- Stunning position over looking a trout stream, The River Pang
- Beautiful historic and highly sought after village
- Flexible accommodation which could easily accommodate a large family or someone on their own
- Valuably unlisted
- Beautiful riverside gardens and walled courtyard garden with a further secret garden with studio
- Walk to two pubs / restaurants
- A magical place to live within a very beautiful area
- Fabulous walking countryside in the area
- Ideal primary residence as well as a superb second home
Pangbourne/station 5 miles ● Reading 9 miles ● Newbury 9 miles ● M4 (junction 12) 9 miles (all distances are approximate)
2,408 sq ft / 224 m²
(all measurements are approximate)
A wonderful opportunity to acquire a charming 5 bedroom historic water mill overlooking the very pretty trout stream, the River Pang. Situated within the heart of this sleepy unspoilt period village, which time it appears has just passed by, Stanford Dingley is surrounded by countryside of outstanding natural beauty.
The Mill is valuably unlisted, and excites the imagination in all areas, it even has a secret garden. This is a fascinating and truly wonderful place to live, both as a spacious family primary residence, but also a very secure second home.
Stanford Dingley has no busy through traffic, and it would be difficult to find this village by chance, with the only traffic from visitors or residents.
The Mill at Stanford Dingley is one of the few remaining water mills still in existence in Berkshire. Mentioned in the Domesday Book and later, between 1814-1854, used as a tannery run by a well-known local character Sparky Evans. The Tannery and the original water mill both depended on the water from the River Pang and was converted into residential use in the 1960s.
This mill is also noted as one of the few that were constructed where the water from the head race runs beneath the mill, flowing through the wheel pit which still exists, into the tail race, and then into the mill pond. Within the reception hall there is a viewing window overlooking the mill water rush.
The current owners have renovated and refurbished The Mill in its entirety and created unusually spacious accommodation on three floors. Showing all the best of the original features with, in general, high ceilings, exposed beams, large picture windows on both side with views over the River Pang.
* The sitting room is a splendid gathering place for all the family, positioned on the first floor with a galleried landing to one side, with large windows giving splendid views over the river
* The spacious hall with picture window giving views of the water rush running beneath the property
* The large kitchen/dining room has limestone flagstone flooring, a fine wood burning stove and French doors giving access to the decked seating area, with very pretty views over the river
* There is an attractive decked seating area overlooking the river, where brown trout meander gracefully, with to one side, a garden room with power and lighting, and a timber garden store with stable door access
* The courtyard to the side of the house, which currently has a large timber store in situ. This could be removed to create another secluded seating area, which has French doors into the playroom
* Pretty secret garden, wonderful for summer entertaining and BBQs, with summer house/studio which has electricity and lighting, and floodlighting to garden area
* A generous staircase leads up to the first and second floors
* Family room and play room have stripped elm flooring. They have a bathroom ensuite and can be used as a self-contained annexe with entrance from the courtyard which has an entrance from the footpath
Summary of accommodation:
Ground floor; reception hall, kitchen/dining room, studio, family room, play room, bathroom.
First floor; sitting room, study, bedroom 1 with ensuite, bedrooms 4 & 5, family bathroom.
Second floor; snug (above study/bedroom 5), bedroom 3 and bedroom 2.
Outside; Summerhouse/studio, garden room, garden store, timber garden store.
Gardens: Pretty decked garden overlooking the river, with a garden room with power and lighting, a timber garden store with stable door access. To one side a small enclosed courtyard. A secret garden with studio/summerhouse with power and lighting, perfect for summer entertaining. Timber garden store, covered bike store. Large shared forecourt with lots of car parking.
Note 1: In the freak weather conditions of July 2007, there was an ingress of water from the courtyard into the play room through the French doors. This was a run off of water from the footpath and preventative measures have since been put in place. It must be understood the river has never been a problem with flooding as it stands, by the nature of the construction of a mill high above the river.
Note 2: The Pang Valley Flood Forum has been formed with the aim of ensuring that flood risk to property is reduced to a minimum. Organised by West Berkshire Council, Stanford Dingley and the other communities down the valley are represented as are the local water company & Environment Agency. In the last few years, where the UK experienced adverse weather conditions which caused river flooding in many parts of the country, The Mill was not affected.
Note 3: The main entrance is by way of a Public Footpath which has a small amount of use by local residents.
Note 4: The property is attached to a small pretty cottage at one end which was at one time, part of The Mill.
Note 5: Some of the photographs used are library photographs.
Local facilities: Within the heart of Stanford Dingley and within easy walking distance are the ancient and historic pubs with restaurants; The Bull which dates back to 15th century, and The Old Boot Inn which dates to the 18th century. The Bull has boutique hotel rooms, and is one of the very few pubs in the country to still have the pub game, ring The Bull.
A quintessential English village, Stanford is from the old English for Stoney-ford, perhaps indicating a Roman river crossing of the Pang heading towards Dorchester-on-Thames. Dingley was the name of the Lords of the Manor, one of their wives has a brass memorial in the 12th century village church, St Denys. The church has remnants of the original Saxon church within its inner walls and the main door and Nave wall date from the 13th century and the white wooden bell tower was built in the 15th century.
Just over a mile away are the villages of Bradfield and Bradfield Southend which has a wonderful community with a village store/Post Office, a cricket ground and a recreation ground, an excellent riding school, a village hall with all sorts of events and a children's play area, tennis courts and a tennis club.
Bradfield College has a fabulous sports complex open to public membership and a 9-hole golf course. Along Bucklebury Avenue is a health centre, a good pub and a cafe. In Yattendon, West Berkshire Brewery has their famous brewery.
The M4 Junction 12 at Theale is within easy driving access, as is M4 Junction 13. Reading is 9 miles, Newbury 9 miles, and Pangbourne village 5 miles with its tremendous selection of specialist shops and a train station giving fast links to London Paddington.
Schools: Schools abound including Bradfield Primary School, Yattendon Primary, Bradfield College, Pangbourne College, St Andrew's Preparatory School, Downe House, Cranford House, Moulsford Preparatory School for Boys, The Oratory, and Elstree.
Directions: In the village of Stanford Dingley, with The Bull pub on your left, The Mill will be found a short distance along on the right, before the bridge, with parking in the shared parking area.
Post Code: RG7 6LS
Services: Mains electricity, water and drainage, propane central heating. Propane tank serving The Mill, can be found just off the front courtyard, before the secret garden.
EPC Rating: G
Local Authority & Council Tax Band: West Berkshire, Band G
Fixtures and fittings: Only those mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale.
Viewing by arrangement with vendor's agent, Dudley Singleton & Daughter, No. 1 Station Road, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 7AN.
Tel: 0118 984 2662
Websites: www.singletonanddaughter.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk, www.mayfairoffice.co.uk, www.onthemarket.com, www.countrylife.co.uk
London Office: Cashel House, 15 Thayer Street, London, W1U 3JT.
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