Mr Clarke thinks :
I can walk to the pub. Sold.
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 under floor 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.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The home has that lovely warm feeling and sense of character. I love the proportions of the space.
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; its more like a boutique hotel than a normal bedroom. The other bedroom on this floor is equally as interesting and would make a fantastic childrens bedroom.
There is over 4600 sq ft of space inside Mill Race. Its 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.
- Three words : Huge. Potential. Home.
Our favourite part
The chocolate box home and the exciting opportunity it offers.
Stratford Upon Avon
Bursting with culture, cafés and class
Stratford upon Avon is a world-renowned destination for those seeking culture, but what is it like for the locals?
"We love living here. When you scratch away the tourist veneer you find a buzzing town with a real sense of community", explains one local we bump into at The One Elm pub.
Let's split Stratford into two: The Everyday and The Special Occasions.
Mr Clarke will give you the run down of what you need to know for every day life;
You have every supermarket within walking distance of the town centre - If I want gin or nappies I head to Aldi, a posh meal deal I go to M&S, the weekly shop Tesco and everything in between I try to keep it local at the weekly market.
Schools? There are as many great school options as there are supermarkets. From the outstanding Stratford Primary & Broad Street School to Stratford Prep, KES, Shottery and Stratford High.
Everyday life and whatever your preferences are - Stratford has it covered.
Now onto the fun bit. Here are Mrs Clarke's tips...
Favourite restaurant - Salt is a small but perfectly formed place for a romantic meal or a night out with Mr C!
Best night out - Drinks at the Townhouse, a play at the theatre, a drink at The Dirty Duck and sleep at Hotel Du Vin
Weekends are spent - playing tennis, lunch at One Elm, feeding the ducks with the kids then the Everyman cinema.
Top tip - the antiques at Bonds just outside of town are fab and the curry at Aladins in Tiddington are amazing.
Historic past, with a fantastic future; from festivals and plays to great shopping, huge range of restaurants and surrounded by beautiful countryside – what’s not to like?
- Closest village/town: Stratford is surrounding by picturesque villages or and both Warwick and Leamington Spa are within a short drive.
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: Lots of great independent shops and High Street favourites
- Supermarket: Waitrose just outside the town as well as a number of other large stores
- Pubs: So many
- Walks: Along the Avon or take a stroll or bike along The Greenway
- Upstairs -- Master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite bathroom, two family bathrooms and four further bedrooms.
- Entrance Hall - 5.41m x 2.44m (17'8" x 8'0") - A wide front door opens into the wood panelled hallway, with flag stone floor.
- Dining Area - 4.69m x 4.07m (15'4" x 13'4") - With secondary glazed window and wooden floor
- Sitting Room - 4.7m into bay x 4.47m (15'5" into bay x 14'7") - With bay window overlooking the garden, fireplace, wooden floor.
- Snug - 5.08m x 4.34m max. (16'7" x 14'2" max.) - With wooden floor, secondary glazed window overlooking the front, fireplace.
- Study - 3.73m x 3.70m max. (12'2" x 12'1" max.) - With two windows to the side.
- Coal Storage Area - 2.68m x 3.5m (8'9" x 11'5") and remaining Cellar/Storage Area - 4.2m max (including stairs) x 4.17m (13'9" max)
- Boot Room - 3.42m x 1.93m max. (11'2" x 6'3" max.) - With flagstone floor and wall to floor cupboards, with space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. Door to rear garden.
- Shower Room - 2.2m x 0.87m (7'2" x 2'10") - With shower cubicle, W.C. and wash hand basin, fully tiled and with underfloor heating.
- Kitchen - 4.09m x 3.59m (13'5" x 11'9") - Flagstone floor, inset LED lights to ceiling, extensive run of marble work surface, base, wall and full height storage units, space for fridge freezer, inset stainless steel sink, integral AEG microwave, corner fitted AEG oven and grill, with large corner fitted stainless steel extractor hood over.
- Master Bedroom - 4.1m x 3.8m (13'5" x 12'5") - With windows overlooking the side and rear of the property and door leading through to Dressing Room - 3.76m x 2.33m (12'4" x 7'7") - With fitted wardrobes and window to the side.
- Four further bedrooms
- Two bathrooms
- Outside - To the side of the property is a small, walled cottage garden, with a lawned area and well-established shrubs and plants. A pathway leads from here through to the rear garden, again with lawned area, crazy paved sun terrace and with plants, trees and shrubs. Double Car Port And Driveway - Parking for up to four cars
- General Information - Services: Mains electricity, water and drainage are connected to the property. Heating and hot water are provided via the oil-fired boiler located in the boot room. Council Tax: Stratford on Avon District Council - Band G