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Extraordinary waterside home in Bedfordshire

Tempsford Mill is undoubtedly one of the most impressive properties currently on the market and adorns the picturesque Bedfordshire countryside.

Situated alongside the River Ivel and built directly over an open stream, Tempsford Mill is a unique and impressive waterside home set in six and a half acres of land. This extraordinary property dates back as far as the Domesday Book of 1086 with the current mill house having been built in 1812. Set in a stunning location on a small island, this dramatic property is surrounded by a peaceful lake as well as meandering, tranquil waterways. The mill house has been renovated in recent years to an extraordinarily high standard and has been linked to the original mill via spacious accommodation on the ground floor.

The historic mill has also been completely reconstructed in recent times and provides luxurious living facilities and a weather-boarded timber framed exterior. Both the mill house and the mill exhibit exposed brick walls throughout, original timber beams and in places even display revived parts of the inner workings of the ancient mill. The combined accommodation of both buildings extends to around 8500 sq ft and has a total of 9 bedrooms, 7 of which are en suite as well as boasting two remarkably designed kitchens featuring all the modern conveniences one could ever desire. The dual kitchens could allow for the house to be shared by multiple families or even used to house dependents and staff.

The property is approached by monumentous electric gates and a long private drive which leads to a courtyard for parking as well as a triple garage. The accommodation enjoys phenomenal views over its gardens and acreage. However, the most exciting feature has to be the brimming mill stream which flows beneath the building. The breathtaking, secluded scenery and can be enjoyed from inside the mill via the large windows or from outside on the terrace balconies and decked areas.

The impressive accommodation is bedecked with a pleasing mix of period and contemporary features, under floor heating, programmable lighting and a cinema and surround sound system. The lofty rooms are particularly light featuring full length windows and doors which take advantage of those splendid panoramic views.

Within the stunning 6.6 acre estate that accompanies the property there are a myriad of interesting features from the days of old including a working water wheel, an old lock which would allow the passage of the barges serving the mill and a fascinating weir and sluice. All of which are bestrewn alongside resplendent landscaped gardens, sweeping lawns, majestic willow trees, numerous water features and foot bridges. The surrounding waters provide excellent opportunity for fishing with full fishing rights and rights to control the water within the deeds to the property as well as a jetty for mooring one or two small boats on the lake. This beautiful property is further embellished by radiating paddocks, lush meadows and wooded glades as well as two large storage barns and various other outhouses with a miscellany of uses

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Tempsford Mill inhabits the outskirts of the village of Blunham on the border of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire and is about 53 miles to the north of London. Direct trains to London Kings Cross take about 45 minutes from nearby Sandy and St Neots train stations.

The guide price is £5,950,000. For further information please contact Savills on +44 (0)1223 347147.

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