It’s rare to find holiday properties which are as atmospheric and historica as they are unique, but a holiday in a windmill ticks that box! Unique holiday cottages are one thing, but windmill conversions are often graded or listed, and they are overflowing with character and stories of days gone by. We’ve taken on a few windmill properties recently, and I for one, think they are worth shouting about!
How Hill Windmill in Norfolk was built in 1824 as a working grain mill and is now a Grade II listed windmill offering characterful riverside accommodation. Sleeping four in two bedrooms it is in peaceful and picturesque surroundings, boasts a private garden and has its own mooring on the River Ant. From £375 per week.
Winning the prize for the most beautiful setting, The Mill on the Hill is a magical hilltop haven overlooking the plains of Portugal’s Alentejo. Panoramic views, a walled garden with tree swing and hammock, and three comfortable bedrooms in this unique holiday rental. From £500 per week.
Time and again people return to Cley Windmill, one of our most popular UK properties. Dating from the early 18th century, Cley Windmill is a well known landmark on the North Norfolk coast. Operating as a B&B (but available to book on an exclusive basis), it offers simply stunning views across the salt marshes and out to sea and has been sympathetically converted into a guesthouse simply oozing charm. From £80 – £165 per room per night.
Another windmill B&B, this time in Wiltshire, high above a beautiful Cotswold stone town. Bradford Old Windmill is a prominent landmark, and inside it doesn’t disappoint with its pointed Gothic windows and ornate Victorian spiral staircase. Includes a bedroom with a conical roof, and a circular room with a round bed. From £89 – £115 per room per night.
If it’s a romantic hideaway all to yourself you’re after, then Moulin85 in the Vendee region of France should do the trick. Sleeping just two people but arranged over four floors (with a room per floor!) it is an exquisitely peaceful, rural and romantic retreat. From £450 per week.