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irst of all, let’s set the scene. Surrounded by lush expanses of garden


threaded with streams and overlooking a shimmering stretch of water, here at Sterrys Mill, everything you do is accompanied by the gentle sound of quiet aquatic murmurings. Situated on the edge of Ampney


Crucis, a village that boasts the kind of bucolic prettiness that makes tourists flock to the Cotswolds, this converted 18th- century watermill is a truly idyllic property that shows off its heritage proudly. As well as the multiple waterways in the grounds, much of the mill workings are visible


throughout the property, and the mill race (a fast flowing stream of water that turned the mill wheel,) still runs underneath the central part of the house. It’s definitely no museum, however. Though chock- full of period features, it’s also a modern and comfortable home, with plenty of mod cons. Starting on the ground floor,


the panelled oak front door opens into a large reception hall. To the left, find an impressively-sized beamed drawing room with a wide inglenook fireplace, flagstone and oak floor and French doors leading outside to one of the waterside terraces. Back in the reception hall, a dressed stone archway leads


through to an inner hall off which the kitchen/breakfast room can be found. Attractively styled (think rustic with a modern polish), this is an inviting space, the kind where you’d practically be obliged to hold convivial suppers. It of course comes with that country home essential, a four-oven Aga. Forming a link between the two


parts of the mill is the dining room, which has a flagstone floor and full- height glazed screens at either end. From here, access a sitting room and a study, the latter of which leads to a bedroom and a renovated en-suite shower room. Linking through is the utility room and integral garage, which offers the


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