PROVENDER MILL, HIGHER BACKWAY, BRUTON, BA10 0DW
An absolutely stunning two bedroom apartment set in a converted Mill, in the centre of the ever fashionable Bruton.
Provender Mill is an award-winning conversion with a rustic industrial style, designed with light and space in mind. The accommodation is exceptionally flexible, spanning over 2,200 sq.ft.
The flexible living space with live/work usage includes a split level open plan kitchen/dining/living room, an expansive office/living area, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Outside are rambling stone courtyards offering complete privacy and a lovely sun terrace with views over the Bruton roofline and King Alfred’s tower beyond.
About the area
Bruton is a ancient small town (population around 3,000) in South Somerset, situated in the Brue Valley surrounded by beautiful and accessible countryside. Predating Roman times it has evolved gently through the ages with many interesting and historical buildings defining its character. In the time of Canute there was a Royal Mint in Bruton and it is recorded in the Doomsday book. Later it developed as a market town and the wool and silk trade prospered. Today its main industries are agriculture and education with four excellent schools in Bruton: King’s School, founded 1519, Sexey’s School, founded 1660, Bruton School for Girls, and a primary school. There are other noted independent schools in the area including Hazlegrove at Sparkford, Millfield at Street, Sherborne Schools, Wells Cathedral School, Downside, Port Regis and St Mary’s, Shaftesbury.
Bruton has many thriving groups and societies including a Festival of Arts, Horticultural Show and musical and theatrical productions and a thriving museum. The town has a small range of shops and a variety of pubs and restaurants including the award winning ‘At the Chapel’ and the ‘Roth Bar & Grill’ at the famous Hauser & Wirth gallery. There are many other charming towns nearby which together offer a wide range of shopping, cultural and sporting activities. These include Castle Cary, Sherborne, Shaftsbury and Wells with Bath, Bristol and Salisbury all being in easy reach. Communications are good with a small rail station in Bruton (Bath, Bristol, Weymouth and a limited service to London) plus mainline services at Castle Cary ( for Paddington) and Gillingham (for Waterloo). The A303 a few miles south is the road link to London (2.5 hours) and Bristol international airport is within an hour’s drive.
Provender Mill comprises two exclusive apartments which were converted in 2000. It was originally a former grain mill built in the 1940s on the site of an earlier building and markings from the working parts remain today. Among other important character features, the most impressive is the steel beam which runs across the ground floor ceiling. This imposing piece of engineering was designed to withhold 100 tons and today imparts a tangible sense of history. The exterior steel black cladding strikingly references local agricultural buildings. The 2000 conversion by Stanley Merer won a William Stansall Award for the refurbishment of an historic building.
A shared entrance leads to the front door which opens to an entrance lobby. Here there is ample space to hang cloaks with generous built-in storage on the left side. To the right is a well appointed white-tiled bathroom with bath, heated towel rails, w/c and basin; a laundry cupboard holds the washing machine and further storage.
Immediately ahead is the absolutely stunning, open plan kitchen/dining/living room, split over two levels. Exposed steel beams give testament to the building’s history and large panoramic and full height windows allow light to flood the space. The kitchen itself has an edgy, contemporary style with white Corian worktops over matt black units incorporating dishwasher, fridge and freezer; an island with integral appliances houses an electric oven, 5-ring hob and plate warmer. In addition there is a larder for extra storage.
The slate floor tiles extend throughout the ground floor and courtyard.
A bespoke joinery unit provides ornamental storage and a few steps lead down to the living area from which two sets of full height glass doors (one over 10ft high) lead outside. A crisp, open staircase with oak steps leads up to the first floor.
In the centre there is a vast open plan working/living area with a full height picture window looking out over the town. There are markings on the wooden floorboards where the Mill’s working parts once stood, reinforcing the history of the property. In the office area there are central floor plugs and built in storage cabinets.
The master bedroom is extremely generous, spanning the width of the building and enjoying a triple aspect with fine views in all directions. The second bedroom is also double in size and across the hall there is a shower room. Designed in a contemporary style, the shower room has a large shower with dual shower head, black wall tiles, w/c, basin and heated towel rail.
From the living area the glass door leads out to the first of two courtyards, each catching different angles of sunlight. Exposed brick walls and arches with climbing honeysuckle and roses provide a unique and intimate atmosphere. Remains of an old worker’s cottage are visible in one of the courtyards with original roof trusses which can be seen just above head height.
A spiral staircase leads up to a lovely sun terrace with a special view over the Bruton rooftops and King Alfred’s tower beyond.
Leasehold. 990 year lease. 50% share of the freehold.
Mains gas, electricity, water and drainage.
From Bruton High Street, continue along to the T junction. At the junction turn left to Coombe Street and turn left again onto Higher Backway. Provender Mill can be found after 50 yards on your left.
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