Architect: Paul Fineberg
This remarkable apartment in the centre of the picturesque town of Bruton forms the upper part of a converted 1940s grain mill. The highly-regarded London-based architect Paul Fineberg has carefully and extensively configured the space to provide a spectacular main living room, with wonderful views across the town and surrounding countryside, and up to four bedrooms. Bruton is a beautiful, historic town that has an outstanding reputation for its schooling, excellent restaurants and, due to be completed soon, a new arts centre.
The property is entered via the ground floor where there is a room, currently used as a studio, that leads to a courtyard garden. Stairs lead from the ground floor to the second floor. Here there is a large living / dining room that features floor-to-ceiling glazing, original Douglas Fir flooring and original steel beams. There is also a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom with large dressing room (the latter being potentially usable as another bedroom). The upper level includes another bedroom with en-suite shower room, an office / studio and ladder access to a tower room. The tower room provides a small, secluded space with spectacular views. Apart from the ground floor courtyard garden, other outdoor spaces include a generous decked terrace and a balcony. Total internal usable floor area approximates 188 sq m / 2,020 sq ft.
The mill was originally built in the 1940s as a grain mill. The construction, primarily steel, suggests that it was based on an American design. The conversion, completed in 2000 by the architect Stanley Merer, won a William Stansell award for the conversion and preservation of a historic building. Paul Fineberg’s work on the upper part of the mill has only added to the overall high quality and interest of this outstanding property. The mill will feature in the forthcoming revised edition of Pevsner’s The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset.
The Mill occupies an elevated position in the attractive market town of Bruton. Set in the Brue Valley amongst the rolling hills of South Somerset, Bruton is a small town that is well-equipped with local services including quality schools, pleasant pubs and a renowned local restaurant (At The Chapel). There is also a new arts centre currently under construction by the renowned London gallerist Iwan Wirth.
Rich in buildings of architectural interest, including some fine Jacobean almshouses, Bruton is a town of immense character with origins that date back to Saxon times. There is a rail service from Bruton Station to London Paddington with an easy change at Westbury, as well as direct services to Bath and Bristol. Direct services to London Paddington and London Waterloo run from nearby Castle Cary (10 mins) and Gillingham stations (20 mins) respectively. Bruton can be easily reached by car – it is five miles from the A303, a road that links with the M3 from London. Bruton is approximately 40 minutes drive from Bristol and Bath. Bruton is a fifteen minute drive from Stourhead, the Palladian mansion and world-famous eighteenth-century landscape garden.
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