Steam Mill Lodge Review – Hot Tubs & Fishing Lakes

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Address: Canal Street, Oakthorpe, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 7RD



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My Stay At Steam Mill Lodges

Disclaimer – I booked this privately and was not paid or the review, more did I receive a discount. The owners were unaware of our stay until the review was published. 

We booked to stay in the Hazel lodge in May for a weekend break without the kids, for a change! Steam Mill is close enough for a quick weekend away and the opportunity to stay there was something we couldn’t miss.

On arrival the gated entranced added to the feeling of privacy and the area around the lodges looked very well kept. I really liked how they’d let some of the grass grow other than the pathway down to the lake – very eco. 

In the lodge we had a very nice welcome basket – I always think this is a sign of the owners showing they have a good level of care for your stay. The bread was delicious! 

Steam Mill Welcome Hamper

We stayed in Hazel lodge which is one of the 2 bottom lodges with views to the lake – the others have views to the lake but you can see the back of the lodge in front of you also. Outside the lodge is a good-sized decking area and a table and chairs. Our hot tub was covered and had an oak frame around it which is a very nice touch, especially was the weather was showery while we were there. 

Steam Mill Hot Tub with oak framed cover

The lodges themselves are small but efficient. There’s plenty of space for just a couple and we found our stay very relaxing. The sofa in the living room is a great spot to look out to the lake and fields beyond. One evening we spotted a barn owl swooping over the grass before coming to rest on a dead tree stump at the bottom of the hedge. This seemed to be its perch and we saw it there a few times across the evening. 

Overall we had a very relaxing trip to Steam Mill lodges and felt it was worth the money we’d paid in spite of the bad weather! The site is well looked after and very peaceful.

If you stay a trip to Chalke Abbey is well worth your time. The house is full of a collection of weird and wonderful items from all around the world including hundreds of taxidermied animals. 

We will definitely be going back when we next get a free weekend! 


If you’ve read any other pages on the site you’ll know I’m an avid carper! I’ve been carp fishing for over 20 years and have stayed at a number of the lodges we feature on the site(and will be staying at more!).

I did not take my fishing gear to Steam Mill as we were only there for a short break. I did have a good look around at the lakes while I was there. Here is what I found 

Main lake

Steam Mill has a small bank of the main lake that you can fish which is just down from the lodges. We were there in May and I would personally class it as unfishable die the the amount of weed. There was another spot you could fish, there is a footpath to the left of the lodges as you get to the entrance. Down there were a couple of pegs in front of a small clear area – I do not know who has the right to fish that area. 

Here is how the lake looks – 

For me this lake has great potential, it must be over 5 acres, reed-lined and full of natural food from the weeds. The water was crystal clear – this has the capability of growing some big carp in my opinion. It just needs a boat and a big rake! 

Smaller lake

The smaller of the 2 lakes is just down from the lodges and is more of a pond than a lake! I saw a couple of small carp on the surface when the sun was out. I’d estimate these to be 2lb to 3lb as a maximum. You can also fish in this lake. There were a few lilies in it but no noticeable weed. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do the lodges all have hot tubs?

Yes, all the lodges have their own hot tubs. 

Do the lodge have private fishing?

No, fishing is at the lakes which is around 100 meters from the lodges. 

Are the lodges suitable for children?

No, this is an adult only site. 

Do they allow pets?

Yes they allow 1 small dog in selected lodges. 

Can you park next to your lodge?

No, but it is only 50 meters to the lodge. 

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