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, two miles from 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.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Parking - Private parking for up to 5 cars
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
Updated 25 Aug 2020
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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, two with king beds and two with twin beds—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.
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.
- Sleeps 12 across 6 bedrooms: 2 super-king size bedrooms, 2 king-size bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms: 1 en-suite bathroom, 2 family bathrooms, 1 family shower room
- Parking for 4-5 cars
- Private gardens with patios and access directly to the Mill’s water course – Grindstone Mill is not suitable for children under 10 (babes in arms welcome)
- Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryers x3
- Kitchen starter consumables: e.g. teabags, fresh coffee pods, sugar, fresh milk.
- 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.
- Free Wi-Fi
- 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
- Ice maker
- Washing machine
- Airing room with overhead drying rack
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs
- Vacuum cleaner
- 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.
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 light room, 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 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, boat house 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. (For a complete list of appliances see the Facilities list.)
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 on to 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 coffee table set before an open fire 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 water course—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 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 1, 2 and the Family Bathroom or head left to Bedroom 3.
The ensuite 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 boat house. 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 ensuite 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), wash basin 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, Bedroom 5 and 6 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 stairgate 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 (PullyMaid), 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 two single beds 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 shower head and hand-held shower, a wash basin with a large mirror, a W.C. and 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, sit between the house and the mill course with seating and tables for guests to eat outside or simply sit and relax at 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 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.
Please note: The neighbouring property, accessed along the same driveway, is a working farm with farm animals. The farm’s private driveway, beyond the parking area for Grindstone Mill, has strictly no walking access for Grindstone Mill’s guests. Dog’s must be kept on a lead at all times.
Supermarkets/Shops: 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. (See below for more Wotton information.) Alternatively, head to Hawkesbury Upton (2.8 miles) where there is a great community shop, Hawkesbury Stores, selling a wide range of national brands and great local produce.
For larger supermarkets head to Waitrose in Chipping Sodbury (10 miles), Tesco Superstore in Yate (10 miles) or Tesco in Tetbury (10 miles). All major supermarkets deliver to Grindstone Mill.
Within walking distance:
- The Fleece Inn at Hillesley: 1.4 miles
- The Fox Inn at Hawkesbury Upton: 3.3 miles
- The Beaufort Arms at Hawkesbury Upton: 3.3 miles
Within a 6-mile drive:
- The Horse and Hounds at Westonbirt
- The Royal Oak at Leighterton
- The Rattlebone Inn, Sherston
- The Old Royal Ship, Luckington
- The Falcon, Wotton-under-Edge: 2 miles
- The Gumstool Inn, Calcot: 6.5 miles
- Spice Mahal, Rangeworthy: 6 miles
- The Stables at Vayre House, Chipping Sodbury: 10 miles
- Quayles Corner House, Tetbury: 10 miles
- The Royal Oak, Tetbury: 10 miles
- The Close Hotel, Tetbury: 10 miles
- The Bird Cage, Malmesbury: 14 miles
- The Wild Duck Inn, Ewen: 20 miles
The two best cafés, which serve excellent breakfasts, brunches and lunches, are The Edge in the centre of Wotton-under-Edge, and The Wotton Farm Shop, on the north side of the town towards North Nibley.
Wotton-under-Edge has four takeaway facilities:
- Hong Kong Kitchen
- Wotton British Takeaway (Fish & Chips)
- Pizza Planet
- India Palace (takeaway and eat in)
Other facilities in Wotton-under-Edge
This small market town has every amenity, on a small scale, including:
Cinema, fuel station/garage, bank, Post Office (in the Coop Food Store), clothes shop, independent gift shops, craft shops and activity centre, antique/upcycle shops, book shop, charity shops, barbers, hairdressers, beauty centre, estate agents, pet shop, travel agent and seasonal swimming pool… The one limitation of the town is parking. The largest car park is The Chipping Car Park (GL12 7BD), which is free on one side for 3 hours and for 23 hours on the other side. (Do check as the town has a traffic warden.) There is a Heritage Centre beside the car park that has excellent local information.
For more things to do and see, click on the ‘Guidebooks’ tab above.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Wotton-under-EdgeWotton-under-Edge Circular Walk Westonbirt (Arboretum) Circular Walk Stinchcombe Hill Old Sodbury Hill Fort Circular Walk Little Sodbury Circular Walk
TetburyBadminton House - MWS Badminton (without stiles) Wotton-under-Edge - Circular Westonbirt Arboretum Tetbury WOW Sodbury MWS (miles without stiles) Old Sodbury Circular Minchinghampton1-MWS
StroudStroud-Farmers-Market-MWS Minchinghampton-1-MWS Sir Stanley Tubbs-Stinchcombe-MWS Cam-long-Down-Circular-Walk
NorthleachAndoversford-MWS Bibury-MWS Bibury-River-Coln-MWS Great Rissington-MWS Bourton and Wyck-MWS Guiting Power - MWS Northleach-MWS Salperton-MWS Stow-on-the-Wold-MWS
CirencesterBibury-MWS Bibury-River-Coln-MWS North Cerney Siccaridge-Wood-MWS
Bradford-on-AvonBradford-WOW Dundas-WOW Two-Church-Circular-MWS Winsley-Circle-MWS
BathMWS-Winsley-Circle Bath-Circular-Walk Old-Sodbury-Circular-Walk MWS-Little Sodbury MWS-Marshfield Little-Solsbury-WWS
From the M5:
Exit at Junction 14. Head in the direction of Yate/Wotton-under-Edge. After four miles, turn left at the roundabout. Continue through Charfield, turning right at the next roundabout towards Kingswood. At the T-junction in Kingswood turn right. After a few hundred yards, bear left in front of The Dinneywicks pub and Spar shop. Continue for three miles into Hillesley village. At the top of the hill just before you enter Hillesley, take the first left, signposted to Alderley. Go through the village of Alderley, dropping downhill to a narrow section of road. Follow the driveway to the left (signposted Park Farm), this is the entrance to Grindstone Mill.
The nearest mainline train station is Kemble, 30 minutes’ drive away, with a direct line and frequent trains to London Paddington.
- Coombe Valley Private Hire Taxis: 01453 845071
- A Star Cars: 07789758137
- AK Taxis: 01453842673
- GeeBee Travel: 01453 521544
There is parking for 4-5 cars on a gravel parking area to the rear of the property.