Glorious English Rural Idyll.
Grade II listed, Eynsham Mill is a tranquil oasis that has been a well loved family home for nearly half a century. During their tenure, the present owners have painstakingly restored it and created magical gardens and grounds to surround it, enjoyed over the years by children and grandchildren alike. The approach to the house is enchanting. The tunnel of trees leads over the stone bridge and opens to the front of the house. Picture perfect with its soft Cotswold stone and decorative canopy over the front door. The drive sweeps round to the central courtyard where a wisteria rambles around the entrance porch.
The hallway is at the centre of the house with all main rooms leading directly off. Tall ceilings, square rooms, deep sash windows, detailed cornicing, six panel doors and window seats all feature in this light filled house. The triple aspect drawing room, with its coloured marble fireplace and French doors that open to the sound of water below, has panoramic views over the gardens to the lake and fountain beyond. The generously proportioned dining room and the cosy morning room both have stone fireplaces and enjoy the same view. The kitchen features painted wooden units beneath quartz worktops and includes a central island. The stone floor continues through to the fabulous garden room. Three glazed roof panels flood this room with natural light. Two sets of French doors open to the terrace and the swimming pool overlooking the Mill race. Directly off the kitchen is the large, walk-through pantry, which in turn leads on to the utility and boot room. Both rooms have full height cupboards, maximising storage space. Housed in the oldest part of the house, the cloakroom has a separate ante room with its pretty rose marble vanity stand. There is a further room for coats with a store room off. From the hallway, the striking bespoke staircase winds gracefully up through the centre of the house. Designed and crafted by a Cornish carpenter known to the family, it makes a fitting statement in the heart of this home.
The charming principal bedroom suite of rooms features bookcases and window seats and wonderful views. The bathroom has a freestanding cast iron bath with ball and claw feet and a separate shower. The dressing room leads back to the landing, so can alternatively be used as a further bedroom. There are three further delightful bedroom suites, two further large attic bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Eynsham Mills' stunning grounds represent extraordinary vision and a lifetime's work. The River Evenlode meanders gently around the house and through the gardens, forming a maze of waterways, with bridges criss-crossing and weeping willows gracing its banks. A parkland has been designed at the front of the house with a lake and fountain at its boundary, creating a pleasing view of sweeping lawns and landscaped vistas. A further area is a designated bird park with all manner of wild birds including swans, snow, barnacle and Canada geese amongst many others. The large central lake has its own island, complete with folly. The gardens are a delight and form a series of garden rooms.
A wisteria and rose covered pergola defines the boundary between the croquet lawn and the allium garden. The latter
bordered by low box hedging and overflowing with herbaceous planting, topped by the blue froth from hundreds of alliums. The formal front gardens feature deep, sweeping beds overflowing with mature herbaceous planting and box topiary to the front of the house. The large vegetable garden and orchard also has two large greenhouses, a cold frame and a bank of four garden stores. The pool garden and terrace are situated just beyond the kitchen. With a white planting scheme and ancient olive tree providing shade on hot days, this garden is a delight. The pool house provides a changing room, shower and cloakroom. The well-maintained tennis court lies just beyond the croquet lawn. The gravelled courtyard is flanked by the house to one side, with the Courtyard Cottage to the other. A garage (with store over), double car port, three store rooms (previously stables) and a log store form the remaining side. Bridge Cottage, as the name implies, sits beside the bridge at the end of the treelined drive. The remainder of the land features extensive broadleaf woods and fields and lakes.
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Some homes reflect the owners passion for life. Eynsham Mill certainly does that. Over 50 years this wonderful home has been cherished and enjoyed. Rarely will you find such detailed dedication to creating such a rural Idyll. It is simply wonderful and has to be seen to be believed.Ed Sugden