Southover Mill

Frampton, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7799 097219

Converted water mill on the river Frome, surrounded by streams and meadows. Read by the wood fire, book a beauty treatment, love the peace


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 2

The Experience

Wildlife and chattering birds are abundant in the gardens of this old mill. Built in the 1840s as a timber and corn mill for the Frampton Estate, unusually it was never a home (the miller lived elsewhere), hence bedrooms upstairs are a medley of original storerooms. Andrew and Mulu have created a colourful home, brimming with etchings and photos, colourful rugs and antiques collected along the way.

Wake to the sound of rushing water from the millstream, and if you’re an early bird wander out to spot kingfishers skimming past, then sit down for breakfast in the sunny kitchen/dining room. Andrew and Mulu support the nearby farms and butchers, so relish the local apple juice, delicious black pudding with a full English, porridge, yogurts… while watching the ducks who come pecking at the windows. It’s all set out on the terrace in summer.

A 20-minute drive and you can be steaming along the Jurassic Coast paths – collect a picnic on the way.

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We think you'll love

  • Chatting to friendly Andrew and Mulu and learning about the history of the mill and what to see out and about
  • The uplifting setting, alive with running water and wildlife
  • Breakfast on the terrace by the millstream on summery mornings
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You should know

  • The double is en suite and the single has a separate bathroom


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Children over 8 welcome.
Christmas and occasionally.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pub 3 miles. Full English breakfast, £2.50 per person.


Nightly price
from £88
20% off for 3-night stays.
1 Double
From £88
1 Single
From £88



Southover Mill has a sublime setting surrounded by the sound of running water. The views from the property are a delight and it is the perfect place to watch birds and wildlife. (Bring binoculars!) Sleep in cosy, warm bedrooms in winter, and in summer have a delicious breakfast on the terrace by the mill stream. Andrew is a mine of information on the local area.

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The neighbourhood

The Mill is down a quiet lane just outside Frampton village, which is on the Dorchester to Crewkerne road. There’s an attractive white wooden bridge over the river Frome and the walk along the banks to Harry’s Wood is a delight. The nearest good pub is two miles. Dorchester, a 15-minute drive, has lots of individual shops, a museum and, on the outskirts, NT Max Gate, Thomas Hardy’s home.

Local points of interest from Andrew Thomson

  • We're in an AONB and close to the Jurassic Coast for days out - footpaths and bridleways abound through the rolling hills of Dorset
  • Literary types can visit the National Trust's Hardy's Cottage in Higher Bockhampton, the birthplace of Thomas Hardy
  • Dorset County Museum in Dorchester is filled with artefacts and fossils, an ideal spot for a rainy day (reopening summer 2020)
  • There are great local pubs and restaurants within ten miles - we recommend Saxon Arms in the next village, Stratton
  • Trout fishing on the river Frome can be arranged


Andrew Thomson

Andrew used to work with Jaeger fashion; he also trained at London’s Savoy Hotel and Claridge's in his 20s. He and Mulu set up B&B in 1999 at The Manor House, Dorset. They moved to the Mill in 2014 and spent a few years restoring. Mulu, a nurse, runs a beauty and massage business here; guests are welcome to arrange treatments. They love the area and have loads of advice on where to visit and eat.