Farmhouse home in superb sylvan setting that boasts its own mill race
some cows to go with it. He did and we had a herd of Aberdeen Angus for quite a while until I had to sell them to concentrate on my business,” says Tom.
The couple sold some of their land but retained 23 acres, which includes stabling and paddocks along with a beautiful sylvan setting for their home.
The farmhouse was habitable when they bought it but the Ramsdens have renovated it and linked it to the adjacent corn mill. Now, one of the property’s most impressive features is the old mill wheel in the dining room.
There is also potential to develop the outbuildings, with planning permission to convert a two-storey barn and adjoining hay barn, former stables and cattle stalls into one three-bedroom and one fourbedroom house.
The main house has a reception hallway with stone fireplace, full-height chimney piece and a vaulted and beamed ceiling with minstrel gallery. An inner hallway provides access to a cloakroom, bathroom and stone steps leading down into a wine cellar.
The ground floor also has a dining room, breakfast kitchen, utility room, double bedroom and a large study/bedroom.
On the first floor, there is a balcony with a paved terrace overlooking the mill race, a master bedroom suite with en-suite bathroom and a double bedroom and house bathroom.
Outside, a mill race meanders down through the grounds forming a waterfall. It feeds a pond to the rear of the property and a large lake at the end of the garden, which leads down to a lower lake. The rear courtyard also provides access into a large double garage and a separate gated entrance leads into a walled and fenced enclosure, where there is a detached stable block with four loose boxes and a tack room.
Tom and Julie will miss the grounds when they leave to downsize.
“It is a very special place. I love the fact that is very private and that we really have had the best of times here. It’s a wonderful place for parties,” says Tom.
A spokesman for Carter Jonas says: “The sale of Corn Mill Farm offers an extremely rare opportunity to acquire a substantial period country residence together with a range of stone barns and ancillary buildings plus stabling and extensive paddock land ideal for those with equestrian interests.” THE number of first-time buyers reached its biggest yearly total in five years, according to data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
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