Mill House in Paxford

  • Mill House, Paxford
  • Mill House, Paxford
  • Mill House, Paxford
  • Mill House, Paxford
  • Mill House, Paxford
  • Mill House, Paxford

**OPEN DAY 20th May**A substantial detached five bedroom barn conversion set within grounds of over 7 acres in this lovely North Cotswold village.

£1,595,000

***LAUNCH DAY*** Saturday 20th May, 10am-1pm, viewings strictly by appointment only.

A stunning split-level barn constructed of Cotswold stone, approaching 3,000 square foot of open-plan living space, the Mill House has been updated and significantly improved by the current owners. It is beautifully situated within several acres of delightfully maintained gardens and paddocks, enjoying gorgeous rural views in all directions and a secluded, private location. As such the property is bound to command a great deal of interest and presents an extremely attractive proposition, addressing the ubiquitous wish list of all those seeking the ultimate benefits of traditional country lifestyle - luxurious living space, far-reaching views and natural privacy in the heart of the North Cotswold landscape.

Situated in the tiny village of Paxford the property revels in a secluded position comfortably insulated from view, neighboured and protected on the approach from the front and looking out onto broad open countryside thereafter, with little interruption save for an occasional rider or walker strolling by on a bridle path that runs to one edge of the boundary. Despite the isolation afforded by its rural setting, day-to-day needs are amply served by two of the most renowned and desirable villages in the North Cotswolds, with Blockley and Chipping Campden lying barely two miles in either direction. Meanwhile, the mainline train station to Paddington is accessible at the nearby ancient market town of Moreton in Marsh, along with a further host of amenities and facilities within a few minutes’ drive.  

Paxford is on the bus route for the renowned secondary school at Chipping Campden and is within a sensible commutable distance from Oxford, Cheltenham or Stratford upon Avon, and as such this is an eminently suitable property for a number of different purchasers - either for a family, as a prime second home or even a large holiday let proposition given that, in such a horsey county, the land could very easily be rented out. Ideally, of course, it is perfectly suited to equestrian interests or indeed for anyone seeking an idyllic retreat from the pressures of day-to-day life.

The Mill House is tucked invisibly within the heart of the village, approached via a short gravelled lane bridged over a low-lying brook. Centred within meticulously landscaped gardens and surrounded by seven acres of flat paddock land, the property offers a wealth of integral character and great attention to detail, using a palette of traditional natural materials: exposed brick and stonework, stripped floorboards, oak beams, latched doors and picture windows amongst its various delights, the whole positioned to best advantage within its plot.  

A broad gated and gravelled driveway leads to a picturesque frontage of neatly manicured lawns with colourfully stocked borders, shaded by a profusion of deciduous trees and complemented by a wide and pretty pond, the whole combining to provide a comforting sense of tranquillity and retreat.  

Once inside, impressively vast rooms open up within, several of which could happily vie for the ultimate ‘wow factor’. Every glamorous interior is conceived to the highest standard throughout. The natural structure of the original barn has been cleverly optimised to create free-flowing, adaptable, informal and formal living spaces, embracing a traditional country vernacular with a twist, combining original character and a modern split-level arrangement, all elements complementing each space throughout, from the beauty of a vaulted ceiling or a room brightly lit by full-length windows to the pleasing structure of an open balustrade staircase or an original exposed ‘A’ frame.

First of the most striking living spaces is an enormous, warm and welcoming kitchen / breakfast room complete with an informal seating area and wood burning stove, perfect for family life - indeed, as the present owners explain, it is where they spend all their time.

“The kitchen / breakfast room is truly the heart of this home. Most days we don’t feel the need to go into another room at all but simply to move from one part to another. It’s incredibly sociable, of course, and practical - the children used to sit at the table to do their homework whilst we cooked dinner and chatted; even when we have all our extended family or invite friends we do tend to stay rooted here, as everyone really unwinds and relaxes. Equally it’s cosy even when the children have gone back to university, especially on cold winter nights, just the two of us tucked up together with the dogs in front of the wood-burner, totally at peace with the world.” 

Complementing the arrangement of day-to-day informal living on the ground floor level are a separate capacious utility room and, to the far end, a double bedroom suite with doors leading out onto the garden, a space that could just as easily be used as a convenient place to work from home or to provide for an elderly relative / live-in nanny. The higher ground floor is useful for more formal entertainment, especially for large family Christmases and summer parties – an enormous, square, double-height sitting room with an adjacent dining room beyond (currently used as a study), both leading out onto the garden and benefiting from glorious countryside views.  

Leading down to the lower-level floor is a guest suite offering two double bedrooms, each served by a luxurious bathroom. Alone in all its glory on the upper storey is the master bedroom, together with a walk-in dressing room and generously appointed shower room. There is a true sense of luxury and peace that reigns here, enhanced by glazed double doors that can be thrown open onto a wrought iron balcony to capture the best of the views - a place ideal for quiet contemplation, settling down with a book or a lazy Sunday breakfast on sunlit mornings.

The original main barn has recently been added to with a new timber building, serving as garaging, log store, garden storage and even a sauna, with generous ancillary living accommodation above. Here, there’s another double bedroom and shower room.

“When the children come home, bringing their university friends with them, it’s ideal to put them all up in here whilst we still keep the house to ourselves! Of course we shall be very sad to leave here having enjoyed every moment but with our family now pretty much grown up and gone, whilst it’s great to have all this amazing space when everyone is home for high days and holidays it’s often just the two of us day-to-day, and we accept it’s time to move on. 

“We are very comfortable to do so, knowing that it’s been such a very happy place and that there’s so much more enjoyment for the next family who comes here. They will certainly benefit from the hard work we have done to ensure this is a practical, easily maintained home, especially in terms of someone who would like to make proper use of the paddocks.  We imagine in our mind’s eye a young family, little girls with ponies would be wonderful, or possibly someone running a business from home who might wish to operate a small livery perhaps. Given the bridle path that runs immediately beside us and stretches out into the open countryside beyond, it’s an ideal place for keeping horses as you would never even have to venture out onto the road.”

The Mill House is offered to the market by the Moreton in Marsh branch of Fine & Country North Cotswolds; for further information or to book a viewing strictly by prior appointment at the Launch Day on Saturday 20th May, simply telephone 01608 651000.