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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.
Full Description
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 site 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.

Ground Floor

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.

Living-Dining-Kitchen Room:
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.

Front Porch:
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.

Sitting Room:
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. (This room does not have a TV.)

Off the central hallway, you will find Bedroom 4 and the downstairs Family Bathroom

Bedroom 4:
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.

Family Bathroom:
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!

First Floor

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.

Bedroom One:
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!

En-suite Bathroom:
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.

Bedroom Two:
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.

Family Bathroom:
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.

Bedroom Three:
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!

Lower Floor

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.

Bedroom 5:
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.

Bedroom Six:
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.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedrooms - 2 super-king size bedrooms, 3 king-size bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom
  • 4 Bathrooms - 1 en-suite bathroom, 2 family bathrooms, 1 family shower room
  • Hair dryer - 3
  • Fire - Logs and kindling supplied for short stays, for over 3 nights please order in advance through owner (60 a load)
  • AGA
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge - Double size
  • Freezer - Double size
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 12 with 4 additional stools at kitchen island
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Drying rack
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
  • TV - 2 Smart, 3 Standard
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair


  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Waterside
  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 5 cars
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

The closest supermarkets are in Wotton-under-Edge (2 miles away) where there is a Co-op Food Store and a Tesco Express. Wotton also has two delis (Relish and Good Food), two bakeries, a butcher (selling locally produced meat), a cake shop and a wholefoods shop.

Eating and Drinking Out:
  • The Fleece Inn at Hillesley (1.4 miles)
  • The Falcon Inn, Wotton-under-Edge (2 miles)
  • The Gumstool Inn, near Tetbury (6 miles)

Alderley is a great place from where to explore the Cotswolds on foot. There are numerous walks and footpaths along the valleys and over the rolling Cotswold Hills to suit everyone’s ability, including the Cotswold and Monarch’s Way.

Places to Visit:
  • Westornbirt Arboretum (8.5 miles)
  • Newark Park, National Trust (3.3 miles)
  • Cotswold Water Park (15 miles)
  • Train - Cam & Dursley (9 miles), Kemble (17 miles)
  • Taxis - AK Taxis, GeeBee Travel, Chipping Sodbury Taxis, Euro Taxis Wotton Executives
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences. 
  • It is the policy of this property not to take bookings for groups where the majority of guests are under the age of 25, or single-sex group celebrations, including stag/hen parties.This property is ideal for family groups.
  • Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
  • 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 years 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 rive
  • The boathouse, which appears in two of the exterior photographs, is not available for guests' use.


We stayed here for a 30th birthday celebrations for my partner and a couple of his friends who all turned 30 at a similar time. There were 12 of us and we had so much space. The kitchen was a real hub for us, having dinner and drinks together on the Friday and Saturday night and the snug was lovely too as it meant we could split into groups but still all be close together. The rooms were perfect for what we needed, there were five couples and two singles in the group so everyone had ample room and the beds were big and comfy. The views in the morning across the water were so beautiful. At the front of the house, there was a big table and chairs which was lovely as we could all have breakfast together looking over the water, and the dining room seated twelve too for dinners in the evening. We had an amazing stay and would definitely book again!

| 10/11/2023

Amazing! Highly recommend a stay here. We were a group of friends staying and we had some lovely meals, the cooking and kitchen area is perfect. Very cosy and clean. We brought a dog with us and great dog beds were provided as shown in the photos. We definitely return!

| 03/11/2023

We enjoyed a weekend away to celebrate a family birthday. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils which made cooking easy. The accommodation was well fitted out and comfortable.

| 27/10/2023

Absolute beautiful house in a truly picturesque area. The house was extremely well equipped to a very high standard. Really comfortable and spacious.

| 13/10/2023

Grindstone Mill is a beautiful place to spend a weekend with friends or family. It’s extremely comfortable, has everything you need and feels like the lovely family home it once was. It’s perfect for celebrating or just spending time in. Stunning and private location. Owners were fantastic and helpful. We will be back!

| 06/10/2023


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.