The idyllic English estate where Oasis recorded their Definitely maybe The album is on sale for offers over $2.9 million. The historic recording studio by the brook in Cornwall also inspired Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel The wind in the willows.
Opened in 1974 as one of the UK’s first residential recording facilities, the Sawmills Studi0, which played a role in the UK pop scene of the 1990s, is where Oasis recorded their debut album in 1994 . Definitely maybe. Other clients include The Stone Roses and Britpop groups such as Supergrass, The Bluetones and Ocean Color Scene.
Since its opening nearly 50 years ago, The Sawmills Studio, described as “legendary” by the media, has attracted artists like Robert Plant and bands like Muse, who have recorded several albums there including Showbiz and Origin of symmetry. Now, this piece of musical history is on sale for bids of over $2.9 million.
The world-renowned registration center enjoys a romantic, hidden location in South Cornwall, situated on its own private cove off the River Fowey between Fowey and Golent. It is set in 32 acres of private woodland and is only accessible by boat – via an opening in the embankment between the brook and the River Fowey – and the Saints Way footpath, which crosses its grounds. The town of Fowey is just over a mile by boat.
According to sales agent Richard Speedy of Strutt & Parker, owner Dennis Smith, a music industry mentor who co-founded the studio, is selling the property as he reaches retirement age. “Interest in the property is 50-50 between people intrigued by its musical history and recording studio facilities and wealthy people interested in its low-key location,” says Speedy.
The Sawmills studio is in a 7 bedroom 17th century house converted from a sawmill known as The Old Sawmills on grounds including a two bedroom lodge, lawned gardens which run down to Bodmin Stream Pill, two private pontoons, established woods, and two outbuildings. It also comes with hard-to-get Fowey Estuary mooring rights, according to the sale details.
The main house has both period and modern features, all but one of its bedrooms have views over the stream, and it has a veranda opening onto a terrace, both of which overlook the its lawns, its woods and the stream. The creek and waterfall on the creek, meanwhile, offer the soothing sound of running water.
At the beginning of the 20and century, author Kenneth Grahame regularly visited nearby Fowey and it is widely believed that the River Fowey inspired his book The wind in the willows. The Old Sawmills is likely the inspiration for the setting of Ratty and Mole’s first picnic outing in the first chapter where they picnic by a main river near a mill. According to the sale details of Strutt & Parker, the agency selling the house, “there is only one stream with a watermill in this locality, Bodmin Pill, and the description fits perfectly and has changed very little. , apart from the impeller and the color of the paint.
The site of the property, which dates back to the Domesday Book, was used by medieval merchants from Bodmin who chose this location as their preferred landing point from the sea to avoid paying uphill landing fees at Lostwithiel, l former capital of Cornwall, according to the details of the sale. The remains of a medieval-era quay can be seen at the head of the Bodmin Pill stream.
During the First World War the forest surrounding the buildings was cleared for timber which was used to make trenches on the Western Front. In 1943, The Old Sawmill was requisitioned by the US military for preparations ahead of the D-Day landings and its quartered soldiers created a hydroelectric system to provide heating and lighting for the property, according to its details. of sale.
Home is up for sale with Strutt & Parker for bids over $2.9 million