A charming listed former Mill House.
The Mill House is Grade II Listed and occupies an idyllic location bordered on two sides by the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation and the mill pond and mill race and its remarkable position combines the pleasure of living within a tranquil river setting with easy access to shopping opportunities and travel links. The original mill lay astride the mill race and was demolished in 1955, but the Mill House (which dates back to the late 18th century) has been the subject of a number of key improvements by the present owners since they bought the house in 2011. These include the installation of a new private sewerage system, upgrading the central heating system and boiler, sheep's wool insulation, treating the timber frame and re-rendering the south and east elevations with new lime render.
The interior provides a comfortable and spacious living space, with a particularly well-proportioned drawing room and a number of charming bedrooms with attractive outlooks over the gardens and grounds onto the water. The owners have also secured planning permission and listed building consent to convert the wing projecting to the west (incorporating the brewhouse) into additional living accommodation (see plans).
The house stands in well-established gardens and grounds and is screened from its surroundings by mature trees and shrubs. A five bar gate opens on to a gravelled driveway leading up to the house, with a turning circle and ample parking space by the front door. A lawn edged by flower beds stretches away from the drive and along a riverside walk while an area of terracing leads to the former brewhouse and dovecote. The brewhouse has a garden machinery store and log store at one end and a covered way leads from the studio at its north side to the kitchen door, where there is a garden furniture store and other additional sheds.
A level area of lawn to the north of the house provides more informal gardens with fruit bearing trees and a number of beds renewed in 2017 using plants from the Beth Chatto collection and designed to be low maintenance, with weed control matting overlaid with gravel. An additional strip of land to the south of the mill pond and mill race has been planted with a deep belt of trees including weeping willow and ash.
The section of canal (known as the 'Leat') to the south west of the house is owned and maintained by the canal company but the owners of the Mill House enjoy exclusive use of it and are allowed to keep a chain with 'private' signs separating it from the main canal. The property also benefits from reduced annual mooring rates and navigation licence fees.
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The extraordinary thing about the Mill House is that you would never know it's there and despite the fact you're so close to all the everyday amenities you could want, once you're through the gates you feel a million miles from anywhere, it's remarkable.Phaedra Howard