Guide Price £695,000
Mill Lane, Pickworth, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34
At the heart of this wonderfully unique four-bedroom home is the original Mill of this quintessential country village. Now a magnificent entrance hallway, it offers spectacular views over the surrounding Lincolnshire countryside from its first floor and access to the spacious family accommodation on the ground floor. Outside, delightfully landscaped gardens extend to approximately two acres, encompassing a range of outbuildings including a double stable block, hay barn and double garage.
When the current owners moved into the Old Mill back in 1998, it had already been converted into a family home. “The mill was apparently built around the middle of the nineteenth century and continued working until the early twentieth century when we understand it’s sails blew off! The mill’s height was then reduced and a diesel engine installed allowing it to continue to operate for a few more years. It was then used for farm storage until 1993 when it was renovated, and the current house built around it. We were lucky as the house itself was already very much to our taste when we moved in, and so we were able to simply enjoy its wonderful character and amazing views and settle into village life. However, its two-acre plot required a lot of work. It had been used entirely as grazing for horses for the past few years, and so we decided to focus our attention on transforming it into our dream garden. It has taken us a little longer than we imagined, but we have thoroughly enjoyed the process and now, after twenty-two years, feel we have achieved our dream with lawns, a wildflower meadow, and a vegetable garden and orchard with over twenty varieties of fruit. In fact, we have been more-or-less self-sufficient with both vegetables and fruits for several months each year.”
The character which so charmed the current owners when they first viewed this unique family home, and which continues to do so today, is evident the moment you enter. “The original mill, with its oak beams and wooden panelling, forms the entrance hallway and first floor room and so has round walls which narrow as they rise from the ground floor. A spiral staircase leads up to the first floor and, as we are on a little hill, we have amazing views over the surrounding farmland. We can see no less than five churches! However, our favourite room has to be the ground floor sitting room as it is large and very light and airy with the most beautiful views over our gardens and out across the surrounding countryside. The wildlife is spectacular. We counted nine hares on the lawn the other day and often glimpse owls who nest in the box we placed on the back of the barn.”
Despite its bucolic setting, this small village offers its community a busy and varied social life. “There is always something to do in Pickworth. There are craft sessions, quiz nights, coffee mornings, occasional musical events and even guest lectures. Then there are the annual events such as the Christmas pantomime, May Fair, Craft Fair and Harvest Tea.”
The Old Mill has also been a very sociable house for the current owners. “Its spacious interior makes it very easy to entertain and we adore being able to move our guests easily outside to watch the sun go down.
“We will be sad to leave our home. Establishing our dream garden from scratch has been a marvellous opportunity and created very many happy memories for us. But we’ll also miss this lovely part of Lincolnshire, surrounded as we are by a network of cross-country footpaths and peaceful country lanes with so little traffic we can walk safely for miles directly from our doorstep. And in Spring and Summer the grass verges and hedges spring to life with wildflowers and blossom. It’s really very special.”
The Old Mill lies in a tranquil hill-top position approximately half a mile to the north of the quaint village of Pickworth, whose origins can be traced back to the Domesday Book. Today, the 12th century Grade I listed parish church of St. Andrew still hosts the annual village May Fair and Harvest Celebrations, whilst its modern-day village hall is the focus for various community clubs. It lies approximately 12 miles from Bourne, and 10 miles from both Sleaford and Grantham. A range of secondary schools are available including: Bourne Grammar School OFSTED rating ‘Outstanding’; Kesteven and Sleaford Selective Academy rated ‘Good’; The King’s School Grantham rated ‘Outstanding’; and Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School rated ‘Outstanding’. Primary schooling is available in the nearby village of Ingoldsby and is OFSTED rated ‘Good’. Mainline train services are available from Grantham to London Kings Cross (65 minutes) or Leeds (68 minutes).
From the A1: the most direct access is via the A52. Follow east from near Grantham and after a few miles take the right turn to Ropsley. Proceed through Sapperton and on to Pickworth. At the crossroads, turn left onto Mill Lane and after about half a mile, the Old Mill can be found on the right.
From the A15: Heading northward, turn left within Folkingham and, after about 3 miles, take a right turn signposted Pickworth. Proceed through the village along Mill Lane where the Mill can be found on your right.
- Historic mill conversion forming a characterful and unique family home
- Magnificent entrance hallway with spiral staircase to first floor
- Far-ranging views across the surrounding Lincolnshire countryside
- Four good sized bedrooms
- Two bathrooms, cloakroom, and large utility room
- Family kitchen, separate dining room and spacious sitting room
- Patio doors from the dining and sitting rooms open onto the terrace and lawns
- Study and separate sewing/reading room
- Landscaped gardens approximating two acres with double stable and hay barn
- Attached double garage