What we say at The Zoe Napier Group
Situated just half a mile down a peaceful country lane this former water mill enjoys the most magical of settings amidst ancient woodland, dating back to the 12th century. The property offers the most nostalgic and wonderful historical walks along the River Colne to Colchester and is quite simply an idyllic property to raise a family whose passion is for an active and outdoors lifestyle.
What the owners say
It has been a delight to live in such a wonderful tranquil, peaceful setting for the last 44 years. My children have all grown up here and enjoyed having countless adventures in the grounds which are a particular feature of the property
History & Background
An historical, attached six/seven-bedroom Grade II listed Mill, formerly a working water mill for fulling, and later grain, until it was converted into a characterful family home around the mid 1980’s.
The property dates back in part to the early 18th century, altered in the 19th and 20th centuries, whilst the interior still retains the wheel pit, the wallower and wooden spur wheel with the tributary to the river Colne (Upper Colne) running beneath to a large mill pond – as a boating lake today. The property has one attached neighbour amidst its own magical 2.5 acre(stls) setting with a paddock to the rear and the historic ancient woodland (a site of special scientific interest) to the fore.
The property is attached to the original, separately owned Mill House, as shown in the pictures which is currently owned by a relative to the seller of the Mill. The extensive accommodation to the former water mill is arranged over four floors, including three generous reception rooms, utility room and recently refurbished kitchen on the ground floor, five double bedrooms with en-suite to master and family bathroom on the first floor. There is a large landing/ bedroom and further bedroom on the second floor with stairs leading up to a mezzanine area which could be easily utilised as a games/ sitting room.
Setting & Location
The property is set down a long track with its one adjoining neighbour, set within what can only be described as a magical setting, combining the tranquillity of running water from the upper Colne to the beautiful lake and maturity of the picturesque surrounding grounds which include modest equestrian facilities with a paddock to the rear. Opposite are Chalkney Woods, around 72.6 hectares of ancient woodland, dating back to the 12th century, and now a designated site of special scientific interest (SSSI). There are some beautiful walks in the immediate facility, one of which runs through an old railway track (now a nature reserve) to Colchester and equally there are scenic walks, about 1.5 miles, into the village of Earls Colne.
Earls Colne is a vibrant and charming village, lying about 8 miles to the west of Colchester City and around 3.5 miles to the east of the historic market town of Halstead. The village itself has a primary school (Ofsted Good) and there are excellent leisure and golfing facilities within a 2-mile radius of the property. The nearest mainline station is Marks Tey 6.1 miles or Colchester (North) 9.3 miles. Halstead 3.5 miles * Marks Tey Station 6.1 miles* Colchester City 9 miles* Chelmsford City 21 miles* Stansted International Airport/M11 27 miles*
• Zoe Napier Group operate the Propertymark protocol toolkit. Our client has completed a questionnaire (with appendix’s where appropriate) which allows a buyer to make a more informed decision when
deciding whether to purchase a property. This questionnaire is forwarded to all legal parties at the beginning of the transaction which is intended to help speed up the sale process.
• The property is on private drainage with a septic tank that has not been surveyed to comply with new regulations came into force in January 2020.
• Grade II Listed Building entry number 1337879.
• Council Tax Band: G - Tenure Freehold