Millstone Cottage

Ringstead near Thrapston, East Anglia (Ref. 12955)

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  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
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Woodford Mill Holiday Cottages

Situated on the edge of Ringstead village is this limestone and ironstone watermill, which has been painstakingly converted, retaining much of its original charm and character throughout, into a unique group of waterside cottages. Overlooking the River Nene, the cottages offer ideal accommodation for a couple or small family who wish to explore this wonderful area or simply relax and watch the barges go by from the balcony – a superb feature. Beneath these lovely cottages is the owner’s pretty tea room where you can enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake after a busy morning visiting the local attractions. At the other end of the watermill you can see the mill’s working wheel, which supplies the electricity to the cottages. Just across the road you can hire a boat, or simply take a leisurely walk along the riverbank, perhaps even partaking in a spot of fishing. Close to the Kinewell Lake Pocket Park and local nature reserve, and with a number of interesting places to visit, these wonderful cottages make a superb retreat.

The property

This beautiful Ringstead cottage is set over the first and second floors of a converted watermill.

The second floor consists of double and twin bedrooms, both of which boast beamed vaulted ceilings and Velux windows, as well as a bathroom.

The first floor at this Ringstead cottage offers an open plan living area with an oak fitted kitchen that sits over the mill's working water wheel and the spacious sitting area has picture windows and views over the river.

The first floor at this Ringstead cottage is accessed via a wooden bridge, which takes you across running water where views of the watermill wheel can be enjoyed.

The other side of the bridge has several iron steps that lead you up to an iron balcony, perfect for a relaxing drink after a busy day.

This outstanding Ringstead cottage is an ideal base at any time of year.

Note: This property can be booked with ref 12954 and together they accommodate 6 people.


Over first and second floors. Two second floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Second floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC. First floor open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area.


  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Balcony with furniture
  • Shared use of gardens
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: This property is above the owner's tea room
  • Note: Fishing permits can be obtained from the tea room
  • Note: There are sloping ceilings in the bedrooms.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “River side retreat”
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    • “We were really loved our stay here. The cottage is part of a beautifully restored watermill which faces to the rear a stretch of the River Nene in Northamptonshire. The cottage is located above a tearoom and has a large open spaced living area with a loft conversion with two good sized bedrooms and a bathroom. The cottage is finished to a high standard and has a large window which overlooks the river where boats and barges are moored. There is a balcony area outside, with a patio table and chairs, ideal for having a meal while enjoying the view. I spent many hours sitting out and feeding the fish and swans which were under the balcony. The two waterwheels have been restored and now work to provide electricity for the buildings and the workings can be viewed in side the tearoom. The wheels turned all night and were a little noisy but it was worth a little noise to see them in use. There are a few issues to be aware of access to the cottage is problematic as you cannot park outside and so have to park a short walk away in the tearoom car park. Then climb up a metal staircase to the rear to access the cottage itself . Although the staff were very obliging and helped carry up our cases I would not recommend it for anyone with limited mobility. There are two dedicated parking spaces for guests but I found these had vehicles in them on most occasions we returned from a day out, but that said we were always able to park somewhere in the general car park. Although there was no internet in the cottage they kindly gave us access to the tearoom router which was great for planning trips and routes. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys peace and quiet but it has many places worth visiting such as Cambridge all within 30 mins by car.”

    Colin C, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom, July 2014


    • “Liked everything, a beautifully finished individual property.”

    Mrs Bayliss, Rushden, December 2014

    • “Very comfortable, welcoming cottage set in an area of lovely views and walks. Property was equipped with all you could need on this holiday.”

    Mrs Hodges, Southampton, September 2014

    • “The cottage was unusual - a very clever conversion of a water mill - and interesting to live in. There was a fantastic view of the river from the lounge, it was lovely just to sit and look out at the boats and swans. The owners were living close by and were always friendly and helpful. We hired their boat for the day which was a highlight of the holiday.”

    Mrs Evans, Chester, August 2014

    • “Had a nice friendly welcome and everything was as described. The tearoom below was first rate. The Cottage was clean, welcoming and a bit special. We all really enjoyed our stay.”

    Mr Wilcox, Kidderminster, August 2014

    • “A beautiful peaceful location. Friendly staff around if needed. Stunning cottage and scenery. Plenty of lovely walks right on doorstep. Plenty places to eat and visit in the area. Everyone we met was friendly. Super base for us as we had four appointments in Northampton during the week.”

    Miss Sutherland, Inverurie, July 2014

    • “Good location - lovely tea shop underneath property and working mill. Owners were very helpful and accommodating. Beds were very comfortable, TV's in each room were handy with a little one. A proper wooden cot was provided, lots of towels were provided, kitchen and utensils were great.”

    Mrs Ottaviani, Edgware, April 2014

    • “We had a lovely time at Millstone, the owners were very friendly and helpful. We booked the cottage for visiting family in the area. We found the kitchen and dining area very spacious, and plenty of kitchen utensils of high standard.”

    Mrs Robertson, ELGIN, March 2014

    • “To have the opportunity to wake up and and see sunlight glinting off of the water that surrounds the property, the tranquil countryside and the nature was idyllic.”

    Miss Fletcher, Epping, March 2014

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About the location


Thrapston 3 miles; Raunds 3 miles; Kettering 11 miles.

The small village of Ringstead is set in east Northamptonshire, in peaceful rolling countryside, just three miles from the town of Thrapston. Ringstead village offers good local amenities, which include two shops, a Post Office, a riverside tea room and two pubs, along with pretty ironstone cottages. Ringstead’s former sand and gravel pits have with the passing of time become Northamptonshire’s largest Pocket Park, with the Kinewell Lake Pocket Park and Local Nature Reserve offering wonderful lakes, which are set in 87 acres of land, and are rich with waterfowl, herons, kingfishers, and the occasional sighting of otters, along with picnic benches, a bird hide and permit only fishing. The River Nene passes alongside the village where you can enjoy watching the passing barges and riverboats, or you may wish to hire a boat at Willy Watt Marina. The attractive market town of Thrapston is just 3 miles away and offers a wider selection of shops. The rolling hills of the Northamptonshire countryside are ideal for cycling, walking, plus fishing is available in a number of lakes. Sports fans will love the proximity to Santa Pod Raceway, Rockingham Speedway, Silverstone motor racing circuit and Huntingdon Racecourse, whilst for a more sedate day out, why not spend some time visiting Rockingham Castle and Garden, Boughton House, Stanwick Lakes, Althorpe House, Sywell Aviation Museum and Hamerton Zoo Park which are all within easy driving distance.

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