Though close to civilisation (the Victoria Inn, Roch is only half a mile away) Roch Mill and Granary holiday cottage are quite secluded.
Visitors are invited to enjoy our 4 acres of natural moor and 2 acres of informal gardens. The large pond attracts ducks, geese, herons, and moorhens. Sometimes we have visits from an otter and we even had a Water Rail foraging in the waterfall garden.
Since we first came to Roch Mill in 1999 we have restored, restructured, extended and developed the gardens. It’s an on-going process, partly because our main focus was work on the house and its associated buildings, but largely because we’ve not previously undertaken gardening on this scale and we’ve got a lot to learn!
But, as with most things, the more effort you invest the greater the reward and the gardens at Roch Mill are now our pride and joy.
We are sure that you will find the peace and tranquillity at Roch Mill a refreshing break from the demanding pressures of our modern world.
After cascading over the main water wheel the stream flows gently back to the Brandybrook via our lower gardens. Here the tail race splits in two around two islands stocked with beautiful shrubs and trees before recombining and flowing out of the garden and through a tunnel, under the road bridge.
In addition to the gardens, Roch Mill has a large area of natural moor that have been left largely untended since we bought the property. Grazing by sheep ended in1999 and since then the area has become rich in native wildflowers and grasses.
To provide easy access to the moor we mow a boundary path that follows the Brandybrook river, Ladywell spring and the mill race. This 400m loop provides a tranquil rural walk; or a jogging track for keep-fit enthusiasts. For a longer trail, there are two public footpaths along the beautiful Brandybrook valley starting right outside our front gate.