Exceptional water mill set on the River Stour
Wiston Mill is a particularly fine water mill listed grade II* and is believed to date from the 18th and 19th Century, although there has been a mill on the site since the 16th Century. The Mill house dates from the 16th Century and is constructed around an impressive timber frame with rendered elevations beneath a peg tile and slate roof. The property offers comfortable and spacious accommodation with a wealth of character associated with a property of this kind and stunning views over the river particularly from the drawing room and master bedroom both of which are within the mill building. The house is Grade II* listed and remarkably elegant with many of the rooms benefitting from exceptional views over the river and the drawing room and master bedroom having doors opening out directly over the mill stream. The sound of the water running past and under the mill is incredibly calming. The Mill house and adjoining mill flow together very well. The original mill building is constructed from timber frame with weatherboard elevations under a pitched slate roof with numerous large attractive sash windows and doors overlooking the mill stream. The mill room has many of the original workings still present. Mill Cottage, a classic weatherboard and slate miller's cottage is uninhabited but could easily be renovated to provide further separate accommodation.
Adjacent to the cottage is River Barn which stands next to the mill race and has been used as a wonderful garden room with a floor above. Garaging is within a pretty timber and tiled barn which incorporates a workshop, behind which is a lean-to tractor shed. The Great Barn is Listed Grade II offering large internal space and a central midstrey with wagon doors, either side of which are stores. A link connects to a further Stable Barn with loose boxes providing ample stabling, and a little way away is a former cattle building known as the Back Barn which offers generous storage and an open fronted cart lodge. All of these buildings offer a multitude of opportunities. Undoubtedly one of the principal features of Wiston Mill is the frontage to the River Stour. The river passes along the house and beneath the Mill itself and although not functioning, much of the original mill workings are in situ. Beyond the Mill, water still passes down the original mill race before flowing back into the River Stour. The grounds to the north of the house are largely lawns with mature trees and shrubs interspersed, and beyond the drive is a productive kitchen garden. In all the immediate grounds around the house extend to approximately 3 acres. To the south of the river there is an area of trees running towards the weir, which extends eastwards into the grazing meadows which extend away with about half a mile of river frontage. The meadows extend to approximately 21 acres.
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Wiston Mill is incredibly special, very rare and certainly the finest water mill I have seen in my career. The setting is magical with the sound of running water as a beautiful backdrop to a wonderfully mature and secluded setting.Peter Ogilvie