A charming Grade II listed 16th century farm house with timber framed barn, beautiful gardens and a pretty brook running past
Hidden in the south Shropshire hills, this period farm house enjoys the most wonderful semirural setting amongst rolling countryside, in mature gardens edged by a brook to one side. Numerous footpaths, country lanes and bridleways run throughout the area making Hogstow Mill wonderfully situated to enjoy hill walking and riding throughout the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Minsterley and Pontesbury are both nearby which offer everyday local amenities including a traditional butcher, baker and well regarded primary school. The county town of Shrewsbury, just 11 miles away, is renowned for its wide variety of shops and restaurants and is noted for its excellent schools including Prestfelde, The High School and Shrewsbury School.
The A5/M54 provides access to Shrewsbury, Telford, Birmingham and Midland business centres for daily commuting and to the north, Oswestry, Chester and Manchester. Regional International airports include Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. There is convenient access to the national motorway network via the A5 / M54, whilst railway connections from Shrewsbury to Birmingham (about 55 minutes) allow further convenient access to the West Midlands conurbation.
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Hogstow Mill is a unique family home full of character. The house has been extended over the years, and with the current owners painstaking work to restore and renovate Hogstow Mill, the result is a great mix of modern comforts whilst retaining the period charm of the house. Many of the windows have been replaced with bespoke oak framed units that are in keeping with the house.
The site was believed to have been established as a mill in the 1580's. The original mill itself was burnt down in 1814 whilst the timber framed house remained standing. Another interesting historical nugget is that an old ballad dating from the late 17th century about a millers servant is believed to have originated from events at the mill, this in turn is believed to have inspired numerous songs both here and in America.
Coming from the parking area down some steps to the terrace you will find the main entrance of Hogstow Mill. An oak door enters into a porch with tiled floor which leads into the kitchen and dining room rich with beams. The kitchen features high quality fitted units, Belfast sink and Aga. Leading from the kitchen is the family room which enjoys views through traditional windows into the wonderful gardens of Hogstow Mill. This room leads through into the sitting room which can also be accessed from the dining hall. There are many exposed beams, and the room is heated by a log burning stove. Also leading from the kitchen is access to the utility area of the house which includes larder, secondary kitchen, boiler room, additional boot room and coat room with built-in wall cupboards and another back door. This area provides practical space for family living.
Continuing through the ground floor a passageway leads into the wood panelled drawing room which has an open fire and a door allowing access to the garden, while a large window allows further enjoyable views. There is an interesting feature carved into the oak panelling, which is thought to be a pomegranate. A small door hidden in the panelling leads to further storage. Beside the drawing room is access to a well fitted downstairs bathroom and shower room, and down to the cellar.
In all the ground floor accommodation provides versatile family space, with the flexibility to create an annexe from the drawing room, downstairs bathroom and one bedroom if it were required.
The first floor accommodation consists of five double bedrooms. The master bedroom accessed by stairs from the sitting room and has en suite bathroom and fitted cupboards. A second staircase from the sitting room leads up to a pair of double bedrooms, both with en suite shower rooms, and an interesting minstrel's gallery accessed by steps which leads on into an office in the eaves of the house. Between these two rooms is a landing with extensive shelving. The fourth bedroom is accessed by steps between the sitting room and the drawing room.
Accessed through a heavy oak door from the dining hall and up some steps is the fifth bedroom which is currently fitted with extensive shelving and could be used for a number of purposes.
Hogstow Mill is set in gardens with well stocked beds and boundaries providing a most beautiful setting. Most of the garden is laid to lawn and is punctuated by a series of informal beds and borders, stocked with mature shrubs. There are various seating areas and terraces around the house, while a ha-ha leads down to the river banks. A series of small waterfalls along the river frontage of Hogstow Mill provide a wonderful reminder of the provenance of this property. As you enter the driveway of Hogstow Mill, to the left was originally a paddock which could be reinstated by replacing the fencing. Continuing along the drive you will see to the right there is a vegetable patch.
The primary and most imposing outbuilding at Hogstow Mill is the 17th century oak framedbarn which, subject to the appropriate planning permissions, could be converted to a number of uses including additional accommodation, leisure facilities or an office. Directly beside the house is a 3-bay cart shed of traditional construction that provides excellent storage space. Attached to the main brick barn is a lower building, originally the pigsties, providing further reference to the history of Hogstow Mill. There is covered parking in another barn beside the driveway and hanging over the river bank is what had originally been the outhouse, which is still intact and provides an amusing piece of history.