We had the honour of being the first paying guests at Grafton Mill where we received a friendly greeting from the owners along with a lovely welcome hamper with bread, Prosecco and other goodies. The property is beautifully situated with stunning views across the surrounding duck ponds. We even spotted a family of deer trotting past the mill a couple of times.
The location is fantastic, with just a 20 minute drive into the centre of Worcester and a 30-40 minute drive to the stunning Warwick Castle.
If you're a National Trust member then there's plenty to see in the surrounding areas. We visited Packwood House, Baddesley Clinton, Hanbury Hall and Coughton Court during our stay, all truly beautiful locations and all within a half hour drive from the mill. There is also a lovely house and gardens on the way into Worcester that we would highly recommend.
There are also pubs and a handy petrol station along the road on which the mill is situated, with around a mile walk/drive to each. Although if you are walking, take a torch as it gets very dark at night and the pavements are skinny. The Oak Pub has loads of character and a fantastic menu, perfect for a cheeky fry up in the mornings as it also offers a cafe with a brilliant selection of teas and coffees.
Grafton Mill has absolutely everything you need for a cosy getaway, as a couple in our mid-twenties it was perfect for us. The mill has so much character, and if you're really quiet you can hear the gentle splashing of the water in the kitchen as the wheel rotates. The owners were very kind to stay in touch during our stay and let us know when they were and weren't available if we needed anything. We couldn't have asked for a better week away, and will definitely be considering Grafton Mill for a future holiday!