6 bedroom detached house for sale

Layham, Nr Hadleigh, Suffolk

Sold STC £795,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Idyllic location on the banks of the River Brett
  • Easy access to the thriving market town of Hadleigh (1 mile)
  • Grade II Listed mill house with riverside gardens
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 Reception rooms + 2 bathrooms
  • Classic working Victorian watermill
  • Range of stores, garages, workshops and stables
  • Fishing rights over the river frontage and the mill pool
  • Water meadows and cricket bat willow plantations
  • For sale as a whole or in up to 3 lots
  • In all approximately 12 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

For sale as a whole or up to 3 lots, a classic Georgian mill house amidst delightful gardens, enjoying an idyllic setting on the banks of the River Brett.

Lot 1 – The Mill House
Guide Price: £795,000
The Mill House, enjoys a tranquil and idyllic setting on the banks of the River Brett.
Situated at the end of a no through lane, Grade II Listed former Georgian mill house with its handsome three storey façade offering well laid accommodation extending to some 3,400 sq ft and featuring a drawing room, sitting room and dining room together with an Aga kitchen, utility room and cloakroom and with a total of five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a landing/study and attic room on the first and second floors above. There is in addition a large garden/play room with an adjoining sun room.
The house benefits from an oil fired central heating system together with modern storage heaters in the bedrooms and there is also a security system.

Outbuildings
Fronting onto a wide drive and parking are is a substantial (1,800 sq ft) range of former brick stables provides garaging workshop and stabling, with the benefit of light and power, together with a pair of dog kennels beyond.

Gardens and Grounds
To the front, the formal lawned gardens feature colourful borders, box hedging, mature trees and enclosing wall, whilst beyond the mill pool is a further area of woodland grounds. To the rear, the delightful south facing riverside gardens are part walled and laid to lawn with a variety of mature trees. In all the lot to extends to about 1.7 acres.

Lot 2 – The Water Mill
Guide Price: £200,000
It is understood that there has been a mill on the site since the times of the Domesday Book. The present mill, with its distinctive brick elevations, weather boarded Turret, and its massive external mill wheel, is listed Grade II in its own right and it is understood to date from 1905, when it was built to replace a much larger watermill which had been destroyed by fire.

Extending to some 2,200 sq ft set on three levels and capable of milling wheat, The Mill has various lean-to extensions providing ancillary workshops and storage.

The present vendors operate the mill from time to time to produce flour from locally sourced wheat. They would of course be happy to instruct new owners in the mysteries of what they have found to be a uniquely rewarding activity

To the rear of the mill, is an area known as the pightle, which is laid to grass, interspersed with willow trees together with a productive kitchen garden which is bordered by a hard tennis court (unused in recent years). Beyond are 4¾ acres of meadow which have a ¼ mile frontage to the River Brett and which include a plantation of cricket bat willow trees.

Planning
There is presently no planning consent other than its present status as a working water mill affecting the property and it is for potential purchasers to make their own enquires of Babergh District Council regarding alternative uses.

Rights of Way
The Mill and its associated land will be granted Rights of Way for both vehicular and pedestrian accesses for all purposes but with no rights to park on the driveway area of The Mill House.

Lot 3 – A 4 acre meadow and willow plantation
Guide Price: £50,000
To the rear of The Mill House, and separated from it by a small tributary of the main river with an independent access from Water Lane, a 4½ acre meadow with 0.2 mile (approx) of river frontage.

Location
The Mill House stands at the end of a no through lane on the edge of the village of Layham. Situated within the picturesque countryside of the Brett Valley, the village lies
just 1 mile south of the thriving market town of Hadleigh, which offers a full range of local shopping and commercial and facilities. The county town of Ipswich lies some 10 miles to the east and provides further facilities including a wide choice of schools catering for all age groups in both the state and private sectors. The A12 dual carriageway which links to Colchester, Stansted Airport (via the A120) and London’s M25, lies some 4 miles to the south with Manningtree station a further 4 miles beyond providing regular rail services to London’s Liverpool Street station taking about 60 minutes.

Hadleigh – 1 mile
Ipswich – 10 miles
A12 – 4 miles
Manningtree station – 8 miles (London’s Liverpool Street station – 60 minutes)

Directions (Post code IP7 5JY)
Travelling on the A12 turn off onto the B1070 at the East Bergholt interchange, signed to Hadleigh. Proceed through Holton St Mary and Raydon, and continue into the village of Layham taking the second left hand turning into Mill Lane, where The Mill House will be found at the end of the no through lane.

Property Information
Services. Mains electricity, water and drainage are connected to The Mill House.
The Mill has an independent mains electricity supply. If purchased separately the new owners of The Mill will be required to connect an independent water supply from the mains supply (in the lane) within 6 months of purchase. Presently there is no drainage connection to The Mill.

Fixtures and fittings. Items regarded as fixtures and fittings, including carpets and curtains, are initially excluded from the sale, although certain items may be available by separate negotiation.

Insurance. The property is comprehensively insured by the NFU. Inevitably a water mill is sited by a river and in a flood plain, but usually with careful consideration. The present vendors report that they have had direct contact with the previous occupants, covering the last 80 years and state, with confidence, that neither the house nor the mill has suffered flooding in that period.

Public footpath. There is a public footpath which runs between The Mill House and The Mill, crossing the sluice gate and river and connecting into the lane which leads to Layham Church and the village of Lower Layham.

Viewing. By appointment with Jackson-Stops & Staff. Tel. 01473 218218.

Tenure. Freehold and vacant possession upon completion on all lots.


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