The Old Mill in Surrey is a handsome Grade II listed Georgian fronted mill house with a private lake, charming gardens and substantial outhouses situated in the village of Churt. Milling has been taking place there since the 14th century but rumour has it that this particular property was built from the proceeds of a more underhand business: smuggling.
The house itself has been carefully refurbished over the years and retains a wealth of period character. It has six bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, drawing room, study and an extension completed in 2005 which comprises a family room and a dining room with floor to ceiling views of the mill chase.
Outdoors the gardens and grounds have been carefully tended, and are made up for three distinct sections: a walled garden to the front, with lawns and specimen shrubs, fruit trees and climbers; a natural spring-fed lake surrounded by an idyllic garden with mature trees while a wooden bridge leads to a small island; the back garden which is predominantly lawned and also has a tennis court.
The property also has a double garage with a garden store and a media room with kitchenette and cloakroom above it.
The village sits within an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Surrey hills, much of which is owned by the National Trust and Churt itself has a range of local shops, a primary school, church and a public house. Nearby Haslemere and Farnham offer further shopping and also the mainline station to Waterloo (53 minutes). The A3 is around 3 miles from the house.
The guide price is £2m; for further information please contact Strutt and Parker on +44 (0)1428 661077.