Sandleheath near Alderholt, Dorset (Ref. 914700)

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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

  • Ms Adams
    October 2015
    “Our hostess was a delight and very ...”
    Our hostess was a delight and very helpful. The grounds were very pretty and the mill interesting. I loved the history of it and watched the milling of some flour on one occasion. It was centrally located for the sightseeing we wished to do.
    Our hostess was a delight and very helpful. The grounds were very pretty and the mill interesting. I loved the history of it and watched the milling of some flour on one occasion. It was centrally located for the sightseeing we wished to do.


  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

This cottage is part of a Grade ll listed working watermill in a rural setting on the outskirts of Sandleheath, close to the village of Alderholt.

A watermill has been recorded on this site since the 14th century but the current picturesque mill building probably dates back to the early 19th century and has now been sympathetically divided into three self-contained holiday cottages.

Accessed by ten external steps, this cottage near Alderholt is situated on the first and second floors of the mill, offering both couples and small family groups a wonderful and unusual holiday home, perfect for exploring Hampshire and Dorset.

Full of charm and character, featuring a wealth of exposed oak beams, this cottage near Alderholt offers a double bedroom and a family bathroom on the first floor.

A staircase takes you up into the eaves of this cottage near Alderholt, where you will find a beamed family bedroom in which the beds are accessed by a step to help you over a knee-high oak beam, and a bathroom.

There is a well-equipped kitchen on the first floor and a sitting room with a vaulted ceiling, an electric, flame-effect fire, and dining area.

The extensive, shared gardens of this cottage near Alderholt are an absolute delight and the sound of running water is never far away.

Outside, relax in the large, shared waterside gardens.

Catch up on some reading in one of the seating areas or enjoy a barbecue beside the mill stream on hot summer afternoons.

At weekends, during the summer months, the mill wheel can be seen working!

Purchase freshly ground flour from the mill shop or why not treat yourself to a delicious cream tea from the mill's weekend tea room?

For those with a rod licence, there are ample opportunities to fish for grayling and trout on site.

Within easy reach of the New Forest National Park, the medieval city of Salisbury, and the seaside resort of Bournemouth, this mill cottage near Alderholt makes an ideal base for exploring this wonderful area.

For a truly magical holiday experience, this delightful cottage near Alderholt is perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life and exploring Dorset.


Over first and second floors. Two bedrooms: 1 x first floor double, 1 x second floor eaves family room with 1 double and 1 single. First floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC. Second floor eaves bathroom with bath, basin and WC. First floor kitchen. First floor sitting room with electric flame-effect fire and dining area.


  • Electric storage heaters and convector heaters with air conditioning in eaves bedroom and electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, shared use of washing machine and tumble dryer in on-site laundry room, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Shared enclosed lawned garden beside mill stream with furniture, pond and BBQs
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Due to the stream and unfenced pond, not suitable for children under 8 years
  • Note: There are ten external steps, a wooden staircase, a step over beam in the eaves and restricted head height, not suitable for the less mobile
  • Note: Dogs to be kept on lead at all times
  • Note: Mill and tea rooms open to public at weekends from Easter until September

About the location


Fordingbridge 3 miles.

Alderholt is a friendly, scattered east Dorset community, found on the borders of Hampshire and Wiltshire, and lies in an attractive area of woodland, heathland and commonland, through which flows the River Avon, well known for its trout fishing. Three miles away lies the pretty Hampshire town of Fordingbridge, close to the edge of The New Forest National Park, with its swathes of purple heather and woodlands, home to wild ponies and dotted with quaint villages. Ten miles north takes you to the ancient city of Salisbury, with its beautiful cathedral, or alternatively take a trip south to the glorious seaside resort of Bournemouth, with its lively shopping centre and wonderful "Blue Flag" rated beaches. For keen golfers, Remedy Oak and Bramshaw courses are within a short drive. An ideal base for exploring three picturesque counties.

Region Information

Note: Due to the stream, not suitable for children under 8 years.

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