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Shropshire border watermill for sale at £1.4 million

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They've enjoyed a fabulous 12 years which has seen them decorated with awards and attract customers from as far afield as Borneo.

But the Scott family are now selling their £1.4 million estate on the Shropshire/Mid Wales border to seek a fresh challenge.

Husband-and-wife team Matt and Anne Scott, who run their organic and traditional flour business from Bacheldre Watermill near Churchstoke, count supermarket giant Waitrose among their customers and welcomed Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to their base three years ago.

They sell flour to customers across Britain and beyond through online retailer Amazon.

But they have put the mill - plus a three-bedroom house, four apartments and a 1.5 acre caravan site with 38 pitches which make up the three-acre site - on the market as they look to move to pastures new.

The historic watermill is in a picturesque spot in the midst of some beautiful Marches countryside

The Scotts moved to the area from Gosport in Hampshire in 2002. They have since invested more than £500,000 into the site and built up their business, winning about 20 awards in the process.

They won the best new organic food product for their organic baking kit at the Natural and Organic Awards in 2009 and have also been recognised by the likes of the Soil Association and the Great Taste Awards.

It represents quite a journey for parents of three, who both used to work for Royal Mail before they launched their flour business.

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Matt said it would be business as usual during the sale and said he wasn't sure what he and his family would do next.

He said: "Nothing is going to change and nobody will go without flour on my watch. It has been a hell of a journey since we moved here from Gosport, Hampshire, in 2002 to run a campsite with holiday apartments but now it is the mill that is the main part of the business.

"We have built it up to a good level and developed a brand which is very reputable in all the right places, but now it the time to move on to the next chapter in our lives and hand the baton to someone who can bring investment to take the business to the next level.

"Sometimes you have to move on and let things grow.

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"We have got a focused and exciting business plan which we can share with the new owners to give them inspiration to enter new markets and quickly reach £1 million turnover.

"We have invested in excess of £500,000 since we have been here and the mill is a real blend of old and new technology with the capacity to produce in excess of a tonne of flour an hour, delivering a traditional product in the safest way possible to a high level demanded by today's commercial world.

"The watermill, which originally dates back to 1575, has a spout room and sack packing room on the ground floor, a first floor grain cleaning and store room and second floor stores. Outside there is a storage shed, cast iron water wheel and four grain silos."

Matt, said he believed the watermill and associated properties will appeal to grain farmers, millers and others looking for a lifestyle change.

He said: "Everything is set in the most beautiful countryside and a lot of people who come to look at the property are going to be enchanted by it, just as we were when we came in 2002.

"We have loved it, but it is time for a change. Looking to the future, we now plan on buying a bigger house in the beautiful Welsh Marches for the family. We will have some time off and then decide what to do next with ourselves.

"I have had some job offers and I am sure it will be interesting to see what happens as our skills will be recognised in the industry as a result of what we have achieved here.

"We both used to work for Royal Mail. I was a delivery office manager and Anne was a data development manager before we decided to have a lifestyle change.

"The mill was a working museum when we first came across it but was only grinding around a tonne of grain a month. We went into it as complete novices, but learned quickly."

The sale is being handled by Halls' commercial manager James Evans who can be contacted at the company's head office on (01743) 450700.

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