A converted mill house on the River Avon in England’s tony south Cotswolds region was listed Sunday for £3.275 million (US$4.5 million).
Located on 54 acres in Garsdon, near the market town of Malmesbury, the five-bedroom, four-bathroom stone house sits on a mill stream and retains the mill wheel as part of the living room design, according to listing agent Rupert Sturgis, a partner at Knight Frank Cirencester.
“Some people love the mill wheel in the house and see it as a nod to the property’s history,” he said. “Others think: ‘Why would I want this in my house?’”
The mill house does not have a historic designation, however, so the new buyers could choose to keep it or have it removed, he explained.
The estate has “stunning grounds,” Mr. Sturgis noted, including a waterfall and small bridge beside the house, two cottages and other out buildings, a swimming pool, tennis courts, gardens, a woodland and meadows. It sits on the edge of the Charlton Park Estate, which is owned by the Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire.
The mill house was converted by the Earl’s brother, the Hon. Patrick Howard, and his wife, Mary, a former Vogue cover model and philanthropist, in the 1970s, according to Knight Frank.
The property last traded in 2012, but Mansion Global could not determine the price. The current owners were not available for comment.
Inside, other features include four reception rooms with exposed ceiling beams and fireplaces and additional office space.
The rural area is peaceful, with no road noise, but also a short drive to Malmesbury, Mr. Sturgis said. With working from home now an acceptable option, the south Cotswolds area has seen “a surge of demand,” he explained, adding that there’s always been a limited number of homes for sale.
“We have great schools and good transportation links,” he said. “Most people are very happy here and don’t want to move, so properties don’t come up very often.”
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