A fascinating Grade II listed former silk mill converted to create 4 individual dwellings that fuse traditional elements with innovative technology.
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 either stylish 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, moderns kitchens, utility rooms, storage, impressive principal 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. The garden apartment has direct access on to a private terrace and the first floor apartment has wonderful views across Letcombe brook. The fourth property is the Wheelhouse which is arranged over three floors with a private entrance and decked terrace siting over the brook below.
The communal gardens at Dandridge's Mill are predominantly laid to lawn with mature trees and a charming summerhouse that provides shelter on cooler days. There are delightful views of Letcombe Brook and the neighbouring mill pond at Mill House. The apartments all benefit from allocated off-street parking at the front of the property. A gravelled area to the rear of Dandridge's Mill provides visitors' parking.
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Not everyone is messing about by the river. This is a seriously impressive building. I love the individuality of each apartment and the care the clients have put into every detail, from the sustainability to the quality of the conversion. Whether you buy with your head or your heart, this makes sense.Charles Elsmore-Wickens