‘I know a bank where the wild thyme blows. Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows….’

Mill Hill Farm is a magical Cotswold stone house, with traditional stone barns around a courtyard, set in an ancient orchard with fields running down to the Sherborne brook. Unique in an age of intensive modernisation, Mill Hill Farm is remarkable for its enchanting setting and bewitching Cotswold house with original farm barns, from an earlier time. 

Until it was recently acquired by the current owners, Mill Hill Farm had not been on the market for some four decades. In 1976, Sir Mark Palmer, godson of, and Page of Honour to HM The Queen, together with his wife, the Hon Catherine Tennant, moved into the genteel house on the edge of the National Trust- owned village of Sherborne. It was soon filled with children, dogs, horses, gypsy caravans, art and circus people. It became a hedonistic and vibrant juxtaposition of aristocratic and bohemian life.  

The current owners have recently acquired valuable Planning Permission in June 2019 for ‘conversion of existing barns to create one independent dwelling and ancillary staff accommodation, together with extensions and alterations to the existing dwelling, erection of a garage store.’ 

This uniquely charming property is now available either as a whole with almost 11 acres, or in two lots; Lot 1 The Farmhouse and just over 7 acres, and Lot 2 The Courtyard, barns and stables with 3.89 acres. 

The Farmhouse (Lot 1) – Originating largely from the early 19th Century, the classic Cotswold farmhouse is Grade 2 Listed, with south facing windows, symmetrical rooms and high ceilings.  Completely unspoilt, it retains many original features including cornices, wooden floors, beautiful wooden shutters and open fires in the main bedrooms, as well as the reception rooms.

The planning permission provides for an impressive garden room extension from the kitchen, with superb view through the orchard, a new guest bedroom suite and the remodelling of the first-floor bedrooms and bathrooms. The farmhouse nestles into its shambling garden and ancient orchard, and with a paddock across the lane.

The Barns (Lot 2) 

Originally serving as traditional barns with stables, a groom’s flat, harness room, storage and art studios, these traditional barns have permission to accommodate an impressive family house with a spacious and contemporary living space.  Next to the principal house, with a separate access, will be ancillary accommodation which can accommodate staff or a dependant family member. The remaining stable building will become a gym and guest bedroom, all overlooking the charming courtyard. 

The traditional barn with openings into the courtyard, and access from the lane looks into its own walled garden, with high south facing walls. This bewitching building with generous proportions now has consent for a wonderful entertaining space, with service kitchen and cloakroom. The old coach house building offers covered parking, and there is consent for a separate garage store.  Outside the barn overlooks a paddock running down to water meadows and Sherborne brook, where king cups and flag irises bloom wild in spring. 

Sherborne is an enchanting unspoilt Cotswold village, lying upstream from the villages of Windrush and the Barringtons, six miles west of Burford.  Spread out along the south side of an 18th century landscaped valley with an ornamental weir, Sherborne is a Conservation Area within a Cotswold Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and comprises in the main of listed buildings.  A large proportion of the properties in the village and most of the beautiful surrounding parkland is owned by the National Trust. There is a very popular, award-winning village shop and tea room, a well-reputed primary school and active parish church. 

For information call Elizabeth D'Allemagne 01451 830731 elizabeth@butlersherborn.co.uk

Guide Price for the whole £3.25 million

Lot 1 - Offers in excess of £1.6 million

Lot 2 Offers in excess of £1.6 million

 

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