Sidbury

£1,500,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
A rare opportunity to acquire a historic working watermill with attractive four bedroom house and separate timbered and vaulted Art Gallery and coffee shop. 17.94 acres (7.26ha) available as a whole or in two lots. EPC Band: D

SITUATION

Sidbury Watermill is in a quiet, secluded position in the popular Saxon village of Sidbury, yet within a short walk of the centre of the village with its pub, church, primary school and butchers/village shop. Sidbury is surrounded by delightful countryside and is just three miles from the Regency town of Sidmouth.

Famous for its long esplanade, beaches, excellent hotels and attractive public gardens, Sidmouth has a range of very good shops and amenities including its theatre, cinema, swimming pool, sailing club, cricket, tennis and croquet clubs as well as a popular golf course. The market town of Honiton lies inland to the north and has further facilities including a main line rail link to London (Waterloo).

The Cathedral City of Exeter and Exeter University lie further west along the A3052 and Exeter has an excellent range of shopping facilities within the Princesshay Shopping Centre and High Street. There are good communications with a main line link to London (Paddington) as well as easy access to the M5 motorway and to Exeter International Airport.

The property is well located for walking and riding enthusiasts with a number of foot and bridle paths in the area. Sidbury lies within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is close to the Jurassic Coast, awarded international recognition as a World Heritage Site for its geological interest and dramatic cliffs and beaches.

The nationally regarded Colyton Grammar School is approximately 9 miles distant.

INTRODUCTION

Purchased by the current owners in 1995 the house, mill, outbuildings and grounds have been carefully restored to form a unique and private home.

There are fewer than one hundred working watermills in the country and Sidbury Mill is one of a very few in the South West and the only working mill on the River Sid. Wheat for the watermill is grown on the arable land forming part of the property, which is then harvested and milled to produce strong wholemeal flour suitable for breadmaking. The flour is sold at local shops and delicatessen outlets.

The Mill House and adjoining three storey Mill are located to the left of the entrance drive and the Art Gallery and Coffee Shop are on the other side of the drive created from what was originally an old stable block.

There are nearly 18 acres comprising gardens, river walk, woodland and arable land.

THE MILL HOUSE

The house is beautifully proportioned with large casement and sash windows. A covered entrance porch leads into the main hall with doors to the drawing room, snug and kitchen/dining room and stairs leading to the first floor.

The L-shaped drawing room features a large brick inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove supplied with a log store accessed, for convenience, from both inside and outside.

On the left of the hall is the snug/television room which has a gas-fired coal effect fireplace.

The open plan kitchen/dining room extends along the length of the house. Bespoke kitchen units of cherry wood offer a good amount of storage.

At the far end of the dining area is a small morning room overlooking the garden and mill leat.

Beyond the kitchen is a utility room with gas fired boiler, a downstairs W.C. And cloaks area.

On the first floor are four double bedrooms, three with ensuite bathrooms and a fourth family bathroom. The master bedroom also has a dressing room in addition to a large area of built in wardrobes.

THE WATER MILL

Records of the history of the Mill date back to the thirteenth century. When bought by the current owners, the Mill itself was in very poor condition both externally and internally and a major restoration programme was undertaken to bring it back to good condition and to working order. The machinery is belt driven with the waterwheel accessed from the ground floor.

The building is arranged over three floors for grain storage, milling and packing and there are also two separate offices on the ground floor. The middle floor is spacious and is also used for occasional school visits or visits by various clubs and societies.

The mill leat begins at the weir close to Sidbury Church and passes through several gardens before reaching the mill itself. Historical rights of access are in place so that the flow of water can be maintained at all times.

THE ART GALLERY

Detached from the mill is a two-storey barn conversion. Upstairs is an attractive timbered and vaulted art gallery with a coffee shop and kitchen downstairs and outside patio with outside cloakroom. The Gallery was originally granted Planning Permission for conversion to a holiday cottage but the owners re-applied for an exhibition area and this application was granted.

THE GROUNDS

The drive to the property is situated on the A375 and descends to provide a high degree of peace and privacy. A central area with specimen trees in the driveway offers a turning area and extensive parking with access to all main buildings.

The gardens have well established flower beds, shrubs and hedges, creating a wonderfully soft, leafy backdrop to this picture of tranquillity. Many hundreds of trees have been planted creating both woodland and a peaceful river walk.

The mill and gardens have been opened for charity several times each year. On the opposite bank of the river is a band of deciduous woodland.

There is a substantial open fronted double garage 5.66 m x 5.46 m (18' 7 x 17' 11) with sliding doors to a secure workshop 5.46m x 5.58m (17' 11 x 17' 8'').

THE LAND

There are two well-maintained, fenced paddocks, one of which adjoins a livestock/ general storage barn 13.3 m x 6.8m (43'7 x 22'3). This is a timber framed building with a concrete floor and internal gates and has both electricity and water supplies.

The property is offered with all of the above extending to 6.45 acres (2.61 ha) together with a further 11.49 acres of arable land and woodland and an agricultural barn as described below.

The productive parcel of land (shaded yellow on the plan) has been in arable rotation in recent years, sheltered by the woodland along the western boundary and hedge boundaries to the south and east. There is access from the main holding and the council road, giving good access to both foot and bridle paths leading up through the nearby Harcombe and Roncombe valleys. The land has a machinery and crop store 17m x 9m (55'9 x 29'6) sheltered by the woodland to the west. This timber framed building has a concrete floor, water and electricity currently connected. It is accessed by a stone track from the road and surrounded by a hardcore surface.

VIEWING

Strictly by appointment through Stags on 01404 45885.

DIRECTIONS

From Honiton take the A375 towards Sidmouth and continue for about 7 miles into Sidbury. Proceed through the main part of the village and after a short distance there is a sign Sidbury Watermill on your left.

SERVICES

Mains water, electricity, gas and mains drains. Gas fired central heating. Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) The land is registered for entitlements, the current year will be retained by the vendor. Entitlements will be transferred to the purchaser.

WAYLEAVES AND RIGHTS OF WAY

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of any wayleave agreements in respect of any electricity or telephone poles, wires, stays, cables etc. Or water or drainage pipes etc. Either passing upon, over or under it. The property is also sold subject to and with the benefit of any public or private rights of way or bridleways etc.

There is a footpath that crosses the first part of the driveway and runs along the mill leat back towards the village. A second foot path runs along the far southern boundary of the arable land, and is fenced off from the field.

Arrange viewing 01404 758007

Stags - Honiton Sales

Bank House, 66 High Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1PS

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