Shawford, Beckington, Nr Bath Sold

Sold £1,495,000


SOLD  Introduction

The Shawford Mill Estate, located just 15 minutes from beautiful Georgian city of Bath (A UNESCO World Heritage site), offers a unique opportunity to acquire three distinct properties with nearly four acres of land.  Enviably situated beside the River Frome, the Estate is a haven for wildlife, including heron, kingfisher, otter, swans & other wildfowl, has full fishing rights and a superb weir, suitable for installing a high income-producing turbine.

The Estate is approached through automatic gates down a sweeping driveway to a large gravelled parking area for multiple vehicles.  A double carport with sensor lighting adjoins a fully insulated workshop, with multiple shelving and storage, & numerous power points.  The whole has a newly installed concrete floor base.


Shawford Mill

A beautiful and unique Grade II former mill of stone with stone tiled roof, with a picturesque leat that meanders through the property, landscaped gardens including a productive vegetable garden, orchard and own weir.  Dating from c.1500, it sits in its own level grounds of 3+ acres, bounded by the River Frome (fishing rights in-hand).  Detailed planning consent has been granted to enable this historical and special building to be converted with ease into a magical home, with all main rooms facing south and west.  The accommodation would comprise an impressive entrance lobby with cloakroom and utility room, large drawing room with library, expansive kitchen with planned space for Aga, leading through to a fully glazed dining/garden room & outside deck, with wonderful views to the south and west, overlooking the garden, leat and paddock.  On the bedroom level, the master bedroom has a west-facing balcony with spacious en-suite & 2 further bedrooms, served by a family bathroom. The lower ground floor (accessed by stairs from the entrance lobby) comprises a further large room (suitable for a number of uses), together with an office & large shower cloakroom. Another large room on this level, useful for storage and/or a workshop, was in addition, formerly used to house a 4Kw turbine, for which, the previous incumbent was believed to have received an income of around £7,000 p.a. from the National Grid.

*Shawford Mill is a member of the Mendip Power Group, & the weir presents a very unique opportunity to realise a substantial income from hydro generation by the installation of a new 40Kw turbine, estimated to be in the region of £40-50K p.a.


Peacock Villa

Presently used as the owner’s accommodation, the Villa was refurbished to exacting standards three years ago, & now provides luxury living with 5 bedrooms, generously proportioned rooms with a contemporary atheistic.  The Villa could also be utilised as holiday let accommodation and uniquely, has been designed so that it could be used as either one or two dwellings, both with separate entrances.

The ground floor, with oak engineered insulated flooring throughout, incorporates an open-plan kitchen/living/dining area with exposed stone walls & large French window to the courtyard garden, incorporating a fully fitted (secondary) kitchen, cloakroom, large study (or Bedroom 5) with vaulted ceiling, 2 full-height sash windows with original period shutters & further window overlooking the leat.  A further large bedroom (Bedroom 4) is presently used as a games room, with large in-built wardrobe; another large double bedroom (Bedroom 3); wet room with walk-in shower, twin bowl vanity & WC, heated towel rail. An airing cupboard, fully fitted with multiple slatted shelves completes the ground floor accommodation.

Stairs up to connecting door with first floor at lobby level, where there is also a spacious cloakroom, with a beautiful curved period door (originally from Shawford House) overlooking the large peacock topiary, the namesake of the Villa.

A short flight of stairs leads to the second level (& possible separate accommodation), and the main entrance for the Villa, with stone steps leading down to the ground level.  Original mahogany flooring graces the hallway and Bedroom 2, with semi-vaulted ceiling & oak timber beams, two built-in wardrobes, spacious en-suite shower room with walk-in shower, drench head and hand shower, double basin hand-made vanity unit with storage, WC & heated towel rail.

The master bedroom, with oak engineering flooring, has a walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom with roll-top freestanding bath & shower over, large basin hand-made vanity unit, WC, bidet & 2 towel rails.

The living room with it’s vaulted beamed ceiling and panoramic window overlooking the leat and gardens beyond is warm and inviting, with integral & highly efficient Piazzetta wood-burning stove, full height log storage, original oak flooring & library shelving, leading down through French doors to the spacious kitchen & dining area.  A painted handmade solid wood kitchen is complimented with Corian worktops, double Belfast sink, fully fitted with integral appliances (dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave), a 6 burner gas hob range cooker, a large island unit & pantry.  French doors lead onto a balcony, overlooking the Mill & leat, and steps down to the garden.

The whole has new double glazing throughout, using Krypton glass sealed units, new plumbing and electrics, fully insulated (floor & loft), & stone tiled roof.
The Annexe

Alongside the leat stands the glamorous and individual annexe, refurbished from the existing, with a minimal aesthetic.  Privately situated with its own west-facing garden, the beautiful accommodation would also work well as a commercial office space. Clad in oak with a slate tiled roof, the accommodation is largely open-plan, with under floor heating throughout, and wide engineered oak flooring, enhanced with ‘shadow gaps’ for both the skirting and to house the LED lighting which runs the entire length of the building. Enhanced by the full height minimal frame sliding doors & panels, the whole space is light-filled and quite breath-taking.

The fully fitted smooth white kitchen has a stainless bowl, wall oven & hob, other integrated appliances, soft-close handle-less doors, the full width island unit adjoins the dining area, which is divided from the living room area by a remote-controlled gas fire.  Full height capacious storage cupboard spaces, housing TV and other media equipment completes the living space.  Office/study with large recessed bookshelves, integral desk & wall-width storage cupboard space.  Door through to bedroom, with built-in wardrobes and airing cupboard, then leads through to expansive en-suite bathroom with large vanity basin, bath, shower & WC.

Outside, in addition, the annexe also has an enclosed private courtyard & bin storage.
There are numerous outbuildings for storage etc., including former studios & adjoining building which is waiting to be redeveloped into any number of useful additions; outdoor kitchen, artists studio, recording studio, yoga/retreat studio, pottery workshop, etc. etc.

The vegetable garden includes raised beds and large well-prepared beds, an established asparagus bed, a Cedar greenhouse with automatic ventilation & water butt, small orchard & large fruit cage, planted with blueberry, raspberry, tayberry, white & redcurrant, & blackberry bushes.

The gardens that surround the whole property, have many newly planted beds with ornamental bushes and shrubs, fig trees etc., & the paddock has been planted with dozens of hardwood and deciduous trees.

The weir is an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the rushing waters of the river, with a large tidal pool & would make a perfect location to install a fishing/wildlife observation platform.  An outside large dining table with benches makes a wonderful & private entertaining area, and could be further improved with the addition of a summer house and outside kitchen, BBQ & pizza oven perhaps. Further benches have also been built in situ to view the river at various points.

Mains gas, electricity and mains water are all connected.  Electricity and mains water are already connected to the Mill.  A newly installed sewage treatment system was installed in 2013.

The nearby villages of Beckington, with its 3 public houses, excellent Doctor’s surgery & superb Deli/café ‘Mes Amis”; Rode with 3 public houses & post office/café, both excellent village communities, offer the closest facilities; White Row Farm (Farm shop with fresh fish, butchery, local & farm produce, fresh bread, award-winning fish & chips, & gift shop) & Farleigh Road Farm Shop with fresh produce and café, offer convenience almost on the doorstep.

The market town of Frome, with its multitudes of wonderful independent shops, artisans & creatives, historical buildings and voted as one of the ‘Best Places to Live in Britain’ (The Times), is vibrant & holds many festivals throughout the year.

Nearest railway stations are Frome (5 miles) & Westbury (6.5 miles) for direct services to London.  Bath Spa Station is 9.5 miles distant.

March 2015  Long term roadworks are operating between Hantone Hill Batheaston and the Viaduct at Limpley Stoke and the road is closed at this section. so we advise the following for journey from Bath to this property
Leave Bath via Bathwick Hill passing the University and turning left onto Bathwick Hill to bring you to the A36 at the viaduct. Turn right and proceed over the viaduct at Limply Stoke and continue towards the hamlet of Woolverton.  Proceed through Woolverton and over the stone bridge over the river Frome. Turn right into Shawford Mill immediately after the bridge.
An alternative route from Bath during the roadworks period is via Midford, Hinton Charterhouse and turning right here which will bring you back over to the A36 turning right and back onto the road picking up the directions above to proceed to Woolverton.  Both routes will be busier during this period.
Heading from the South on reaching the Beckington roundabout on the A36 proceed approx 1 mile looking for the entrance to the property on the left,  shortly before the Frome River bridge.
Useful Local Information Website
Mendip Council Website including schools, council tax etc

Energy Performance Certificates
Note Grade II Listed part of this property does not require an EPC.
Crown Copyright. All rights reserved. License number 100036608.
APPOINTMENTS TO VIEW AND ALL NEGOTIATIONS MUST BE CONDUCTED THROUGH THE AGENTS. These particulars do not constitute, nor constitute any part of, any offer or contract and all statements made herein are made without responsibility on the part of Pritchards or the Vendor. Any intending purchaser should satisfy themselves as to their correctness. The Vendor does not make nor give, and neither Pritchards nor any person on their employment has any authority to make or give, any representation or warranty in relation to this property. These particulars are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations are conducted through the agents above.  JB/51 /2015

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