Intriguing conversion with extensive grounds.
The Old Mill is a wonderful rural property. It is thought that there has been a building on the site since the time of Robert the Bruce, and was an active mill for over 500 years. Listed Category B it is described as being a cornmill, three storey, L plan . . . with turret kiln vent, outside wheelhouse. Converted into a fine house in the late 1980s it was bought by the sellers in 1991, who since added further areas of ground, including the site of a former station, which opened in 1861 initially known as Meigle Junction and then after 1876 it became known as Alyth Junction. It was used by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family when visiting Glamis Castle. The line and station were closed in 1967.
It is a most attractive stone built three storey house, with a slate roof. The conversion works were carried out so as to be sympathetic with the building and its history. Many original mill workings remain in situ and are a feature, along with beamed ceilings in many of the rooms, and stone walls. The effect is characterful and intriguing. It is a wonderful family home, surrounded by its own gardens, beyond which is the former mill pond. Lying just outwith the property this is overlooked by the house and is a haven for wildlife. The sellers continued to make improvements. A garage with an attic room was built some 15 years ago. Within the last five years the bathroom was refurbished and the boiler renewed. The garden was considerably landscaped, and recent works included renewing the cedar mill wheel and upgrading the sluice gate.
The house is built on a sloping site with the middle floor also having access to the garden. A gate opens on to a short drive which leads down to a courtyard and continues on past the garage to parking to the side. Entrance doors off the courtyard, open into the dining room, kitchen and a side hallway. The kitchen also has a further entrance door to the gravelled parking. The well proportioned dining room has fitted bookshelves and a glazed door to a good sized breakfasting kitchen. This has some original mill workings, together with stone flag flooring, two Belfast sinks, plumbing for a dishwasher, an alcove with a blue two oven AGA, fitted display shelves, ample space for informal dining and a wooden staircase to the middle floor. A side hallway with a double glazed entrance door leads to a useful utility room, which was the original mill kiln room, and has a Belfast sink, wooden worktops, plumbing for a washing machine, fitted shelves and a Worcester Greenstar Danesmoor boiler.
The landing on the middle floor has a door to the garden. The stunning sitting room has further mill workings, stone fireplace with a raised hearth and a wooden floor. An arch leads to the library previously used as a family room, with fitted bookshelves and wooden flooring. On the other side of the sitting room is a triple aspect music room with three wall lights, double glazed doors to the garden and a wooden floor. Also off the sitting room is a WC with washbasin.
Stairs continue to the upper floor. Bedroom one has a wooden floor, full length double glazed window overlooking the garden and pond, three wall lights, fitted hanging cupboard and a partially tiled en suite shower room with shower cubicle, washbasin and WC. Bedroom two, currently an office, has a fitted desk while bedroom three, presently used as a dressing room, has fitted wardrobes. The bathroom has a bath with shower, pedestal washbasin, WC and cupboard housing a hot water tank. Bedroom four is a double aspect room.
Adjacent to the house is a wooden triple garage with a slate roof, concrete floor, power and light. Outside steps lead up to an attic room, which is plumbed and could be used as a playroom or an office, or for other uses, subject to any necessary consents. Behind are two greenhouses, one with power, light and automatic watering, together with a glass fronted shed.
The gardens are a delight, and are a combination of lawns, borders, wooded and grassed areas. Adjacent to the pond is a lawn with shrubs and trees. A mill lade runs down past the side of the house and its mill wheel, again with shrubs and rose borders. Below this are sunken herbaceous borders, with a splendid array of plants, within what was the original station, with the former platforms making impressive raised and paved paths either side. Further features include a stone picnic table, stone seat, an arbour and fruit trees. Beyond are wooded areas with spring bulbs and paths, while two ornamental gates within a stone dyke open into a meadow, now with wildflowers, trees and a former vegetable garden. Plantings have included copper beech, oak, cedar and willow, and retaining an original line of lime trees.
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This sensitively refurbished former mill is rich in character and surrounded by delightful gardens at 3.4 acres the grounds are generous but manageable, creating a wonderful private haven around the house. The property itself is utterly beguiling with its intriguing features and sympathetic modernising and is now a marvellous family home.Ruaraidh Ogilvie