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Double Room at Working Flour Mill
Double Room at Working Flour Mill
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 shared bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 shared bath
You won’t be charged yet

A traditional stoneground flour mill attached to a millpond (glimpse the kingfisher, a sudden flash of glistening blue!), we are a stone’s throw from the hilltop town of Shaftesbury famed for Gold Hill and the real home of that Hovis ad! Sleep in a calm and airy west-facing double room, with comfy king size bed. Enjoy invigorating walks over Fontmell Down, follow secluded lanes and ancient tracks, explore prehistoric sites and timeless villages or head to the spectacular Dorset coast.

The space

My husband's family have been milling since 1832 and his father started out on his own at Cann Mills in 1947. 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.

The room is a pretty and spacious double with two large windows, from which to enjoy beautiful sunsets. The bed is an 'extremely' comfy (we've been told by guests!) king. An arm chair, small bookcase and a basin (with soap and hand towel) complete the room. There is also a small kettle for you to make yourselves tea & coffee.

Breakfast is eaten in our dining room, please let me know the night before what time you would like to eat (between 7 and 9am). We lay out a breakfast of muesli, stewed fruit, yoghurt, juice, a variety of toasted artisan breads (using our stoneground flour!), croissants, tea and freshly brewed coffee. During term time I have to nip out on the school run at 8:20am, and can leave you a 'help yourself' breakfast unless you are happy to wait until 9am.

** CHECK IN is from 3pm and CHECK OUT is 10am **

Please let me know what time you plan to arrive as I often have to nip out for school pickup, after school clubs etc. If you are running late please could you keep me updated via text or through Airbnb so we can be here to welcome you.

This is an old house and she can be a little unpredictable at times, if something isn't working properly please shout out and we can give her a nudge! Please don't wait until you get home as we want you to have a lovely stay.

In addition ...

We can squeeze a single trundle bed into this bedroom. Even if there are 3 people in the room an additional £20 will be charged, this covers laundry, use of facilities and breakfast.

Panary, across the mill yard, runs a selection of 1, 2 or 3 day craft baking courses.

Please do contact us with any questions...

Guest access

You have access to a pretty bathroom with bath and plenty of hot water and bubbles, that has the best millpond views in the house! We have our own bathroom which the family uses but the occasional person might nip in to use the loo. There is no shower in this bathroom, however there is a shower room & loo across the mill yard ~ 15m from the back door.

We have an outside kennel for quiet dogs, ideal for people on local shoots looking for a dog friendly place to stay. We ask that they do not come inside. Our property opens out onto fields, so there is plenty of space to exercise them.

Interaction with guests

We will make you welcome and help with questions about where to eat, shop and guide you on local walks, otherwise we will respect your privacy. This is a working house, so please take us as you find us!

Other things to note

It is not always possible to answer your query immediately so please bear with me and I will always get back to you as soon as I can.

Please remember to take your shoes off in our home.

Accidents sometimes happen and we do understand that. If you have a spill please let us know as soon as possible and we can sort it out for you, change bedding etc. Please don't use towels to clear up spillages.


Pets allowed
Family/kid friendly
Free parking on premises
Security Deposit €116
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in time is 3PM - 8PM
Check out by 10AM

We are a non smoking house (also no smoking in the vicinity of the mill please) and ask that you leave your boots/shoes either in our Bootroom or at the front door before going upstairs.

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) and other pet(s) live in the house
Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher
1 night minimum stay

40 Reviews

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Kathy User Profile
October 2017
Lovely location, lovely host, lovely stay. Thoroughly recommend!
Jo User Profile
Response from Jo:
Lovely guest x
October 2017

Catherine User Profile
September 2017
A peaceful location. Very helpful and welcoming hosts. A lovely room. A tasty breakfast.

Gemma User Profile
September 2017
Jo and her family were great hosts. Lovely house made for a relaxing stay. And Jo made a delicious breakfast. I would highly recommend.

Sharad User Profile
September 2017
Jo's place meets all expectations. Set in quiet and absolutely gorgeous surroundings. A stay most pleasurable. Her warmth, patience and intellect adds much to the experience. Great

Fiona User Profile
September 2017
The Mill is a beautiful place to stay and Jo really couldn't have done more to make us feel welcome and comfortable. The room was spotless, bed was big and comfy and the breakfast was delicious! I would highly recommend to anyone who wants a country break.

John User Profile
September 2017
It was a stunning location and jo was a fantastic host. The house is extremely comfortable and clean and our only regret was that we couldn't stay for longer to soak up some of the stunning scenery in the area! Thank you again jo for a wonderful trip
Jo User Profile
Response from Jo:
Thankyou Jack for your lovely feedback, it was a pleasure to meet you both. Hopefully you'll come back to Dorset!
September 2017

Stephanie User Profile
September 2017
Gorgeous house in a wonderful setting. Very clean and welcoming. The host really makes you feel part of the family.

Cann, United KingdomJoined in September 2014
Jo User Profile

I am a Mum/Graphic Designer (and yogi) married to Mike, a fifth generation flour miller. Whilst he has lived here all his life, I have spent much of my adult life living overseas but am happily back in Dorset. We have Pip the cat and Blackberry the tortoise, sheep, chickens and some gorgeous Hereford cattle who come and stay for summer grazing. We're not an upmarket b&b, but a happy, clean and lived in family household who are warm and welcoming. Travel, walking, sailing and the provenance of good food, are just some of our passions and we feel blessed to be able to return to this glorious corner of Dorset we call home.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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