The Old Watermill

Wellingborough, Northants. To Book Call: 01933 276870 for our best rates.

The Old Watermill

Full Description

The Self Catering, fully centrally heated and double glazed accommodation is for four, in two bedrooms. One has a four poster bed and en-suite toilet with adjoining bathroom. The other has either two single beds or a king-size double available and adjacent toilet and shower room. The gourmet oak finish kitchen has many features including built-in dishwasher, larder fridge, microwave, slow cooker, ceramic hob and fan-assisted oven. The sitting room and adjoining dining area has a vaulted ceiling complete with the original elm truss beams supporting some of the restored mill machinery. A wood burning stove, oak flooring and leather seating complete the luxury look. On the ground floor is the entrance lobby and utility room with freezer and washer/drier. Outside, car parking is for two vehicles and there is a small garden area with river frontage. There is a no smoking policy within the building. One well behaved pet is permitted as long as it brings its own bed.

We have completely renovated “The Old Watermill” retaining it’s original charm and character but modernising the interior to an extremely high standard. We pride ourselves on providing luxury self catering holiday accommodation in Northamptonshire.


The mill has a long history and is connected intrinsically with the surrounding area, it’s a charming and historic former watermill, listed Grade II, and situated in a beautiful position on the banks of the River Nene. A well-known and interesting landmark which offers wonderful views of the Nene in the lovely valley below the village of Great Doddington in Northamptonshire. Water from the mill stream still passes under the building through the mill race.

Restored sympathetically, the mill retains much of it’s original charm with a modern luxurious twist.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book (c1086), the ancient mill has ground flour from grain for over 1000 years.
After the Norman conquest of 1066 it was given by William the Conqueror to his niece Judith, who was also related to the Marquis of Northampton.

According to local legend, the mill became a brief hiding place for Thomas a Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was imprisoned at Northampton Castle awaiting trial before King Henry II in 1164. He succeeded in escaping its walls and eventually fled, making his way down river to be sheltered by the miller before fleeing to France.

The mill stayed in the hands of the Marquis of Northampton as a working mill until 1919 when it was sold for the princely sum of £729 7s. 6d.

Finally the mill was decommissioned after the Second World War when the Nene Commissioners took over the milling rights in exchange for the duties concerning maintenance of the river banks and levels which until then were the miller’s responsibilities, the mill machinery was removed and destroyed.


Booking Telephone Number

01933 276870

More information

  1. Coastal
  2. Rural
  3. City
  4. Walking
  5. Activity Holiday
  6. Fishing
  7. Horse Riding
  8. Family Holidays
  9. Group Holidays
  10. Couples Holidays
  11. Disabled Access
  12. Stag and Hen
  13. WiFi
  14. No Smoking

Pet Friendly

  1. Dog
  2. Other


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