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“Fascinating mill in a beautiful setting” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot Mill

Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot Mill
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Fascinating mill in a beautiful setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

We did the organised tour with a lovely lady guide who took her time to explain all the mill workings and answer our questions which really brought it to life. It's the sort of working history everyone would enjoy. And it's in a stunning setting with peaceful walks from the mill.

Visited September 2012
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Scotland
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“Picturesque mill that Constable would have been proud to paint”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

The mill is part of Historic Scotland's remit to keep in good condition, and they are succeeding. Although relatively small, it is beautiful, and very close to the country road which provides access. Use your visit as part of a larger tour of the surrounding area.

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kinross
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“wet day”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2012

not much to see apart from the flood heights from previous floods

Visited May 2012
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United Kingdom
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“Hagrid's house!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2012

A hidden gem and probably one you would by-pass on the way elsewhere, but it's a great way to spend the afternoon and has been interpreted really well. The Mill is really interesting and worth finding out about. The setting is idyllic and lots of nice walks and picnic area close by. The Doo cot is worth seeing-never understood what these were for and that people actually used to eat the birds. It's only small, but it would have been a crime for it to have been destroyed. Kids will love the crooked old building that looks like Hagrid from Harry Potter's house. Gift shop is nice although on the small side but well stocked and you can get a cup of tea or coffee and sit out and enjoy the settings.

Visited May 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating and lovely building - like stepping back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2012

We visited the Mill and Doocot on a bit of a whim earlier today and thoroughly enjoyed it. The mill building is delightful and quaint - like a crooked Scottish oast house. A mill has been on this site since at least 1599 and it is still powered today by the river, complete with mill laid, mill pond, sluice gates and water-wheel. All the internal machinery is powered by the wheel and in working order.

It is in a lovely spot about 1/2 mile from East Linton and close to the A1. There is a walk across the river through fields to a 16th century Doocot, which gives a pleasant 1 mile walk (there and back) or an approx 2 mile walk if going in a more roundabout route.

We had a guided tour of the Mill which was fascinating - a real insight into times gone by and the ingenuity of our fore-fathers.

Well worth a short detour off the A1 if travelling to/from Edinburgh up the east coast.

Visited May 2012
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