An iconic Grade II listed former mill in the heart of hythe went on sale for the first time in 40 years. The Mill House is a five-bedroom Georgian property adjacent to the conservation area which dates back to 1773.
Over the past 170 years ownership has changed hands only three times and much of the original inner workings of the mill are still in place. The sale of the house will also include The Uppermill, a separate two-bedroom property that has enjoyed popularity as a successful vacation rental.
Historical records show that from the 1850s the mill was owned by George Burch, a miller from Wittersham. One of his eight daughters, Emily, worked as a schoolteacher and is said to have run a school from the living room of The Mill House.
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His younger sister Alice, who ran the bakery in Hythe, helped with the day-to-day running of the mill until her death in 1932. Milling ceased shortly thereafter and the property was put up for auction in August of that year .
The watermill was later purchased by Stuart Brown who would own the property for 50 years, during which time Arthur Baker-Clack, the Australian-born impressionist artist had a studio at The Uppermill. During these years the mill fell into a state of disrepair and neglect.
That was until 1982 when it was purchased by the Marston family. They set out to painstakingly restore Mill House and The Uppermill to their former glory and restore the mill to working order.
After 60 years of standing still, the water wheel turned again in 1992 and in 1993 the flour was again ground. As a reward for their efforts, the Marston family received in 1991 the Hythe Civic Award for their contribution to the city, then in 1992, the Shepway’s Building Design Award for its restoration.
Duncan Petrie, Residential Sales Team Manager for Savills in Cranbrook, says: “I think this has to be one of the most magical properties I have seen. It has a wonderful history and must be seen to be truly appreciated, especially its gardens which would not be out of place at the Chelsea Flower Show!
“This is a rare opportunity to secure iconic local property in this historic coastal town.”
Comprising The Mill House, The Uppermill, The Mill and gardens and grounds of approximately 1.5 acres, the sale of The Watermill is offered at an indicative price of £1.8 million. Viewings can be made by appointment and further information can be received from Savills Cranbrook 01580 720161.
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