washbasin and one with shower WC and washbasin Storage he  …see more


23 Aug 2014

5/5

"Delightful - a well kept secret"

After an eventful journey it was lovely to arrive and be greeted by the friendly owners. The house is lovely a mixture of olde world charm and homeliness. The rooms are large enough and spaced out in… More


21 Aug 2014

5/5

"Superb Holiday brilliant for families"

We booked 2 weeks in June with our extended family coming and going over that period. The owners, Jalna and Richard couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful, providing us with everything we … More


27 Jul 2014

5/5

"Lovely relaxing fortnight in a beautiful setting"

We spent two weeks at Mellinsoch and couldn't have wished for a nicer holiday. Great location within easy walking distance to the town and beaches. The house is large with lots of character and o… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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Llangefni / Bodffordd

Watermill / 5 Bedrooms / sleeps 12

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £83 / night

£575 - £925 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Stunning location, Beautiful secluded grounds, Lakeside, 15 minutes drive from beaches,  …see more


9 Mar 2015

5/5

"Excellent"

Thank you so much for sharing your house we went with family it's an excellent place for all so much out door space with the tree swing bonfire and the water fall the beach is amazing we hope to … More


6 Sep 2014

5/5

"Excellent"

We [10 adults plus children] stayed for 4 days and had an excellent time! It's really off the beaten track with plenty of open space around the property to explore - try the rope swing!!
The c… More


29 Jul 2014

5/5

"Great property with fantastic grounds to explore, superb value"

stayed for a long weekend to celebrate family 40th birthday and booked watermill as could stay for a weekend rather than a full week and arrive on Thursday to fit in with birthday plans. No other holi… More

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Good 3.5/5 

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from £100 / night

£700 - £945 / week

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Holiday watermill rental

Cornwall / St Austell

Watermill / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Good 3.5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £100 / night

£700 - £945 / week

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Key info:

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Spectacular Mill building in South Cornwall - perfectly positioned for exploring Cornwall. Explore the beaches and coast of this beautiful county, wonder at the mystical standing stones or walk the coastal footpath. Visit the amazing Eden Project or Heligan Gardens.  …see more


5 Jun 2014

4/5

"Great family place to stay"

We had a wonderful week . The place was everything we expected and the host was great giving us tips on places to visit whilst here. All were great and we would probably have never found them. Arrivin… More


28 Jul 2014

3/5

"Holiday in an old house"

Hosts are very nice and friendly people living in the house next door. They are very well prepared, i.e. have lots of useful information prepared upon arrival. We arrived late in the evening and did n… More

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Northumberland / Berwick upon Tweed

Watermill / 4 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

3 Nights min stay

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from £103 / night

£720 - £1125 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Hutton Castle Mill ( Hutton Mill) has been thoughtfully converted into spacious self-catering holiday accommodation. 3 twin rooms, 1 double or can be 2 twin rooms, 2 double rooms. If interested in our fishing tuition, we can put together a package to suit. Hutton Mi  …see more

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from £53 / night

£365 - £1055 / week

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Holiday watermill rental

Pembrokeshire / Clydey

Watermill / 4 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

Short stays welcome

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from £53 / night

£365 - £1055 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Star Mill is a spacious detached property enjoying an idyllic location in this tiny village which is a perfect base for exploring the three counties of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire.  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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Perth and Kinross / Blairgowrie

Watermill / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £79 / night

£550 - £910 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Stunning riverside holiday home in a converted mill building with real wow factor . Close to Blairgowrie town centre and local amenities, but a real get-away-from it all. Ideally placed for outdoor activites, exploring or just staying in by the fire and relaxing. Short  …see more


25 Jul 2014

5/5

"The perfect stay for a relaxing holiday"

We have recently stayed at Brooklinn mill the jute store and was so impressed with our stay we want to tell you all about it.
On our walk through the front door this has the WOW factor it's on… More


5 Oct 2013

5/5

"A Little Slice of Perthshire Perfection"

We fell in love with The Jute Store when we first saw it on the web site while planning our 2013 trip to Scotland and, to be honest, it was the sole reason for us choosing to stay in Blairgowrie. Usua… More

Thank you so much for your great review. It is very nice to have our efforts appreciated! I totally agree that one of the best things about the Jute Store is the feeling that you are miles away from anywhere, but Blairgowrie is only just a mile away! Thank you again.


5 Jul 2013

5/5

"Beautiful holiday home with stunning views"

Beautiful cottage with stunning views over the river Ericht. If I had to imagine what an ideal Scottish holiday home would be like, this would be pretty close to the mark. Great kitchen and facilities… More

Thank you very much for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you all back again soon!

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Excellent 5/5 

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from £65 / night

£450 - £900 / week

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Holiday watermill in Wareham

Dorset / Wareham

Watermill / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £65 / night

£450 - £900 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
North Mill is a 12C tidal watermill on the River Piddle. The owner lives in one half and the other half is for guests. It has been run as a B&B for 10 years and now can cater for both B&B and/self-catering - depending on which you prefer.  …see more


24 Feb 2015

5/5

"Warm and charming"

We loved the authentic charm of this timber beamed cottage. The owner Sally was very welcoming and the eggs fresh laid from the hens in the garden were delicious. The lovely fire made the living roo… More


7 Jan 2015

5/5

"A memorable stay in this beautiful old building"

A warm welcome awaited us when we arrived at the mill on a December afternoon. Sally was there to meet us and show us around, the place was warm and very inviting with a huge Christmas tree all lit up… More


5 Oct 2014

5/5

"Fantastic place"

This is the best place I have stayed at for a very long time. Everything was perfect from the comfortable bed, the well equipped kitchen, as I like to cook an evening meal. The garden with the chicken… More

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Devon / Bigbury-on-Sea

Watermill / 5 Bedrooms / sleeps 9

7 Nights min stay

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from £172 / night

£1200 - £1950 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Treat yourself and book a stay in a superbly converted 300-year-old watermill in the South Hams. With 5 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms there is plenty of room for young and old. Five acres of private grounds complete with orchard make Orcheton Mill a swallow and amazons haven.  …see more

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Warwickshire / Warwick

Watermill / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 5

Min stay varies

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from £96 / night

£670 - £1600 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
Susan is a 58 foot semi-traditional narrowboat. The lounge has a dinette, giving a further double bed if required, and the seating in the lounge can convert to give a further single.  …see more

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