Millpond Views at Working Flour Mill

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1 bedroom

1 bed
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A homely shepherd's hut at a stoneground flour mill, a stone’s throw from Shaftesbury famed for Gold Hill and that 70s Hovis ad. Overlooking an idyllic millpond, it's a beautiful spot to get comfy by the fire and wile away the time. You might glimpse the kingfisher, a sudden flash of glistening blue or sitting quietly on low-hanging branches. Enjoy invigorating walks over Fontmell Down, follow secluded lanes & ancient tracks, explore prehistoric sites and timeless villages or head to the coast.

The space

My husband's family have been milling since 1832 and his father started out on his own at Cann Mills in 1947. Cann Mills was recorded in the Domesday Book and one of five mills within a mile on the River Sturkel, a tributary to the River Stour. We produce organic stoneground flour using French Burr millstones primarily driven by a late 19th Century iron waterwheel.

Not just for shepherds, our hut sleeps two and has beautiful millpond views. The comfortable bed is a small double dressed in a pretty William Morris design. The little cupboard is stocked with wine glasses, plates, bowls, cutlery, mugs, kettle, a selection of teas & coffee and a welcoming tin of homemade cake. A leisurely breakfast is served in the main house or weather permitting why not enjoy eating under the willow tree just a few steps from the hut whilst watching the ducks on the pond. We lay out a breakfast of muesli, stewed fruits, yoghurt, juice, a variety of toasted artisan breads (using our stoneground flour), croissants, tea and freshly brewed coffee.

A flushing loo and hot shower (a hairdryer and big bath sheets are provided) are situated next to Panary in the mill yard, a minute's walk. Although there isn't a wood burner in the hut, there is a small heater to keep you toasty on cooler evenings.

We have outdoor chairs, picnic rugs and cushions for your use, so you can relax in comfort and enjoy your surroundings.

The important stuff~
Check in: after 3pm
Check out: 10am
Please bring wellies (we do provide torches and umbrellas for trips to the loo and shower, if needed).

Extra space available~
Space for 1 pet, £15 per stay, only dogs please who can be controlled around livestock. We have an outside kennel by the main house, no dogs in the hut please.

Enough wood for the fire pit is supplied for short stays, for those staying longer more can be supplied for a small charge.

We have a lambing shed where you can hang wet coats and leave wellies, hiking boots etc.

The hut is well lit with two separate bedside lights, lamp and exterior light by the door.

Our home is an old property and she can be a little quirky at times! If you find something isn't working properly please shout out and we can give her a gentle nudge. Please don't wait until you get home as we want you to have a lovely and restful stay.

Other things to note

Unfortunately the hut isn't suitable for children or babies.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Keypad

Free parking on premises
Hair dryer

Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $18 AUD
Security Deposit $263 AUD
Weekly Discount: 20%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM

- We have a lambing shed where you can hang wet coats and leave wellies, hiking boots etc (please don't leave them in the hut).


Safety features
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1 night minimum stay

15 Reviews

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Laura User Profile
September 2017
Jo's place is idyllic - even though we visited during a drizzly couple of days, it was still beautiful to wake up in the shepherd's hut and look out over the water and watch the ducks. It's also really lovely to be staying somewhere that is still a functioning mill! Jo was the perfect host - really warm and helpful but not overbearing, and breakfast was delicious. The area is beautiful whatever the weather - great for long walks or trips to the pub. I'm sure we'll be back again!

Emily User Profile
September 2017
We would not hesitate to recommend Jo's place to others - we had a great time, even if the weather wasn't ideal! The attention to detail was not unnoticed and the breakfast every morning was super yummy. Jo and her husband were always on hand and even called and invited us into their home when it was chucking down with rain. The little heater in the hut was really appreciated at night and made our stay even greater. Thankyou!
Jo User Profile
Response from Jo:
Felt really disappointed about the weather for you both and am glad it didn't dampen your enjoyment. Thanks for the lovely review!
September 2017

Reuben User Profile
August 2017
Jo and her husband Mike are absolutely lovely hosts who both went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We loved the experience of being able to observe the operation of the flour mill and learning about Mike's family history of many decades of millars. We also enjoyed talking to the master baker and learning some of the science that goes into flour production and bread making. The shepherd's hut is in a lovely location overlooking the mill pond. We were absolutely delighted to spot a Kingfisher on the pond in the evening. We were welcomed with some delicious cake and we spent the evening with a bottle of wine and some cheese outside keeping warm by the fire. It really was fantastic. Jo laid on a lovely breakfast of cereal, yoghurt and fruit followed by sourdour toast and croisants all made on site. She really couldn't have done any more. Thank you!

Karl User Profile
August 2017
One of the best airbnb's i have experienced. Jo is absolutely lovely and nothing but accommodating, will definitely go back again and recommend for anyone wanting a weekend away

Paul User Profile
August 2017
This is a lovely unique place enfolded in gently rolling landscape with the stream running through it all. The millpond is such a calming influence. We saw a kingfisher! Our boots were a good idea for the morning dew, but certainly not essential. Breakfast under the willow tree was a peaceful start to the day… excellent coffee, proper bread and home-stewed apples with our cereal and yoghourt. Jo's hand written notes on local eating places were spot on, leading us to two excellent meals out. Great!

Caroline User Profile
August 2017
A warm and friendly welcome in this beautiful shepherd's hut by a magical mill pond, Jo's little touches and thoughtfulness shone through: lemon drizzle cake ready in a tin for our arrival, handmade pottery to eat our breakfast from, and bread baked with flour from the mill.
Jo User Profile
Response from Jo:
Thanks Caroline, we really enjoyed your stay with us!
August 2017

Ian User Profile
August 2017
Unique experience in a lovely part of the country. Everything you need for a getaway with a secluded location, but walkable to the local pubs with even a vineyard opposite! Sitting outside at night with a glass of wine next to the fire pit with blankets and a great view - can't beat it!

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Jo User Profile

I am a Mum/Graphic Designer (and yogi) married to Mike, a fifth generation flour miller. Whilst he has lived here all his life, I have spent much of my adult life living overseas but am happily back in Dorset. We have Pip the cat and Blackberry the tortoise, sheep, chickens and some gorgeous Hereford cattle who come and stay for summer grazing. We're not an upmarket b&b, but a happy, clean and lived in family household who are warm and welcoming. Travel, walking, sailing and the provenance of good food, are just some of our passions and we feel blessed to be able to return to this glorious corner of Dorset we call home.

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