A mill offers a natural setting in tune with the seasons and a slower pace of life, yet has the exposed beams and flagstone floors of a colour supplement lifestyle.
It’s the perfect combination and available for the right buyers in a 14th-century watermill for sale on the River Len in Kent. Chegworth Mill was once part of the Leeds Castle estate.
The moated castle itself – once described as the most beautiful in the world – is on the river a mile away.
The white weatherboard and brick mill is set over three floors and was converted into a home in the 1980s, with present owner Martin Button restoring the old wooden drive wheel and its heavy cogs. “All the workings had to stay in-situ because it’s a Grade II listed building,” explains Martin, who says this is what gives the mill its quirky lay-out.
Listed as a five-bedroom property, Martin says only two bedrooms are what you might regard as standard: “There’s also an annexe off the master bedroom, a small room that’s a single room, and the stone room could be turned into a bedroom, while the bin room could have a bed in it,” he says.
“It could be a six-bedroom place or a two-bedroom place, depending on how you look at it.” Currently the stone room, which has three mill stones visible through a glass floor panel, is used as a cinema room and you can have your breakfast in the kitchen next to workings that are also now behind glass.
These were all covered up by planks until Martin installed the glass and he has replaced other features that were missing when he moved in, in 2003.
So what’s it like living in a watermill? “You have to mind your head because there are lots of bits hanging out,” says Martin with a laugh. “We have a beam in the mill with the date 1766 on it so the mill would suit someone who wants a house that has a history.”
For sale at £850,000 with Graham John (01303 474101/grahamjohn.com), Chegworth Mill is set beside a bulrush-fringed millpond and has a three-quarter-acre…