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The Millers House & Yearle Mill, Wooler, NE71

Under Offer £875,000

Property Description

Key features

  • c3 acres of land
  • Grade II listed
  • Two detached properties with land
  • Minimum potential rental of £1413.40 per week
  • Spectacular countryside setting nestled in Cheviot Hills
  • Lovingly restored in keeping with its history

Full description

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A brief resume by the owners to give an insight into the history and also their thoughts and feelings about their time at the mill.

"Yearle Mill is more than just a house (actually it is two!) or even just 3 acres of any piece of Northumberland landscape, it is a living historical document to over 800 years of the Northumberlands history. We know a mill has stood here since the 12th C, and that in 1319 a timber predecessor of todays stone structure was burnt to the ground by the Scots during the wars between England and Scotland.
Two hundred years later in the 16th C, the mill was burnt down again. In medieval times the land was part of the barony of Muschamps, before passing through the hands of a succession of notable Northumberland families, - Swinburne, Selby and Tankerville. Several of the millers who lived her are known to us by name John Pringle (1720), George Richardson (1827), John Burnett (1851), George Luke (1885) and the last John Stenhouse who in 1887 closed the sluice gate for the last time and the mill fell silent. Thereafter Yearle was run as a farm.

The extraction of sand and gravel from the adjacent Wooler Water was carried out between 1936 and 1969. The mill was occupied by a quarry worker for a few years but by early 1970s when he had moved out, the mill and house deteriorated. However, natural woodland regeneration enveloped Yearle in a glorious habitat for birds and animals and a large pond was added in 2002.
My work as an archaeologist brought me to the region in 1973 and the idyllic location and stunning scenery and with the relaxed and friendly pace of rural living, I knew I wanted to live here.

In 1977 friends told me of the house and mill located on the edge of the National Park, serene in its own grounds but only 10 minutes walk from the town centre. They also added - But it will need some work doing to it. The house took 3 years to restore, holding on to the original features - friends exhorted me to remove a 19th C cast iron kitchen range, original doors, beams and replacing all the timber sash and case and Yorkshire lights. When built in the 18th C the back of the house had been tucked into a bank; damp was obviously not a problem for the miller then. That it should not be an issue now, and to allow for an extension to take additional bedrooms and a bathroom, the bank was removed.

During the conversion I was living in the house with exactly the same services as had been available to all former inhabitants; water from the well in the garden, an outside ash pit toilet (visible in the 1924 view), and an iron kitchen range gave me hot water from the pot to left of the fire and from the right hand oven fat loaves whose rich smell filled the kitchen.

By 1981 the restoration was complete with all the comfort of modern services, however, an opportunity for adventure in my working life took me to the Isle of Skye while friends house sat and it was sixteen years before I returned to live at Yearle Mill. I married in this period and in 1988 we bought the mill which was now in sad state of deterioration. Built as a machine for milling flour, it has never been designed as a dwelling and restoration was always going to be an issue. Also, by the 1980s its great historical value had led to both mill and house being Listed as Grade II Historical Buildings, any conversion would have to respect this. The work was to take a further ten years to complete. In 2002 we made the decision to come home and initially considered selling Yearle Mill (two properties was just more than we needed). Our dilemma was solved when a friend suggested occasional holiday lets and we instructed Rural Retreats as our agent.

Over the twelve years we have thoroughly embraced living here, revelling in the pleasure of being close to a vibrant and strong local community, supported by a local Development Trust with a national reputation. The schools are good and rural crime is negligible. However, much as we have loved the peace and being able to take many quiet hours on the terrace enjoying a glass as the sun goes down, after nearly 40 years as caretakers it is now our time to move on, and make way for the next family to experience the comfort and enjoyment of this retreat.

Yearle Mill offers more than a lifestyle choice, but also an investment opportunity and an opportunity to be in control of your life with this flexible chance to live the rural dream, one with considerable income potential. Set in a highly desirable tourist destination in the foothills of the Northumbrian Cheviot Hills and on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, it is only 1 mile from the historic market town of Wooler (Newcastle 47 miles; Edinburgh 76 miles; Northumbrian coast 12 miles). Rain stations at Berwick upon Tweed (16 miles) and Alnmouth (20 miles). Airports at Newcastle on Tyne and Edinburgh and with fibre broadband here, working from home is also an option. Either singly or together, the two recently restored properties offer potential income opportunities. The mill (7 bedrooms; sleeps 11) is currently run as a holiday let. It is furnished to a very high standard, fully equipped (Yves Delorme bedding, Christy towels etc) and is ready to let from purchase. The Millers House (3 double bedrooms) offers options of use as a fine domestic residence, for family holidays or on vacant weeks enjoy a passive income from letting alongside the mill. High quality rental agency ( and cleaning companies are available to service these worry-free properties".

Yearle Mill:

An historic renovated Grade II listed former corn mill. The property has recently been completely renovated throughout to create a three-storey substantial seven bedroom detached period house. Currently used as a holiday let; rent per week starts at �1,413.40.
The enchanting property offers comfortable accommodation on a grand scale.

From ground floor entrance:

A large open-plan dining room and entrance hall, incorporating the mill workings, making a fabulous feature to this grand room. The beamed ceiling adds character. There is also a coal effect Efel Harmony 10Kw stove on a slate hearth.

Cloakroom/boot room Incorporating a close-coupled W.C, wash hand basin, coat hanging area and shoe store.

A timber staircase leads from the dining room to the first floor and a small arched feature door leads off the dining room and into the bottom of the old fire pit of the old corn-drying Kiln. The base of the corn-drying kiln currently houses the AAA rated Megaflo system boiler hot water tank.

French farmhouse style country kitchen enhanced by a beautiful stone flagged floor. Featuring a beamed ceiling with white-washed stone walls pierced by a generous window at the end of the kitchen that allows natural light to flow into the room and provides lovely views. The kitchen is of handmade pine board rustic free standing units and pine worktops, a stainless steel sink and an Aga Rangemaster which sheds warmth over this spacious room. The LPG combi boiler that heats the north side of the property is situated in this room. There is also a cosy dining area situated at the end of the kitchen.

First Floor: There is a landing with two windows admitting lots of light.

Bedroom one: a very spacious room with a natural stone wall marking where the mill was heightened in the 18th Century, original beamed ceiling and the original mill-stones still in place, adding exceptional extra character to this large room. Two windows overlook the course of the mill-lade stream.

Bathroom: take a step back in time in this luxurious Victorian-feeling room, created within the inverted cone of the corn-drying kiln.
Rough rendered stone walls and sanded floor boards house a fabulous double-ended free-standing cast iron bath, a ceramic Victorian sink with ceramic legs and a character period wooden seat W.C, a large window overlooks the rear courtyard. There is also a boiler in this room.

Bedroom two: another generous double bedroom with large ceiling beams, two windows overlook the courtyard. There is a second door to two further bedrooms as well as returning you to the ground floor kitchen via a back staircase.

Bedroom three: A single bedroom with ceiling beams and a window.
Bedroom four: A single bedroom with ceiling beams and window. currently used as a gym.

A Shower room comprises a shower cubicle with electric power shower, a wash hand basin, Victorian style W.C and heated towel rail.

The Staircase to the second floor.
Two Gothic reclaimed church windows add light to this pretty stairwell.

The second floor lounge is a light open room with a high ceiling and exposed pegged timber trusses. The eastern end of this room is dominated by the open, projecting 'loading bay' window that overshoots the mill lade and offers fine views of the hills to the east.
In the centre of the room is a Vermont 16Kw wood burner with tiled hearth. The lounge has laminate flooring over reclaimed floor boards.

A hallway leading to:
Bathroom: This bathroom has half-tiled walls and the bathroom suite comprises a Victorian free-standing cast iron bath, a larger shower cubicle including a Mira power shower, a feature period radiator and a marble tiled floor providing period grandeur with modern comforts.

Bedroom five: A lovely room with exposed beams and semi-vaulted ceiling, featuring spacious fitted wardrobes with reclaimed wooden shutters as the doors and three windows overlooking the courtyard and mill-
Bedroom six: This bedroom is entered though a feature pixie door which is just 4'6'' high. Inside the bedroom is a delight, its lofty ceiling rising within the former chimney of the corn-drying kiln complete with sky mural. This is a light and airy opulent room with three windows and wooden floor boards.

Back Staircase Landing: This landing has two cast iron skylights making it a light area and a generous cupboard with reclaimed doors, adding more period features to this remarkable house. There are pine reclaimed floor boards, lovingly finished to an exceptional standard. This landing connects the lounge with bedroom seven.

Bedroom seven: A further spacious room with period features, a mixture of bare stone walls and pitched ceiling with timber trusses adds to the character and country house feel of this wow-factor period room. More reclaimed pine floor boards round off this exquisite bedroom.

The mill is accessed by a private gated driveway and is sold with its own gardens, outbuildings and woodland.

The Millers House:
A three bedroom (all doubles) country retreat, fully restored and extended Grade II listed building, with a spacious kitchen diner; grand open-plan first floor lounge/dining room with a fabulous focal point of a central chimney, housing a wood burner. Each room is brimming with character and period features. The family bathroom is another delight with charming features combined with modern extras like the sauna which is tucked away in this unusual period room.

The sensitive restoration of the Millers House incorporates many of its original features alongside adding others that have been reclaimed to revitalise this historic property. Notable are the stable door entrance, the sash and case windows and the original working cast iron kitchen range. The building has been re-roofed and the new three room extension that was built to the rear of the property has a 'Sarnafil' roof completed four years ago. This historic building is warm and inviting being centrally heated throughout.

Entering through the stable door in to the spacious character kitchen/breakfast room with quarry tile floor, beamed ceiling and the working cast iron range. The new kitchen units are in keeping with the feel of the room providing plenty of storage. The kitchen also offers a twin sink and a Stoves LPG double oven and hob. The room also has three windows giving outlook over the surrounding courtyard and paddock. The original miller's bedroom opens from the kitchen, and a doorway through to the extension at the rear provides access to two further bedrooms and the family bathroom with sauna. There is also a lovely wooden staircase leading to the first floor living/dining room.

Miller's bedroom: A room of grand proportions and striking period features, notably rough-rendered walls and a lovely stone fireplace with a very unusual Late Georgian ornate cast iron solid fuel stove. There is also a wash basin and dual aspect windows overlooking the surrounding paddocks and gardens.

The hall leads from the kitchen to the new extension which comprises two further double bedrooms and the family bathroom. This hallway has oak flooring, wonderful oak panelling to half height on the walls and a feature skylight.
Bedroom two, a substantial double room with a generous, stunning box-bay window with views over the garden and Cheviot Hills; Bedroom three, another ample double room.

The family bathroom is a room of true grandeur with an oversized Victorian cast iron free standing bath, embossed hand basin and W.C, double sized shower cubicle and a marble tiled floor. The corner airing cupboard houses the recently fitted Worcester condensing boiler.
The Bathroom also features a Finnish sauna with two full length benches and 'Sawo of Finland Scandia" 6KW stove with an external safety switch and a glass door that leads in to the bathroom.

The first floor area is accessible from the wooden staircase in the kitchen. This area was originally the flour store for the mill. The first floor area can also be accessed externally via the original stable door with stone stairs leading to the garden.

Lounge/dining room, an opulent room, very comfortable, with a mixture of feature bare-stone walls, exposed trusses and wide plank floors. A 'Dutchwest' 10Kw log burner adds to the ambiance and six windows add light and views to this wonderful open plan room.

The Millers House has a walled country cottage-style garden with seating area, private driveway and outbuildings consisting of; timber framed workshop of two rooms, insulated and v-board lining within pitched, slated roof; carport and log store, originally a cart shed, now equipped with a concrete floor and pantile roof, the carport can house two cars or one car and logs; kennels/stores a stone building, originally pig pens, now with concrete floors, corrugated tin roof and iron gates. This suite of structures would form part of the Mill property, not the Miller's House.

Summer house, a pretty 1930s timber frame building with part glazed door and windows overlooking the surrounding countryside and pond insulated within plasterboard and skimmed walls.

Set in magnificent grounds of approximately three acres with wonderful views of the Cheviot Hills and with woodland offering an attractive natural wildlife habitat. Both properties have gravelled parking areas and at the front there is a mixture of grass, lawns, kitchen garden and a paddock. The property also contains extensive woodland areas, some newly planted that provide a rich habitat for the thriving wildlife of birds, deer and other animals.

To the south of the properties is a large pond where herons and wild ducks spend their days watched by the current owners over a glass of wine from the summer house.

The Millers House is currently used as a family home, the mill currently providing a substantially sized Holiday let run through Crabtree & Crabtree in a non commercial manner to suit the lifestyle of the current owners.

The potential income generation from these properties is not to be underestimated. The mill offering exceptionally high-end accommodation for up to eleven persons and the Miller's House with the potential to provide accommodation for six or more. A great strength of this property lies in its flexibility to suit the requirements of the imaginative purchaser.

Both properties could be run as holiday lets, or extra income could be sought by allowing the properties to be used for film sets, or as a possible conference centre. Alternatively the new owners could live in one of the properties and use the other as a holiday let to generate an extra income, mirroring current arrangements.
The properties could be sold separately with their separate driveways and gardens.

The properties are around one mile from the charming village of Wooler. The village offers good amenities including lots of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants and a newly-opened Coop supermarket. The Cheviot Centre offering a visitors centre, library and many clubs and activities are based in the village. There is a real community feel around Wooler. Furthermore there are many country and sporting activities available nearby not to mention the walking in the Cheviots.

Yearle Mill has mains water and electricity, a private septic tank and separate underground LPG gas tank. The Miller's House has mains water and electricity, a private septic tank and its own underground LPG gas tank.
Local authority is Northumberland County Council. Council tax for Yearle Mill was band F but is currently zero due to its use as a self-catering holiday property. The Miller's house is council tax band D.

Property postcode: NE71 6RA.

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These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set out as a general guideline and do not constitute any part of an offer or contract. Intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements of representation of fact, but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to their accuracy. Please note that we have not tested any apparatus, equipment, fixtures, fittings or services including gas central heating and so cannot verify they are in working order or fit for their purpose. All measurements are approximate and for guidance only. If there is any point which is of particular importance to you, please contact us and we will try and clarify the position for you.

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