Ham Mills is situated in a lovely island setting in the picturesque and unspoilt hamlet of Ham. Ham lies on the banks of the River Tone and is a short drive from Creech St Michael and North Curry. Creech St Michael is well served with amenities including a general store, post office, Primary school and public house whilst a further wider range of amenities can be found at the County town of Taunton. The surrounding countryside is extremely attractive and provides a number of foot and bridle paths, some of which provide access to river walks. Taunton provides good quality state and independent schools and the property falls within the catchment of Heathfield Community School. Taunton has a mainline railway station with direct links to London Paddington in 1 hour 45 minutes.DESCRIPTION
Ham Mills is a delightful Grade II listed former millhouse, which occupies a stunning riverside setting on the banks of the River Tone. The property is offered for sale in excellent order and retains many period features such as exposed roof trusses and beams, flagstone floors and open fireplaces. The property has the benefit of over two acres of lawns and gardens with extensive river frontage including wonderful views over the weir in the centre of Ham. The property benefits from far reaching views over the river and open countryside beyond and it is by no means isolated with easy access to the hamlet and is only five miles from Taunton. The internal accommodation is extensive and is set over two floors and offers spacious, yet flexible accommodation. The property is approached via a gravelled driveway leading to a substantial garage and workshop. The gardens are bordered by the former navigation cut and wharf to the South and the River Tone to the North. At the rear of the property is the original mill leat, pond and race.ACCOMMODATION
A door leads into the large kitchen / breakfast room. This is a wonderful dual aspect room with a range of fitted units together with a central island, inset four oven Aga and a large dining area. There is an inset wood burner and the kitchen provides access to the garden room with doors out to the decking and seating area. The main entrance hall has stairs rising to the first floor and access to the study, which has fitted desk and books shelving units and provides access to a boiler room. There is a downstairs cloakroom and a utility room accessed off the inner hallway. The inner hall provides access to the sitting room, which again is a highly attractive triple aspect room with book shelving. The room is centred on an open fireplace with an inset wood burner and mantle piece over. The dining room provides double doors opening to the decking and outdoor sitting area. Between the dining room and sitting room, there is a further set of stairs.
On the first floor, the property is divided into two sections, the main staircase providing access to three bedrooms including a stunning master bedroom with wonderful views North and South with vaulted ceilings and it also benefits from a dressing area and en-suite bathroom. There are two further bedrooms with lovely views South, one with fitted wardrobes. There is also a family bathroom with a panelled bath, shower cubicle, low level WC and wash hand basin. Access from the other staircase provides access to two further bedrooms, both with en-suite shower rooms and both enjoying lovely views.OUTSIDE
Adjoining the substantial parking area is the garage / garden store. The garage offers ample space for vehicles and a workshop area.
One of the most stunning features of Ham Mills is the decking and sitting out area adjoining the water wheel. This is a wonderful area with a combination of timber decking and block brick paved sitting out areas enjoying wonderful views over open countryside and former mill workings. The rest of the garden is highly attractive and mainly laid to lawn with areas of amenity land that lead up to Ham Weir. In all, just over two acres.
The island setting provides privacy and the location adjoining the River Tone all help to create a wonderful setting for wildlife, greatly enhancing the property. The wildlife includes swans, moorhens, kingfishers, ducks, herons, egrets, cormorants, foxes, swifts, house martins and birds of prey. Otters are occasionally seen.HISTORY
The watermill at Ham dates back from medieval times, the current property which is Grade II listed, dates from the middle of the 19th century and is situated on an island formed by the main stream of the River Tone on the North side and a navigation channel, which bypasses the upstream weir on the South side. A mill race provided power for two large water wheels bisects the island. To the rear of the property there is a former engine house, which was built in the 1890's to accommodate a steam driven turbine which powered the mill until 1914. The removal of the engine meant the end of the milling at Ham Mills. Since then, the house has been a private house and the navigation channel has gradually narrowed. One waterwheel has been refurbished and remains in place. An extension has been added to the original accommodation.