Address: The Lower Mill - 23 & 24 Long Street Croscombe
Postcode: BA5 3QQ
Sale Type: Under Offer
Postcode: BA5 3QQ
Sale Type: Under Offer
Property SummaryThe Lower Mill is in the popular village of Croscombe and very close to Wells. With its handsome wysteria clad stone façade it offers a unique and exceptional family home. It is coming to the market for the first time in 22 years, this being testament to the very happy time the current owners have spent in this grade 2 listed house, with children and grandchildren being wooed by its charm. Woven into the fabric of the house is a fascinating history, from its origins as a house, then as a mill and then its return to a home. It has evolved over the years to provide the characterful, warm, light and welcoming property that it is today. From the entrance vestibule a second door opens into the spacious drawing room which it is believed may date from as early as the seventeenth century. Stone mullion surround windows overlook the pretty front garden with an inglenook fireplace housing a convenient jet master stove for cosy winter evenings. Inset regency style shelving provides a touch of finesse and elegance that adds to the story of how the property has evolved. From the drawing room a door leads through to the dining room, believed to have been added in the eighteenth century, which is a delightful light and airy room featuring double doors out onto the west facing terrace at the front of the house. From the dining room the kitchen is conveniently placed with solid wood reclaimed pine units painted in cream adding to the ample natural light that floods in from the south and east. The kitchen provides all that you need within easy reach and there are some clever touches, such as the breakfast bar cupboards which can be accessed from both sides. Next to the kitchen through an archway there is a cosy study with inset storage cupboard and from the study a door leads back through into the drawing room providing a lovely flow to the ground floor. A second door from the study conceals the ground floor practicalities, a downstairs cloakroom, well fitted utility room and access to the integral double garage which sits unobtrusively within the plot and is serviced with electricity and water. There is access from the utility room to an attractive east facing courtyard where established shrubs sit in raised beds that are set into gravel. The river Sheppey wends its way along the boundary of the courtyard on round the side of the property. From the kitchen a short flight of stairs leads to the first floor landing where a wooden door can be closed to keep the upstairs cosy at night. At the end of the landing there is a beautiful and spacious bathroom that serves the two bedrooms on this floor. This lovely room features a freestanding bath and large shower with an airing cupboard providing plenty of storage for the linen of the house. One of the two bedrooms on this floor is currently set up as a sitting room and has a lovely stone mullion window with window seat, the second and main bedroom having inset storage cupboards. The views over the front garden of the property and the river to the open fields beyond give a wonderfully rural feel. A second flight of stairs leads to a welcoming and light landing where three further charming double bedrooms look out over the front of the property. A second bathroom serves this floor. Loft storage space has been cleverly incorporated from the first floor stairway. As you would expect in a house with such a rich history, period features such as beams and wooden latch doors form a great deal of its charm; additionally it is exceptionally well presented and very economical to run. We highly recommend viewing.
The Lower Mill is enclosed by stone walling and is accessed through a five barred gate off the road. A gravel driveway leads toward the house and then bends left to meet the double garage. A wonderful liquidambar tree stands guard over the front entrance providing stunning autumn colour. The front garden is attractively planted with established English Yew hedging that divides the raised vegetable and fruit garden from the main lawn area giving a wonderful mix of the formal and the productive. Borders frame the garden and are well stocked with spring flowering bulbs and herbaceous perennials. This garden provides year round interest and with the river gently flowing along the side of the path that leads round the perimeter, the atmosphere is of an old English country garden with the stunning façade of the three storey house standing proudly within the plot.
Croscombe is a pretty village, mentioned in the Domesday Book, with a thriving pub "The George" which acts as the hub of the community with its "Take Away" night as well as doubling as the village stores. The village hall has monthly film nights as well as the Charter Market where villagers sell their local produce, a village orchestra, amateur dramatics society and village school, playground and sports field. There is excellent walking in the area as the village is littered with footpaths.
The city of Wells is approx 3 miles away, and offers all the usual attractions of a market town including banks, doctors surgeries and dentists with supermarkets including Waitrose, Morrisons and Tesco, a cinema and a market every Wednesday and Saturday. The high street is vibrant with a small selection of the usual chain stores plus a variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants including the award winning "Goodfellows". At the very heart of the city is the medieval Cathedral, Bishops Palace and Vicars' Close (reputed to be the oldest surviving residential street in Europe).
The Wells festivals are increasing in popularity each year with the Literary Festival now over two weeks and attracting big names, the very well attended Food Festival and many regular Arts festivals. With both the Cathedral School and the Cathedral itself there are endless opportunities for musical concerts, plus there are regular shows and comedy nights in the Little Theatre.
Golf Clubs are in Wells and on the Mendips. Sailing and fishing can be found on the Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes.
Bath and Bristol are within commuting distance and there is a main line railway station with links to London (Paddington) in Castle Cary just a few miles away with trains to London in approximately 90 minutes. Street and Glastonbury are 20 minutes away. Bristol airport is an easy 30 minute drive.
There are excellent state and independent schools in the area including a junior school in the village of Croscombe itself as well as several primary schools in Wells. There is also the extremely sought after Wells Blue secondary school, plus Wells Cathedral School, Downside School, All Hallows Preparatory School and Millfield all in close proximity.
Travelling from Wells on the A371 The Lower Mill is the first house on the right as you enter Croscombe.
Gas fired central heating, mains drainage, mains water and electricity
Viewing by appointment only
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Wells |Bruton |Shaftesbury
- Three storey grade 2 listed house
- Situated in popular Somerset village
- Pretty garden bordered by River Sheppey
- Beautiful stone facade
- Spacious drawing room
- 5 charming bedrooms
Guide Price £725,000enquire now
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