Sympathetically restored gem in a glorious rural position set within within 21 acres of woodland, grazing and lake.
The earliest mention of a watermill in Chesterton is 1554. This building is believed to date from the early 17th Century with the date 1628 being scratched on an internal door frame. From the outside it has the appearance of a small elegant country house and this may relate back to when it was believed to have been a court house. It is thought the building may have been an early home of the Peyto family who later built the great hall at Chesterton. Most of the original milling machinery is still in situ and includes the waterwheel which is overshot. The floors above were used as grain storage and the miller's accommodation. In the 19th Century extra accommodation was provided by a small brick cottage. The Tach Brook, which formerly filled the pond, has been diverted and the supply is now entirely by springs.
The Mill House is an elegant Grade II listed property with limestone ashlar and Flemish bond red brick elevations under a clay tile roof.
There is a wealth of period features including open fireplaces, mullion windows, leaded lights, exposed timbers and floorboards, oak paneling, exposed stone walling, stained glass windows and original mill workings.
The house has been painstakingly and sympathetically restored and refurbished throughout providing modern living amongst its age and charm. The double reception room has an elegant fireplace and generous ceiling heights which complement the period feel of the house. There is a day to day sitting room with wood burner for winter evenings with views across the lake. The modern kitchen and breakfast room, with the lake view, is well fitted out for a family or those looking to entertain. A useful basement has utility and boiler rooms whilst two staircases serve a host of bedrooms on the first floor many of which have fine views.
The Bakehouse, with its original bread oven, lies on the other side of the main driveway and would be ideal for staff, guests or income stream.
Beyond there are several outbuildings including garaging and stores.
A key feature of this amazing property are the mature gardens and grounds with ample areas for outdoor entertaining. More particularly there is a wonderful 5.6 acre lake with extensive mature woodland beyond. The lake is spring fed and in the past has hosted coarse fishing. Timber stages are positioned around the lake and would allow for competitions. Nature and wildlife are in abundance.
In addition there is about 2.4 acres of paddock grazing with separate access.
In all about 21 acres.
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This is a unique and rare opportunity in a glorious rural setting where you really could have your own Wind in the Willows and a place to unwind.Nick Rudge