Choo-choose to live in Thomas The Tank Engine author Reverend W Awdry’s house

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  • The mill house in the village of Box, near Bath, is like something out of a fairytale

    Here’s a home with an interesting story – in fact, it may have been where many interesting stories were written. Because rumour has it this detached former mill was once Reverend W. Awdry’s house. The reverend famously went on to create Thomas The Tank Engine, and all his railway friends.

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    According to estate agent Carter Jonas‘ particulars, the Grade II-listed detached property ‘originates from 1680 and was updated substantially in 1847 with numerous later additions.’ However, there has building here since Roman times – first a villa enjoyed this position next to a natural spring and pond, and later, a Medieval mill.

    Currently, it has five double bedrooms, three bathrooms and is on the market for £1.7million.



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    The handsome house is built from local stone, and adorned with wisteria and magnolia, giving it added charm. It’s rather grand, with the rooms set out over four floors.

    Living room


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    Despite its traditional exterior, the interiors are polished and modern. This formal ‘drawing room’ features on-trend velvet upholstery and a wood-burning stove.



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    It’s the same story in the kitchen-diner, with its angular light fitting and forest-green island. Traditional touches, such as the extendable wood table and old-fashioned scales, nod to the long history of the house.


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    Like the drawing room, it has a double aspect across the pretty grounds, and windows framed with shutters.

    Dining room


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    There’s also a more formal dining room for entertaining. We doubt the bar cart comes with the property, but it’s just the space for one. A cloakroom, hallway and study complete the ground floor.



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    Five bedrooms are spread across the first and second floors. They’re decorated in an eclectic mix of antique furniture, bright colour and artwork.



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    Of the three bathrooms, this is our favourite, simply because of its view. We can just imagine relaxing in that bath and drinking it all in.


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    Formal lawns lead through to a wilder garden, which faces west, meaning you’ll enjoy some fabulous sunsets. You might also spot the Thomas à Becket church, which has stood there for 800 years.


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    And here’s that spring-fed mill pond, which flows through the grounds and down to the nearby Bybrook River, below the house, via a miniature waterfall.

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    This is the sort of home you dream about, so we expect plenty of peeps to be making tracks for a viewing!

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