4 bedroom detached house for saleThe Mill House, Pirbright, Surrey, GU24
Guide Price £1,950,000
- Period Barn
- 4 Reception Rooms
- 4 Bedrooms & 3 Bath/Shower Rooms (2 ensuite)
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room
- Gardens & Grounds
- Mill Pond and Stream
- 1.9 acres
Historic Mill House set in lovely grounds
Surrounded by woodland and its own landscaped gardens with mill pond, The Mill House occupies a tranquil and truly idyllic sylvan setting on the western edge of Pirbright village, yet is within easy reach of necessary local amenities and communications.
The historic village of Pirbright is the archetypal English village with its community gathered around the village green and pond, two pubs, village hall and parish church. The thriving village benefits from a range of active local community groups including a number of clubs, societies and events.
There is a popular local bakery at Fox Corner whilst a short distance away at Brookwood there are local convenience shops and a large Sainsbury store. At Guildford and Woking there is a full range of shopping, sporting, leisure and cultural amenities.
A fast and frequent train service from Brookwood offers journeys to London (Waterloo) from around 30 minutes and there is an even more frequent service from Woking. Road connections are also good. Easy access to the A3 as well as the M3 and M25 provides access to London, the airports and the national motorway system.
There is a wide choice of good schools within easy reach including Pirbright Village Primary, Woodcote House, Hall Grove, Knowle Hill, Salesian College, Guildford Grammar and Guildford High School among many others.
Recreational opportunities include golf at a number of clubs in the area, shooting at Bisley, flying from Fairoaks, country sports at a number of local venues as well as the multi-activity sport and leisure centres at Guildford and Woking. In addition, the surrounding countryside offers ample opportunity for walking and riding.
Grade II Listed, The Mill House dates in part from 1600 with later 18th and 19th century additions and was a working water mill until 1939 when the machinery fell into disuse. The working parts were later restored, for historical interest and they now form an unusual and fascinating integral feature of the property.
Accommodation of The Mill House is laid out over three levels and benefits from an absolute wealth of original period features, including stone floors, much exposed structural timber, leaded windows and three impressive fireplaces.
The front door opens into a large entrance hall, with beamed ceiling, flagstone floor and an impressive inglenook fireplace.
From the hall a short passage leads through to a heavily beamed dining room and continues to the kitchen/breakfast room. Here a well-fitted range of bespoke furniture which includes integrated appliances and a door opens to the side garden.
On the other side of the hall the stone-floored and heavily beamed sitting room is rendered the more atmospheric, by the presence of the large cogs and gears of the mill machinery and fireplace. Beyond the sitting room, an inner hall accommodates the huge water wheel, bearing the name of the manufactures Brooks and Shoebridge of Guildford, in which one of whose former chairmen was quite coincidentally, the great great grandfather of the present mill owner.
Stair rise around the mill wheel to the first floor, where we find a spacious and comfortable family room with the top workings of the mill. Bedroom accommodation comprises the generously proportioned master bedroom, with ensuite bath and shower room, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. A fourth bedroom with en suite bathroom is currently arranged as a workroom.
Above this level, a mezzanine floor, that was probably the former grain store and is arranged as a large work room, with an adjacent study.
Whilst this fascinating property would now benefit from some sympathetic upgrading and decoration, it does offer a wonderful opportunity to create an interesting and comfortable family home of great charm and character.
Gardens and Grounds
The Mill House is approached from the lane over a short drive to a five-b ar gate opening onto a gravel forecourt and turning area with space for several cars.
Adjoining the forecourt an impressive Elizabethan barn is presently in use as a furnishing showroom but would also make a marvellous entertaining space or suit a variety of other uses according to individual needs.
A smaller barn provides a useful storage area and there is also a two bay carport and greenhouse.
Lying mainly to the west and south of the house, the attractively landscaped grounds comprise a full width stone paved sun terrace with neatly clipped miniature box hedges and topiary, as well as a variety of shrub and flower borders. Beyond the terrace to the west, the level lawn extends to the boundary with a backdrop of mature trees. To the south, the former mill pond and stream and waterfall creates an attractive focal point which is surrounded by areas of wild garden and a range of spring flowers and mature shrubs and trees to provide year-round colour and interest.
Square Footage: 4,374 sq ft
Acreage: 1.9 Acres
From Guildford follow the A322 Worplesdon Road towards Worplesdon and continue for 3.3 miles to the roundabout at Fox Corner. Take the first exit B3032 towards Pirbright and follow this road for 1.3 miles and take the second exit from the roundabout towards Pirbright and Brookwood. After 0.2 mile and just beyond the car sales centre turn left into Mill Lane. After 0.2 mile the entrance to Mill House will be seen on the right hand side with a large circular millstone by the gate.
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