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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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