The Grade II Listed Millwater originally dates from the Tudor times with extensions and remodelling having taken place in the Victorian period. Subsequently, Sir Wilfred Stokes (the inventor of the mortar bomb) did works in the 1920s, with the most recent extensive re-development on Millwater having been carried out by the present owners when they bought the house in 2007 - completely redesigning and renovating the house as well as extending it.
The house has been re-plumbed, re-wired and underfloor heating fitted in the kitchen/dining room as well as a number of bathrooms. Millwater is a period property now finished to the very highest modern standards.
As you enter the house, through the newly positioned front door, you walk into a beautiful dining hall with a large inglenook fireplace and new staircase. Doors lead to a fine panelled library and large drawing room with doors to the river room, which overlooks the mill tail race (from the River Wey), leading from Ockham Mill. The inner hall (with secondary stairs) leads through to the children’s sitting room and on to a study.
The stunning kitchen and breakfast room are of particular note having been recently fitted by bespoke cabinet makers Halstock Kitchens and comprises a large central island, Zimbabwean granite surfaces, AGA, fridges, electric hob and oven along with dishwashers. Beyond the kitchen is the dog room and boot room. A wonderful feature of the house is the terrace which leads off of the kitchen/breakfast room and on to the beautifully landscaped gardens.
First and second floors The bedroom accommodation is extensive yet flexible. A superb master bedroom suite has an impressive ensuite bathroom, separate ensuite shower room, dressing area and bedroom with doors leading out onto the balcony overlooking the water. The master bedroom enjoys a triple aspect and in addition, stairs lead up to a further two rooms, shower room and study which could be used independently as further bedrooms or an integrated guest/nanny flat. On the first floor there are two beautiful bedroom suites and two further bedrooms which share a family bathroom.
Lower ground floor
Within the lower ground floor of Millwater there is a laundry room, ironing room, boiler room and tank room. This floor can be accessed separately from the outside.
The gardens at Millwater have been designed to encapsulate the setting of the house and grounds on the edge of the mill tail race, part of the River Wey. Having been created in 2009 by the renowned garden designers, Acres Wild, the gardens are divided into a series of richly planted ‘rooms’ harmoniously leading from one to the other.
Immediately to the rear of the house, beyond the flagstone terrace, a former swimming pool creates a wonderful wild pond with irises and water lilies. It is surrounded by a level lawn with steps leading down to the lake and bridge over, bordered by a specially designed Japanese water feature. On the higher level there is an avenue of limes, below which there is lavender bordering the lawn path, with a fountain at the end. To the side, a small lavender parterre garden is adjacent to a large greenhouse, behind which there is a newly built walled vegetable garden with an array of beds, comprising not only soft fruit and vegetables but also roses, all surrounding a beautiful water feature. There is also a further greenhouse within the walled garden. Beyond the walled garden is an orchard followed by a lawned area enclosed by a circle of yew hedging, drawing the eye to a rectangular reflection pool.
The garden is interspersed with perennial borders and the design is carefully laid out around existing mature trees. There is also a paddock, ideal for keeping horses. Two bridges lead over the mill tail race to the lake, within which there is an island with a weeping willow in the middle. A beautiful walk leads around the grounds back towards the house.
Just to the north east of the house is a well sheltered outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by hedging for privacy. There is also a floodlit tennis court in the grounds.
Within the gardens there is also a traditional storage barn with a garage and storage for garden machinery. There is potential to convert part of this into further accommodation, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consent.
A large Sussex barn, which was relocated from East Sussex in 1984, offers excellent entertaining space. With it’s exposed timbers and high vaulted ceilings it comprises entertaining areas and steps up to a seating area/viewing gallery overlooking the barn, as well as the squash court. There is also a changing room with a Jacuzzi, sauna, and shower. Within this building is a gym and garage, providing parking for four cars.
Property Features Include: Historic Home
Lot Acres: 11.83