Mill Race is the most beautiful of homes. Five bedrooms, over four stories, three reception rooms, two gardens, one outstanding home.
Mill Race was once part of an old mill built in 1766. The building has seen a lot of action over the centuries; it has been a corn mill, an ammunition factory and is now an architecturally designed stunning home. The building is Grade II listed and the charm is evident throughout the four floors. Mill Race isn’t your usual old property though. There maybe exposed beams and nooks and crannys to explore but there are high ceilings downstairs, lots of light and the current owner has cleverly remodelled and renovated the property so it is now a big home with all the mod cons like underfloor heating. We love it.
When you stand on the Stratford Road you have no idea what lies behind the facade. Drive around the back of the mill and park in the private, paved driveway of Mill Race. You then start to appreciate the home this now is. The traditional windows and red bricks add to a sense of history and it contrasts the contemporary interior inside beautifully. Come on in…
Leave your fishing rod and wellies in the large porch and take off your wax jacket and hang it up. Let the dog run through the wide hall, over the solid wood floor into the home. On the right is a huge open plan kitchen and dining room that easily fits the whole family. The large dining space is big enough for a table for ten or a six seater as well as sofas and a desk. The family can be sat in here as supper is prepared in the kitchen. There is a breakfast bar as part of the bespoke kitchen to sit at if you want to get a closer view of the chef in action. This room alone offers such a great lifestyle where everyone can be together. There is a side door through to the garage so you don’t even have to go outside to take the recycling out.
Past the cloakroom and look right. Wow! A huge glass wall opens to the 25ft drawing room. It is one of the finest reception rooms we have seen. The Clear View log burner roars as you curl up on the sofa to catch up on the latest box set or watch X Factor.
Head up to the first floor where you find what Mr Clarke considers to be the piece de resistance; a large reception room with exposed beams and big bifold doors that lead out to the private terrace. You could have this room as a spectacular sitting room, it could be an office, a playroom or a games room. It could even be an amazing master bedroom with private terrace. Whatever it is used for it is wonderful. The terrace is surrounded by neat boxed hedging that makes this a private space away from prying eyes. There is even a sauna for when you need warming up.
There is one of five bedrooms on the first floor. It has a dressing area and a stylish en-suite shower room.
Up to the second floor and you find a large landing with the spa like bathroom on your left. The free standing bath sits next to a big window where you can gaze out across the countryside while you soak away the stresses and strains of the day. There is his and hers stone bowl sinks sitting on a beautiful vanity unit with a spot lit mirror and Porcelanosa tiling. Think Champneys!
There are two bedrooms on the second floor. The first is a large, light room at the back of the home, it is peaceful and quiet. Then there is a bedroom with en-suite shower room. Both are tastefully decorated and have plenty of storage space.
On the third floor you find the biggest of the five bedrooms. It boasts a big en-suite bathroom. There are exposed beams, plenty of space and lots of light. The eaves create a sense of history and cosiness; it’s more like a boutique hotel than a normal bedroom. The other bedroom on this floor is equally as interesting and would make a fantastic children’s bedroom.
There is over 4600 sq ft of space inside Mill Race. It’s an incredible amount of living space which has been cleverly laid out to maximise every inch. The home retains lots of charm but it has been thoroughly and tastefully renovated and decorated.
Then there is the outside and there is so much to love. Mill Race has a private garden, a terrace and a large shared garden that sits next to the River Alne. You also have your very own stretch of river with fishing rights. So head back into the porch, grab your rod and catch everyone some supper.
- Wow factor : Historical building with a high end, contemporary interior
- Interesting to know : Fishing rights for the complete angler
- Outside space : Private garden, shared garden and a terrace
- Location : Wonderful Wootton Wawen
- Lifestyle : Luxury in the countryside
Our favourite part
The first floor reception room. Mrs Clarke would turn it into a beautiful bedroom with terrace. Mr Clarke wants to turn into a private club with leather armchairs, pool table, desk, cigar humidor and his whiskey collection.
Henley-in-Arden is just down the road and Stratford-upon-Avon is just up the road
When you think of an idyllic village you think of peace and quiet but with a buzzing community, a great pub, lovely people and lots to do. Welcome to Wootton Wawen.
Wootton Wawen is rural bliss yet very well connected. There is a train station and you are only 7 miles from Stratford upon-Avon and only 2 miles from Henley-in-Arden. So if you need a scoop of the famous ice cream you a minutes away!
In the village there is lots going on. The Navigation and The Bulls Head are both cracking pubs that dish up good food and a great pint. Yew Tree Farm has the fantastic Cowshed Cafe, a spa and a farm shop. There is a post office and a well stocked general store (we love the daily messages on the blackboard).
The local primary school has a good Ofsted report and the parents we talk to say it's a really friendly school. There are some great secondary schools, both state and private, close by.
The annual walk through Bluebell Woods has been held by the Haimes family of Yew Tree Farm, Wootton Wawen for the past 25 years and proceeds benefit different charities each year. It is a spectacular sight to see the bluebells in full bloom.
The walks along the canal are a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially when there is a drink waiting at the end.
A great village shop, cracking pub, canals, countryside, river and a farm shop. What more could you ask for?
- Closest village/town: Henley-in-Arden
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: The General Store & Yew Tree Farm
- Supermarket: Tesco & Waitrose in Stratford-upon-Avon
- Pubs: The Bulls Head
- Walks: Endless walking in the countryside or along the countryside
- Internal space - 4,672 sq ft (434 sq m)
- Kitchen/ Breakfast Room 15’3”x11’8” (4.65m x 3.52m) with side door to garage
- Dining room 16’9”x15’9” (5.16m x 4.84m)
- Drawing room 25’6” x 18’0” (7.79 x 5.49m)
- First floor sitting room 22’10” x 17’6” (7.00 x 5.35m) leading to Utility and WC.
- 5 bedrooms. 3 with en-suite bathrooms
- Bathroom with freestanding tub
- Fishing rights on River Alne
- Council Tax band G Stratford on Avon District Council
- Mains water, electricity and drainage
- Oil fired central heating
- Gas hob runs on bottled ga
- Super fast broadband available (available speed approx 76.00Mbps)