The gardens have become a particular feature at Mendham Mill and are notable for their planting, undertaken by co-owner Nick Unwin, whose great-grandfather founded Unwin Seeds. Each cottage has its own private garden and use of seven acres of shared grounds. Follow the @mendhammill Instagram account where there are many photos of the gardens taken at different times of the year. Whether it’s winter, spring, summer or autumn there is always lots to see in the gardens.
There is plenty of wildlife to see. Kingfishers and otters seem to give the most delight. Be patient and you may well see both. Children will find several friendly ducks to feed. During the summer months we usually have various rare breed sheep in a field. Often some of the sheep will have been bottle fed as lambs and can be friendly, running up to the fence to greet you as you walk past.
There is excellent river fishing available from over 800m of riverbank in the grounds of the Mill. Anglers must hold a valid Environment Agency rod licence. The river is closed for fishing from 15th March to 15th June each year.
Mendham Mill is a perfect place to try wild swimming. There is wonderful, wide, clear and deep section of the river here with a swimming platform and ladder for easy access.
Explore the river by canoe or rowing boat
We have three Canadian canoes and a rowing boat, all suitable for family use, and a full range of buoyancy aids from the smallest infant through to adults. We can give you some help if you’ve not canoed before so you won’t just go round and round in circles!