Grindstone Mill is a stunning, three-story, 6-bedroom, 4-bathroom holiday home in a magical setting on the outskirts of the village of Alderley in the southern Cotswolds, 2 miles from the market town of Wotton-under-Edge. Surrounded by a beautiful garden and untouched Cotswold countryside, with the original mill course running directly in front, Grindstone Mill is secluded yet is just 6 miles from Badminton, 10 miles from Highgrove, 20 miles from Bath and 23 miles from Bristol. With two reception rooms (both with fireplaces), a study and a very spacious open-plan kitchen-dining room, Grindstone Mill is the ideal property for a group getaway or a family with support staff.
Family events are welcome at the property, but it is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years.
As you turn off the little country road on the outskirts of Alderley village and down the drive to the mill, following the Little Avon river, you’ll be mesmerised by the sight of this beautiful property. A mill has stood on the sight since the 11th century and has been a family home for many centuries, with the current owners updating the interior to make a resplendent country home. In front of the house is a small lake with a wooden bridge, providing a link for the local footpath to continue past this bucolic scene. A patio and knot garden, with aromatic plants and culinary herbs, sit between the house and the mill course, with garden laid to lawn and mature borders to each side.
Grindstone Mill is decorated in the style of a classic Cotswold country home, with statement pieces of furniture, antiques, paintings and sumptuous fabrics, combined with the conveniences that modern-day living demands, including a fully equipped kitchen, WiFi, and two smart TVs. For entertaining, the Mill has a fabulous open-plan kitchen and living-dining room (with direct access to the front and rear patios), a snug with a smart TV and wood burner, and an elegant sitting room with an open fireplace. The six large double bedrooms—two with super-king beds, three with king beds and a twin bedroom, are arranged over three floors and comfortably sleep 12, with 1 en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom, two family bathrooms and one family shower room, serving the two lower floor bedrooms.
To the rear of Grindstone Mill the owners run an online luxury larder, Caspian Caviar, selling caviar, salmon, truffle oil, champagne and more. (Luxury hampers and goods can be delivered to you during your stay. See Points of Note for more details.) A narrow lane continues past the mill to a working farm.
Guests enter Grindstone Mill from the rear, passing from the parking area across the patio to the French windows, which open into the open-plan Living-Dining-Kitchen Area.
This beautiful, spacious, and lightroom, with its fabulous wooden floor, pale yellow walls, and contemporary chandeliers hanging down from the vaulted ceiling, extends all the way from the back to the front of the property. Windows overlook the rear patio, the side garden and the mill course at the front. The Living Area is furnished with a three-seater sofa, two leather armchairs, an over-size footstool, a bureau, and a pine dresser, holding glassware. Between the Living Area and Kitchen is the Dining Area featuring an extendable dining table that comfortably seats 12 (10 seats shown in the photo).
At the far end of the room is the fully equipped kitchen, featuring a fabulous view over the mill course, private lake, boathouse, and bridge. At the centre of the Kitchen is a large central island with bar stools, fan oven, and storage cupboards. To one side is a 4-oven Aga and separate induction hob, with extensive work surfaces to either side.
The true entrance and front door of the mill is off the Kitchen. Here you will find a porch with hooks to hang coats and space for boots and shoes. The door opens onto the front patio and the mill course.
This delightful room off the Kitchen provides a cosy retreat where guests can curl up with a book on one of the sofas or the armchair in front of the wood burner or watch the smart TV. The dresser in the Snug is full of books (novels, guides, and cookery books), games, and puzzles for guests to use during their stay.
The handy family study is furnished with a desk and office chair, armchair, shelving and small TV and has a lovely view towards the adjoining open countryside.
This beautiful room is furnished in the sumptuous style of a typical 19th-century drawing room, with two three-seater sofas, an armchair, and a coffee table set before a wood burner in a large stone fireplace. At the opposite end of the room is a second seating area with a small sofa and an antique games table overlooking the main rear patio. Each of the four windows have a large window seat with comfy cushions, great places to sit and read or watch nature at work. The Sitting Room is equipped with a Bose speaker system. (This room does not have a TV.)
Off the central hallway, you will find Bedroom 4 and the downstairs Family Bathroom
As the only ground floor bedroom, this room has an idyllic view across the delightful knot garden out to the mill’s watercourse—almost at eye level. Furnished with a super-king size bed with an ornate bedhead, a small TV, dressing table, bedside tables and reading lamps, a comfy antique chair, and a wardrobe with hanging space and shelves.
Situated between the ground floor landing area and Bedroom 4, the Family Bathroom has a full-size bath with a hand-held shower (for hair washing only), a W.C., washbasin, a chair, and plenty of magazines!
Head up the carpeted staircase, with banister and handrail to three bedrooms. After the first ten stairs, the staircase divides to the right and left. Head right to Bedrooms one, two, and the Family Bathroom or head left to Bedroom three.
The en-suite master bedroom is a beautiful, super-spacious, dual aspect room (occupying the same floor area as the Kitchen below), with views out to the garden and fields and the mill course and boathouse. At the entrance to the room is a dressing area with a wardrobe, shelves, and a dressing table with a mirror. Walk through to the bedroom where you will find a super-king size bed, bedside tables and reading lamps, two armchairs, a second dressing table and mirror, and a small TV. This bedroom is big enough for two people to practice yoga in, should you wish to!
Just inside the doorway to the bedroom is the en-suite bathroom, equipped with a full-size bath, walk-in shower, double sink in a vanity unit, a large mirror, and two heated towel rails. Relax in the bath, which sits below the window, and watch the stars above you.
This bright and sunny bedroom looks out over the mill course and is furnished with a king-size double bed, bedside tables and reading lamps, a dressing table with a mirror, an open wardrobe with hanging and shelves and an armchair, the perfect place to sit and gaze at the water rushing by.
This bathroom is shared with guests in Bedroom 2 and 3 and features a full-size bath (no shower), washbasin with mirror over, W.C., and wall-sized mirror.
Head left up the split staircase to a small twin bedroom sitting in the eaves of the house with exposed beams. The bedroom is furnished with two single beds (pushed together, but can be separated), with bedside tables and reading lamps (not pictured). The bedroom has under-eave storage, a clothes rail and armchair. This bright and airy room has two Velux windows, with fitted blinds, and would be suited to two younger or not so tall guests!
Head down the stairs to the lower ground floor where you’ll find a large foyer, Bedrooms five and six and the Utility Room, plus a door opening to stairs up to the side garden.
With its stone flooring, two extra-large dog baskets, and a handmade stair gate this is the perfect place to keep wet dogs comfortably, and safely, downstairs.
Utility / Laundry Room:
The large Utility Room is home to a washing machine (8kg capacity), an overhead clothes dryer (Pully Maid), an iron and ironing board, a double sink, clothes hooks, and a boot rack. The ideal place to dry out laundry or clothes and shoes after a wet walk.
Head through a latched wooden door to the two downstairs bedrooms and Shower Room, perfect for family members wanting some personal space or families travelling with support staff.
This bright and hidden-away room is furnished with a King-size bed and bedside tables with reading lamps resting on a real wood floor and large coir rug. A large built-in wardrobe houses hanging space, shelves, and a 43” smart TV. Look up to the sky through two high windows (with blinds), which open out to the knot garden at the front of the mill.
A cosy, dual-aspect double bedroom furnished with a king-size double bed, resting on a real wood floor and large coir rug, bedside tables and reading lamps, and a towel rail. Windows look out to the adjacent fields and down the little lane leading to the neighbouring farm.
Family Shower Room:
The lower floor shower room is equipped with a large, walk-in shower, with an overhead showerhead and hand-held shower, a washbasin with a large mirror, a W.C., and a heated towel rail. Please note, this toilet runs on a Saniflow system - it is essential that guests do not flush any sanitary products down the toilet, it will block instantly.
The setting of Grindstone Mill is truly idyllic, providing an escape to what feels like a forgotten time. The Little Avon river runs up to and past the property, and in times gone by was diverted to form a lake and the mill course. More recently a pretty wooden bridge was built over the lake to provide a crossing for the local path to continue uninterrupted on its way to Alderley village. A delightful patio and knot garden, with aromatic plants and culinary herbs, sits between the house and the mill course with seating and tables for guests to eat outside or simply sit and relax while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. A charcoal Weber BBQ is also provided for guests’ use. The mill’s main front door opens from the kitchen to this front patio, making it easy to cater to guests dining outside.
To the rear of the property, adjacent to the French windows leading to the open-plan Living-Dining area, is a large private patio with a table and seating. Leading off this patio, to the side of the house, is a small but idyllic garden laid to lawn and bordered by herbs and annuals. Descend a few stone steps from the rear patio to the gravelled parking area where 4-5 cars may be parked.
Cleaning starter pack: e.g. dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: e.g. hand soap, toilet paper, shower gel
Heating and hot water e.g. via gas/oil central heating with individual thermostat controls.
TVs: 2 smart TVs (one 43”), 3 standard TVs
Dog friendly: 2 extra-large dog baskets provided and stairgate
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Oven/hob: 4-oven Aga, plus electric fan oven and induction hob
Double size fridge-freezer
Airing room with overhead drying rack
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs
Baby Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture – seats 12
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Points of Note
Parking: There is parking for 4-5 cars on a gravel parking area to the rear of the property
Grindstone Mill is not suitable for children under 10 year of age due to the deep and fast-flowing mill course, which is a drowning hazard
Swimming and boating are not permitted in the mill course or river
A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs are permitted at a cost of £25 per dog
Family events are welcome at the property, but it is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Perfect experience - the house and the location are absolutely fantastic. We really enjoyed our stay!!
We stayed at Grindstone Mill for 4 nights and had a wonderfully relaxing time. The house is incredibly spacious-more than enough for us: 4 adults and 2 children. Large and well-equipped kitchen with a lovely adjoining seating area. Very comfortable master bed! Great location allowing for some lovely walks straight out the door. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a peaceful luxury break.
So I must start this review with a question to the person who put a bad review up about Grindstone Mill [on Tripadvisor]: “What planet are you on and is your life so perfect that you find fault in everywhere you go?" This is simply the best place we have ever stayed in, and we have stayed in many. Apart from the fact that this is such a gorgeous property, in the most sublime setting, it is equipped with the highest quality of everything. Bed linen, beds, towels, sofas, heating, toilet paper…just everything. If you are into cooking and know how to use an Aga then this is paradise. You also have the most modern oven and hob I have ever seen, the best and highest quality of pans, knives etc. If we could live here, we would move here tomorrow. It is our dream house, we had the most awful weather when we were here, and it was brilliant. It just needs a big salad bowl is the only thing I can think of as a criticism. [Edit: A big salad bowl has now been added.]
Stunning property, fantastic outside areas, great location!
Outstanding house, very clean, fantastic location and the hosts welcoming. Would love to stay again.
What a beautiful and comfortable house and location this is! Utterly peaceful yet close to all amenities. Our stay was enhanced by the quality of finishing touches such as the crockery and towels that I haven't often found in holiday rentals. Owner was discreet yet very helpful and on hand to answer any questions
The tiny and ancient village of Alderley lies two miles to the south of the small market town of Wotton-under-Edge. Alderley is surrounded by beautiful countryside that seems as untouched as the village’s 16th and 17th century homes. Its location, close to the Little Avon River and between two brooks, made it the perfect setting for wool mills, Grindstone Mill being one of those with its picture-perfect mill course directly in front of the house. The village is also the home to Alderley House, which has a fascinating history starting from a 17th beginning through to preparatory school, on to oil tycoon owner and now the source of bottled natural spring water. (Read more about the history of the Alderley House on Wikipedia.) Guests can walk to the closest pub, The Fleece Inn at Hillesley just under one and a half miles away or walk less than a mile to join the Cotswold Way National Trail or Monarch’s Way.
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