A period village house in the heart of Shalbourne on the millstream in a captivating landscape
• SIX BEDROOMS • DRAWING ROOM • CONSERVATORY • DINING ROOM • FAMILY ROOM • KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM • UTILITY ROOM • CLOAKROOM • STUDIO/BEDROOM WITH SHOWER AND SMALL KITCHEN • TWO LARGE WORKSHOPS • GARDEN STORE • FOUR BATH/SHOWER ROOMS (TWO EN-SUITE) • DOUBLE GARAGE • IN ALL ABOUT 5.9 ACRES
The Mill House is an enchanting property with a rich history spanning the mid 16th century to the present day. Previous owners include the Earl of Hertford in 1560 and The Marquess of Ailesbury in 1845. The property was purchased privately from the Savernake Estate in 1931 and has been the home to artists and sculptors from the late 1960's to the present day. The main part of the house appears to be Georgian and is attached to the older mill building. This was converted and cleverly linked into the accommodation by the current owner in the late 1990's. Elegant reception rooms are well presented with period detail retained including open fires and shuttered windows to the dining room. The reception hall is open to the converted mill which is home to a stunning drawing room with magnificent vaulted ceiling, oak floor and wood burner. There is a galleried studio above. Of particular note is the large bedroom/studio on the ground floor which has a separate entrance. With its dedicated shower room and kitchen area it could be used to accommodate paying guests or an independent teenager. Upstairs, generously proportioned bedrooms have pretty views across the grounds. The lower ground floor comprises two large workshops and garden store. The kitchen/breakfast room has an Aga and opens onto a paved terrace beside the mill stream.
The house is approached from the lane onto a gravelled driveway which provides parking for several vehicles.
The gardens and grounds lie to the rear of the property and are a credit to the current owner. Doors from the kitchen and breakfast room open onto a paved terrace beside the mill stream. Steps lead up onto a lawn with well stocked borders of shrubs and flowers. There are several specimen trees including maple and weeping pear as the lawn leads down to the lake. A timber deck on the bank of the lake has a pier leading into the water where ducks, moorhens and swans are frequent visitors. A garden walkway has been created which meanders between the lake and the millstream through an archway of hazel to a clearing overlooking the former watercress beds. Water rises from an artesian well here to feed the stream and the beds and an abundance of wildlife can often be seen on the water and in the lightly wooded banks to both sides. It is clear that great care has been taken to maintain and enhance the grounds to make the most of this tranquil setting.
Lot Acres: 5.9