The Mill, Bocking
- Grade II* Listed Mill
- Approx 3600 Sq Ft
- Breakfast Kitchen
- Three Reception Rooms
- Four Double Bedrooms
- Three En-Suites
- Gardens, Seating & Private Off Road Parking
- Sat Nav To CM7 9AU
Property SummaryA truly remarkable Grade II* listed riverside property which, although now fully and sympathetically modernised, presents a new owner with an opportunity to acquire a breath-taking home steeped in history dating back to the 12th century.
On the banks of the River Blackwater, the old mill - built on the same site as another originally constructed by the Prior of Canterbury Cathedral incorporates numerous thoughtful touches blending modern comfort with authentic English heritage. Interior features include a cinema room, a mezzanine study and a reception hall with a glass viewing gallery - all set in beautiful, established grounds with a private off-road drive and parking for several vehicles.
Lovingly restored and maintained over the past decade, the exceptional quality of the property is immediately evident on entering. The wooden beams and in the walls and ceilings tell of the history of the old mill but thoughtful and careful modernisation have ensured while offering everything you would expect from a quintessential English home - it actually feels far from old. Sometimes, homes steeped in so much heritage can prevent numerous challenges but, with this one, many of those have already been overcome by the previous owners. However, there is still scope for further development on the higher floors should a new owner wish to make their mark.
Surrounded by landings above the river, the property is separated from the road by decorative wrought-iron railings mounted in a low stone wall. Some shrubs and trees have been planted in raised beds incorporated in crazy paving with discreet lighting also leading the way to the front door. One side of the property includes access to the gated driveway with parking for several cars while the other overlooks the mill pond, including a gravelled terraced seating area bordered by low, white-painted fencing. A short bridge over the race leads to a second terrace with raised flowerbeds and access to the decked veranda adjacent to a gated weir. Both seating areas are also equipped with lighting and a number of external power points. A second private bridge leads on over the river from the veranda to an extensive private lawned garden surrounded by mature woodland and including a fountain as well as a timber pergola accessed via decorative steps bordered by a stone wall and planted flower beds. A gate offers access to open fields beyond.
Built in 1580 by a family of wealthy clothiers, The Mill straddles the old race where a waterwheel was once turned by the waters of the River Blackwater to provide flour for the villagers of Bocking, just to the north of Braintree. The wheel itself is still visible from the interior glass viewing gallery and the property has maintained its prominent position and remains a local landmark. Braintree town centre is within easy reach - either on foot or by car - although regular bus services run from stops along Bradford Street. Local amenities include The George Yard Shopping Centre, numerous shops, the post office, supermarkets, banks, bars and restaurants although the larger towns of Chelmsford and Colchester are within half an hours drive. For travel further afield, Braintrees railway station in on the branch line from Witham and about an hours journey from Londons Liverpool Street. London Stansted Airport is also approximately 20 minutes away by car. Schools serving the area include Great Bradfords Junior School and the Alec Hunter Academy both rated as good by Ofsted at their most recent inspections while independent schools within a few minutes drive include St Margarets Prep School in Gosfield and Gosfield School itself. For those who enjoy a good walk spoiled the picturesque Braintree Golf Club is within easy reach while recreational walks in open countryside both north and south along the River Blackwater are accessible from the doorstep.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room (6.81m (22'4") x 3.43m (11'3"))
Inset double Butler sink unit with left and right hand granite drainer, granite work surfaces to side with a matching range of wall mounted units with further drawers and cupboards under, fitted plate rack and display unit, spacious larder, fitted book shelf with cupboard under, central granite island with cupboards, drawers and wine rack beneath, fitted fridge/freezer, fitted family size Aga, space for washing machine and dishwasher, granite breakfast bar, to the far end of the kitchen the current owners have exposed a raised large shelf area with a fitted display crockery units, exposed beams and a feature mini staircase. In addition, there are feature beamed vaulted ceiling and walls, leaded light window to front.
Sitting Room (10.59m (34'9") x 5.23m (17'2"))
Large floor to ceiling window to side with views overthe river and the Weir gates, leaded light window to rear which makes an excellent sitting area with views over the river. This sitting room has the appeal of a converted barn with a stunning fully beamed pitched roof, traditional cast iron radiators, exposed painted floor.
Cinema Room (6.96m (22'10") x 2.95m (9'8"))
Windows to three sides, exposed beams, exposed painted flooring. The cinema room has a 120-inch retractable Screen and state of the art HD 3D projector with 7 channel audio system and 9 speakers which also provides informal family entertaining space or snug when the blinds are retracted. Stairs then rise to a large.
Reception Hall (6.96m (22'10") x 3.23m (10'7"))
Exposed painted floor boards, two old school radiators, vaulted exposed beamed ceiling and walls, exposed brickwork, double glazed window to front, stairs to first floor with storage beneath and three additional storage cupboards to the far side of the hall, feature wall mounted electric fire, glass viewing gallery being made up of a part glass floor with views of the original working mill wheel beneath.
Low level WC, pedestal hand wash basin, feature exposed beams, tiled floor, traditional cast iron radiator.
Dining Room (6.81m (22'4") x 3.40m (11'2"))
Feature stone steps leading you down to the stunning dining hall with window to side, exposed beams to wall and ceiling, storage cupboard, exposed painted flooring, traditional cast iron radiator, stairs leading to study, raised feature stone area with inset log storage with space for a free-standing log burner, steps down to.
Study (7.06m (23'2") x 2.95m (9'8"))
Raised window to side, fitted study furniture, exposed beams, door leading to an area with fitted cupboards and shelving which overlooks the water.
First Floor Landing (4.80m (15'9") x 4.65m (15'3"))
This stunning galleried landing is approached by a winding staircase, leaded light window to front, window to front and side, exposed beams.
Master Bedroom (5.97m (19'7") x 5.05m (16'7") Reducing To 11' 07")
L shaped Bedroom with Stable door to side with access to the grounds, arch window to side, window to front, exposed beamed wall and ceiling, exposed brickwork, traditional cast iron radiator, large walk in fitted wardrobe, feature electric fire.
Low level WC, pedestal hand wash basin, walk in shower cubicle with rainforest shower and additional shower attachment, tiled floor, heated towel rail, exposed beams, downlighters.
Bedroom 2 (4.93m (16'2") x 3.30m (10'10"))
Leaded light window to rear with breath taking views over the river and mill pond, traditional cast iron radiator, exposed beams to ceiling and wall, downlighters, substantial walk in wardrobe with lighting, hanging space and shoe racks 9' 6" x 8' 5" (2.90m x 2.57m)
High level WC, vanity hand wash basin with cupboards under and marble surround, inset large bath with marble surround and surrounding shelving and cupboards, mixer tap and shower attachment, exposed beams, tiled floor, traditional cast iron radiator, leaded light window to rear.
Bedroom 3 (5.18m (17'0") x 3.38m (11'1"))
Leaded light window to rear, exposed beams, fitted wardrobes, traditional cast iron radiator, door to en suite.
Low level WC, pedestal hand wash basin, paneled bath, exposed beams, heated towel rail, window to side, downlighters.
Low level WC, pedestal hand wash basin, paneled bath, window to rear, exposed beams.
Bedroom 4 (5.26m (17'3") x 3.45m (11'4"))
Window to side, traditional cast iron radiator, exposed beams, original staircase leading to loft room.
Loft Room (11.63m (38'2") x 5.99m (19'8"))
Fully boarded with original Pulley wheel which was once used in the Fulling Mill and then later used in the corn mill, window to front and rear, storage area beneath the loft room. attic space which is accessed via bedroom four could readily convert to further accommodation if required.