The Old Mill Hotel
With old beams, nooks and crannies and an idyllic location next to the tranquil River Sowe, The Old Mill is a former watermill dating back at least to the 16th century in the little village of Baginton in Warwickshire. Situated three miles south of Coventry, and bordered by Rugby, Nuneaton and Royal Leamington Spa, it is a beautiful historic hotel from which to explore these diverse towns and cities, or the rest of Warwickshire and the Midlands.
One of the most conveniently located hotels for Coventry University and Warwick University, and only 20 minutes from Birmingham International Airport too, it is popular with both business travellers and parents visiting their student offspring. Given its peaceful waterside location – the outdoor patio overlooks the River Sowe and the woodlands beyond – the hotel is also a pleasant stop-off destination for tourists. Cyclist in particular will appreciate the network of quiet country lanes nearby, from which you can explore the Warwickshire countryside and even further towards the Cotswolds
The Old Mill Hotel is a former watermill, in the Warwickshire village of Baginton, with a history dating back to 1086. The mill itself was one of five in the area listed in the Domesday Book, while pottery excavated from a Roman fort beside the adjacent pub was found to date back to the 3rd Century.
The hotel retains many of its original features including the mill pool and the 18ft diameter iron mill wheel. Corn was ground at the mill and there were once 5 acres of gardens running down to River Sowe.
Baginton is a small village in Warwickshire, four miles south of Coventry and seven miles north of Leamington Spa, with a history dating back over 1,000 years. The road that runs from Baginton to South Coventry is what will take you to the Old Mill and across the River Sowe.
A 500-year-old oak tree the ‘Baginton Oak’ sits in the centre of the village and there is an old local proverb about a boy called Elliot who would sit under the oak tree when he had to ponder a complicated decision.
The Church of St John the Baptist, which sits in the old part of Baginton dates back to the 13th century. There is a scenic footpath which leads the ambitious walker all the way to the picturesque village of Stoneleigh through some beautiful Warwickshire countryside.
The River Sowe flows through Baginton and on its southern side, the remains of a Roman fort can be found on the bank. The Sowe Valley Footpath runs along the river for over 8 miles, through a number of attractive nature reserves.