For sale: Three of the best mill houses

We all want to live in an idyllic mill house, and here are three of the best country retreats.

imageDurnsford Mill, Mildenhall, Wiltshire

Riverside retreat £1.35m-1.75m

Looks Situated two miles east of Marlborough, this idyllic mill house, featured on the cover of The Field in 1963, dates back to 1778. Crammed with period features, all the principal rooms overlook the stunning gardens and the River Kennet, whose waters are famous for trout.

Charm The fairy-tale grounds that extend to the waterside also contain an orchard and a meadow for lazy summer rambles.

Vital Statistics A great area for both state and independent schools, with Marlborough College, Dauntsey’s and Stepping Stones all on the doorstep.

Caston, Attleborough, Norfolk

Grade II* listed disused mill with adjoining granary £310,000

Looks This converted two-bedroom granary comes with its own five-storey mill tower. The property was a functioning windmill until the Forties and is an excellent example of its type.

Charm The tower comes with most of the original machinery. Pop a turbine on and away you go.

Vital Statistics For a total of £460,000, a cottage in the grounds is also available.

(Savills, 01603 229229; www.savills.com)

Durley Mill, Durley, Hampshire

Historic house in five acres £1.5m

Looks This sprawling property boasts six bedrooms, a sunroom, a games room, outhouses, stables, paddocks, woodland, 500 yards of the River Amble (both banks) and a mill house with water wheel.

Charm The property dates back to the 1630s, though records show millers have been working in the grounds since the 12th century.

Vital Statistics The nearby M27 and M3 provide access to the South Coast, the South West and London.

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