Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Mill Lane , Forest Green, Dorking, Surrey RH5 5SJ

Contact: 01306 621452 or 07779 726930

Website: http://www.themillforestgreen.co.uk

Description

The Mill is an old converted corn mill. It is today a Residential Field Study Centre, situated in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, hidden away in its own 10 acres of grounds. It is ideal for school and youth groups, either for field studies, specific interest groups or for active leisure pursuits.

Why you are great for educational visits?

Hire the Mill for the day, overnight or for several days. You can opt for self-catering or full catering.

You can organise your own “DIY” education or leisure trip or allow ACH ( http://www.holiday-adventure.com/ ) to organise activities to suit your requirements.

ACH can plan the whole trip for you. You can take part in outdoor activities; walk or cycle in the hills, fish or make sail boats to race in the streams, build survival shelters, pedal go-karts, practice your circus skills, learn to kayak, sail, windsurf or build rafts, go mountain biking, orienteering and much more.

For educational visits, you can study the flora, fauna and environment of woodland and wetland habitats, the topography of the chalk downs and measure river systems, or inspire art or photography projects, all either on site or in the local area.

Nearby there are historical places of interest, children’s farms, leisure & theme parks to visit.

What size groups do they cater for?

The Mill building can accommodate up to 40.  

For larger groups, there is space and facilities for organised camping groups to hire the grounds and have the use of the Mill facilities.

It is an ideal location from which to base your Duke of Edinburgh expedition.

Please provide location information?

10 miles from Dorking and 12 miles from Guildford. (The nearest Railway Station is Ockley, 3.8 miles away).

There is a British Rail station at both places, but no public bus transport to the Mill itself. The location is out in the country so your own transport would be advantageous. If required, minibus and driver hire for transport during your stay can be arranged.

Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?

Group visits can be tailored to meet the needs of each group.

The Mill does not run “Field Study Courses”. It offers accommodation and choices for each group.

1. Formal Study - Schools bring students to the Mill to study geography, biology, travel & tourism, art, and photography. They also bring groups to do revision and quiet study. These are organized by the teachers themselves.

2. Organised Adventure Activities - Schools and groups come to the Mill to take part in “Team Building” exercises, to build survival shelters in the woods, to traverse low ropes courses, to learn new skills in mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, climbing etc.

3. Informal  - Groups come to stay and organize their own activities, to take part in local sporting events, to run drama groups, to relax and enjoy the countryside, to offer children support and new experiences.

Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

Accommodation is bunk bedded with recently updated showers, toilets and washbasins.

We have five 4-bedded rooms and one 2-bedded room and one 18-bedded dormitory. There are communal toilets and showers on each of the 3 levels, allowing for separate male and female facilities, and individual showers and toilets for male and female staff.

Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?

Yes.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

There are Mill Risk Assessments in place, updated annually, available on request.
Most organised activities are risk assessed and are available on request.

Fire equipment, alarms, emergency lighting, gas and electrical equipment is inspected/serviced annually or twice annually in line with Fire and Safety requirements.

Fire drill and safety procedures are explained at the outset to each group.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

EXTERNAL LETTINGS 2018

 

Type of Accommodation

Rate/ Night

Type

Min No.

Max No

*Overnight 24 hrs

Accommodation + 3 Meals

£40.27

Individual

10

40

*Overnight 24 hrs (sole use)

Accommodation only

£392.82

Group

 

40

*Private/Social FUNCTION

(24 hours sole use)

Accommodation only

£593.20

Group

 

100#

(40Res)

*Overnight 24 hrs *

* Accommodation only

£26.06

Individual

10

40

Day (8 hours)

2 Meals

£26.06

Individual

10

90 #

Day (8 hours)

No meals

£173.97

Group

 

60 #

Half Day (4 hrs)

1 Meal

£19.06

Individual

10

90 #

Half Day (4 hrs)

No meals

£116.70

Group

 

60 #

24 Hour Camping

Mill Facilities + 3 Meals

£33.17

Individual

15

90 #

24 Hour Camping

Mill Facilities, Self Catering

£26.06

Individual

15

90 #

24 Hour Camping*

*Own Equipment, S/C, No access to Mill except toilets & showers

£13.08

Individual

15

90 #

* Can only be booked up to 6 weeks in advance

#Additional numbers may be possible by prior agreement

* SLEEPING BAG OR SIMILAR, PILLOW CASE & TOWEL PER PERSON REQUIRED

Are there disabled facilities?

The accommodation is on 3 floors, but there is disabled access to the ground and first floors via ramps. There is a fully fitted bathroom/wetroom for the disabled on the ground floor. Please be aware that all beds are bunk beds, which may limit access.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

There is a qualified first aider on site, indeed one member of staff is a practicing paramedic.

Please list facilities available.

There is a dining room on site which seats 40. (Between late March and early October there is also a marquee area erected, linked to the outside walkway, with tables and chairs to seat up to 100 if required). These facilities can be used for eating packed lunch. Other accommodation comprises a classroom for practical work, a classroom with working computers iincluding internet and a games room with table tennis, pool and a wii.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

The Mill accommodation is basic, on the “Youth Hostel” pattern, with shared bunk-bedded rooms and (new) shared bathrooms (separate male, female and staff)

For more information or to book, please look at the website, http://www.themillforestgreen.co.uk or contact us via email themill452@gmail.com or telephone 01306 711005.


Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Bunkhouses Hostels Outdoor Residential Centres