TAKING BOOKINGS FOR JULY WHEN BOOKED WITH JOHN'S HUT. Do you need to escape? To a place with fresh air and space? With hands off hosts? Enjoy life's simple pleasures in Miller's Hut, with millpond views, at an organic stoneground flour mill. Down the hill from Shaftesbury, famed for Gold Hill and that Hovis ad, it's an idyllic spot for cosy contentment. Wrap yourself in a blanket, enjoy a glass of wine by the campfire and a good book.
(IF YOU BOOK 2 NIGHTS OR MORE WE ARE PLEASED TO OFFER A 10% DISCOUNT, MESSAGE ME DIRECTLY AND I WILL SEND YOU THE OFFER.)
We have made adjustments to how we host this summer to ensure peace of mind and distance. Miller's Hut is only available to book alongside John's Hut (together they sleep 4). This will ensure the washroom is for your personal use only.
[Miller's Hut is one of two huts here at Cann Mills, the other is the larger John's Hut which is equipped for longer stays ~ see the listing 'Miller's Huts Dorset (John's Hut)'. The huts are available to book together and will sleep four ~ see the listing 'Miller's Huts Dorset'.]
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My husband's family have been milling since eighteen-thirty-two and his father started out on his own at Cann Mills in nineteen-forty-seven. 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 that is fed by the millpond.
Not just for shepherds, Miller's 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 under the willow tree just a few steps from the hut whilst watching the ducks on the pond (if the weather is wet, we are happy to welcome you into the house where you will be able to enjoy breakfast in our dining room). We lay out a breakfast of muesli, stewed fruits, yoghurt, juice, a variety of toasted artisan breads (using our organic stoneground flour), croissants, pots of tea and freshly brewed coffee.
Why not light a fire in the fire pit, sizzle some sausages on the tripod and grill and chase stars under our exceptionally dark night skies (2 buckets of fire wood are supplied for each night of your stay, any additional wood is £5 a bucket). We have outdoor chairs, rugs, cushions and lanterns for your use, so you can relax in comfort and enjoy your surroundings.
The hut is not connected to water, however washing up facilities are found by the tack room including a kettle. Fresh water comes out of the taps by the tack room and porch for drinking and cooking. We take recycling seriously here and ask that food waste is separated from general rubbish, into the bins provided, as well as bottles, cans etc. Further information will be available in the hut.
A flushing loo and hot shower (a hairdryer and bath sheets are provided) are situated next to Panary in the mill yard, a minute's walk (there is a torch for nighttime visits!). We suggest you bring a head torch if you have one. Although there isn't a wood burner in the hut like John's Hut, there is a small heater and blankets to keep you toasty on cold evenings.
STAR GAZING: We tend to look at landscape as everything up to the horizon, but what about what's above it? We are situated on the edge of Cranborne Chase AONB, an exceptionally tranquil, deeply rural area, where we have access to some of the darkest skies in the whole country. Gazing skyward you can enjoy hundreds of spectacular constellations. With 80% of UK residents living under light polluted skies, we see thousands of stars overhead compared with a handful seen from towns and cities. From July to Christmas, you can enjoy the Milky Way in all its glory; in the winter star clusters, and in the spring planets and galaxies.
You can be a novice with a casual interest or a professional to uncover the secrets of the universe. The AONB recently gained international recognition for its dark skies and is designated an 'International Dark Sky Reserve'. If you enjoy night walking, our dark skies are also good for nocturnal wildlife, owls and moths.
COOKING: If you don't want to venture out, you can stay by the pond and enjoy a meal! There is basic cookware, including: frying pan, saucepan, can opener, potato peeler, chopping board, colander, wooden spoon, serving spoon, knives, plates & cutlery. Please ensure that cookware is washed and dried up. (If you wish to self-cater, maybe consider booking John's Hut which has cupboard essentials, more room to move, and somewhere to eat inside.)
The important stuff~
Check in: after 3pm
Check out: 10am
Please bring heavy boots if it's wet or been wet (we do provide torches and umbrellas for trips to the loo and shower, if needed).
Enough wood for the fire pit is supplied for each night of your stay, if you do require more it is £5 per bucket.
You can hang wet coats and leave wellies, hiking boots etc in the tin shed.
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.
Please note that we can only offer a MINIMUM of TWO NIGHTS over BANK HOLIDAYS and EASTER.
WOOD BUNDLE £5
There is enough wood to get you going for the fire pit but should you want extra, wood bundles for the fire pit you will be charged £5.
KENNEL: £15 PER STAY
Space for two dogs, only dogs please who can be controlled around livestock. The outside kennel is by the main house, I'm afraid we can't allow dogs in the hut.
We are situated on the borders of Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset and have access to many historical places. Bath, Longleat, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Brownsea Island, the Isle of Purbeck, Thomas Hardy country and the Jurassic Coast are all within easy reach to explore, as are the beaches at Bournemouth, Sandbanks and Studland. Local National Trust properties include Kingston Lacey, Lytes Carey and Stourhead.
There are plenty of traditional pubs in the area, the Chalke Valley has many country pubs with beer gardens and good bar menus. Of course there are many gastro pubs too; including the King John at Tollard Royal, the Museum at Farnham, The Fontmell at Fontmell Magna and Donhead St Andrew's popular Forester Inn.
There is lots of lovely walking in the area. Why not enjoy an invigorating walk over Fontmell Down which has far-reaching views across the Blackmore Vale and a pint at The Fontmell, Fontmell Magna. The open chalk grassland of the lower slopes is covered in wildflowers in the spring and summer months and famous for its wild orchids.
We have compiled a folder of local knowledge for your use and we have local maps and a Dorset walking book that you can borrow.
Tipus de propietat
Caravana de fusta (Regne Unit, França)
Dorset, Anglaterra, Regne Unit