Looking for some work and living space in a picturesque location? This renovated 19th century mill in Wirksworth, Peak District, Derbyshire could offer it all.
To be honest, I’m tempted myself, if only the price was a little more in my budget. If your budget is a little higher, you’ll probably want to know that the mill dates from around 1881 (although a mill has been on the site since the 18th century), used as a fabric mill until the mid-1970s. It was acquired by the current owners in 1983, who embarked on a full renovation – what you see here, in fact, a reworking that was commended in the 1988 Civic Trust Awards.
Of course, part of the appeal is the location, with Wirksworth described as a ‘thriving, artistic market town’ (it has an annual arts festival) on the edge of the Peak District National Park, with all of what that offers in terms of outdoor pursuits. The city of Derby is within an easy drive, which has a direct rail link to London St Pancras from 1 hour 32 minutes.
The mill itself has the main living accommodation on the second floor, with an entrance hall leading into a large, light, dual aspect open space, with a large wood burning stove to one end of the room. A door leads into the large kitchen, along with a ‘sunny’ dining area and a door out to the garden. A further large door from the main room leads to the bedroom area, including two double bedrooms and a fitted bathroom.
The third floor is a large open space currently used as a large office (but could be used as bedroom space), with a large fitted bathroom and separate W.C. also here. On the first floor is a large square studio, a kitchenette, and a large store room/darkroom off the landing. The ground floor is currently set up as a large workshop, with a large store room, a spray paint booth, tool room, W.C. And a small kitchenette.
Outside, there is a parking area, a blue brick paved garden with a small fish and lily pond under the spiral staircase and some currently un-modernised outbuildings which have planning consent to create three architect designed one bedroom cottages.
Fancy it? The guide price is £750,000.