Mill Street, Wimborne, Dorset

Guide price

Bedrooms: 6
An unusual and fascinating Grade II Listed detached water mill with origins in the 11th century, situated beside a tributary of the River Stour on the A31, about 3 miles west of Wimborne town centre and less than 30 minutes from the Jurassic Coast, the port of Poole and the sand beaches of Bournemouth.

The Domesday Book of 1086 refers to a watermill on the site, and the existing building was mostly constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries by craftsmen from Poole using ship's timbers. The arch of one of its waterways bears the inscription of 1714 on its keystone.

Believed to be the oldest and largest mill in Dorset, this charming property extends to over 6,000ft, arranged on 4 levels, and stands in grounds of almost half an acre. It is steeped in history, and its manifold character features, including the original water wheel, open fireplaces and a wealth of exposed beams and timbers, would be at home on a film or stage set.

Over the years the mill has been used as a private family home, a garage, a tea room, a restaurant and a bed & breakfast house, and is currently used as a home and income' premises, incorporating a self-contained cottage. The property offers endless residential and commercial possibilities, including multi-generational living.

This attractive, traditionally constructed building has solid red brick walls, and a roof of plain clay tiles (with dormers and 2 brick chimneys.) It is connected to mains electricity and water, and has private drainage.

The impressive accommodation includes multiple staircases leading to 6 bedrooms, 8 quirky dormitories', 4 bathrooms and several cloakrooms.

A studded timber door leads to an entrance hall with exposed wall and down timbers, and a timbered staircase to the first floor. An archway leads to a dining room with a pine stable door to the kitchen which has an angular bay window to the front, wide floorboards, solid pine work surfaces, butler's sink, exposed beams and timbers, range cooker, worktops and drawers. A latched door and step lead up to an inner hallway, off of which is a cloakroom with WC and wash basin. The sitting room has an angular bay window, a feature fireplace with inset wood burner, ceiling beams and cross timbers. Stairs from the inner hallway lead to the first floor.

From the entrance hall, there is access to a large family room with double doors to outside and a superb view over the river. The water wheel is visible, being encased behind glass screens. There is a rear hallway beside the water wheel, with a step down to a large workshop with exposed brick and concrete floor, leading to an aladdin's cave' of workshops and storage areas, one of which contains the turbine, and several WCs. There is a large conservatory with a grapevine and doors to outside.

On the first floor. Bedroom 1 is a dual aspect room with superb views over open farmland, a wealth of timbers, a fitted 4-poster bed, and walnut cupboards.

There is a magnificent living room with partially restricted ceiling height, beams and timbers, stone wall feature, and bar with fitted worktop.

The impressive kitchen/breakfast room has a high vaulted ceiling, and a staircase leading up to the dormitories and bedrooms. It has Travertine work surfaces with walnut trim, mosaic tiled floor, butler's sink, utility sink, extensive range of cupboards, built-in double larder cupboard, wide timber floorboards, and a range of appliances.

An open tread staircase leads up to the second floor, where bedroom 4 has a high vaulted ceiling, and leads to a bath/shower room with Travertine floor, modern slipper bath, wash basin, WC and electric shower. There is a particularly characterful landing with drops and handrails either side, overlooking the kitchen, with exposed A-frame timbers, a pine door and steps down to a long landing off of which there are 8 dormitory pods and a bathroom. At the end is a snug with a wall mounted gas boiler, rustic timbers, double doors to bedroom 5, off of which is bedroom 6, and a staircase down.

Wrought iron gates lead to a large gravelled courtyard adjacent to a tributary of the River tour. A 5-bar gate leads to a raised terrace abutting the river. A picket fence retains a small front garden area with grass and space for pots. On the west side of the house a further access leads to a gravelled parking area for the cottage, a lean-to carport, and a car park enclosed by timber fencing. A 5-bar gate leads to the main garden area on the river bank.

There is a storage area and trellis fencing behind the house, abutting the river. A gate leads to the main garden area which his lawned, with an outside bar, a timber outbuilding, and a wealth of trees and shrubs.


From Pye Corner in Wimborne, proceed along Julians Road to the Lake Gates roundabout, and take the third exit on to the A31 towards Dorchester. Proceed past the left hand turning to Corfe Mullen, and the property can be found on the right hand side, shortly after The Coventry Arms.

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01202 841171

Christopher Batten

15 East Street, Wimborne, Dorset

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