- Characterful accommodation
- Numerous period features
- Original mill gearing
- Detached ancillary accommodation
- Magnificent grounds and woodland
- Well placed for motorway network
- EPC Exempt
A fascinating and stylish listed former watermill in an idyllic waterfront setting.
Darley Mill is located close to the delightful village of Knowle which retains much period charm with half-timbered dwellings and an historic Parish Church. Knowle contains a wide array of interesting shops and restaurants, plus a junior and infant school and the well-regarded secondary Arden School. Sporting facilities include Copt Heath Golf Club and the Old Silhillians Rugby Club.
The village is well placed for access on to the M40 and M42 motorways which provide links to the M1, M6 and M5 thus enabling travel to Birmingham, Coventry, London, The National Exhibition Centre and Birmingham International Airport. The railway station at Dorridge is on the Chiltern line and links to Birmingham Snow Hill and London Marylebone.
Nearby Solihill offers Touchwood, a popular shopping centre which houses over 80 stores, including a John Lewis Department Store, 20 bars and restaurants and a nine-screen multiplex cinema. Solihull also benefits from a Waitrose store.
A rare opportunity to acquire a unique character property, this Grade II listed watermill dating back to 1618 has an idyllic waterfront setting. The grounds, which extend to approximately seven acres, are split level and are encompassed by mature trees with fine examples including oak, yew, ash, horse chestnut and Scots pine creating a haven for wildlife. On the upper level the garden includes three ponds, the largest of which extends to a little over two acres, along with approximately two acres of woodland. The lower level has extensive lawns flanked on each side with streams.
The front entrance to the property is approached at the lower level from Darley Green Road. There is a Coalbrookdale gateway set well back from the road. Once through the gateway the gravel drive winds its way to the property with lawns to either side. At the top of the drive there is a large block paved area in front of a coach house style building, the ground floor of which provides spacious garaging for up to four vehicles. There is also a timber lean-to tractor store to the side of the coach house. The block paved area continues along the front of the main property past the front door and in to a walled courtyard.
Linking the main house to the coach house are two storage buildings, one fitted as a plant room. Between them a brick staircase leads to an extensive blue brick terrace on the upper level, giving access to a self-contained annexe which is situated on the first floor of the coach house which is well detached from the main house and comprises an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner, a generous bedroom and shower room.
The waterside terracing provides a perfect entertaining space, with views over the lawn where in one corner a hump backed bridge provides access to a woodland walk alongside a stream, which wanders through the woodland and in spring is lined with a sea of bluebells. From the terracing a pathway surrounding the pond skirts the woodland past a second entertaining space with a sunken fire pit at the woodland edge.
The main house has undergone an extensive programme of sympathetic renovation, the interior fitted throughout with oak, enhanced by many features unique to a watermill. The accommodation is laid out over four floors, with the principal living space on the first floor.
On entering the property from the rear terrace the light and spacious waterside sitting room with views across the mill pond has an open fireplace and stone fire surround, and extends into a kitchen/breakfast room with freestanding kitchen furniture and a separate walk-in larder. Accessible from both the kitchen and the sitting room is a large open plan lounge/dining room with original brickwork and a wood burning stove. In addition this floor has a study which overlooks the courtyard and a separate cloakroom.
A character oak staircase leads to the second floor. At the top of the stairs there is a landing off which there is a wet room/shower room. Off to the left are two bedrooms, the first overlooking the courtyard, the second with an open apex ceiling and a mill pond view. To the right is a large master bedroom with double height ceiling, it has views across the gardens and mill pond. A staircase leads from the master bedroom to a dressing area and bathroom.
The ground floor currently comprises a large entrance hall with glass encased mill gearing, a cloakroom, utility and a large bedroom with en suite shower room. The bedroom, shower room, utility and cloakroom have not been renovated leaving scope for conversion to a wide range of uses.
Both the mill and the annexe are fitted throughout with cast iron radiators.
The property has been furnished with many rare, unique and bespoke pieces, any of which can be purchased by separate negotiation.
Square Footage: 3256 sq ft
Acreage: 6.8 Acres
FROM M42 NORTH JUNCTION 4: Exit M42 at junction 4. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Stratford Road/A3400, travel 1.2 miles. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Box Trees Road, travel 0.6 miles. Turn right onto Earlswood Road, travel 0.2 miles. Turn right to stay on Earlswood Road, travel 0.4 miles. Turn right onto Grange Road/ B4101, travel 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Windmill Lane, travel 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Mill Pool Lane, travel 0.6 miles to the end of the road. Turn left onto Darley Green Road, travel 0.3 miles. Destination will be on the left before the large blue brick bridge.
FROM M42 SOUTH JUNCTION 5: At junction 5, take the A41 exit to Solihull. At the roundabout take the f1st exit onto Warwick Road/A4141, travel 1.4 miles. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exist and stay on the Warwick Road/A414, travel 1.4 miles through Knowle village. Pass Wyndley Garden Centre on the left hand side. At the sharp bend, take the 2nd right
exit onto Norton Green Lane, travel 0.7 miles. Continue onto Darley Green Road, travel 0.2 miles.
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