The Shawford Mill Estate is an historic and unique country residence on the cusp of Beckington, some 9 miles from Bath. The estate centres around the historic Grade II Listed ‘Shawford Mill’ and is believed to have origins back to the 15th Century, but largely rebuilt into its current form in the 18th Century. Originally, a working mill, latterly making indigo dye for the cloth industry it was part of a group of important mills, which ran along the River Frome. The property was purchased by the eminent ‘Olive family’ in the 1930s, who set about re-purposing the estate and establishing an annual opera season within the mill building.
The properties underwent further transformations over the last ten years and are now used as two independent properties (Peacock Villa and The Leat House) with The Mill remaining an entertaining space for parties, gatherings and the occasional concert.
This is the main residential building within the estate and has flexible accommodation over two floors. With four bedrooms it could be used either as two apartments or as one house, with a myriad of options for layout and personalisation. Presented in good order and enjoys elevated views of the grounds and Leat that meanders through the gardens. This former coach house retains some of the period features and volume including tall ceilings with exposed beams, plus an open ‘Jetmaster’ fire. The kitchen is a super room with bespoke kitchen units, plenty of space for a dining table and doors out to a balcony that leads down to the garden.
The Leat House:
This modern and contemporary building occupies a discreet corner of the estate with private access and gardens. The stunning open plan living including reception room and kitchen benefit from glazed full height doors opening out to the garden. The study and bedroom has, like the rest of the house, been designed with bespoke cabinetry providing plenty of storage.
The Grade II Listed mill is two storey and is largely an open plan space with many connotations and uses. It has planning permission to convert into a two bedroom property, with a contemporary extension. The Mill has previously been used for the production of hydro-electricity which could be re-instated.
The grounds are a stunning and major part of the beauty and interest of this property. The current owners have worked hard to create a wildlife haven with sightings of Kingfishers and Otters to name but a few. The gardens include - waterside gardens, a productive vegetable garden with raised beds and an orchard with fruit trees including a Mulberry tree taking centre stage.
The attractive garden, elevated along the Leat, is a delight. Borders of year round planting with beds flanking the meandering stone path leading down to the shallow pebble surface of the mill stream. The central level field is great for events and marquees, as well as sporting pursuits and enjoys river frontage with private fishing and landing for kayaks.
There is an extensive bank of the River Frome with riparian rights and a stunning private weir adjacent to a well-planned seating area; one of the most amazing picnic spots!
Other buildings include - A detached modern wooden garage complex providing cover for cars and a further practical space; ideal for a studio or gym. There are also a number of outbuildings including a redbrick machinery and wood store. The ‘Garden Studio’ is another small redbrick outbuilding, once used as an art studio with lovely views over the mill stream. There is an adjacent potting shed.
Shawford is situated just off the Warminster Road between a triangle of villages, Norton St Philip, Rode and Beckington. Located along the River Frome this countryside location has wonderful walks and riverside pursuits. Norton St Philip is located two miles away and has a primary school, two historic village pubs and a small supermarket. A one mile walk leads to Rode, also benefitting from a primary school and a choice of country pubs. The sought after village of Beckington is just over a mile away with amenities including a doctor’s surgery, a popular delicatessen and café, two pubs, a primary school as well as an independent prep school and nursery. Just outside the village is White Row Farm, which includes a farm shop with a butchers, fishmongers, café, florist plus an award winning fish shop. There is also a small M&S food store within a petrol station nearby. There is a regular bus service to Bath and Frome as well as a school bus service to a number of Bath schools.