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The Old Mill Hotel

The Old Mill Town Path Town Path, Harnham, Salisbury SP2 8EU England
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The Old Mill Hotel is a 15th century building with features dating back to 1250. From its early ecclesiastical beginnings, it was transformed in the 16th century to a paper mill. The hotel is in the most tranquil location of Harnham Meadows. However, the shopping and tourist district of Salisbury City centre is a mere 10 minute walk. The paved footpath takes you through the meadows which boast the fantastic view of the Cathedral that was voted 'Best View in Britain' in a Country Life poll. It was also made famous in John Constable's classic painting 'Salisbury Cathedral'. (This camera shot alone will make your visit worthwhile.) The hotel is Grade 1 listed in parts and stands in a most peaceful and stunning location above 3 mill runs off of the River Nadder. This really is a countryside escape, just a stone's throw from the ancient city. Our traditional old English bar with low beams, stone floors and open fires, is a step back in time. A little piece of old England that has been preserved for your enjoyment. You can sample the best cask ales, a great selection of wine and food and chat to the locals whilst enjoying the best welcome and hospitality that Wiltshire has to offer. The restaurant is set in the oldest part of the hotel and sits above a mill run which is visible through a viewing panel. The ever present hum of the rushing waters and the large open fireplace, make it one of the best places to enjoy perfectly English food that's been freshly prepared by our chefs for your pleasure. When the weather permits, our restaurant and bar may be outdone by our fantastic garden setting for the best place to enjoy a cool beer, a glass of wine or a great meal. We have 11 en-suite bedrooms set over 3 floors. (No lift available, however, we will of course help you with your bags if needed.) The historic staircase leads you up to the narrow corridors of the newer part of the building, a mere 300 years old. We are sure you will find the views from all our bedrooms are impressive, whether it's the Harnham hills, the River Nadder or over our fabulous gardens set on either side of the mill run, where every seat has a waterside view! The hotel bar, restaurant and bedrooms are undergoing refurbishment during Autumn 2014 and the garden will be completed in March 2015. This is being done with the maximum respect for our present hotel, bar and restaurant visitors and will enhance this already great experience.
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The Old Mill Town Path Town Path, Harnham, Salisbury SP2 8EU England
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hughieboy wrote a review Aug 2021
Marsh Gibbon, United Kingdom49 contributions34 helpful votes
Well, what a conundrum! Booked this for a night based on the ‘4/5’ average rating and description of the location. The location is stunning, you are by water and meadows and right on the footpath in to Salisbury with great views of the Cathedral. But the Old Mill Hotel, albeit in a lovely old building, is a dump. I had read the reviews but decided to bear them in mind and book anyway as the price seemed reasonable @ £99 B&B. Check in was polite, although we thought it a bit strange when told’ if you need anything, you’ll probably find us in the beer garden!” Stairway to rooms, knackered, grubby, frayed carpet. View from the room, magnificent. View inside the room, not so much. Dirty skirtings, frayed carports, generally grubby. Headboard on bed, grubby and worn. Pillows, old an bunched up. Not ‘old and characterful’, worn out and grubby. I wouldn’t want that at home so why do I want to pay for that somewhere else? At least the sheets and towels were clean! The shower has barely a trickle so was a challenge to use. Bathroom window is street facing with just a net curtain to hide your modesty. Breakfast time - the biggest disappointment. We entered the restaurant which was, again, grubby and smelled like a wet dog. We sat for 10 minutes listening to a heated discussion going on in the kitchen (behind the filthy door) until someone came out and took the tea/coffee order from another table, ignored us completely and disappeared for another 5 minutes. When they returned, they ignored us again and went straight to a couple that had just arrived whom they clearly know and served them. After 15 minutes wait and having observed others who had been there longer who were still waiting, combined with the dirty door and grubby smelly atmosphere we decided to leave, so didn't get breakfast at all. To be honest, we had hygiene concerns, it didn't look good. There was plenty of chatter from drunk people outside staggering about the previous night outside our window and the beer garden seemed to be full all day/evening and to be honest, I think that’s where their interest lies. It’s not run like a hotel that cares for its paying resident guests, it’s a grubby boozer with rooms and very patchy service. Believe the reviews that say the same. Location aside, it wasn’t a pleasant or good value experience and we would definitely not return.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: Only stay here if you have no other options…
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Lisa B wrote a review Aug 2021
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Lovely break away for us, hotel is a little tired and could be updated but the hospitality from the staff was amazing, Grant looked after us and went above and beyond. Salisbury was a short walk through the water meadows with some lovely views. Will definitely go back for another visit
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
WorldWideWriter wrote a review Aug 2021
Bath, United Kingdom36 contributions13 helpful votes
Some pluses and minuses here. The hotel has a great location and it's a lovely walk into town through the water meadows. And it's a really interesting old building. However they seem to be very short staffed - we had difficulty checking in as there was no-one about. The wifi in the room wasn't working and we couldn't take a shower as the water was scalding hot and there was no way to change the temperature. Probably OK for one night but you might not want to stay any longer.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: Anyone with mobility issues should request a room on the lower floors
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Bella09 wrote a review Aug 2021
4 contributions2 helpful votes
I had an amazing time at the old mill with my family .Food was inexpensive ,however good quality and great value and the staff (Lauren) was amazing. She was polite ,friendly and very helpful . She really made a good impression and I will definitely recommend this place to my friends to visit .
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
MrHJ wrote a review Aug 2021
Hove, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel is in a beautiful location in a village very close to Salisbury, with stunning views across to Salisbury Cathedral from the path across the meadows into town (about a 10 minute walk and well lit). A mill stream runs under the building, which I found a lovely restful sound: others might feel differently I guess. Room was comfortable - good bed, not-so-good shower. Some of the decor, notably the carpet, is a bit tired, but for the price this really is a bargain. Breakfast was very good. Staff were attentive and helpful. Lovely beer garden round the back too. And I would disagree with the review that said they didn't take COVID seriously - lots of sanitisers and masks requested in indoor communal areas. I would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: Second floor rooms seemed the best.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Old Mill Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Old Mill Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Salisbury Escape Rooms (0.8 km), Live Escape Rooms Salisbury (1.2 km), and Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Old Mill Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Old Mill Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Old Mill Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Old Mill Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Allium, The Kathmandu Kitchen, and The Chapter House.
Is The Old Mill Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Harnham.
Are there any historical sites close to The Old Mill Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Close (4.7 km), Mompesson House (0.8 km), and Wilton House (3.9 km).
Does The Old Mill Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.