Houston Mill is a 17th century watermill with adjoining millers cottage which has been sympathetically restored and converted over the years. The present owners have significantly upgraded the property, which now offers excellent family accommodation over two floors, in …
Houston Mill is a 17th century watermill with adjoining millers cottage which has been sympathetically restored and converted over the years. The present owners have significantly upgraded the property, which now offers excellent family accommodation over two floors, in an idyllic location on the banks of the River Tyne. Set within generous gardens, the property offers a rural lifestyle within a village setting and will appeal to a wide range of buyers.
Entering from the front of the property, there is a study and cloakroom located off the reception hallway, as is the drawing room which in turn provides access to the main accommodation. The drawing room is situated in the heart of the old mill and benefits from a triple aspect allowing a flood of natural light, with doors opening out onto the patio area. The newly fitted wood burning stove is a feature of the room, as is the spiral wooden staircase, which gives access to the first floor accommodation.
The house offers flexible and spacious accommodation arranged around the generously proportioned kitchen/family room, which forms the hub of the house. The kitchen has been recently upgraded to a high standard, with quality solid wood wall and base units complimented by modern appliances, a breakfasting island and Raeburn stove. The room is filled with light from a mix of original and Velux windows and benefits from underfloor heating. French doors open out onto the patio area and there is a utility/boot room with a separate door to the side of the property.
Beyond the kitchen is what would have once been the millers cottage. This area of the house has been reconfigured and newly insulated throughout and comprises of a hallway, sitting room/snug, two double bedrooms and a modern shower room. There is a floored attic space ideal for storage. A separate entrance porch, offers the opportunity for an independent living wing suitable for teenagers, elderly relatives or an au pair.
Access to the first floor accommodation in the old mill, is offered through the drawing room and comprises the principle master bedroom, which offers a dual aspect and ample wardrobe space, two further good sized bedrooms, a family bathroom and modern fitted shower room.
The property benefits from mains water and electricity, and there is a private septic tank which is shared with the neighbouring property. A new LPG gas tank services a newly fitted boiler which powers the hot water and central heating.
Houston Mill is approached via a tree lined drive from the farm road, leading to a parking and turning area to the front and side of the house. The property itself occupies a generous and private plot extending to approximately 8 acres.
The sheltered formal garden lies mainly to the north and east of the house and takes advantage of the sun throughout the day. There is a large stone paved patio area defined by a raised timber planter, and the garden is complimented by the original lade, which would have diverted water from the River Tyne to the mill. The garden is separated into areas of lawn with well stocked herbaceous shrub and flower borders and areas of wild woodland. There are a fine variety of trees including; an ash tree, copper beech, walnut, eucalyptus, Siberian elm and red woods.
There are 3 paddocks suitable for horses or grazing, and roe deer can be regularly spotted grazing the riverbank. An expansive, high quality fenced riding arena (50m x 23m) with a cushion ride style surface is situated adjacent to the good sized stable block (16m X 8m), containing three loose boxes. There is an orchard and plantsmans vegetable garden, including a large polytunnel (7m x 4m), with a variety of established fruit trees including apple, plum and greengage, with a separate chicken paddock including a chicken house.
An established footpath along the riverbank has platforms and tree swings whilst the property benefits from around a 1/3rd of a mile of fishing rights on the River Tyne which has a mix of salmon and trout. There are two small islands which are home to the resident heron and various waterfowl. Towards the east end of the river bank is a Grade A listed weir including a fish ladder, recently restored by the National Trust for Scotland, and a foot bridge which provides walking access into the village itself.
There are two main buildings; a refurbished American barn style stable block adjacent to the arena, including three good-sized loose boxes (each 14ft x 12.2ft) with rubber floors and automatic water drinkers, a feed area and large covered standing area, and a separate secure tack room (3m x 4.5m) complimented by a two bay hay barn/general storage shelter (9m x 3.5m) A gravelled parking area provides good turning and parking space for horse lorries.
The second outbuilding is accessed via a separate track, and is a spacious barn/manshed (27m x 10m) currently used for housing tractors and garden machinery, and includes a log store and four excellent sized lockable rooms (each approx. 5m x 5m) used as a workshop and for storage, with easy access via full sized sliding doors from both ends of the barn.
Houston Mill dates from the 17th century and is Grade B listed, primarily for its historic interest as the home of Andrew Meikle (1719-1811), the Scottish mechanical engineer and inventor of windmill spring sails and the water-powered threshing machine, who is buried in the nearby Prestonkirk churchyard. John Rennie, who learned his trade from Andrew Meikle, went on to build Waterloo Bridge, East India Docks and two naval dockyards. Both are honoured in the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame.
Exit the A1 onto the A199 (Dunbar Road) at the second Haddington exit and follow signs towards East Linton. Do not take the turn off into the village but continue to the next roundabout (the Phantassie roundabout). Take the first exit, doubling back into East Linton and within approximately 50 metres turn right at the Houston Mill Bus stop, into an old listed farm steading. Follow the farm road, passing the steading on its right hand side, and continue along the tarmac road to the end. Houston Mill is the second turn on the left-hand side at the end of this road.
The postcode for Houston Mill is EH40 3DG.
East Linton is a pretty conservation village situated just off the A1 approximately 24 miles east of Edinburgh. The village has a thriving community and amenities are centred around a small village square and an attractive high street, which provide an excellent range of local shops including a delicatessen, butcher, coop, restaurants/pubs, a Post Office, village hall and doctors surgery. The nearby towns of North Berwick, Dunbar and Haddington supplement this offering with supermarkets and a range of high street shops, banks, professional services, hotels and restaurants.
East Linton has an excellent primary school and there are secondary schools in North Berwick, Dunbar and Haddington. There are three well regarded independent schools in the area: The Compass School in Haddington, Belhaven Hill - the co-educational prep school - on the outskirts on Dunbar and Loretto in Musselburgh. All of the highly regarded fee paying schools of Edinburgh are within easy reach and many have direct bus services or pick ups from the village.
Situated in the heart of the stunning East Lothian countryside, the area offers a wealth of leisure activities, including excellent grouse and pheasant shooting, horse riding and fishing. The area is famous for its golf courses with Muirfield, Gullane, Luffness, Archerfield Links, The Renaissance Club, Dunbar and North Berwick all within easy reach. The John Muir Country Park, a haven for wildlife, is only a short distance away and there are some wonderful walks nearby, in Binning Wood and along Tyninghame and Belhaven beaches as well as the popular John Muir Way. For horse riders, there are plenty of off road rides nearby, including the expansive and beautiful beaches of East Lothian supplemented by the new equine competition and training facility at Rockrose only 10 minutes away.
Access to Edinburgh is by car along the A1 and there is a frequent train link to Edinburgh from North Berwick and Drem, and a railway station in Dunbar serving the London mainline.