You could wake up every morning in the house that inspired great works of 20th century art.

This converted five-bedroom watermill in Hythe once housed the studio of Australian Impressionist artist Arthur Baker-Clack.

This five bedroom house in Hythe is a spectacular converted property with an incredible history. Image: Savills

The artist lived in Kent for the latter part of his life and was president of the Folkestone Art Society for their first exhibition in 1935. On his death in 1955 he left a portfolio of his art to the town of Hythe .

That’s not the only fascinating part of the history of this unique property.

The earliest documentation of ownership can be found as far back as the Thomas Hill Hospital Map of 1685.

This huge property is surrounded by gardens, water bodies and lawns.  Image: Savills
This huge property is surrounded by gardens, water bodies and lawns. Image: Savills

From the 1850s local miller George Burch owned the property and his eldest daughter, Emily, is said to have run a school in the mill saloon. Another of his children, Alice, helped run the mill until his death in 1932 when the mill went out of business and was put up for auction.

Stuart Brown then bought the watermill and looked after it for the next 50 years, during which time the Australian artist began using the Uppermill for his studio.

The last owners, until now, were the Marston family, who bought the property in 1982 and worked tirelessly to restore the mill to its former glory. In 1992 they succeeded in turning the water wheel after 60 years, and in 1993 the flour was ground again.

This converted mill is just as eye-catching inside and out.  Image: Savills
This converted mill is just as eye-catching inside and out. Image: Savills

This enchanting home is now on the market for £1.8million and includes the five-bedroom Mill House, the self-contained two-bedroom Uppermill and the magnificent original mill building.

The Mill House is the main living space and is a perfect center for entertaining, with its formal dining room, cozy lounge and family lounge.

Dine surrounded by historic features in this unique home.  Image: Savills
Dine surrounded by historic features in this unique home. Image: Savills
The cozy living room lets in plenty of natural light from the beautiful grounds.  Image: Savills
The cozy living room lets in plenty of natural light from the beautiful grounds. Image: Savills

There is also a kitchen and breakfast room, fitted with Miele appliances and a stunning center island, and five bedrooms, including a master bedroom with its own dressing room and en-suite shower room.

The kitchen and the breakfast room offer a magnificent view of the garden.  Image: Savills
The kitchen and the breakfast room offer a magnificent view of the garden. Image: Savills
Each bedroom is decorated to a high standard and has lots of character.  Image: Savills
Each bedroom is decorated to a high standard and has lots of character. Image: Savills
There are five bedrooms in the Mill House and two more for guests in the Uppermill.  Image: Savills
There are five bedrooms in the Mill House and two more for guests in the Uppermill. Image: Savills

To the north of the main house is the Uppermill, which has been used as a vacation rental since 1989. Originally part of the grain stores, this charming apartment has a kitchen, a comfortable living room, two bedrooms and an office on the mezzanine.

The Uppermill has two bedrooms, a living room and an office, and is used as a vacation rental.  Image: Savills
The Uppermill has two bedrooms, a living room and an office, and is used as a vacation rental. Image: Savills

Those staying in the Uppermill can also step out onto the garden terrace and wander around the upper gardens and mill pond – definitely not to be missed.

The gardens of this property, surrounding both Mill House and Uppermill, are nothing short of a gardener’s paradise.

The extraordinary gardens are breathtaking.  Image: Savills
The extraordinary gardens are breathtaking. Image: Savills
On occasion, the gardens have been opened to the public for fundraising events.  Image: Savills
On occasion, the gardens have been opened to the public for fundraising events. Image: Savills

The walled garden, just south of the house, features evergreen trees and raised flower beds, while the expansive lawn is the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy the sounds of the stream and the sea. cascading waterfall.

There is also a winding path that leads past the old mill wheel and to the large pond and lovely upper lawns.

The mill pond is a perfect place for some peace and quiet.  Image: Savills
The mill pond is a perfect place for some peace and quiet. Image: Savills

The final magnificent feature of this property is the mill building. Although no longer operational, much of its Victorian machinery is still in place on the four floors, which are currently used as workshop, garage and storage rooms.

The original mill was used by the current owners as a workshop and storage space.  Image: Savills
The original mill was used by the current owners as a workshop and storage space. Image: Savills
Although the mill is no longer in use, much of its original machinery can be seen inside.  Image: Savills
Although the mill is no longer in use, much of its original machinery can be seen inside. Image: Savills

With a rich history, spectacular interiors, breathtaking gardens, and only steps from the scenic canal and two-mile beach, this home doesn’t leave many boxes unchecked.

If you would like to find out more about this idyllic property, contact Savills