Penthouse apartment in fascinating, Grade II listed, former Silk Mill.
Dandridge's Mill is situated in the thriving and popular village of East Hanney in south Oxfordshire. The Hanneys, comprising East Hanney and neighbouring West Hanney, offer a range of amenities including St James C of E primary school, St James the Great church, community shop/post office, Dews Meadow Farm Shop, The Black Horse public house and The Plough Inn, together with a delightful community woodland. There are also numerous sports clubs locally such as the Hanney Cricket Club, Hanney Tennis Club and Frilford Heath Golf Club.
East Hanney has excellent road links; the A34, M40 and M4 are within easy reach and there is a regular bus service that operates, running to Oxford, Wantage and Abingdon, where there are a variety of shopping facilities. Abingdon and Oxford offer numerous well regarded state and private schools and the village has daily school bus services during term time.
Built in 1820, the mill was originally constructed as a water-driven silk mill and has been used for various purposes in the intervening period. Following the collapse of the silk trade it was repurposed as a grain mill and continued to operate in this capacity until the Second World War when it was then converted to an engineering works, which produced parts for the Mosquito Bomber aircraft. More recently it was used as a sculptor's studio. In 2008 Dandridge's Mill was converted by Hallidays Developments to create an exclusive complex of apartments that combine luxury materials with ground-breaking low and zero carbon technologies.
The development offers an attractive mix of original features, reclaimed materials and contemporary elements. Each kitchen comprises bespoke fitted units, laser cut granite work surfaces and sinuous glass panels. The bathrooms and shower rooms throughout feature sleek fittings and eitherstylish limestone or polished black tiling. All apartments benefit from Rako lighting, multi point Sky+/HD TV and DAB system and security features such as touch panel video entry phones and key fob alarm system. Hallidays Developments have also made great use of the mill's beautiful surroundings, ensuring that each apartment enjoys views of the communal gardens and Letcombe Brook.
The ethos of Dandridge's Mill has achieved widespread recognition. The development was Highly Commended for Sustainability' in the RIBA Downland Prize 2009 and was winner of Best Technical Innovation' at the 2010 LABC National Building Excellence Awards.
The apartments offer superb space, with an abundance of light and lovely views over Letcombe Brook and the mill's gardens. The features include, large open plan living areas, modern kitchens, utility rooms, storage, impressive principle bedrooms with dressing areas and en-suite bathrooms. There are three apartments in the main building, one on each floor. Each apartment is impressive in its own right.
The largest apartment is the Penthouse which has an eighteenth century French staircase leading from the living room to a mezzanine area with glass doors that open onto a private decked roof terrace. It is a superb space, with an abundance of light and lovely views over Letcombe Brook and the mill's garden.
At entrance level there is a large open plan living area and kitchen, utility room, store, master bedroom with dressing area and en suite bathroom and two further bedrooms, both en suite. A separate staircase, adjacent to the living area, leads to a spacious attic playroom with adjacent storage room.
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City living in a rural village is the impossible dream, isn't it? I've never seen a loft style apartment in a village before. Anyone wanting the best of both worlds has found it with this wonderful Penthouse in a converted Mill.Charles Elsmore-Wickens