- Unique 5 Bedroom Period Mill House
- Near to Hay on Wye
- Picturesque Gardens with Brook Running Through
- Immaculately Presented Throughout
A Unique and Delightful 18th Century Former Mill Offering a Detached 5 Double Bed Family Home Steeped in History and Nestled in an Idyllic Setting with Stream Running Through Extensive Gardens.
Ground Floor: Sitting Room – Family/Dining Room – Kitchen/Diner – Walk-in Pantry – Basement: Mud Room – First Floor: Master Bedroom with Ensuite Shower – 2 Double Bedrooms – Family Bathroom – Top Floor: 2 Further Double Bedrooms – Separate WC – Outbuildings: Greenhouse – Shed – Log Store – Approx. 1 acre of Grounds with Stream and Small Woodland Area
The current Mill House is about 300 years old, of early Georgian construct and positioned above Millhalf brook. An impressive and malleable family home set over 4 storeys, while refurbished over recent years it inspiringly retains, in the authentic texture of the building, winding gears, exposed timbers, stone cills and bread oven, the enduring character of its original working purpose. Originally part of and still surrounded by the 1000 acre Whitney Court Estate that traces its history from St. Cyndir, a contemporary of the legendary King Arthur. Corn mills have been recorded in Millhalf since Medieval times.
The extensive grounds are charmingly dissected by the millstream, the gurgle of water and trill of birdsong enhancing the complete and tranquil privacy of this rural haven. With inhabitants such as Otters, Kingfishers and Dippers from the nature reserve upstream, being frequent visitors to the gardens.
The quiet hamlet of Millhalf lies only 1 mile’s remove from the main A438 Brecon road, leading to Whitney village with its riverside Boat Inn restaurant and Church Barn Farm Shop. Hay-On-Wye famed for its bookshops and International Literary Arts Festival is 4 miles away. Drawing tourists and potential AirBnb guests to a captivating area drenched in the history of this turbulent borderland and ideal for outdoor activities; canoeing on the Wye, walking amid the stunning vistas of the Begwyns or upon the ancient trail of Offa’s Dyke.
Opening the garden gate leads up a pebble pathway to the house and an open paved terrace, an ideal spot for morning coffee or outdoor dining. Up several more steps lies the Front door but it is the stable door of the Kitchen that beckons. Beyond inner glazed doors opens a lovely French farmhouse style ‘unfitted’ Kitchen/Diner with original flagstone flooring. The Fired Earth cream Bastide freestanding units are solid oak construction with thick worktops, handmade in France. To the centre is an Island unit with Breakfast bar to one side and open shelf storage below with three sturdy pull-out woven basket drawers. These woven storage baskets also feature to one side of the Belfast sink unit. Flanking the cream Aga Range cooker with 6 burner gas hob and electric ovens are a Butcher’s block unit and a Confiturier. One of two such units with drawer and deep cupboard. A large double Armoire provides ample storage with adjustable shelves, with additional Fired Earth large Plate Rack and Pan Shelf. The harmonious style of the Kitchen is further reflected in the Bastide table and chairs comfortably seating 6 in the Dining area.
From the Dining area opens the Walk-in Pantry an imminently practical space with ample shelving and storage for household necessities. It also houses both the Worcester Greenstar 440 gas combi-boiler and plumbing for a dishwasher.
Next the Family/Dining room is a charming and malleable retreat, made cosy by the large freestanding Clearview woodburner atop reclaimed slate hearth. Open display shelves are fitted into the side alcove while dual aspect windows offer delightful views over the garden stream.
A discrete door leads down original stone steps into the Basement, offering opportunity to reconfigure this ample space with existing plumbing to serve multiple functions; Utility, Mud Room and Shower Room with the fittings of Saniflow pump, WC, basin, cubicle and tray in situ yet to be fitted. With the hallway’s External door leading into the garden, it’s an ideal space for the divestment of boots and the rubbing down of muddy dogs.
Leading on from the Family Room is the Sitting Room, also benefitting from a Clearview woodburner set here into a fireplace with Black Mountain stone hearth and timber mantelpiece. The room enjoys triple windows again framing lovely views down over the gardens.
The staircase leads up to the first landing, with to the right the Master Bedroom. A spacious, bright and airy carpeted room, enjoying dual aspect with exposed stripped beams and an original Victorian cast iron fireplace. The Ensuite has a corner shower cubicle with WC and pedestal basin.
Across the landing is a large Double Bedroom with a picture window with views across the expansive gardens and a Velux. The room benefits from wooden flooring, exposed wall and ceiling timbers and has a modern hand basin in an old pine washstand unit.
The third Double Bedroom features a window with woodland views and also an External Door that could be joined to the flight of stone steps beyond by a short metal bridge. While useful built-in storage is provided by a deep under-stairs cupboard.
Opposite lies the spacious Family Bathroom, with a freestanding Victoria&Albert bath, centre-mounted taps with shower attachment, WC and pedestal basin.
Proceeding up to the top floor, to the right is a large Double Bedroom, a stunning and intriguing space retaining the mill winding gear up in the high ceiling and wooden floor hatchway. This malleable room provides ample space for both bed and study area, offering a teenager’s dream escape or practical Home Office. Yet the Separate WC next door with Saniflow pump unit easily allows for the installation of a freestanding bath. Combining with the Smaller Double Bedroom this top floor creates an obvious private Family AirBnb rental.
While Wisteria and Hydrangea scramble up the Mill, across the acre of grounds swathes of lawn are interspersed with mature specimen shrubs and trees. Of note are Acer, Silver Birch, Rowan and productive Quince, Apple and even a Perry Pear. An arch of Dutch Roses create a sweep of colour and perfume, echoed by neighbouring honeysuckle and pergola climbing roses. While the centrepiece must be the stunning Gunnera bathing its feet at the stream’s edge.
Herefordshire Council Tax Band ‘F’
Gas Central Heating
Mains Electricity, Water and Private Drainage
From Hereford take the A438 towards Brecon along Whitecross and Kings Acre Roads. Continue straight for 12 miles and turn left to remain on the A438. Continuing 2 miles, through the village of Winforton, turn right signed to Brilley/Michaelchurch on Arrow. At the crossroads turn left and proceed until the road splits opposite Millbank Cottage and bear up to the right. The property is to be found shortly on the right.