Searching for a characterful old property to restore, German-born Tina and her American husband Simon knew they need look no further when they saw the old millhouse – an idyllic setting to bring up their three youngest children.
Owners: Tina and Simon Jones live here with their children Finian, 15, Rhiannon, 14 and Conlan, 12. They also have four grown-up children who live abroad. Tina is an interior designer and Simon is a lawyer
Property: A six-bedroom, Grade II-listed Victorian watermill, built in 1862, near Guildford, Surrey
What they did: The mill had to be stripped right back to correct shoddy construction work carried out over previous decades. The wiring, plumbing and heating were all replaced
The Grade II-listed Victorian flour mill is set in two acres of grounds, with the millpond a bonus for the fishermen in the family.
The mill was built in 1862 but had fallen into disuse by the 1920s, becoming completely derelict before being converted into two weekend homes in the 1960s.
By the time Tina and her family took it on, there were decades of additions to unpick, so they planned a large-scale renovation designed and the results are simply beautiful.
Tina commissioned a bespoke kitchen from Churchwood Design to suit the mill’s unique period features. Plenty of cupboards – with a rail-mounted ladder to reach the high ones – and a clever mobile island unit, painted in Oval Room Blue by Farrow & Ball, give useful additional storage and a workspace
An original Victorian range has been converted by David White Fireplaces to include two Smeg ovens and an induction hob
Tina sits at the vintage pine kitchen table. She made the cushions and had blinds made up in a Robert Allen fabric. An antique brass oil lamp has been converted to an electrical fitting
The dining room opens out onto a small terrace which overlooks the lake
The waterwheel and gear wheels have been fully restored in their original position on the ground floor, which now also accommodates a study
In the living room, a Stovax Regency stove offers a cosy spot to sit. A glass panel in the floor reveals the millwheel mechanism below
A quirky gallery display of map prints on the landing
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Simon is a keen caver and the framed maps are caves he has charted over the years. In a wire basket at the centre of the display is a vintage caving lantern
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Built in 1862, on a secluded site where a watermill has stood for 800 years, Tina and Simon’s Victorian home gives glorious views over the grounds and millpond
A closer look reveals the craftsmanship of the Victorian bricklayers, with the original cast-iron windows