High Street, Wylye, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 0QP | Property for sale | Savills
5,374 sq ft(499.26 sq m)
Guide price £1,900,000

High StreetWylye, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 0QP

  • Under offer

Key features

  • A fascinating unlisted former mill with a wealth of unique history
  • Handsome period house configured well for modern family life
  • Unique position on one of Wiltshire's most popular rivers
  • Professionally designed and well kept gardens
  • Readily accessible to London and the West Country by road and rail

A handsome unlisted mill house, well positioned on its own island, on the edge of a pretty village.

About this property

  • The Mill House is a handsome and well-proportioned family house, configured across four floors and yet very well-suited to modern family life.

    The large kitchen/breakfast room has access to both the driveway and gardens, as well as the utility room behind. The mill race runs under room adjacent to the kitchen, and more might be made of this feature, should a buyer wish to. The first-floor drawing room, of approximately 40' x 20', is very light, thanks to its double aspect and is perfect for entertaining. A smaller, more cosy, library to one side of the drawing room is ideal for quieter evenings. Back on the ground floor there is an excellent conservatory which doubles as a daytime sitting room, and is linked to the kitchen and study by an open-plan dining hall. Unusually for a period home, The Mill House can easily flex to accommodate few or many people, as required, an example of which might be the principal bedroom suite being self-contained off one separate landing, or the converted attics, which offer an extensive children's playroom or perhaps a space for a hobby.

    Both the Mill Stream and River Wylye run through the garden, meandering through to the water meadows. Fishing rights come with the Mill, and both the mill pond and river contain good size trout and grayling. The current owners have undertaken a lot of work to improve and nurture the watercourse and it's habitats. Considerable work has also been undertaken with regard to the water management, such as replacement sluices, a new electronically controlled mechanical sluice gate operated by the EA, and significant work to the water facing walls of the house.

    The outbuildings are accessed from the gravel drive, namely a garden/mower store and a single garage adjoining. To the rear of the property is a paved area, with barbeque for outside entertaining and wonderful river views over the “Wylye Boy” and garden. The principal gardens in front of the house are laid to lawn, with a variety of mature shrubs, hedgerows and borders.

    A pretty and slightly more formal garden, and also an orchard, lie on the other side of the river. These are accessed via a foot bridge from the house or by vehicular access from the village lane.

    Despite being unlisted, The Mill House has a fascinating history. It is recorded in the Domesday Book as rendering 10 shillings. The London to Exeter road forded the river beside this mill until the first bridge was built in the late 18th Century. In the middle of the river stands a statue known as “The Wylye Boy”, depicting a sea sprite blowing a shell-like trumpet. According to Pevsner, it was collected by the Earl of Pembroke on the Grand Tour in the early 18th Century. It was later given by him as a memorial to a young postilion rider who drowned after saving a relation of the Earl from an overturned coach. The mill and its surroundings are also mentioned in William Cobbett's book Rural Rides, “... I remembered Wylye very well and thought it a gay place when I was a boy. I remembered a very beautiful garden belonging to a rich farmer and miller. I went to see it; but, alas, though the statues in the water and on the grass platt were still remaining, everything seemed to be in a state of perfect carelessness and neglect...” Idyllic as this sounds, the house and it's grounds are now quite the opposite.

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This is without doubt the finest mill house in the area and unlike most examples of its type, it's configuration is entirely without compromise.

Paul CadgeProperty agent

Local information

  • The Mill House lies on the edge of the popular village of Wylye, situated in the Wylye Valley.
  • The village has an excellent shop and post office, with a pretty Norman church, an active village hall and a well-regarded pub The Bell Inn.
  • The village is in a conservation area and an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB).
  • Wylye is conveniently situated, being about 1 mile away from the A303, whilst the A36 bypasses the village providing a direct route to Salisbury (approximately 10 miles) and Warminster (approximately 10.5 miles).
  • A wide range of educational, shopping and leisure facilities can be found in Salisbury, together with a mainline railway station connecting to London Waterloo (journey time 90 mins).
  • Warminster also has a direct train service to London Waterloo and Bath.
  • The list of excellent schools in the area is extensive a varied, both for private and state education. It includes Salisbury Cathedral School, The Godolphin School, Chafyn Grove, Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School for boys and South Wilts Grammar School for Girls. In addition, there is Port Regis, Milton Abbey, Millfield, Bryanston, Clayesmore and Sandroyd offering both prep and public school levels.
  • All distances and travel times are approximate.

Additional information

  • TENURE - Freehold/Private Treaty.
  • SERVICES - Private and mains water, mains electricity and pumped drainage to the village mains. Oil fired central heating and bottled gas for kitchen hobs only.
  • LOCAL AUTHORITY - Wiltshire Council / Salisbury District Council – 01722 336 272
  • OUTGOINGS - The property is subject to Council Tax Band G.
  • FIXURES AND FITTINGS - Please note that unless specifically mentioned all fixtures and fittings and garden ornaments are excluded from the sale but some items may be available by separate negotiation.
  • ENERGY PERFORMANCE - A copy of the full Energy Performance Certificate is available upon request.
  • VIEWINGS - Viewing by appointment with Rural View & Savills.
  • AGENTS NOTE - The photographs were taken internally in April 2015 and externally in June 2020.
  • Directions: The Mill House will be found standing over the river at the North eastern end of the village, about 100 yards north of The Bell. If travelling from London, turn left just after the bridge, taking the A36 Warminster/Salisbury road, despite the sign telling you Wylye straight on. Turn right at the junction and The Mill House will be found on your left hand side. If you miss the first turning off the A303 follow the signs to Wylye and drive through the village, past The Bell and the house will be found on the right hand side. All distances and travel times are approximate.
  • EPC Rating = E
  • Tenure = Freehold