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. 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.
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
Words – Owen Collins