Equestrian Facility

Price From £1,325,000

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Tel: 01308 427329

Equestrian Facility For Sale in Askerswell, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2


A historic former Water Mill, bakery and cider barn, all beautifully restored affording a highly successful, 4-star holiday let business nestled in a West Dorset valley together with orchard, mill pond, approx 7.4 acres of pastureland with garaging and substantial modern barn/workshop

SITUATION: The property forms the eastern edge of a small enclave of properties approached by a track off Hembury Road, Askerswell. Nestled in the valley of the River Asker, these properties lie at the foot of the renowned Eggardon Hill, an iron age hill fort. Askerswell and the adjoining hamlet of Spyway afford a rural but active community with popular public house, church, village hall and recreational ground. There are many social events for a small village and the main A35 lies less than a mile away, with the market town of Bridport some 4.5 miles to the west and Dorchester, the County Town of Dorset, some 12 miles to the east, where there is a British Rail main line connection to London, Waterloo. The surrounding area is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and there are many walks and bridleways close by.

The Jurassic Coastline lies some 5 miles distant at Burton Bradstock and West Bay 7 miles with its harbour, beaches and cliff-top golf course.

DIRECTIONS: Travelling east along the A35 from Bridport to Dorchester, take the turning to Askerswell at the top of the hill on the left (past Hill View holiday cottages on your right). Follow the road into the Square and turn left onto Hembury Road. Proceed almost to the end of the road and the private unmade track to Hembury Mill will be seen on the right. Continue almost to the end of the track and the parking/garaging area lies on the right-hand side.


A highly skilled and lovingly restored Grade II Listed former water mill (now known as THE MILL) with recent planning permission for a sizeable extension, with attached former Bakery (now known as HEMBURY MILL), recorded in the Doomsday Book, unique as one of the only Dorset water mills with all of its original machinery, conserved and displayed as historical features to museum standards. Separated only by locked internal doors, the two properties could be used as a sole residence, a main cottage with ancillary accommodation or as a home and superior holiday let, as at present.

The detached CIDER BARN has holiday use only and was once connected to the Water Mill via a leather belt, driven by the water wheel. Every feature has been preserved and displayed with up-to-date facilities introduced and is a superb combination of quintessential character with modern life-style, ensuring holiday accommodation of unique historical interest and luxury.

The modern, purpose-built GARAGING/WORKSHOP AND PARKING AREA is mainly fenced off and with a double 5-bar gate and offers an impressive detached triple open-fronted garage of timber and slate with adjoining store.

THE GROUNDS are divided to provide outside space for each property's use and include private terraces, vegetable area, poly tunnel, oak-framed timber gazebo, brick built BBQ, large ORCHARD area bounded by the leat, together with a MILL POND (river and spring fed) with small jetty. All areas are well designed, landscaped and tended.

THE LAND comprises a pasture enclosure with river and waterfall on one boundary. The field is gently sloping and well fenced. This field together with the orchard has an Agricultural Holding No. A recently constructed, substantial AGRICULTURAL BARN/WORKSHOP adjoins the land, has two double, remotely controlled garage doors from the outside and the potential to install solar electric panels to the roof.


The Mill and Cider Barn are presently 4-star holiday lets under Visit Britain and a healthy income is generated being let almost all-year round. There is potential for a LOFT STUDIO, subject to pp/building regulations and the possibility of expanding the accommodation and use the land for glamping/shepherd huts. There is also possible diversification such as equestrian, craft courses, fishing tuition, wellbeing retreat, workshop use in connection with a business and the usual small holding activities. The 4m head of water from the Mill leat could easily be used to install a hydro-electric turbine and the high water table used to create a well for private water supply.


The properties are Listed Grade II and display a huge wealth of character features including inglenook/old fireplaces, bressummer beams, superb flagstone floors, window seats, wooden window shutters, vaulted ceilings and bread ovens together with mainly vintage radiators. Fastidious attention to detail has preserved all the working parts of the mill and other characteristics of the bakery and cider barn, with all work being carried out by specialist craftsman. The records and deeds are on display and go back to 1727.


HEMBURY MILL (presently used as the proprietor's accommodation and with PP for a sizeable extension) comprises:
Green entrance door to:
ENTRANCE HALLWAY with CLOAKROOM, built-in cupboard housing the vacuum system also for the Water Mill and flagstone floor, leading to:
SUPERIOR KITCHEN recently refurbished with large oil-fired Aga range and extensive range of solid wood, custom-built wall and floor cupboards with work surfaces incorporating two sink units, dishwasher, a large central marble-topped dining table including a Bosch electric oven to one side and shelving the other side providing seating for six, corner pantry cupboard with original bread ovens behind and to the side, huge beam and wooden supports, flagstone floor, wooden door to narrow staircase rising to the first floor. Two windows to the rear with seats fitted. Open way through to
UTILITY ROOM with units, worktop with electric hob and space for white goods. Door to outside.
LOUNGE/TV ROOM with exposed red-brick wall comprising an arched brick fireplace surround with large wood burning stove fitted, log store and TV shelves, windows to front and rear, mainly carpeted flagstone floor, 2 vintage radiators. Door from:
FRONT PORCH WAY with door to outside.
LANDING with wooden balustrading and exposed floor boards. Connecting door to the Water Mill
MASTER BEDROOM with windows to front and rear to open countryside and hills.
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM comprising semi-circular shower unit, basin and low level WC.
ADJOINING DRESSING ROOM with range of built-in wardrobes, window to front.
BATHROOM with modern bath, basin and WC. Range of built-in linen cupboards, one of which houses the modern large hot water tank.
BEDROOM 2 with steps down from the landing. Window to the rear.

OUTSIDE: Private garden with terrace and veranda, lawns, vegetable area and poly tunnel. The garden extends along the leat to the Mill Pond where there is a jetty into the water and where there are fish.

THE WATER MILL comprises:
This former water mill is attached to the former bakery and there is a locked connecting door upstairs to Hembury Mill so that the accommodation can be separated and used as a holiday let (as at present), a separate home or as an "annex". The accommodation extends over 3 floors with ceilings approx 2m (6' 7") with some beams at 1.8m (5' 11") high on ground and first floor level:

Front door to THE BIN FLOOR where the finished flour was weighed and bagged, now providing:
ENTRANCE LOBBY with flagstone floor incorporating circular stone and display of mill ironmongery. Opening to the:
KITCHEN with its superb range of solid oak units incorporating sink unit, work surfaces, 2-door electric Aga fitted to beamed recess and flagstone floor.
DINING HALL with built-in wooden seating, superb flagstone floor, beautifully preserved woodwork, inset lighting.
WET ROOM: Fully tiled with large shower area, basin and heated towel rail, extractor fan.
BEDROOM 1: Double with built-in double-doored wardrobe.
FIRST FLOOR with wooden balustrading to staircase from downstairs. This is THE STONE FLOOR (where the mill stones ground the corn).
LOUNGE: A stunning room with a prevalence of preserved woodwork in the room and through the glass viewing screens of the original machinery and mill stones , some exposed whitewashed walls and floor boards, also containing the chest of historical records and artefacts. Wood-burning stove, built-in cupboard, window to rear.
BEDROOM 2 with built-in twin beds and "Juliet-style" wrought iron balcony viewing the entrance lobby/machinery.
MASTER BEDROOM/ATTIC ROOM (THE SACK FLOOR where the sacks of corn were hoisted into the grain hoppers): This family bedroom comprises the whole attic space with curtained-off Victorian roll-top bath with ball and claw feet and separate toilet and wash basin. Again there is a prevalence of exposed wood and a part of the room comprises a viewing area for the working parts of the water mill and vaulted ceilings with original beams.
OUTSIDE: The Mill overlooks the leat and orchard with some spectacular views across the countryside, especially from the second floor. There is an area with seating in the orchard by the mill pond set aside for BBQ's.

THE CIDER BARN sits adjacent to the Mill and close to the orchard and garden. It has been lovingly restored with original wooden beams throughout and enjoys oil-fired central heating throughout.

An outside stone stairway leads up to a sitting terrace beside the water wheel, ideal for enjoying breakfast right through to supper and affords views through to the leat and orchard to the rear and across the valley to the front.

Entrance door opening to a large FIRST FLOOR LIVING/DINING SPACE with pitched roof and exposed timbers and also oak flooring, incorporating an 'L'shaped, fully equipped KITCHEN with range of solid wood cupboards and drawers and up-to-date appliances, with wood plate rack and shelving over and enjoys a triple window section to the rear raised gardens. The living area has glazed panels to the westerly views and window to the rear and a log-burner. Wooden balustrading against staircase leading down to the:
GROUND FLOOR comprising 2 BEDROOMS, one king-sized room and the other with 2 twin beds, both have windows and flagstone floors and a BATHROOM affording a panelled bath, luxury shower, vanity unit, heated towel rail, vaulted pine ceiling.

TENURE: The property is offered freehold with vacant possession and with on-going holiday lettings.

VIEWING: Please arrange viewing in advance preferably for Saturdays (change-over times) between 11 am and 3 pm so that access can be gained to the lets.



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