When you think of a windmill, chances are images abound of quaint farms in the Netherlands. Or maybe you even conjure an image of Don Quixote battling it out. Throw out all those ideas and feast your eyes on this unbelievable windmill renovation, nestled in the county of Surrey in the United Kingdom.
Construction of the Outwood Mill began in 1665 and supplied its original owner, Thomas Budgen, with a healthy income. According to the website, this mill was so well-preserved it remained functional until 1996. That’s a grand total of 331 operational years, which makes it the oldest functioning windmill in Britain.
An even more bewitching historical myth suggests the builders might have watched the Great Fire of London over the horizon as they constructed the mill. That blaze erupted in London in 1666, just one year after construction began on Outwood.
The interior of the mill looks much like it would have back in the 17th century and operates as a museum. The old stone that would have ground grains, along with the wooden stairs to the upper part of the mill, are still tucked into this towering structure.
If you decide to shell out the approximately $1.1 million to acquire this historically rich piece of property, you get so much more than a windmill with stories to tell. Because the mill might be a little rustic for homebuyers, there’s a beautiful cottage right next door.
This lovely English cottage was restored from pieces of an old barn. It combines the clean, modern lines of a country weekend getaway with the rustic appeal of English farm life. Peaked roofs recreate the feeling of the original structure.
Hardwood floors and old barn doors reinforce that shabby-chic (mostly chic) interior.
In addition, large wooden beams reinforce the ceiling, recalling 17th-century architecture.
This elegant house looks much more enticing than the functioning mill, but you could always camp out in there for a night.