Guide Price £350,000 - Sold

  • 18th century detached Mill House
  • In need of total renovation
  • Wonderful oak floors and beams
  • The property has never flooded
  • Valuably unlisted
  • 3 floors of spacious accommodation
  • Private water supply
  • A wonderful opportunity

Reading 9 miles ● Newbury 9 miles ● M4 (junc. 12) 5 miles ● Aldermaston train station ½ a mile ● Theale train station 4 miles (all distances approximate)

3,518 sq ft / 327 m²
Main house; 2761 sq ft / 256 m² ● Outbuildings 600 sq ft / 56m² / Car port 157 sq ft/ 15m² Gardens & Grounds 0.16 acre / 0.06 hectare (all measurements are approximate)

Description: A wonderful opportunity to acquire this intriguing 18th century period detached mill house.

Padworth Mill is in need of total renovation and restoration, lying adjacent to the River Kennet overlooking the mill stream. Situated in a sleepy, very peaceful rural area of outstanding beauty, within a tiny hamlet of only 3 period properties, at the far end of the unmade Mill Lane.

The building is unusually spacious and valuably unlisted. There has been a working mill on this site dating back to the 16th century. During the 1930s the Mill had become disused. It was then that Ted and Evelyn Kysor bought the Mill for the then huge sum of £3,000, an amount that, at the time, could have bought half a dozen semi-detached houses in Newbury. The Kysors ran the Mill as a tea room with a sign at the top of the lane saying 'Teas by running water'. The Kysor family association ran for approximately 60 years with the Mill operating for part of that period as a guesthouse.

The most recent owner was Peter Waugh who resided at the Mill for over 40 years and who restored the old mill wheel. Peter was part of the Waugh literary dynasty. His father was the novelist Alec Waugh, elder brother of Evelyn Waugh (Brideshead Revisited, Scoop). The property is now being sold by members of the Waugh family"

Special features:
● The beauty and serenity of the surrounding countryside with wonderful walks
● Fine fishing on the River Kennet within walking distance (subject to the owner joining the Reading & District Angling Association)
● 3 floors of spacious accommodation with very pretty views
● Small glazed inspection hatches inset within the floor of the mill house which shows the water from the head race running beneath and flowing through the wheel pit which still exists and the mill wheel into the tail race which flows beneath and to the east of the Mill Road and into the mill pond
● Wonderful old oak flooring in two of the ground floor reception rooms and large first floor sitting room
● Massive exposed beams

Summary of accommodation: Kitchen/breakfast room ● Dining room ● Living room ● Workshop ● Cloakroom ● Area housing the mill wheel ● Drawing room to first floor ● Bedroom accommodation on first and second floors; 3 bedrooms, 1 currently used an office ● 2 Bathrooms ● Outside access to pump room ● Carport ● 2 attached outbuildings ● Gardens extending to 0.16 acre/0.06 hectare.

Note 1. Towards the end of Mill Lane the mill will be found on the right hand side. Do not cross the bridge as this is privately owned, as is the area the other side of the bridge. Park on the left hand side before the bridge.

Note 2. The gardens to the Mill lie flanking Mill Lane, just before the Mill building itself. There is only a small area of the garden on the west side which is accessed from the main garden and from the interior of the mill. There is no further access to this west side or the south side which is in private ownership of the Island House and the Mill House.

Note 3. There is no ownership of the mill stream or mill pond

Note 4. There is a private water supply, the pump to the bore hole needs replacing and a quotation prepared by Allesbrook pumps can be seen at the offices of Dudley Singleton & Daughter. There is a further pump beside the pump house which supplies water to the island house and there is a right of access vested to the Island House from Mill Lane for maintenance.

Note 5. The vendors have had a structural survey prepared which may be viewed at the offices of Dudley Singleton & Daughter in Pangbourne.

Note 6. This is an area The Environment Agency have noted as flood plain, although the property itself has never flooded and quotations for insurance have been gained which can be passed on to prospective purchasers. These may be viewed at the offices of Dudley Singleton & Daughter in Pangbourne.

Note 7. Access can be achieved to the neighbours land for preparation, restoration, repair & maintenance. This can usually be achieved by a friendly conversation with the neighbour but the Access to Neighbouring Land Act 1992 can be used if access is denied.

Local facilities: Padworth Mill is well situated to take advantage of the outstanding countryside and walks along the River Kennet and Avon canal on its doorstep. Equidistant from Reading and Newbury, there is a great local pub, the mainline train station is just ½ a mile and the M4 junction 12 is just a 7 minute drive.

Schools: There are excellent local primary schools, some within walking distance. Schools within easy driving distance include Elstree, St Finian's, Bradfield College, Pangbourne College, Downe House and St Andrews preparatory.

Directions: From the offices of Dudley Singleton & Daughter, turn left; proceed out of the village through Tidmarsh to the A4 roundabout. Turn right and proceed down the A4 turning left at the first roundabout onto the A430. Continue on until you cross the canal bridge, take the first turning on the left; Mill Lane, carry on to the end of the lane, Padworth Mill is on the right. Please do not cross the bridge and park on the left hand side before the bridge.

Post Code: RG7 4JX

Tenure: Freehold

Services: Private water supply via bore hole, private drainage, oil fired central heating.

Local Authority and Council Tax Band: West Berkshire, Band F

Viewing by arrangement with vendor's agent, Dudley Singleton & Daughter, No. 1 Station Road, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 7AN.
Tel: 0118 984 2662

London Office: Cashel House, 15 Thayer Street, London, W1.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Dudley Singleton & Daughter for themselves and for the vendors of this property, whose agents they are, give notice that:
1. The particulars are intended to give a fair and substantially correct overall description for the guidance of intending purchasers, and do not constitute part of an offer or contract. No responsibility is assumed for the accuracy of individual items. We relied upon our own brief inspection and information supplied to us by the vendors. (i) The description, including photographs of the property and its contents, are intended to be a guide only rather than a detailed and accurate report and inventory. (ii) Floor plans, measurements, areas and distances are intended to be approximately only. (iii) Prospective purchasers are strongly advised to check measurements. The position of bathroom fittings as shown on the plan is indicative only – sizes, shapes and the exact locations may differ. Wall thicknesses, together with window and door sizes are approximate only and window and door openings are shown without frame details. (iv) Photographs are not necessarily comprehensive or current and no assumption should be made that any contents shown in them are included in the sale.
2. All descriptions, dimensions, references to condition and necessary permission for use and occupation and other details are given in good faith, and are believed to be correct, but any intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them:
3. No person in the employment of Dudley Singleton & Daughter has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatever in relation to this property or these particulars, nor to enter into any contract relating to the property on behalf of the Vendor.
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FIXTURES AND FITTINGS: The agent has not tested any apparatus, equipment, fixtures, fittings or services and so cannot verify that they are in working order or fit for their purpose. The buyer is advised to obtain verification from their Solicitor or surveyor.

Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.

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