Property of the week: England’s oldest working windmill

June 15, 2018

Standing on the Outwood Common, Surrey for over 350 years, this incredible mill was built in 1665, just one year before the great fire of London.  This Grade I listed property, not only is it surrounded by beautiful National Trust countryside, but it is also fully functional, thus you can have your own bread and eat it too.

The windmill of Outwood, although it stopped its commercial operation as a mill in 1996, it still contains finely made and perfectly preserved machinery. The mechanism can be turned from a single person to grind the grain and it is built around a 1,000 year-old-oak post.

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Despite the fact that there are no accommodations inside the windmill, a former stable block which was fully refurbished and converted into a three-bedroom house lies within its grounds. Its open plan area welcomes visitors with the L-shaped entrance hall which leads to the kitchen, dining room and living area. The wooden flooring, as well as the wooden doors and windows, give a natural cottage feeling along with the vaulted ceiling and its French-style windows.

From the other side of the entrance, there is also access to the three bedrooms, all with beautiful vaulted ceilings and garden view. There are one single and two double bedrooms, including the en-suite master bedroom which has exposed beams beneath the ceiling and access to the grounds.

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Finally, the property’s grounds include a three-sided barn style double garage with separate power and water supply, off road parking for a number of vehicles, a large pond and children’s play area. Moreover, a ticket office was also built, as there is a business opportunity to rejuvenate or further improve this Cottage Industry, potentially incorporating a tea room which is supported by the Local Authority along with tours of the windmill.

The property is for sale for £800,000 through Robert Leech & Partners.

Picture credits Robert Leech & Partners