Old Paper Mill To Renovate With Garden And Terrace
Former paper mill and old forge to renovate. Part of a tiny hamlet, set high on the valley side overlooking the river meadows below. Salmon and trout fishing, with unrestricted access to 50 acres of privately maintained woodland and meadows.
The property is situated in a beautiful river valley untouched by the modern world for over 200 years, in the heart of the Normandy bocage. The mill is approached from a single track lane which zigzags its way down the valley side.
Once renovated, the house will sit in its own private garden, enclosed on three sides by running water. The small building which originally housed the old forge provides a further 35m2
of useful accommodation at the water's edge. The mill is constructed of local schist, with granite quoins, lintels and sills. All of the original exterior walls remain, and are in good condition.
The building as it stands has space for a ground and a first floor, but there is evidence that originally it had a half-timbered second floor upon the stone walls. This arrangement could easily be reinstated as part of the renovation, using the existing roof timbers and slates.
The interior is currently all at one level, with access to a lower level where the mill wheel gearing entered the building and the main mass of the machinery was housed. It would be perfectly feasible to reinstate a turning mill wheel if desired, as the original mill races and leats have been restored and maintained across the entire site. Each floor, once restored, will produce 160m2
of habitable space, thus creating a large and comfortable family home.
This is an unusual and exciting opportunity to create your new home. The hamlet in which the house is located consists of just 9 properties, 3 of which have already been restored. No new development will be allowed once the existing buildings have been renovated. The surrounding countryside will continue to be managed unobtrusively for the enjoyment of the residents, and with complete respect for this outstanding natural environment.
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