Beards Mill, Leonard Stanley, Stonehouse
£1,250,000 For Sale



An impressive Georgian Grade II listed family home, situated on the outskirts of Stonehouse, carefully tucked away in a peaceful rural setting. The home retains countless period features, that include flagstone tiles and original wooden flooring, a master staircase with an abaft server staircase and grand fireplaces. Leonard Stanley House is surrounded by its own acre of land and adjoining fields, as well as a large gravelled driveway to the front of the home, separated from the garden by an attractive turret wall.

  • Stunning grade II listed property
  • Period features throughout
  • Extensive mature gardens
  • Waterside location
  • Unspoilt views
  • Seven double bedrooms

History

First registered as a dwelling in 1987, this home is part of a former mill that worked in conjunction with five other local cloth mills. From the 1870’s Leonard Stanley House in Beards Mill was predominantly used for “picking and dyeing”. Cloth was produced in Eastington and was carried along footpaths, built with boiler ash, through the Frome-side meadows to Beards Mill for dyeing and potentially mending. This continued until approximately 1906, when the mill was closed. The mill was then not used commercially again, and the main mill was destroyed in 1908. The mill house and some of the surrounding cottages and old dye houses within the hamlet were converted into dwellings.

Ground Floor

The impressively sized entrance hall features exceptionally high ceilings, original flagstone flooring and a large dark wood staircase. Panelled doors from the entrance hall lead into the drawing room, dining room and hallway. The drawing room and dining room are both exceptionally spacious rooms featuring large sash windows with panelled shutters overlooking the south aspect, original wood flooring, and open fireplaces with fitted mantle. The charm in both rooms is complimented with ceiling roses featuring hanging chandeliers and low level picture rails surrounding the rooms.

Inner Hall

From the Inner Hall, there is a door to the kitchen, the North Wing, WC and rear access to the garden.
The kitchen is truly the heart of the home with white coated original floorboards, sash windows overlooking the garden and entry to the boot room and utility room. A large chimney breast in the centre of the room has been cleverly utilised to provide an open fire in the dining area and a large Aga to the kitchen area. There are matching, off-white wall and base units throughout the kitchen, with ample granite work surface over.
Interconnecting the kitchen, boot room and utility area is a spacious tiled hall that also provides as the entrance hall for the south-west entry point. The boot room has a fully tiled floor and is composed of a range of fitted wall and base units and coat cupboard.
The ground floor shower room and utility room offer beige tiled splashback and off-white tiled flooring. The shower room utilises a WC, sink and walk in shower. The utility room offers plumbing for a sink and washing machine, as well as space for a tumble drier.

The North Wing

The North Wing of the home comprises a home office with large sash windows, an open fireplace with alcove storage and original wooden flooring. The spacious study leads from the home office and provides access to the wine store and laundry room. The wine store has a flagstone tiled flooring and white walls to maintain optimum temperature for the storage of a red wine collection. The laundry room utilises space for a washing machine and tumble drier as well as a ceramic Belfast style sink with wooden worktop over. The garden room is cleverly positioned, with an abundance of natural light flooding through the French doors and large windows. There is a useful cloakroom and a large storage cupboard.

The First Floor

There are two access points to the first floor, the grand staircase from the entrance hall and the former server staircase.

The South East Side - First Floor

The first floor on the south east side of the house features a large central landing, used as a spacious library with fitted bookshelves and a large sash window optimising the perfect reading light. Master Suite with two large sash windows with shutters, high ceilings with roses and hanging chandeliers and a picture rail surrounding the room. There is a large en-suite with a shower, WC, sink and a large built in wardrobe. The second bedroom also features two large sash windows with shutters and a large en-suite with shower, WC and sink.

The North West Side - First Floor

Bathroom with rolltop bath, WC, sink and shower cubicle.
Bedroom three with window to the rear elevation and fireplace.
Self-contained kitchenette with a window to the rear elevation and internal access to the sitting room.
Sitting room with French doors to the side elevation leading to the Sun Terrace.
Stairs leading to the second floor and South East side of the first floor.

The Second Floor

The second floor is split into two halves, the North West side, and the South East side, both with their own access and are conveniently separated by a roof valley.

The South East Side - Second Floor

Large galleried landing with window to the rear elevation.
Large fourth bedroom with two skylights in the tapered ceiling.
Dressing room with dormer window to the rear elevation.
Bathroom with large bath, WC and sink with storage space.

The North West Side - Second Floor

Bedroom five with large en-suite. Bedrooms six and seven serviced by a main bathroom with bath, shower, WC, and sink.

Outside

The south east aspect of the home features an Ashlar Limestone frontage with central pediment and doorway, fielded and panelled glazed door, featuring moulded architraves, and nine sash windows, four of which occupy white panelled shutters. The north west aspect of the home was built using fine Flemish Bond red brick. A fine Regency Iron balcony with attenuated Ionic supports, sits at the second story of the house and offers views over the garden and the adjoining ten-acre field. The four impressive chimneys are made from a combination of ashlar and brick. The side aspect of the home offers a spacious sun terrace that is mostly south facing. The property offers a gravelled driveway, privately tucked behind a range of mature trees.

Garden

Approximately one acre in size, it is made up of a vast range of mature trees and shrubs. Mostly laid to lawn, there is a large area of patio extending from the French doors in the garden room, which is the perfect space for al fresco dining and entertaining. The garden is fully enclosed with a range of turret walls, five bar gates with fencing and large hedgerows. There are four stables that are adjoining each other and there are additionally two double garages.

Surrounding Area

In the surrounding area of the home is a tranquil waterfall, a popular photography spot, that makes up part of the river Frome and many fields surrounding the land, one of which houses an old WW2 Pillbox.

Adjoining Land

An approximately ten-acre field sits on the boundary of the house, with a large barn and a beautiful oak tree. (The land is available by separate negotiation please call agent to discuss).

Tenure, Services, Local Authority and Easements

Freehold.
There are four separate heating, water, and electrical services to the property. Private drainage.
Stroud District Council, tax band TBC
The property is sold subject to all Wayleaves, Easements and Rights of Way that may exist.

Directions

From our office in Stonehouse, turn right onto Bath Road. At the Horse Trough Roundabout, take the third exit onto Bristol Road. Continue straight for 0.8 miles and then turn left. Follow this road for approximately 0.4 miles. You will go over 3 bridges and under one railway bridge. The house will be found shortly afterwards on the right-hand side.

Location