Picture No. 20
5,858 sq ft(544.23 sq m)
Guide price £975,000

IxworthBury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 2JN

  • Sold

Key features

  • Sold in July 2018
  • 2 bathrooms, dressing room
  • 3 reception rooms
  • kitchen/breakfast room
  • attached former mill
  • range of outbuildings
  • walled garden, informal gardens
  • mill pond with Island, mill race
  • about 3 acres

Superbly situated listed watermill overlooking the mill pond and grounds beyond

About this property

  • The Watermill occupies a superb setting overlooking mature gardens, mill pond and grounds. The property is Grade II* listed being of special architectural or historical interest and is believed to date from the 17th century. The Mill House construction is of a timber frame with rendered and colour washed exteriors under a pantiled roof. Of particular note is the access from the dining room to the terrace, which overlooks the mill pond and gardens beyond. It is believed that there has been a mill on the site since the Domesday and the current mill was built in 1800 on the site of a former one with medieval origins. It is constructed from a timber frame on brick footings with weatherboard exteriors under a slate roof with a lucam on the east end. It is understood that Mr Lowe was the miller in the late 18th and early 19th century and a carving on an internal timber shows ‘I Lowe 1800'. Internally it is laid out over four floors with much of the original mill machinery and the mill race running below.

    Agents Note: The historic mill must remain externally the same and whilst limited conversion may be allowed so long as it is within terms of the current layout and internal machinery. Any potential development of the building would be strictly subject to listed building and planning consents. The ground floor accommodation offers a spacious reception hall with lime stone floor and wood burner with principal stair to first floor. The drawing room is a well proportioned room with a red inglenook fireplace and the sitting room is an inviting intimate room with wood burner. The dining room has an oil fired Aga and door to the terrace and continues through to the bespoke kitchen, which has wooden base and wall mounted units, wooden worktop and pamment floor. The first and second floor accommodation comprises 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

    A recessed five bar electric gate opens onto a gravelled drive, which sweeps in between the mill and tail race which is part fenced and surrounded by mature trees predominately willow with a lawn to one side interspersed by silver birches with river beyond. The drive culminates in a wide gravel sweep to the front of the house. To the west and front elevation of the house there are well stocked flower beds and shrubberies with steps leading down to a walk and fruit trees along the river. To the south is an outbuilding set in a part walled courtyard. An arch leads through to the fully walled formal garden which
    is divided by brick pathways with roses, honeysuckle and clematis adorning the wall and stocked beds with a number of specimen shrubs, herbaceous border and rose beds.

    To the remainder of the south and east lie the main mill pond and majority of the gardens which are laid to undulating lawns with flower beds and shrubberies leading down to the automated sluice gates. Mown walkways and wide brick terracing surround the mill pond and the island, which is covered by mature trees. Lawns stretch beyond the water dotted with specimen shrubs and trees. The area is alive with a wide range of wild life including swans, kingfishers and otters.

    The owner will be responsible for the sluice gate to maintain the river levels.

    The Outbuilding
    Constructed from brick under a pitched red pantiled roof. It has lapsed planning to convert into ancillary accommodation.

    Mains water and electricity. Oil fired central heating. Private drainage.

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

Local information

  • Set on the River Black Bourn overlooking a delightful mill pond with an island, the Watermill is positioned on the edge of the village of Ixworth which is a well served attractive village offering a general store, butcher, restaurant and two pubs together with a primary and secondary school. The village is located to the north east of the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds with its wide range of shopping, educational and recreational facilities including St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Theatre Royal and the Abbey Gardens. The commuter can take advantage of the trains running from Stowmarket with a direct line through to London Liverpool Street Station. The A14 also gives access to Newmarket, Cambridge and the Midlands as well as the A12 and M11.

Additional information

  • Directions: From London take the M11 towards Cambridge. Turn onto the A11 towards Norwich and Newmarket. Proceed onto the A14 towards Bury St Edmunds and take the left hand slip road off the A14 and head onto the A143 to Great Barton and Ixworth. Proceed through Great Barton and bypass Ixworth taking the A1088 towards Thetford. Take the second left turn back towards Ixworth and the entrance to the Watermill will be seen on the right hand side after approximately 500 yards, through a wooden five bar gate.
  • EPC Exempt