6 bedroom house for saleChurch Street, Netherseal, Derbyshire
- Stunning country home and waterside mill
- Renovated to the highest standards
- Sat upon 11 acres of grounds - equestrian use
- Over 6000 sq ft of accommodation
- Quadruple garage block and outbuildings
- Grade II listed
- Adjacent to the River Mease with fishing rights
- Mill converted to ancillary accommodation
- Gated secure entrance
- Viewing strictly by appointment
Situated on the edge of the picturesque village of Netherseal, which lies on the banks of the River Mease, is Mill Farm, an outstanding Grade II listed country house and beautifully restored 18th Century waterside mill set upon 11 acres of the finest English countryside.
Accommodation - Mill Farm is a unique country home occupying one of the finest settings you could wish to live and is a must view property for those looking for a mixture of stunning period accommodation, a practical location, rural life and private grounds. This is a Grade II listed home which has been meticulously restored and extended by the current owners over many years and the results are simply outstanding. There has been a significant extension to the original farmhouse which blends in the old and new seamlessly. In addition to the main home there is a converted water mill with historical links back to the doomsday book which is waterside to the River Mease, along with a multitude of barns, outbuildings and a newly constructed four car garage block.
The internal accommodation is in the region of 6,000 sq. ft. which offers versatility and is all finished to a most exacting standard. The vaulted entrance hallway is of magnificent proportions and a real feature room of the home. The room features Italian polished limestone flooring, hand carved Derbyshire stone pillars and part Derbyshire stone walls and combining a stunning fireplace. There is an oak panelled galleried landing inspired by Lutyen with a stunning staircase. This is part of the newer extension and all the ground floor to this section includes under floor heating.
Off the hallway is a superb open plan Lounge and Drawing room which maximise the views toward the watermill and the surrounding countryside and features a multi fuel stove set into a stone hearth and surround with a Cumberland slate carving produced by a renowned local craftsman. There are further exposed beams and oak flooring with deep set skirting boards and a vaulted ceiling area. There are feature side glazed windows with shutters.
The formal dining room has internal oak panelling with glazed windows looking through to the stunning hallway and yet again features exposed beams. This in turn leads through to the stunning breakfast kitchen.
This is a shaker style hand painted kitchen and was installed by Plain English of Suffolk. This combines a mixture of oiled wood, slate and stainless steel worktops. The kitchen has a central island unit and features a large Lacanche range cooker with Fornair extractor over plus a range of further appliances. There are further exposed beams and Derbyshire stone exposed walls and has more of the feature windows with shutters to the side elevations along with doors leading out to a rear patio area which is bathed in afternoon sunshine. In addition, there is a separate useful pantry room.
Within the original farmhouse there is an additional entrance hall with brick tiled flooring and there are two further reception rooms. There is great family room with dual aspect windows and an additional study. This room features an inglenook replace with inset range style gas re and a second Oak staircase rising to the first floor. There is a cloakroom with WC and brick tiled flooring along with a plant room.
The galleried landing continues the Luyten's theme and offers views of the vaulted ceilings and beams and the Oak flooring with inset spotlights lead to a wonderful master bedroom which is located with further stunning views over the water mill. This room also has twin walk in wardrobes, Oak flooring and a full ensuite bathroom consisting of polished limestone flooring, separate shower unit, bidet, wc, with a wash hand basin and featuring an Air bath.
There are an additional four bedrooms with one featuring a unique loft access/play area and walk in wardrobe and a feature ensuite. Another bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, walk in wardrobes and an ensuite with freestanding roll top bath. Bedroom four has oak flooring, brick fireplace and ensuite shower room whilst bedroom 5 has an original fireplace and is served by a large landing/play area with a range fireplace. There is also a well-appointed family bathroom again featuring a roll top claw foot bath.
Vendor Interview - I actually persuaded my parents to buy the property eighteen years ago,” says Rachel, “however the day we came to view it we almost turned around and left straight away. The farmhouse and the mill were almost derelict and it was such a huge restoration project, but the estate agent persuaded us to take a quick look at the mill, and that was it, we were sold. We listened to the gently owing water and really took in our glorious surrounding and all of a sudden we had a vision of how the whole property could be transformed.”
“I knew of an architect and thought this would be the perfect project for him, but he had to come up with something really special in order to be granted permission to both extend and renovate, and that’s exactly what he did. It was a slow two-year process, but the result is absolutely stunning.”
“We have extended the house greatly; it’s now around two-and-a-half times bigger than it was originally, but we wanted to build something that would mellow with time, sit well with the narrative of it’s glorious surroundings and really stand the test of time. Internally we’ve used an array of lovely natural materials, so it has the look of a period home but a very opulent feel, and we’ve also been able to incorporate an array of modern conveniences and technology, so it has all the advantages and comforts of a modern home.”
“We’ve used a great deal of glazing throughout the newer part of the house so there’s a de nite synergy between inside and out, and the grounds are every bit as beautiful as the house itself,” continues Rachel. “Before we came here the land really hadn’t been managed, it was farmland, but it’s been a real labour of love for my father who has transformed the space into something quite special. It’s an absolute haven for wildlife and a magical playground for the grandchildren. They can climb trees, mess about in boats on the mill pond, build dens in the woodland... it’s truly idyllic.”
“The whole house is very special,” says Rachel, “but if I had to choose, I’d say that the drawing room really stands out. It’s a vast space and enjoys magnificent views of the grounds from almost every aspect. It also has an incredibly peaceful and restful atmosphere.”
“The immediate surroundings are so peaceful and picturesque, and yet in around forty minutes I can be sitting in Selfridges in Birmingham having a cup of coffee,” says Rachel. “It’s definitely a location that offers the best of both worlds.
The Mill House - The former watermill dates to the 18th Century, however reference has been made to a mill on this site within the doomsday book. This picturesque mill has a stunning backdrop over the mill pond and surrounding River Mease. This has been restored with the same degree of care and eye for detail. The Mill can now provide self-contained ancillary accommodation for the use of guests or even has holiday let potential. The building has a living/bedroom with a door leading through to the former upper mill room, there is a separate kitchenette and shower room whilst the former lower mill room is currently used as further storage.
Outside - The home is accessed via a sweeping gated and secure entrance which leads to a large courtyard area to the front. There is a newly built detached, 4 bay, remotely operated garage, to which there is also a useful laundry room and outside WC. There is a second driveway with further gated entrance. The courtyard has a variety of barns and outbuildings, boiler room and stables, which adds equestrian use to the home, and there is a room perfect for an artist’s studio.
To the rear of the kitchen is a lovely sunny terraced patio area whilst to the fore of the home are extensive lawned gardens. In total, there are 11 acres of grounds which encompass meadows and copsed wooded areas, the mill pond adjacent to the water mill with a freshwater stream, and a multitude of pathways along the River Mease. The home also has fishing rights. The river forms a natural boundary for the plot. The gardens are level and can be utilised for those equestrian minded. All in all, one of the finest natural grounds with a true feeling of English countryside
Location - Mill Farm occupies a stunning rural location and lies adjacent to the River Mease. The home has a true country feel, whilst still only being 2.5 miles from Junction 11 of the M42 which links perfectly to both the East and West Midlands motorway network.
Netherseal is the southernmost village in the county of Derbyshire, bordering Leicestershire and is within close proximity to Staffordshire and Warwickshire and offers real ease to access the West Midlands. The village itself has many historic Grade II Listed buildings and the centre of the village is now a conservation area and includes the 17th Century Alms Houses and St Peter’s Church which was built in the 19th Century and stands on the site of a 13th Century church. There are excellent local amenities to include a village pub, school and hall with numerous clubs, including a tennis club, societies and associations making for thriving village life.
The market towns of Tamworth (11 miles), Sutton Coldfield (20 miles) and Solihull (27 miles) are within easy commutable distance, as are the cities of Lichfield (22 miles), Leicester (25 miles), Birmingham (27 miles) and Derby (31 miles). East Midlands Airport (18miles) and Birmingham International Airport (23 miles) are also close by as are Railway Links via a multitude of Mainline stations.
There is fabulous schooling in close proximity with a village primary school whilst for Private Schools there are numerous in close travelling distance such as Grace Dieu, Manor House, Foremark Hall, Repton and Denton.
The delightful surroundings and the convenience of the location combine to make this arguably one of the finest positions for a house for miles around.
Services - Oil fired Central Heating, Mains Electric and Water and Drainage via Klargester treatment Plant
Local Authority - South Derbyshire District Council
Viewing Arrangements - Strictly via the Vendor’s agents Fine & Country – Contact Lee Armstrong on 01332 973881 or 07496 710557
Website - www.fineandcountry.com
Opening Hours - Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 8.30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
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