The Mill House

UK England South West England Somerset Ilminster Ashford Mills

  • Sleeps 8 (max 8 adults, 7 children)
  • Bluetooth Speakers
  • Dogs allowed
  • Games & Books
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Wood-burning stove
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.

The Owner Says

The historic mill sleeps x8 comfortably, with four double bedroom areas. Our guests range from couples seeking a romantic getaway to groups of friends and family looking to share time in a convivial environment.The internal structure has been kept as it would have been in the 16th century therefore the floors are open plan. This means in the winter months it is chilly, although there is central heating and an Esse wood burning stove - you will still be needing your winter jumpers indoors.
Ground Floor:
- A country kitchen fitted with all essentials including sink, hob, dishwasher, microwave, oven, fridge, crockery, and cutlery.
-Double bedroom / annex room with its own bath, sink and  WC.
First Floor:
Double bed
-Bathroom with WC, shower, sink. 
- Esse wood-burner' single stove
Please note that this level has a ceiling height of 5 ft 5 inches
 Second Floor / Attic.
 -x2 King-size / Twin beds.
Please note that both sets of stairs to the first floor and the attic are steep attic style stairs and regrettably are not suitable for persons with restricted mobility. Infants under 6 should be shown how to walk safely down them by an adult and supervised if required.

About Ashford Mills

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.


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. 
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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews


Me and a group of pals were looking for a nice and secluded few days in countryside surroundings and found Ashford Mills and boy are we glad we did. Everybody loved the place and we had the best time. The house itself is really something. Big, rustic and authentic and full of character. Large spacious rooms with lovely wooden beams and thoughtful and tasteful little decorations that add to the look. There were 6 of us and there were plenty of beds for everyone and all really comfy, everyone slept very well. The kitchen and bathroom facilities were great and we actually used the BBQ both nights to cook a feast and and sit out outside under the stars which was really cool. Its in a great quiet location with a small river running through it and a pond which we swam in and also had some fun with the kayaks. We loved the 3 dogs, the mischievous goats and ducks as company. Bella was a really fantastic host and made us all feel very welcome and happy to be there. We found a nice card with a fresh loaf of bread and some wines on the table which was really nice touch. Theres so many good things to mention about this place, really its was just perfect. The price is also worth mentioning because its an amazing price for such a place for a weekend. We would definitley stay there again.

Unique, friendly and very memorable

Just returned from four nights at Ashford Mills and am already filled with hope to return in the near future. The host Bella was so warm and friendly it instantly felt like a home from home (not to mention the lovely gang of animals that also live on site). The mill is truly idyllic - every thing you could need for a comfortable and tranquil escape from usual city life. The history of the building and the fantastic location (we enjoyed days out at both Hauser and Wirth in Bruton and the beautiful Durdle Door in Dorset with drive times of an hour or so from the Mill) as well the excellent local amenities and pubs we were able to enjoy. Don't come for slick modernity; come for a truly authentic and special place that is more that worth a few bangs of your head on the low wooden beams. We loved it.
Jun 29, 2021 by Lucy Brown Verified Review

Simply glorious

This place absolutely blew us away. It's beauty lies in how understated it is. There's nothing surplus to distract you, but it has everything you need, and what is there is really beautiful. The watermill itself is fantastic, light floods in through that big round wheel of a window and lights up the middle floor. Outside the kids immediately got involved in the pond/river, dragging kayaks across the garden, pulling on the lifejackets and pottering around. At 7,5 & 3 they'd never done much kayaking, they have now. The goats are both friendly and funny, constantly popping over to cause some amusing drama or another. And I can't not mention the indoor/outdoor bath, a huge cast iron number that even adults can float in, the barn door open, looking out over the sunset, sipping on a glass of champagne (that Bella left for us). Bella, just like the house, is understated but so welcoming. We were supposed to be off exploring Somerset but we barely left the place.
May 6, 2021 by Louise Flett


Ashford Mills is located at Ashford Mill House Ilton, Somerset TA19 9ED

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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.