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Shepherd’s Hut

millpond views

Not just for shepherds, our hut sleeps two and has beautiful millpond views. The comfortable bed is a small double and 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 in the main house or weather permitting enjoy eating under the willow tree just a few steps from the hut, whilst watching the ducks on the pond.

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. There are plenty of traditional pubs in the area, the Chalke Valley has many country pubs with beer gardens and good bar menus, and gastro pubs too. 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.

Find us on Airbnb, or contact us direct and ask for Jo.

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Family outing


A hatch of Mallard ducklings provided lots of excitement in the mill yard last week looking for tasty morsels amongst the sacks of grain screenings. With all the noise of machinery we rarely get such visitors but this was one brave Mum! Seriously upping the ‘gorgeous’ factor are some playful Tufted duck ducklings and a couple of broods of Moorhens on the millpond at the moment. Spring is here!

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Open day 2017


…Open Day, encouraging those interested to come and see the mill in action. Paul Merry, our resident artisan baker and teacher, also opens the door at Panary enticing visitors with the smell of bread baking in the wood fired oven.

This year Windy Miller, winner of our village’s scarecrow competition, sat at the end of the drive attracting some lively attention from the passing traffic! Our Open Day was held on Sunday 15th May coinciding with the ‘Shaftesbury Food Festival’ and ‘National Mills’ weekend so there was much going on in our corner of north Dorset.

We have not set the date for next year’s Open Day yet, it will be held again around the middle of May, so please keep an eye out for an announcement on our News Page nearer the time.