Brook Mill proved a very happy home for the owners over three decades. It took them six years in all to renovate and transform the property, and it certainly was for them a labour of love. Each floor was like an empty canvas, albeit in a beautiful frame, upon which they created this very special home.
The mill had ceased to be used for the production of flannel (or by then blankets and socks) in the 1960s. It was in a sorry state and there was the further challenge of turning it into a residential property. One thing that struck the owners immediately was the happy feeling within the property. Once the workplace of many weavers – the weavers’ cottages still line the lane up to the mill – it was said to be a happy environment to work in.
They set about dividing the three large floors, with 40 plus windows, into rooms. In the large dining area with its beamed ceiling that occupies the upper floor, they would hold conferences for local businesses. With the only sound the running of the water in the brook over pebbles and stones, it proved to be a wonderful backdrop to life and the comings and goings of the house. On each floor there is a kitchen, which makes the property extremely
There is parking for more than 10 cars in the grounds, which total two acres in all. At one point the owners ran a bed and breakfast from Brook Mill, serving breakfast in the breakfast room on the ground floor. On the middle floor is both the lovely lounge, which it is possible to look down on from the gallery landing of the floor above, and the master bedroom, both of which also have views of the brook flowing down to the River Severn on one side and
a tree-lined bank on the other.
Although this rural retreat is situated in such a stunning location within the valley, it is only a mile away from the local town in one direction and the picturesque village of Mochdre in the other. The area is well known for its mills, which relied on the flowing water running down the valleys. In fact the water here played an important role in the history of the railways. The North Wales Coast Line running through Mochdre from Chester on its way to Holyhead had experimental trackside water troughs from which passing trains could scoop up water without having to stop, devices which went on to become common around the world.
This property is marketed by McCartney’s.