The Watermill 
Derbyshire’s Oldest Surviving Watermill
The Water Mill at Bradbourne is the ideal base for exploring the superb countryside of the Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District National Park. Close to the picture postcard village of Tissington, this historic holiday home is within reach of the many attractions and activities that this scenic region has to offer. 

The Water Mill has been lovingly converted and combines luxury fittings with many of the original historic features.

The Water Mill is Derbyshire’s oldest surviving watermill, Corn has been milled here since the 1500s, and the present mill buildings date from the 1700s. The original fittings and equipment remain untouched when milling ceased in the early 20th century. Ancient stonework, oak beams and centuries old millstones and equipment have been thoughtfully incorporated to create an unforgettable interior for this detached Grade II listed building. You will see inside the property original sections of the wooden mill machinery which have been restored to give a fabulous feeling of the building’s history. Outside, the original wood and iron waterwheels have been restored and are turned from time to time, fed from the waters of the restored mill pond.

Just a mile from the quaint village of Tissington and 4 miles from Ashbourne, the property is surrounded by some of Derbyshire’s prettiest scenery. Paddle in the ford opposite the Mill, walk or cycle the Tissington Trail. Step back in time, in the village of Tissington with its tea rooms, olde sweetie shop, gift shop and butchers shop or visit Tisssington Hall. Perfect for relaxing with country side strolls on the door step, or Dovedale just a short drive away, not to mention the many local market towns, pretty villages, historic houses such as Haddon Hall, Chatsworth House and Gardens and Alton Towers all within easy reach.

Set in lush countryside this unique water mill is a truly wonderful base for an action packed or relaxing break for familys and friends and after a fun day what better than to kick off your shoes and relax in your very own bubbling hot tub!

The Water Mill accommodates up to 16 guests
Horse riding, walking, water sports and cycle trails available near by
Shop 5 miles, pub with shop serving food 2 miles.
Lower Ground Floor:
Utility room: With washing machine and fridge/freezer.
Games room/sitting room: With TV (for Wii use only), Wii and a selection of games.
Bedroom 1: With 3 single beds and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
Ground Floor:
Living room: With Freeview TV, DVD player and beams.
Dining room/kitchen: With electric range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, beams and wooden floor.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With bunk bed.
First Floor:
Bedroom 4: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 5: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 6: With double bed and en-suite with bath and toilet.
Bedroom 7: With 3 single beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Highchair. Rear garden with patio and garden furniture. Front patio with private hot tub for 8. Parking for 4 cars.

Sorry No Pets & No smoking.

Please note: The property is near the roadside. There is a fenced mill pond next to the property.

Change over day - Friday or Monday for weekly breaks, short break weekends and mid-week breaks available

Please contact us direct for up to date availability and prices using the enquiry form.


The Watermill, Mill Lane, Bradbourne, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1NP 

The Watermill at Bradbourne is located north east of the market town of Ashbourne in the Derbyshire Dales.

From Ashbourne town centre take the A515 in the direction of Buxton. After 1.7 miles, turn right onto the B5056, signposted Longcliffe and Grangemill. Continue on this road for 2 miles. You will see The Watermill on the right-hand side as the road bends to the left.
History of The Watermill

This three storey stone corn mill is still standing on the A5242 road to Bakewell, some four miles north of Ashbourne.  It is just back from the road where it bends, near Tissington Ford.  The mill is built into the hillside and although disused from about 1923, represents an interesting variation on the normal mill encountered in Derbyshire.

The stone building, which carries the date 1726, is shown on a whole range of maps starting with Burdett’s survey of 1767.  The mill is complete with a garner above and had a coal fired kiln alongside, although the ventilation ducts were removed when the building was re-roofed in about 1966.

Behind the mill is the dried up mill pond which had been fed by an extensive system of leats, the water supply from the Bradbourne Brook having been cut some years ago.  Water from the pool passed under the path to the miller’s cottage and fed two overshot waterwheels, located on the north side of the building.  These were offset from each other and their iron pentroughs are still in place, as is the framing of an iron waterwheel of about 12 ft in diameter.  The other wheel was said to have been wooden construction, but has been removed.  The tail race runs under the road and emerges close to Tissington Ford.

Inside the mill most of the original machinery was still in place in 1996, although at that date completely submerged under the debris of years.  There are three pairs of millstones still in place, one pair was measured at 54 ins but the type of stone could not be determined.  The vats and associated furniture are still intact.  In the ground floor the iron pit wheels and wallowers are still visible and, whilst one set of stones used a screw tenter adjustment, another had the old type lever and peg system, with multiple staggered holes in the vertical support giving fine adjustment to the separation of the stones.  The remains of a wire machine and stack hoist are also still in place.  The mill last worked in about 1923, probably under the control of Frank Wright Ltd of Ashbourne, although an attempt to get it working again in the 1940s apparently failed.

Simmons reports that in 1815 John Bustons, of Bradbourne Mill, was in prison in Macclesfield jail for debt.  However, he also recorded that a partnership between John Buxton, Thomas Dawes and Walter Buxton was dissolved in 1880 and that John Buxton would carry on the business.  It seems reasonable that the earlier reference to ‘Bustons’ should therefore read ‘Buxton’.  Millers mentioned in Trade Directories include Joseph Jarrett 1835-1876; Joseph Gerrard3 1876; Elijah Hall 1881; Frank Wright Ltd 1891-1912 (also at Ashbourne).

An interesting investigation into timbers associated with the mill dam, about 1 mile upstream, at Springs Bridge by R Morgan et al was reported in Vol. 100 of the Derbyshire Archaeological Journal.  During land drainage work on the bed of the disused mill dam a number of well preserved but very blackened timbers were discovered.  They appeared to form part of the sluice gate of a breached dam wall and it was considered they could be very ancient.  However examination by radiocarbon dating techniques at Harwell unexpectedly confirmed that the tree from which the timber had been cut had been felled in the winter of 1836-37 and was therefore of relatively modern.

Bradbourne Mill to the south of the village is considered to be the oldest surviving watermill in Derbyshire. The waterwheels and mill pond were restored, as part of the renovation and conversion of the building for residential use in 2008.