Substantial contemporary detached house.
Planning permission was granted in 2016 under16/00086/FUL for a substantial contemporary detached house with garaging and pool, designed to echo the architecture of the mill that once stood on the site and to take full advantage of the elevated position of the plot and its views over the surrounding countryside.
The Mill extends to some 5,260 square feet and sits on a site extending to 2.93 acres, entered through automated wooden gates with attractive brick pillars (echoing the colour of the building) that lead on to a large gravel sweep in front and to the side of the house. The interior layout is light and airy, with high ceilings, and flows exceptionally well over three floors. The Farrow & Ball colour scheme is complemented by natural stone floors and deep pile carpets, wide sweeping staircases, attractive exposed brickwork and some panelling, a mixture of tall picture windows and sliding sash windows and bi-fold doors.
The build incorporates the latest in technology including air source heat pumps, underfloor heating, pressurized hot water, integrated sound system and air conditioning. The ground floor accommodation is largely open plan and includes a deVOL kitchen and two living rooms with wood burning stoves. All five bedrooms are en suite, with contemporary monochrome bathrooms; the principal and second bedroom suites on the first floor lead out on to a south-facing roof terrace and both top floor bedrooms have balconies. There are opportunities to extend or reconfigure the accommodation by converting the integral double garage into additional ground floor living space and/or adapting the top floor bedroom suites to create a self-contained 'flat' or an excellent office space for home working.
The same stone flooring used in the kitchen extends out on to a large south-west facing terrace, which wraps around the rear of the house and creates a wonderful entertaining area. Beyond this the lawn falls away to the south in the direction of the river, extends north towards the mature trees and hedgerows running along the roadside boundary.
Mains water, gas, electricity and drainage.
The land either side of Writtle Mill has been gifted to the Parish. The owners of Writtle Mill can enjoy it but have an obligation to maintain it and allow access six times a year for school children on field trips. No other public access is allowed. Further details available on request.
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A landmark mill house reimagined.Phaedra Howard