The original part of the house is 18th century and was the mill owner’s house; the paper mill was in the grounds but has been dismantled and the stone used at some point to landscape the garden. The house was extended substantially in the 1920s when it was doubled in size and then again in the 1960s when the current kitchen, utility room and two of the bedrooms were added.
The basic spec is this: 6 bedrooms (one currently used as a study), 2 bathrooms, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, large utility room, boot room/porch.
Outside: 3 stone outbuildings, all sound (one set up as office with electricity, phone line, lighting and woodburner, one used as a garden shed and another as a wood shed), 18 acres, mostly woodland, with three millponds, vegetable garden, greenhouse, mature garden and “football pitch” (was once a tennis court and before that was the factory floor of the mill).
When we came here nearly 9 years ago we gutted the entire house, re-wired, re-plumbed, put in new central heating, new drainage etc – so all the fundamentals are very sound.
We have dredged all three ponds and installed a hydro-electric turbine. It operates six months of the year (October to April). When you factor in the payments that we receive for exporting electricity, it virtually eliminates the electricity bill. We’ve also, in the last few months, installed a large woodburner in the front hall and secondary glazing throughout, both of which have made the house surprisingly cosy in the winter (oh yes, and in this so-called “summer”).
The gardens can be managed with a day to a day and half’s work each week in growing seasons, though of course you could do as much gardening as you like – it’s just a question of deciding to what standard you want them!