Cottage for sale in Ash Mill, South Molton EX36

Guide price £600,000
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Property description

This Grade II listed millers cottage with working water wheel makes this a true gem of a home which will not disappoint on inspection, Entrance Hall • Reception Hall • Mill Hall • Drawing Room • Sitting Room • Family Kitchen • Dining Room
Library • Cloakroom • Utility Room

Master Bedroom with En Suite Shower Room
Guest Bedroom with En Suite Shower Room
Two Further Double Bedrooms
Family Bathroom • Study • Sanctuary

Delightful well tended mature gardens
Two storey barn with studio over open Garage
Selection of mill ponds • garaging for 2 vehicles
Driveway with ample parking • Approximately one acre
Potential for self contained annex within the mill

A secluded country home boasting many period features combined with immense charm and character.

A painstakingly restored Grade II listed character home with a wealth of history and artefacts included.

This distinctive home and old grist mill are believed to occupy the site of previous property dating back to circa 1580 and was previously known as Bolders Mill, although the present buildings and mill house probably only date back to the late 18th century. The miller's house and the mill building are connected by the original cobbled drangway which has been cleverly enclosed to provide an impressive reception hall connecting the accommodation of the original house with that of the converted mill.

The mill machinery, designed for rough grist milling, and original covered water wheel have all been expertly restored to a magnificent standard and the whole mill is now a fully maintained and unique functioning showpiece which can be observed through glass panels within the mill hall and from the mill drawing room. With three reception rooms, study, kitchen/breakfast room, dining hall, and four bedrooms (two of which are en suite), together with the grounds and gardens, mill pond, barn, garages, workshop and river frontage, The property provides the most beautiful and interesting historic family home.

The Mill offers discerning purchasers the very rare opportunity to acquire a fine example of an historic mill with working water wheel. The Mill is a beautifully restored period home oozing charm and character which is all the more enhanced by the sight and sounds of the mill workings and water wheel

The property is set off a short lane in the small hamlet of Ash Mill, backing on to a tributary of the River Mole known as the Crooked Oak, amid the beautiful rolling countryside of North Devon. Standing within in its own grounds of approximately one acre, The Mill is surrounded by beautifully tended mature gardens with a large mill pond creating a delightful central feature. The hamlet of Ash Mill is just 5 miles from the market town of South Molton


Glazed Front Entrance Door: With side windows to, Reception Hall (former drangway): 19'9" (6.02m) x 8'3" (2.52m) max. With superb feature cobbled floor, feature stone walls, stairs off, radiator, beam to ceiling with full height curtain concealing mill hall, and door to

Sitting Room: 16'9" (5.11m) max x 12'10" (3.91m). With Beamed ceiling, radiator, feature stone Inglenook fireplace with heavy Bessemer, old bread oven and inset wood burning stove and door off to

Inner (Former Entrance) Hall: With panel doors off to either side and old front door off to original Entrance Porch leading to front garden:

Library: 14'8" (4.47m) x 12'10" (3.91m). With fitted bookshelves, radiator, Victorian fireplace with open grate, ornate surround and wood mantel.

Kitchen Breakfast Room: 21'10" (6.65m) x 9'9" (2.97m). Extensively fitted with range of oak-fronted base and wall cupboards, nests of drawers, display shelves, worktops with inset one and a half sink and drainer unit, worktop lighting, tiled splash backs, ceiling spot lights and oil-fired Stanley cooker, which also supplies hot water and central heating, feature stone wall to breakfast area, radiator, small pane glazed doors off and braced wooden door to sitting room.

Utility Room: Fitted cabinet, radiator, plumbing for automatic washing machine and dishwasher.

Boot Room/Porch: With tiled floor and doors to garden

Dining Hall: 19'0" (5.80m) x 7'9" (2.36m). With double height vaulted ceiling with glazed roof panel and skylight window, 2 x radiators and large picture windows with glazed French doors to rear garden, Cloakroom: With WC, wash basin and radiator

Mill Hall (with Viewing Gallery): 18'2" (5.54m) x 7'8" (2.34m) max. With feature brick flooring, beamed ceiling, glazed wall and door overlooking the Hurst timber frame and the main mill gearing, feature flour dressing machine and staircase up to.

Mill Drawing Room (with Viewing Gallery): 18'0" (5.49m) x 12'0" (3.66m). With balustrade gallery surround, heavily beamed ceiling, feature stonework, outlook over the mill pond via full height feature window, 3 x radiators, glazed and illuminated display case table enclosing the rotating grinding stone, glazed wall overlooking the water wheel, water wheel launder and sluice gate. Sliding glazed doors off to

Study: 21'7" (6.58m) x 9'3" (2.82m). With low level picture window, original sack hoist, collection of milling memorabilia and interesting artefacts.

The Sanctuary: 9'0" (2.74m) x 8'6" (2.59m). Located in a loft above the water wheel with beamed ceiling, radiator and door to large walk- in attic with sack hoist above the mill drawing room

Main Staircase: From reception hall to the First Floor landing with gallery, radiator and doors off

Master Bedroom: 13'8" (4.17m) x 13'5" (4.09m). With beamed ceiling and radiator

En Suite Shower Room: Tiled corner shower with Mira Excel shower, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, shaver light, radiator and skylight window.

Bedroom 2: 9'6" (2.90m) x 8'7" (2.62m). With ceiling beam and radiator

Bedroom 3: 10'3" (3.12m) x 8'11" (2.72m). With ceiling beam and radiator

Guest Bedroom 4: 14'4" (4.37m) x 11'11" (3.63m). With beam to part vaulted ceiling, radiator, walk-in wardrobe and picture window.

En Suite Shower Room: Curved tiled shower unit with ‘Mira’ Excel shower, pedestal wash basin, close coupled WC, radiator and skylight window.
Family Bathroom: Half-tiled walls, panel bath with mixer shower taps. Low level WC, corner shower unit, pedestal wash basin, shaver light, radiator, skylight window and large walk in airing cupboard with pressurised hot water system and linen shelving.


The Mill is approached by a tarmac driveway with five bar gate leading on to the property with parking area in front of the garage. Continuing past the barn there is an open garage flanked by a stone and hedged bank. In front of The Mill there is more parking space, feature mill stones and ponds with steps to the mill pond.
The delightful well tended gardens surrounding the mill are laid predominantly to sweeping lawns with a fine selection of specimen trees. The beautiful central mill pond (now fed via a bore hole water supply since the demise of the original mill leat source, which previously crossed neighbouring farm land until it was filled in some years ago) features a central fountain and is well stocked with fish and bordered by well stocked mature flower borders and trees which provide a number of sheltered and shaded areas in which to sit and enjoy the gardens and the wildlife in the garden. An expanse of level lawn is edged by a well stocked flower border which leads back to the mill and has wide steps leading to a lower area of lawn which extends around to the rear of the property and on to a green house.

The front garden is laid to lawn and enclosed by shrub borders and a paved path. The remaining garden is laid to lawn and extends from the front gate around the mill pond. A chipping pathway leads to a discreetly tucked away timber summer house to the east of the mill pond beside an overflow pond which in turn runs into a natural pond beside the Crooked Oak River (a tributary to the River Mole) which runs along the northern boundary of the property with open field beyond. There is an attractive area of timber decking fronting on to the river bank from which you can take tea, watch the fish or cool your feet.

To the rear of the property is access to the undercover working water wheel with its restored wooden buckets set on an iron frame and spindle, being water fed via the mill pond. Adjacent to the wheel housing is an observation area with railings and gate to access the wheel for maintenance which adjoins an undercover display of artefacts and observation area within the loggia which houses the mill wheel belt driven grinder and hopper – mill, beamed ceiling, feature stone wall and more historic mill related exhibits.


Garage 1: 18' 2" (5.54m) x 8' 6" (2.59m) with twin doors to the front and side door.

Traditional Barn: 31’ 0” (9.45m) x 14’ 0” (4.27m) (measured externally and approximately) incorporating Barn: 14' 9" (4.50m) x 12' 6" (3.80m) With mezzanine. Open

Garage 2: 14' 9" (4.50m) x 14' 1" (4.30m) housing bore hole pressure tank. Hayloft 15' 1" (4.60m) x 14'5" (4.00m) With an external staircase and overlooking the mill with potential for use as a studio or home office.

Adjoining The Mill is a Workshop: 11' 6" (3.51m) x 10' 6" (3.20m) and Potting Shed 17' 1" (5.20m) x 8' 6" (2.59m) with cobbled floor.

Loggia: 21’ 0” (6.40) x 9’ 0” (2.75m) currently used as to display artefacts relating to the mills history. Water wheel viewing gallery and access gate for maintenance

Agents Notes: The mill artefacts will remain with the property as historical interest


Mains electricity, private (bore hole) water supply, septic tank drainage. Bulk oil tank for central heating

local authority and council tax:
North Devon District Council Tax Band ‘C’ (Due to property improvement this may be re-evaluated by the local authority on change of ownership)

Leave South Molton on the B3227 follow the road towards A361/M5 and turn right at Bish Mill, sign posted Bishops Nympton and Rackenford, follow the B3221 up Sitcombe Hill, keep left at Silcombe Cross on the B3221 follow the road into Ash Mill, go over the bridge, after the road narrowing sign turn left in to the lane opposite the red post box and follow it down to The Mill

Alternative Directions:
Leave the M5 motorway at junction 27, sign posted A361 Barnstaple. Follow the A361 ‘North Devon Link’ towards South Molton, after 16 miles turn left at Moortown Cross (Knowstone Moor Rest Area). Follow the road for 2 miles, then turn right at the ‘T’ junction and proceed into the hamlet of Ash Mill, turn right in to the lane opposite the red post box mounted on a pole just before the bridge.

Agents Note: Do not rely on a satellite navigation to locate the property by postcode alone.

Property info

Nearby transport

  • Kings Nympton (8.6 miles)
  • Eggesford (9.7 miles)
  • Portsmouth Arms (9.8 miles)
  • Exeter International Airport (22.9 miles)
  • Cardiff Airport (32.4 miles)
  • Bristol Airport (51.5 miles)
  • Minehead Harbour (18.8 miles)
  • Instow Ferry Landing (19.9 miles)
  • Appledore Ferry Landing (20.3 miles)

Nearby schools

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  • Bishops Nympton Primary School (1.6 miles)
  • South Molton United Church of England Primary School (4.7 miles)
  • South Molton Community Primary School (4.9 miles)
  • West Somerset College (18.2 miles)
  • Exeter Mathematics School (20.8 miles)
  • Taunton School (27.0 miles)
  • South Molton Community College (4.5 miles)
  • Chulmleigh Community College (8.1 miles)
  • West Buckland School (8.8 miles)
Note: Distance is shown as a straight line measurement

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