Dorchester Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2
£675,000

Guide price

Bedrooms: 1
Detached Watermill with Millstream sitting on Watermeadows bound by 'chalk stream' The Sydling Brook giving approximately 250 metres of Riverbank Fishing.

A 'secret path' goes off to one side through the copse between Millstream and River.

The whole approaching to 2 acres of Land [STMS]

Surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside.

HOME and LIFESTYLE Opportunity.

No Forward Chain.

Outlook and views out across the open water meadows to the line of the River Frome and Peacock Plantation - sweeping round from Hampton Hill to Frampton Park.

Footpaths network

(public FP immediately opposite the Property - NONE cross the Land)

Bridleways closeby

(from just 125 metres away)

Cycle Path to Dorchester right outside the Front door - as well as National Cycle network 26.

THE BUILDING

Mill Building layout much as it was after the 1926 rebuild of the two upper floors.

Grimstone Mill is a Listed Grade II building

'Mill at Grimstone at NGR SY 639 944'

Slate hipped roof with deep eaves.

Braced collar roof trusses.

The Mill - the only building on the plot - has 3 floors or levels:

3 sets of double doors.

Internal staircase connecting each floor.

A set of 'granary' doors on the top level.

On the middle level access into the Mill up 3 steps from the pavement at street level.

The rear doors on the lower - waterwheel - level give out onto a small paved courtyard (summer suntrap) overlooking the millstream exiting the Mill.

Here - attached outhouse (west elevation) with further doors either end and glazed windows to millstream. Going through & out of the outhouse at this point brings you to the field gate and vehicle access - round to the front of the Mill.

2-bay former 'Pig pens' outhouse - attached on the north side.

FISHING RIGHTS

The Sydling Brook - which runs alongside (and forms) the longest boundary of the Land - supports cress farms, further upstream past the 'Brunel' GWR viaduct.

The river is a clear, chalk water stream, rising some 5-6 miles away - north of Sydling St Nicholas. The ‘Sydling Brook’ or 'Sydling Water' later joins the River Frome (itself a renowned fishing river) - not that far downstream from the Mill Land.

Approximately 250 metres of single-bank fishing - principally for wild brown trout.

There is a recently installed fish pass for migratory salmon and sea trout, just along from the Mill Land, on the separate river channel by-passing the mill leat.

On the Property there is a prominent may fly hatch pool in the river - a naturally-formed holding pool for trout (well as grayling being present) adjacent to and fishable from the banks of the Mill Land.

The water also sustains a healthy population of minnows, and eels - fished for by kingfishers, little egrets and grey heron.

FUTURE USE

Historic planning permission (2006, and again in 2011)

"Change of use of upper & first floors to 1 unit of holiday accommodation & erect extensions & carry out internal alterations. Erect detached garages, stores & covered parking building & construct new vehicular access" This included large additional Workshop, Double garage & turning space.

In Pre-Application Consultation, the Local Authority Area Planning Manager stated: "In the circumstances I could consider favourably the re-use of the building as an open market dwelling in principle if this was in the best interests of preserving the heritage asset."

There is scope for the Approved 'Courtyard' Development to be modified - to give more residential accommodation - A further application to modify the previously Approved design to a plan more sympathetic to the Mill building and its former use (This has been discussed but not yet been submitted)

Design could include: Granary & open cartshed-style with glass infill - opening full-height doors, glazed gables - glazed corridor link to the core Mill building structure & footprint.

POSSIBLE LAND USE

Wildflower meadow

Paddock for horses - or other

Bird-watching hides

Already naturally defined 'Rooms', The Top Meadow; Trout Pool; Copse; Fruit shrubs in the sun trap area behind the Mill; etc - Hidey Holes all over the place

Modest smallholding possibilities

Small-scale Market Gardening for own consumption

Low-impact, sustainable management of the Water meadows

Eco-credentials

Project

Retreat

DIVERSITY

Resident buzzards, with sparrowhawks visiting as well as flyovers of red kite.

In the summer, swallows and swifts chasing the fly, trout rising & the kingfisher shrieking as it flashes past - followed by the bats as dusk approaches - so time to toast the marshmallows.

Copse, hedge lines, river & millstream banks, water meadows - a haven for a range of wildlife: birds, mammals, insects, reptiles include: plentiful slowworm, grass snake, frog, toad, occasional newt.

There are numerous native wild flowers, aquatic plants, mature specimens of trees.

SERVICES

There are no services currently connected to the Property.

Electricity - there will have to be a new connection to the Main (already exists road-side)

Fresh Water - as above.

Waste Water - there is a [water board-surveyed & checked] Main, with easy access, running across Mill land, installed after the Mill was rebuilt in 1926. It is straightforward to connect to this Main.

Gas - the village (hamlet - part of Parish of Stratton) has Mains Gas.

TENURE: Freehold

VIEWINGS

Strictly by appointment only.

Important Notice

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