Guide price £2,500,000
An 18th century Listed Mill House with adjoining Victorian house and cottages with fishing, in a magical waterside setting adjoining the Mill Pond, River Dun and Canal IMPORTANT NOTICE Full viewings of all properties are being conducted subject to Covid-19 protocol. The village of Lockerley lies in the heart of the Test valley surrounded by wonderful countryside, close to the county boundary, almost midway between Stockbridge and Romsey with the Cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester to the east and west respectively. The village is based around four main greens which are dedicated as common land. Lockerley has a Norman church, village shop, memorial hall, garage, primary school and various pubs in the neighbourhood. The River Dun, a tributary of the River Test, the premier river in Europe for trout fishing, flows through the grounds and Lockerley Mill and running parallel is part of the Salisbury to Southampton canal. Although in a rural area, the Mill is not remote. At Dunbridge there is a local station on the Salisbury/Southampton line and thence to the West Country and Wales. Close by is the A30 which via the A303/M3 provides a fast link to London or southwards the A36 links with the M27. There are commuter services to London Waterloo from Winchester and Salisbury. Lockerley Mill, Listed Grade II, dates from the 18th century and was converted in the 1970s. The building has the most special mellow brick elevations enhanced by climbers and has leaded light windows under a tiled and dormered roof which also includes a weather boarded luccam. The mill stream runs under the centre bay, some of the mill gear survives but it is not in working order. Adjoining Lockerley Mill is Mill Farm House, which is a Victorian house, currently laid out as two self contained flats, one 4 bedroom, one 2 bedroom. Lockerley Mill is laid out over three floors with the principal rooms on the first floor taking full advantage of the views over the Mill pond, river and waterside grounds. In the hall are remnants of the original mill wheel and a viewing window looks into the mill race. There is a garden/sitting room, shower room, machinery room, utility room and Bedroom 5/store room. New log burners have recently been installed in several rooms. On the first floor a fine drawing room, study/bedroom 4 and fitted kitchen/dining/family room. On the second floor are three bedrooms, shower room and bathroom. Mill Farm House is Victorian, has much character, and is currently divided into two spacious flats. The ground floor comprises sitting room, kitchen/dining room, two bedrooms and bathroom. The second flat on first and second floor has a sitting room, kitchen/dining room, four bedrooms, bathroom and two adjoining shower rooms. With the two buildings combined, a very special family house would be created. Planning permission has previously been granted to join the Mill with the Farmhouse, which would consequently result in one Council Tax payment. THE GARDENS AND GROUNDS There are very special waterside gardens and grounds. Running parallel on the two main boundaries is the River Dun which flows into the Mill pond which in turn continues into the Mill race and under the Mill itself. Running parallel is part of the original canal with carriers flowing across the gardens which are crossed by various bridges. There is an herbaceous garden, flowering shrubs, sweeping expanses of lawn studded with many varieties of trees. The gardens are filled with an abundance of wildlife including regular visits from deer, otters, swans, ducks, herons, house martins, swallows and woodpeckers. There are two cottages, Kingfisher Cottage and The Barn, a summerhouse, and a pump house with washing facilities. The flats and cottages produce a very valuable income. The fishing is primarily centred upon 197 yards (180m) of single bank to the main river and mill pond, plus a further 83 yards (76m) of double bank and the canal about 256 yards (234m) in total length. The rivers are teeming with trout, while sea trout and salmon regularly migrate via the fish pass upstream. The river is controlled by sluice gates. The river banks have been well managed and a Larinier fish passage has been recently built - please see note. Directly in front of both properties is ample parking and a gravel drive gives access to a double length open fronted Garage which houses a 4-berth Roma caravan. Alongside is a gravel parking area for several vehicles. The gardens and grounds extend in all to about 3.663 acres (1.482 ha) AGENT'S NOTE - Larinier Fish Passage Fish monitoring for the water framework directive classified the fish population on the Dun as ''moderate', largely as it was missing key migratory species such as trout and eels which after their investigate was attributed to a number of structures along the catchment. Much time and effort has been invested by the Environment Agency and the Wessex Chalk Stream Rivers Trust (WCSRT) (alongside other stakeholders) over recent years to improve fish migration opportunities along the River Dun. A number of small weirs having been removed and in channel habitat improved. The River is just over 18km in length with two mills, Lockerley and Holbury, located on the lower reaches of the Dun representing a complete obstruction to fish migration that consequently limited fish access to approximately three quarters of remaining upstream reaches of the Dun. In 2017 through a partnership project the Environment Agency (WCSRT) completed the works on the ground to address fish passage at these two remaining structures. As well as the insulation of two larinier fish passages, fish easements and eels sub-straights, the sites also underwent renovations to various flow control structures to ensure that the fish passage was optimised under the full range of flow conditions the site experiences.
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