A fascinating conversion of a Nineteenth Century mill forming part of a courtyard development and
Grade II listed heritage building
Location - The Hem stands just off the Bridgnorth Road with surrounding open countryside and within easy access of Shifnal, where there are many amenities and facilities, including the ofsted rated and sought after Idsall School and Telford which is a major centre. There is a wide range of schools in both sectors and access to the M54 both from Junctions 3 and 4 bringing the whole of the motorway system close at hand. There is a railway station in Shifnal with connections to Birmingham.
Description - The Mill House is the principal residence in a courtyard development converted from the original mill and its ancillary buildings. There are far reaching countryside views to the front and rear from the lounge and also from all of the bedrooms.
Much of the original mill machinery has been retained and with its concealed lighting adds enormously to the character of the property. The mill stream runs along the bottom of the garden and the courtyard development creates a community spirit within the small number of adjacent properties and yet the development is set in the heart of open countryside.
In March of this year the property was completely refurbished with a newly installed integrated kitchen, the utility room has plumbing for a washing machine. There are many new recessed spotlights and wall lights, there are berber style carpets to the hall, stairs and landings. There is central heating throughout and double glazing to the majority of windows.
The Mill House fronts an extensive gravelled courtyard which has conversions of the original buildings on three sides. It is of three-storey construction and built of brick with tiled roof. The elevation is typical of this style of heritage buildings. To the front of the property there is an extensive blue-brick courtyard behind a low brick retaining wall.
Accommodation - The front door leads to a small HALL and stairs with turned balustrading and acorn finials lead down to the lower level which has a splendid LIVING KITCHEN of substantial proportions with a range of fitted units extending along two sides with grey granite-style laminated tops and including 11/2 bowl stainless steel sink unit, built-under Lamona electric oven with four-ring ceramic hob above, integrated Lamona dishwasher, integrated fridge and separate freezer, concealed Worcester Hiflow gas fired boiler for central heating and domestic hot water, matching wall cupboards, green Aga double oven cooker with decorative canopy above, oak beamed ceiling, original exposed mill workings and beyond balustrading are glass panels below which is the original mill wheel which is illuminated. Three of the walls are the original exposed brickwork and the floor is paved with slate, there is a large picture window along with two other windows overlooking the front and a door to the rear garden. Next to the kitchen is a small LAUNDRY AREA with stainless steel 11/2 bowl sink unit and a separate WC beyond with windows overlooking the garden.
Stairs lead up to the middle floor with a spacious LIVING ROOM which has more of the mill workings exposed including a stone grinding wheel with the original grain hopper. There are recessed display shelves, dual aspect windows with far reaching views of the surrounding countryside, two exposed oak beams and a side alcove which can be used as a STUDY AREA.
A further staircase leads to the upper floor which has THREE DOUBLE BEDROOMS, two of which have built-in wardrobes and all with exposed timbers and on the LANDING there are further exposed mill workings. The BATHROOM has a Victorian-style bath with claw and ball feet and brass fittings with telephone shower attachment, wc and part ceramic wall tiling. On a slightly higher level there is a matching pedestal basin with rope edge decoration and shower cabinet with thermostatic control. There are exposed beams with more of the mill workings.
Outside - The back door leads to a small area of decking with stone paved steps leading down to the first part of the GARDEN which is laid in gravel with a decorative paved circular area beyond which and below a tiled canopy is the splendid, original mill wheel with access beyond to a CELLAR. There are a number of shrubs and trees and beyond a lattice fence is a further area of garden with a boundary to the mill stream.