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“Rip-off” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Calbourne Water Mill & Rural Museum

Calbourne Water Mill & Rural Museum
Newport Road, Calbourne PO30 4JN, England
01983 531227
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Calbourne
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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worthing
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“Rip-off”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I know we went at the end of Sept/begining of October but the whole thing was a rip-off. £7.00 each to get in to see an old water mill grinding some corn up into flour. My husband hit his head on the low beams and the chap doing the talk was not concerned - just laughed. The cafe was open (one person in it). There was nothing else there. We were in and out within 20 minutes. Would not bother again.

Visited September 2013
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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“Overpriced!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

This was our first visit to the mill and although we found it to be very intersting what with the exhibitions that have nothing whatsoever to do with the mill we did feel that it was a bit pricey. We didn't arrive until quite late in the day and maybe if we had spent a little more time there we might have got our money's worth. Nice cream tea in the cafe.

Visited September 2013
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“More than just a mill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Old kitchen gadgets never die, they make their way to the Isle of White and find a cosy last resting place at Calbourne Water Mill. For the price of your admission to the last working watermill on the island, you can explore the many sheds and outbuildings which comprise this delightfully rambling bygones museum. War-time ration books, farmyard machinery, granny’s old dolly tub and even part of the casing of a Black Knight rocket – they’re all here under glass cases or strewn about under some old cart-sheds.

The mill itself springs into noisy life each afternoon at three. As soon as the sluice is opened and the massive overshot waterwheel begins to turn, the very floor you’re standing on begins to shake, rattle and roll. Huge cogs and spurs whizz round, the heavy stones grumble and grind, and the miller becomes a white blur as he rushes round tweaking, adjusting and twiddling things – presumably to stop the mill from grinding itself down to a pile of rubble. A most exciting experience. And you really have to buy some of that flour from the gift shop later!

Not content with being a working mill and a museum, this unusual attraction also offers minigolf, petanque and boating on the millpond; maybe other things as well, but it was raining for our visit, so we topped off our experience with a clotted cream tea, and watched the peacocks strut about the lawns. Added bonus for those who, like us, holiday with our pets: dogs are made very welcome to the grounds and museum areas. Even the peacocks seem to be dog-friendly here. What a nice place!

Visited September 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“A working watermill and lots more.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We went out of curiosity,as we have a working water mill in Norfolk at Letheringsett, and we were surprised at the difference,it mills all the same types of flour and also produces porridge oats.It is in a very pretty setting,use is made of the mill stream with punts and pedalos, plenty of wild fowl,and beautiful peacocks.The many different types of birds are all friendly,especially if you have some food to share.It has a lovely cafe serving anything from roasts to burgers,cream teas etc.,you can buy the porridge and flour from the cafe too along with other gifts. There are a couple of small museums which are quite interesting,and of course the milling demo with a running commentary from the miller and questions are answered as and when needed,well worth a visit .It is advertised that they do the demo's at 3pm each day except Saturday,so it would be worth checking if its still the same when you visit.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“A Lovely place to go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Calbourne Watermill -> My second visit.

It was a beautiful day also, which made it even better. The museums - interesting and the watermill (which you can go inside) also interesting. Birds (geese, ducks, doves, pigeons, peacocks - you name it!) - there to feed, The very small, but cute windmill - picturesque! The tearooms were lovely just a shame there was alot of wasps around, but that is no fault of their own, wasps will be wasps!!

The Boating lake was probably the highlight of the morning - you can hire pedalos, rowing boats or punting boats. Didn't bother going on a pedalo as everyone who was in one looked as though they were struggling to keep afloat. We went on a rowing boat which was good fun and half an hour for £5 is a bargain, really. However, you do not get given lifejackets, which is something I think Calbourne watermill should consider, although the water did look quite shallow. Overall a good morning, with swings for children to enjoy, Bygone museums for families and much more.

This place really is a hidden gem and brings a lot to the island. I recommend a trip.

Visited August 2013
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