The Old Mill

Blandford Forum, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast

Romantic self-contained space with a bankside terrace and an abundance of wildlife and flora – walk along the river to the pub


1 room


Rooms sleep 2


Come for a spot of nature-watching: the ancient willow trees cast shade over stretches of lawn as kingfishers flit from branch to branch, and the river Stour runs right through.

You’re just across from the main house in your own contemporary bolthole above the detached garage. There’s a mini kitchen tucked behind louvre doors for making coffee or simple meals. Caroline leaves you a fine continental breakfast with homemade bread – on warm days you can eat on your private terrace overlooking the river.

Behind the house there are secluded water meadows with walking trails in all directions and lovely spots for picnics and swimming. Wander along the river to Spetisbury for a pint or supper at the village pub, The Woodpecker.

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We think you'll love

  • The wildlife – birds, herons, egrets, cormorants, swans, kingfishers, and the occasional otter
  • Wild swimming in the secluded water meadows
  • That it's a B&B, but with total privacy
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Home truths

  • Your room is in a separate annexe, not in The Old Mill
  • There are stairs up to the apartment
  • There’s a microwave in the kitchen area, not an oven/hob


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends during high season & bank holidays. Self-catering by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Continental breakfast. Pub 10-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £95
Singles £80 (mid-week only). £15 per child per night.
1 Family room for 2
From £95


We just enjoyed a seven-night stay at this wonderful hideaway which was so peaceful with lovely surroundings. The Old Mill was everything we had hoped for from the warm welcome on our arrival to the outside private seating area and the comfortable, spacious interior. We were lucky enough to glimpse a Kingfisher and two young otters at play during our stay. We highly recommend The Old Mill B&B to anyone wanting to stay in this delightful part of Dorset.

Joy, Belfast

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The neighbourhood

Only a few hundred yards from a main road but you wouldn’t know it from the house. Two acres of riverside gardens make you feel cocooned in nature and there are country walks and public footpaths in every direction. The gardens are a treasure trove for wildlife and the grounds have been designated a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. Pick up some local produce and homemade ready meals from the farm shop and cafe a two-minute walk from the house; or walk 5 minutes across the water meadows to the perfume gardens at Keynston Mill and eat at The Scented Botanist Bistro-Cafe. The Woodpecker in Spetisbury is a ten-minute walk, or there's The Anchor at Shapwick, three miles away.

Local points of interest from Caroline Ivay

  • The wildlife visiting our grounds is both diverse and captivating. 77 varieties of birds have been noted to visit the garden and river. See kingfishers, egrets, herons, swans, moorhens and cormorants. Keep an eye out for the occasional otter.
  • Mentioned in the Domesday Book, there has been a water mill nestling close to the river here for centuries. Our grounds boast an enthralling variety and abundance of flora; the gardens have been designated a Site of nature Conservation Interest (SNCI)
  • Poole harbour and the ferry port are 20 minutes drive away. Close by are the sandy beaches at Canford Cliffs, Sandbanks and Bournemouth. Take the chain ferry to Studland Nature Reserve , walk or relax on the long stretch of sandy beach at Studland Bay
  • Nearby Swanage sees the start of the world-famous Jurassic Coast. Walk the coastal path past Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door all the way to the 'French Leiutenants' Cobb at Lyme Regis.
  • Take the steam train to the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle and it's pretty village or visit one of the many National Trust and other notable properties nearby such as Kingston Lacey House and Gardens, Lulworth Castle , Athelhampton House and Compton Acres.
  • Delight in Dorset's illustrious past whether it's a visit to Thomas Hardy's Cottage or Lawrence of Arabia's retreat at Clouds Hill. We are within easy reach of Dorchester, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Shaftesbury, Sherbourne, Poole, Bournemouth.


Caroline Ivay

Caroline and her husband created the annexe specifically for guests to stay in; they wanted to create a private, self-contained and comfortable bolthole – the sort of place they would have liked to stay in before they moved to the country.