6 bedroom detached house for saleDumbleton, Worcestershire
The Mill Farm formed part of the Eyres-Monsell Estate which once extended to over 5,000 acres. The land, centred round Dumbleton Hall, was bought from the Holland family in 1875. Henry Eyres died in Naples on his honeymoon. His daughter Sybil was born six months later. She married Bolton Monsell who became M.P. for Evesham and worked his way up the political ladder to be First Lord of the Admiralty in Baldwinís cabinet. He was made Lord Monsell on his retirement. During this time the Mill House was occupied by the Land Agent but when Dumbleton Hall was sold in 1959, the second Lord Monsell took on the Mill House as his home. His sister and her husband, Joan and the travel writer Patrick Leigh-Fermor, inherited the Mill House in 1994. Described in his obituary as Ďa modern Lord Byroní Paddy Leigh-Fermorís most famous works include his account of his year-long walk across Europe in 1934, published as A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. In the Second World War he masterminded the kidnap of a German General on Crete, for which he was awarded
a DSO. Paddy always claimed that he owned part of the only River in England that flowed North.
Mill Farm lies in open countryside, between the villages of Dumbleton and Wormington.
Dumbleton itself is a pretty former estate village, centred on the fine 19th century Dumbleton Hall, now a hotel. There is a primary
school, church, cricket club and small tea room.
Everyday shopping facilities are to be found at Broadway, Winchcombe, Evesham, Tewkesbury and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Cheltenham is the main regional centre, with Worcester, Gloucester, Oxford and Birmingham also being within daily commuting distance.
There is easy access to the A46 which is less than 2 miles away which leads onto the A44 and junction 9 of the M5 motorway.
Direct rail services to London from Cheltenham or Moreton in Marsh.
International Airports at Birmingham and Bristol.
There are a number of recreational facilities in the area including racing at Cheltenham and Worcester, hunting with the North Cotswold, and golf at Broadway and Evesham.
For education there is Oak Hill Primary School in Dumbleton, Bredon School, Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies College and Dean Close.
This remarkably pretty building dates from the 18th century and is Listed Grade II. Built of mellow old red brick on a limestone plinth, it retains much of its original equipment and
fittings, including the cast iron mill wheel, grindstones and grain shutes. Exterior stone
steps lead to the three upper floors, all of which
remain unconverted. There are beautiful views
over the mill stream towards a sluice gate that
controls the water flow of the River Isbourne
along which Mill Farm has fishing rights.
A spur off the main drive leads to a range of traditional period brick farm buildings to the north east, which are in need of renovation. There is a back drive running north to the Wormington road. The farm buildings are formed around a central courtyard accessed from a separate track to the north. The range is mainly constructed of red brick under a tile
roof and includes:
To the north of the drive there is nearly 80 acres of arable land including one field of 57 acres accessed by a separate track to the north. To the southern of the drive there is a further 56 acres of arable land divided into four fields. The arable land is on a Share Farm Agreement. To the west of the house are the farm buildings and approximately 20 acres of permanent pasture running along the banks of the river and mill stream, all of which are occupied under a grazing licence expiring 1.11.11.
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