NO ONWARD CHAIN A converted water mill situated in an idyllic setting with views over meadowland and a plot of around 2.7 acres with stables.
NO ONWARD CHAIN Chalkney Mill, a former working water mill on the banks of the River Colne and converted by the present owners in the 1980’s to create a wonderful family home ideal for busy modern living.
As you approach this fine residence, you are immediately thrown back in time with the timeless weather boarded façade of this handsome watermill. As the river flows under the former wheel pit, the sound of the flowing water follows you as you enter into a welcoming entrance hall. Through the hall you are greeted by one of the original wooden wallower wheels that adorns the wall as a nod to the property’s past. The ground floor has a thoughtfully designed layout to cater for many types of family dynamics with a clever blend of open plan with clear zoned areas. The living room takes in uninterrupted views of the River Colne with an open fireplace fitted with a log burner creating a warm atmosphere. There is a dining room with exposed timbers and a vaulted ceiling to the first floor and a large second sitting area complete with bar. An enclosed study offers complete privacy for those needing to work from home with views over the river. The kitchen is perfect for those that enjoy culinary pursuits and has been recently renovated to offer a blend of contemporary living with an extensive range of high gloss wall and base units complimented by a quartz worksurface. A breakfast bar provides a pleasant spot to enjoy a coffee and integrated appliances cater for all the everyday needs of a busy home. The utility room offers further space for white goods with a door leading out to the rear garden.
As you head up to the staircase you pass the initials of former owners etched into the brickwork, yet another reminder of the rich heritage of this wonderful property. On the first floor, the property offers a really usable layout with generous bedrooms. The principal bedroom is a stunning space with exposed timbers and wonderful views over open countryside.
The principal bedroom has an en-suite and a lovely walk in wardrobe with fitted hanging space. There are four additional bedrooms each enjoying views of countryside and exposed timbers and a luxurious family bathroom fitted with a bath and shower.
During the restoration the owners discovered the original steps once used by the mill workers and have carefully restored these for use to access the second floor of the mill. On the second floor is an open landing with vaulted ceiling to exposed roof trusses and would make a lovely seating area for bedroom six which has a high level window allowing for plenty of light to fill the room. A second set of restored steps lead to a loft mezzanine with further steps to a void where there is scope for additional rooms if required. Additional Mill machinery are still located within the loft which would make an interested restoration project for the new owners.
The mill is located along a private drive that opens to a wonderful setting of three properties. The attached Mill House is a Georgian residence and complements Chalkney Mill’s façade. Up the lane from the mill is the beautiful ancient woodland of Chalkney Meadows, a favoured spot for locals to enjoy a peaceful stroll through the woodland. The gardens of Chalkney Mill provide a tranquil setting to unwind and enjoy the sounds of the River Colne and visiting wildlife. A patio area extends across the rear of the Mill creating a lovely entertaining area. A gate opens to the formal gardens where you can relax in the summer house. To access the additional acreage, you have to cross the sluice gates, a system that sends water into the picturesque mill pond during times of high water. The mill pond continues to a mill stream that links back to the River Colne further downstream. Once you cross the bridge, you will find two paddocks with a stable block in the second field. In all, the property enjoys around 2.5 acres of private gardens situated in a stunning setting with every changing scenery.
Earls Colne is situated in the heart of the Colne Valley which has some of the prettiest countryside in the County with plenty of opportunities for walks and riding.
It is well placed for the commuter being within easy reach of Kelvedon Station and Marks Tey stations with the journey to Liverpool Street taking some 50 - 60 minutes. En-route to Kelvedon, one crosses the A120 trunk road which serves Braintree, Dunmow, Stansted Airport and the M11.
The market towns of Halstead and Coggeshall are both situated approximately 4 miles away which offer extensive shopping and dining facilities.
The region boasts a significant number of secondary and primary schools as well as colleges and nurseries. There are well-renowned private schools within easy reach and some of the country’s leading grammar schools in Colchester and Chelmsford.
Electric, Oil, Private Drainage, Mains Water
Sitting Room 6.53m x 6.23m (21' 5" x 20' 5")
Living Room & Dining Area 8.81m x 8.66m (28' 11" x 28' 5")
Office 3.40m x 3.23m (11' 2" x 10' 7")
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 5.87m x 3.94m (19' 3" x 12' 11")
Utility Room 4.19m x 2.25m (13' 9" x 7' 5")
Ground Floor Cloakroom
First Floor Landing
Bedroom One 5.08m x 4.48m (16' 8" x 14' 8")
Walk in Wardrobe 2.50m x 1.94m (8' 2" x 6' 4")
Bedroom Two 4.97m x 3.30m (16' 4" x 10' 10")
Bedroom Three 3.46m x 3.30m (11' 4" x 10' 10")
Bedroom Four 3.34m x 3.30m (10' 11" x 10' 10")
Bedroom Five 4.32m x 2.42m (14' 2" x 7' 11")
Second Floor Landing/Study Area 6.48m x 2.46m (21' 3" x 8' 1")
Bedroom Six 6.48m x 2.40m (21' 3" x 7' 10")
Loft Storage 6.48m x 5.07m (21' 3" x 16' 8")
Agents Note Please note this property is a listed building meaning it is of local or national historical interest. It is important to understand that there may be restrictions on what works can be carried out on the property and listed building consent may be required. There are many mis-understandings surrounding listed buildings therefore we would advise visiting www.historicengland.org.uk for more information.