A historical and characterful former working mill ideally situated within the picturesque village community of Donhead St Andrew, with a wealth of preserved period features and a sizeable garden bisected by the river Nadder and surrounded by the verdant Wiltshire countryside.
Built in about 1630, the property was used as a working mill until the start of the Second World War and is Grade II listed, with the interior retaining most of the mill machinery in situ such as a cast iron water wheel, gearing wheels and
millstones. The mill and original house have been combined to create a sizeable family home, though many of the original features have been integrated such as mullioned windows, chamfered beams, and an inglenook fireplace.
Internally the home is wonderfully spacious with versatile, well appointed accommodation over three floors. On the ground floor there is a formal sitting room with open fireplace, a separate dining room with impressive inglenook fireplace, a study, cloakroom and a kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a good range of wall and base units.
The first-floor accommodation is accessed by two separate staircases and includes three sizeable double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large landing. One of the bedrooms opens to a balcony with steps down to the garden. There are three additional bedrooms on the second floor, plus eaves storage and a loft room.
Donhead St Andrew lies just north-east of Shaftesbury, a Saxon hilltop town with commanding views over three counties. This part of south-west Wiltshire has always been regarded has having some of the region’s most stunning countryside. The Donheads (St Mary and St Andrew) have a thriving community with many clubs and societies, two churches and an excellent pub, The Forester which has a Michelin Bib Gourmand award. An award-winning village shop and a Post Office are nearby in Ludwell, while more extensive facilities are available in Shaftesbury including a range of shops, a delicatessen, supermarkets, health centre, local hospital, library and arts centre. A more comprehensive range of facilities may be found in the Cathedral city of Salisbury to the east, while nearby Tisbury has a mainline railway station (London Waterloo in about 1 hour 50 minutes). The A303, approximately 15 minutes to the
north, gives access to the South West and London, via the M3. One of the major attractions is the proximity to some of the best independent schools in Southern England including Bryanston, Clayesmore, Hanford, Knighton House, Leweston, Millfield, Milton Abbey, Port Regis, Sandroyd, Sherborne Boys, Sherborne Girls and St Mary’s Shaftesbury, to name few.
This substantial family home is complemented by
outstanding gardens bordered by open countryside, extending to a total of approx. 0.6 acres. To the front there is a driveway leading to a parking area and an open-sided double car barn with attached workshop and a wonderful veranda to enjoy the sunset while overlooking the river. The south-facing garden is laid to lawn and arranged in several parcels divided by attractive hedging and the river Nadder, which the current owners have diverted away from the property and can be crossed in several places by wooden bridges. The secluded garden wraps around the property and is well-stocked with mature planting including a wide variety of trees and shrubs. In addition to the river there is a pond, two terraces and a large wood store.
Converted Former Mill
Over 2900 sq.ft. of Accommodation
Kitchen/Breakfast Room with Larder
Detached Car Barn
0.6 Acres of Gardens with River Frontage
Idyllic Village Setting