Lustleigh Mill, Lustleigh, Devon Guide Price £997,500

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  • A character, unlisted, granite detached former mill of 2645 sq ft/245.728 sq m
  • Three storey family home with a one bedroom annexe/letting property
  • Charming riverside garden, two hillside fields and an orchard
  • Approximately 2 acres in all
  • Four reception rooms
  • Kitchen with Aga
  • Four first floor bedrooms (one ensuite shower)
  • Smart modern bathroom
  • Top floor flat with living/kitchen/ shower room and bedroom
  • Oil fired central heating

This granite built former mill has immense character and is set in the river valley on the banks of the Wray brook with a beautiful garden, hillside fields and an orchard as well as a one bedroom letting property/annexe. This spacious family accommodation comprises an entrance porch, a large sitting room with a big granite fireplace and stove, a music room, study, a big sun room overlooking the gardens and river, a kitchen with an Aga and a staircase set into the mill's old machinery well. At first floor level there are four bedrooms, one with an ensuite shower, and a smart family bathroom and on the top floor is a bedroom, shower room and a big attic living area with a kitchenette. The riverside garden is delightful with sitting areas, a granite lined leat with a pond and small waterfall and a riverside terrace adjacent to a small generator house with a decommissioned water powered generator turbine. At the end of the garden is a granite viaduct which is quite a feature and fortunately owned by British Rail, the railway having closed irredeemably in 1959. There are two hillside fields and a productive apple orchard. Included with the property is The Old Bakery which is a one bedroom holiday let or annexe. This is a great opportunity to acquire a spacious family home which, whilst comfortable, might benefit from some refurbishment. Fowlers very strongly recommend viewing.



Lustleigh Mill and The Old Bakery annexe are situated in the outskirts of the beautiful Dartmoor village of Lustleigh along the banks of the Wray brook. The village centre is just a short walk away where there is a village shop/Post Office, the Parish church of St. John's, The Cleave pub, a tea room, a garage/workshop and a pre school which operates at the former village school. Lustleigh is surrounded by countryside and moorland walks and there is a cricket club close to the pub. Lustleigh sits mid way between Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead and the A38 dual carriageway is only about 5 miles away.

Main entrance

A flight of broad cobbled granite steps leads down from the two-car parking bay to the entrance porch at the ground floor level of the mill. To one side is a recessed granite trough and to the other side a cobbled path which leads around to the riverside garden.

Entrance porch

This is a slate roofed porch with rendered stone walls, an exterior carriage lamp, two wooden seats, a working bell pull lever and a part glazed painted timber door to the sitting room.

Sitting room - 17' x 16' 1'' (5.18m x 4.90m)

This spacious room has a large granite fireplace with a heavy oak bressemer, a cloam oven with its lid intact, a granite hearth and a fitted wood burning stove. There are windows to the front and side each with a seat beneath. The room is spanned by a heavy oak beam and many of the timbers are bevelled as befits a fine traditional home. There is one double and one single panel radiator, a TV point, some fitted spotlights and a ceiling light point. A latched door leads to the lower hall and kitchen, another to the music room and a third doorway with a part glazed door leads to the study.

Music room - 11' 1'' x 8' (3.38m x 2.44m)

This has a large side window looking to the south east to the garden, a window seat, a double panel radiator, some fitted shelving, a telephone point and a beam mounted spotlight, a wall light point and a telephone point. The internal wall between the music room and study is just a modern partition and it could be removed to create one larger space.

Study - 6' 3'' x 6' 2'' (1.90m x 1.88m)

A part glazed door leads in to this room from the sitting room and a pair of glazed double doors lead to the garden room. The study has fitted bookshelves and a TV point.

Garden room - 25' 1'' x 8' 2'' (7.64m x 2.49m)

This splendid room extends across most of the rear of the house and it has extensive multi paned windows overlooking the riverside garden as well as multi paned double doors to the terrace on the south eastern side where there is a paved terrace. There are two double panel radiators, an oak effect laminate floor, multi paned double doors lead to the kitchen and a further multi paned door leads to the side lobby and downstairs cloakroom/laundry. The garden room has two ceiling recessed downlighters and ten power points.

Side lobby

This has a multi paned rear window, a stable door to the garden and a latched door to the w.c./laundry.


This room has an oak effect laminate floor, a low level w.c., a pedestal wash hand basin, a plumbed heated towel rail, space and plumbing for an automatic washing machine and there is an obscure glazed multi paned side window.

Kitchen/breakfast room - 14' 10'' x 10' (4.52m x 3.05m)

The kitchen has a clay tiled floor and is fitted with a carpenter built range of solid wood base and wall units with thick pine worktops and a large and a small Belfast sink and chromed taps. Incorporated into the kitchen is an automatic dishwasher and a two ring halogen hob as well as the lovely old cream coloured oil fired Aga with a wooden plate rack above. There are nine downlighters, a built in larder cupboard and two small side windows. The kitchen opens out on one side to the garden room.

Lower hall - 14' 2'' x 7' 2'' (4.31m x 2.18m) plus the stairwell

This lower hall has a clay tiled floor, painted granite walls, a large electric cupboard with circuit breakers and meter, a window to the front and a double panel radiator. The stairwell sits in what would have been the old machinery well at the mill where the shaft of the mill wheel would have penetrated the walls to drive the gears and mill stone. The staircase winds down from the first floor landing and there is space for coats and shoes to one side.

First floor hall and landing - 13' 1'' x 10' 2'' (3.98m x 3.10m)

This first floor level landing also has an exterior stable door to an upper pathway from the parking bay and so the landing doubles as a second entrance hall. There is a side window, a pine floor, a white balustrade alongside the stairwell, dado rails, a fitted ceiling mounted spotlight and a double panel radiator. There is a beam which spans the landing, a panelled door to the staircase to the top floor and access to the corridor which serves the bedrooms and bathroom.

Corridor - 20' 2'' x 2' 6'' (6.14m x 0.76m)

This is pine floored and has a dado rail, a built in storage cupboard, a wall light point and latched doors to four bedrooms and a bathroom.

Bedroom 1 - 13' 10'' x 13' 8'' max (4.21m x 4.16m)

An 'L' shaped room with a broad rear window overlooking the riverside garden, a further side window, a painted timber floor, one wall light point, a ceiling light point and a large exposed timber structural beam.

Bedroom 2 - 14' 2'' x 8' 2'' (4.31m x 2.49m)

This double room has a south east facing window and looks over the garden to the stone viaduct. There is a window seat, a single panel radiator and louvred double doors to the ensuite shower room.

Ensuite shower room - 9' 1'' x 2' 7'' (2.77m x 0.79m)

The ensuite shower room has a tiled floor, an extractor fan, a shaver point, a low level w.c., a pedestal wash hand basin, walls tiled to waist height and a fully tiled shower cubicle with a built in thermostatic shower and a glazed shower screen door.

Bedroom 3 - 12' 2'' x 9' 8'' (3.71m x 2.94m)

A front facing double room with a broad window and window seat, two built in shelved recesses with cupboards below, one wall light point and a single panel radiator.

Bedroom 4 - 13' 1'' x 8' 1'' (3.98m x 2.46m)

A front facing room with a broad window and a window seat, one wall light point and a single panel radiator.

Family bathroom - 9' 10'' x 8' 1'' (2.99m x 2.46m)

This pine floored bathroom was fairly recently refitted and is well presented with a marble tiled floor, a rear facing window, six downlighters and an 'L' shaped bath with a tiled splash wall and a fitted glass shower screen and a side mounted mixer tap and wall mounted controls for the built in thermostatic shower. A low level w.c. is fitted and a contemporary design pedestal wash hand basin with mixer taps. There is a built in cupboard for linen and towels and a further large cupboard housing the large Coso insulated hot water tank with a fitted immersion heater and pressurisation cylinder to keep mains pressure.

Second floor

The enclosed staircase on the first floor leads up to a large open landing/sleeping area in this semi self contained top floor of the house. It has a living room and kitchenette, a shower room and the sleeping area. It is a brightly lit space with good natural light from two big end windows and large skylights.

Second floor sleeping area - 14' 9'' x 13' (4.49m x 3.96m)

The staircase rises into the sleeping area and has a white balustrade. There is a large end window, a double panel radiator, a pine floor, exposed roof trusses and eaves storage access.

Second floor shower room - 7' 5'' x 7' (2.26m x 2.13m)

A pine floored shower room with a large skylight for natural light, three downlighters, a fitted shower cubicle which is fully tiled with a built in thermostatic shower and a glazed shower screen door, a low level w.c. and a pedestal wash hand basin. There is a shaver point, a single panel radiator and access to eaves storage.

Second floor living area - 21' 10'' x 20' 3'' (6.65m x 6.17m)

This is a combined living area and kitchenette with exposed timbers and trusses, two large skylights and a large gable end window. There are two pendant lights in the living area, a TV point, two double panel radiators and ample space for settees, dining table and chairs. In one corner of the room is a kitchenette with two partition walls partially separating it from the living area. It is fitted with some base units with louvred doors and roll top marble effect worktops incorporating a single drainer one and a half bowl stainless steel sink and mixer tap, tiled splashbacks, a pine floor, space for an undercounter fridge and an electric cooker. There is a spotlight fixture fitted.

Lustleigh Mill exterior

At the entrance to Lustleigh Mill and The Old Bakery is a parking bay for two cars and a granite outbuilding which is both a bin store and wood/coal store. An upper path which is gravelled leads to the first floor landing/hallway entrance where there is a stable door entrance. To one side of the parking bay is a broad cobbled and granite flight of steps which curve gently down to the porch and front door to the mill. On the way the steps pass The Old Bakery which is to the right. To the left of the parking bay is the old commercial granite lined mill leat which has a granite bridge leading to a small grassed area where there is space for a bench to look over the neighbours field. A new water course now leads the water away from the mill building and drops the water into a different section of the rear garden. Adjacent to the grassed area is a bunded oil tank of 1100 litres capacity.

The mill gardens

From the main front entrance to the mill a cobbled path runs along the front of the house passing a mature Wisteria and leading to the south eastern side of the house into the gardens. To the rear of the mill on the south eastern side is a terrace outside the garden room double doors and this looks along the garden to the brook and the disused Victorian granite former railway viaduct. Below the terrace is a delightful brookside garden with feature granite retaining walls, a palm tree and variegated holly tree, shaped flower borders and shrubberies. A lawned area runs along to the tip of the garden towards the viaduct where there is a wooden summerhouse (7'9" x 5'8"/2.36m x 1.72m) and an aluminium framed greenhouse (8' x 6'/2.43m x 1.82m). The garden below the garden room is a delightful water garden with a concrete and granite terrace beside the brook which is the ideal site for a garden seat. There is a granite turbine shed where the now decommissioned electricity generator still resides. This section of the brook is strewn with huge natural granite boulders. Running through the garden at this point is the mill leat which carries the rerouted water in a granite lined watercourse to a small pond with a waterfall into the brook. Within the garden are numerous sitting places to savour this lovely bucolic setting. On the north western side of the mill is the old water wheel sump and the Grant oil fired central heating boiler in an insulated enclosure and with a frost stat.

Granite shed - 15' 8'' x 8' 11'' (4.77m x 2.72m)

This granite two bay shed is located against the north west boundary and has a corrugated roof.

The land

The land comprises two field enclosures, the viaduct embankment and part of the old track bed. The two animal enclosures are on a gradient with some large granite boulders. They are separated from the mill gardens by a post and rail fence but there is a step up from the garden and access through. At the top of the closest enclosure to the mill is a granite and block structure which was a former pig sty. In the second enclosure which is a better pasture there is a wooden single stall stable building. A gated access leads into this second enclosure from the lane and a path leads to the track bed and viaduct. These two enclosures extend to approximately 1.55 acres with the track bed and embankment adding approximately another 0.5 acre. In all this is approximately 2.05 acres/0.829 Ha.

Pig sty - 16' 7'' x 9' 4'' (5.05m x 2.84m)

The pig sty has field gates leading to the lane on either side. It is granite built with granite upright supports to the front filled in with concrete block to enclose the building. It has a corrugated roof. Close by is a further granite and block structure but this is not a viable structure without some remedial works.

Single stall stable building - 11' 10'' x 10' (3.60m x 3.05m)

This is a timber framed structure with a stable door which sits on a concrete plinth.

The orchard

This is set in front of the mill and is overlooked by bedrooms 3 and 4. It has a gated pedestrian access from the lane and is a great spot for a seat to look over the pretty valley. It has a number of fruitful apple trees.

The Old Bakery

This is the original granite built bakery which the flour from the mill would have supplied. It is detached and has a small terrace garden of its own to the side of the building.


A front door leads into the kitchen and a pair of French double doors serve the living room.

Old Bakery kitchen - 12' 4'' x 6' 9'' (3.76m x 2.06m)

This room has a terracotta tiled floor, fitted base cabinets, a Belfast sink with chromed taps, space for a dishwasher, a fitted electric hob and fan oven, single glazed windows set in an arched recess, three downlighters and a wall mounted Dimplex night storage heater. Glazed double doors lead up to the living room and a latched door leads to the bathroom.

Old Bakery bathroom - 6' 9'' x 6' 5'' (2.06m x 1.95m)

This room has part timber clad walls, a wall mounted wash hand basin, a cast iron bath with chromed taps, a fitted shower screen, an electric shower unit, a low level w.c., an obscure glazed window and a terracotta floor.

Old Bakery living room - 18' x 9' 10'' (5.48m x 2.99m)

This room has a modern wood burning stove as well as the old bakery oven and bread oven still in place. A stable door leads out to the front, there is a fitted Dimplex night storage heater, a Velux double glazed roof mounted skylight, two wall mounted lighting sconces, two fitted spotlights and space below the landing for a settee. There is a pine ceiling and a flight of stairs with a galleried landing at the first floor.

First floor landing

This has three downlighters and the gallery, landing and balustrade are all constructed of pine.

Old Bakery bedroom - 9' 10'' x 9' 4'' (2.99m x 2.84m)

Brick steps lead down from the landing level to the bedroom. It has an oak floor, recessed book shelves, a basin with tiled splashbacks, a Velux double glazed skylight, one wall light point, a Newlec fitted night storage heater and a built in closet with an adjacent hot water cupboard with an insulated cylinder and immersion.


Mains water, drainage and electricity.

Council tax band

Band D


In the centre of Lustleigh is the Parish Church of St.John's. At the junction opposite the village shop turn left and drive for about 200 metres before bearing left along a lane which runs alongside the mill leat. The first property that you come to on the left is Lustleigh Mill and at the front is a parking bay for two cars.

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Lustleigh TQ13 9SS
County: Devon
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: 00000466
Philip Fowler
Fowlers Properties
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