A listed former mill with unique features in open countryside.
The Old Mill, which is listed as Grade II of Architectural or Historical Interest, was originally built as a post mill in the late 19th century, although one beam is inscribed with the date 1799. It was converted to form a house in the late 20th century and the current owners have sympathetically restored this unique dwelling virtually without regard to cost.
A sandstone threshold stands in front of the impressive entrance with a substantial entrance door framed by two-storey-high glazing. The hallway is finished with wood flooring and includes good storage, a staircase and access to the cloakroom. A twin porthole-style door opens to the kitchen/family area, which has been bespoke-fitted and designed, taking into account the semi-circular walls. The kitchen is fitted with solid wood units topped with granite and wood with matching eye-level cupboards, adjoining Neff electric hob, built-in Neff oven, stainless steel roller-shuttered spice store, tall integrated fridge and adjoining larder. There is a matching island unit with 1½-bowl sink unit, integrated dishwasher and many storage cupboards beneath. To one end of the room is a sitting area with glazed door and side lights overlooking the gardens and leading on to the deck. The flooring is finished with wood and tile and from the kitchen two sets of double doors with adjoining side lights frame lovely views of the gardens and countryside beyond. The utility room has a door into the garden with base units and eye level storage cupboards housing a Megaflow pressured water tank.
The stunning circular living room with the old mill post and braces rises two storeys in height to a galleried landing and library area. The room features four red-brick buttresses which support the frame of the former windmill which prior to conversion supported the revolving top of the mill and sails. A deep recess between two of the buttresses incorporates a modern wood burner and two serving hatches to the kitchen. There are four sets of windows providing a good deal of natural light.
The first floor landing has an opening on to the gallery overlooking the living room which is fitted with bespoke furniture and book shelving. Two windows with window seats beneath provide a lovely outlook over the adjoining countryside. There are three bedrooms on the first floor orientated to take advantage of the views to the rear, two with en suite, one being a Jack and Jill bathroom and shower.
From the landing a further staircase rises to the master bedroom suite, a circular room with breathtaking views. A door leads on to the second floor terrace and access to a fitted en suite dressing room. There is a further built-in wardrobe and a beautiful en suite bathroom finished with a pebble-style tiled floor, walk-in shower, bath tub and twin wash basins. The terrace leading from the master bedroom is a substantial area retained by hardwood balustrade within a metal frame and enjoys uninterrupted views. The terrace continues to a walkway retained with matching balustrade around the front of the property.
A wrought-iron gate hung on brick on stone piers topped with lion sculptures opens into a broad gravel drive and parking area in front of the house and garaging. The garage is a substantial structure under a pitch-tiled roof with two up-and-over doors. At the rear of the garage a separate door leads into an area comprising hallway with fitted shelving, under-stairs cupboard housing hot water tank and electric fuses, ground floor bathroom with a three-piece white suite and a staircase to a first floor open room with four sets of eves cupboards.
GARDENS & GROUNDS
Immediately behind the house forming a semi-circle are divided areas with low walling providing sandstone terrace, cottage-style garden and a substantial teak deck ideal for al fresco dining situated immediately outside of the kitchen. Beyond, the lawns gently slope away from the house and include a water feature with granite edging and a millstone head. The lawned gardens, which are segregated by a series of copper beech hedges, include a small young orchard, a beautiful rose-clad terrace under-planted with box hedging and shrub beds. Adjacent lies an attractive outbuilding with weatherboard and rendered elevations under a tiled roof which incorporates the oil-fired boiler and oil storage tank and storage for garden machinery. There is a second entrance into the grounds through a five-bar gate. Beyond the formal gardens is a further area of land extending to about 0.38 of an acre surrounding by mature hedgerows and trees and adjoining open farmland.
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A fascinating and unique landmark building enjoying some of the finest countryside views in Essex.Stephen White