Ashford Mills

UK England South West England Somerset Ilminster

  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Groups welcome
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dog-friendly
  • Eco-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Walking
An eco-friendly Somerset watermill in an idyllic rural location.
A couple of miles north of the Somerset market town of Ilminster, Ashford Mills is a gorgeous 16th-century water mill that has been converted into a very desirable rural escape. It's the brainchild of sisters Bella, Sarah and Marlene, who live in the cottage next door and renovated the mill while tending to their small five-acre smallholding, where sheep and goats roam and chickens and ducks produce fresh eggs for breakfast while you bathe in the river. It's a magical place, and we're lucky they decided to share their little slice of paradise with the rest of us.

Originally used for grinding flour and grist, the mill is a unique space, sleeping six people in a big, open structure in which they have deliberately tried to retain the the building's historic features – the main wheel is long gone but they still have the third floor wheel that would have driven the mill's pulley system. It's simply but very comfortably furnished: the floors are open-plan, with a mixture of wooden and stone floors and beams, the walls bare brick and stone, and sunshine floods in through the windows. The ground floor has a simple kitchen with hob, oven, fridge, microwave and all the utensils you need, along with a double bedroom, bath and compost WC. There's another double bedroom on the first floor, with its own toilet, shower and sink and a wood-burning stove, and in the attic above there's a king-size bed that can be made into two singles if you prefer. There is good wifi throughout, Blue tooth speakers, and books and games are provided for rainy days. Bear in mind, though, that some of the ceiling beams are low, and the stairs between floors can be steep – it's a characterful property, for sure, but perhaps not the most accessible!

There is as yet no central heating and the mill is not available during winter, but at any other time of year it's a glorious place to relax, whether you're a couple looking for solitude or a group of friends searching for a country bolthole to get together.  There's plenty to do nearby – country walks, trips into Ilminster or to nearby attractions like nearby Barrington Court; or jou could just spend time exploring the Somerset Levels to the north, or the Blackdown Hills to the south. Best of all, though, make the most of living at this lovely country property for a few days,  strolling the grounds, swimming or kayaking in the river (they have kayaks for guests' use) and enjoying lazy days dining on the produce from the smallholding. It's an all-round, eco-friendly country treat.

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Suitable For

Guest are welcome, even encouraged, to roam freely around our gardens and paddocks, but bear in mind that the animals are free-roaming too so you will encounter goats, lambs, dogs, chickens and ducks on your travels. Dogs are allowed but must be kept under control. The owners live onsite in the cottage and are around tending to the animals or doing general outdoor work so are otfne on-hand to answer any questions or provide tips.

Nearby

Set on the edge of the Somerset Levels, there are plenty of walks nearby. The River Isle runs through Ashford Mills, so there is opportunity for wild swimming and kayaking as well as fishing. 

Food & Drink

Ilminster local town has an independent vegetable, baker and butchers shop, as well as a selection of cafes, delicatessens, restaurants, take-aways and pubs. Eating out around the surrounding villages there are plenty to choose from – including The Barrington Boar, The Bell Broadway and The Hatch Inn. 

Open

Currently available April–October.

Pricing

£270 per night. 

The Owner Says

Set on the banks of the River Isle, Ashford Mills will simply take your breath away. Find tranquility or adventure in this five-acre working small-holding: wander the gardens among the chickens and sheep, live sustainably on our fresh eggs and homegrown veg - or canoe, and wild swim in the River Isle.

Accommodation

Three double bedrooms comfortably sleep six people. 

The Mill House

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16th century Mill turned country escape. Set on the banks of the River Isle, Ashford Mills will simply take your breath away. Find tranquility or adventure in this five-acre working small-holding: wander the gardens among the chickens and sheep, live sustainably on our fresh eggs and homegrown veg - or canoe, and wild swim in the River Isle.

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Contact Website  07866 506 846  Ashford Mills, /self-catering/uk/england/south-west-england/somerset/ilminster/10799-ashford-mills

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Getting There

Type in Ashford Lane TA19 9ED into the sat nav.

Turn off the M5 at Junction 25 and join the A358 for around 12 mins until you see a turning for Ilton Business Park. Continue along this road past Cad garage on your left and keep going until just before the end of the road, where there is a sign for Ilford. Turn here, continue over a small bridge and you will you reach Ashford Mill House.

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