A perfect escape from the daily grind! Idyllic windmill converted into a six-bed family home goes on sale for £1.2million
An idyllic Grade-II listed windmill has gone on the market after being converted into a six-bedroom family home.
The Black Mill has been a landmark in the village of Brant Broughton in Lincolnshire since it was first built in 1840 and is now up for sale with a price tag of £1.2million.
It is spread across six floors, offering a unique family home for the price of a one-bedroom flat in a fashionable part of central London.
The Black Mill in Brant Broughton in Lincolnshire is being sold for £1.2million via estate agents Your Move Pictured: The property before it was converted into a home by the current owner in 2007 There is an observation room on the sixth floor, providing wonderful views of the surrounding countryside
The current owner Gordon Marshall says he is sad to be leaving the property, but at 80 years old claims it is too big and wants to retire to something more manageable.
He exclusively explained to the MailOnline that he bought the land with the mill on it 20 years ago, having bought a neighbouring piece of land 15 years before that. In total, there is an impressive six acres.
In 2007, he converted the derelict mill into a home, and set up a furniture business in the separate 16,000 sq ft workshop that can be found in the grounds. Every piece of furniture that was made at the site’s factory called Windmill Pine was branded with a windmill. The business expanded and has since moved off site.
Mr Marshall said: ‘The sails of the mill were blown off years ago. But I had always wanted to transform it into a home and so in 2007, I started the renovation, which took more than three years.’
The large reception features an attractive curved brick wall and a light-coloured tiled flooring Step by step: There are 68 steps in total that need to be taken to get to the top of the windmill The renovated kitchen includes a large island and wooden beams on the ceiling
He declined to say how much was spent on the renovation – which was managed by his son Richard – simply saying it was ‘far too much’, and involved architects, project managers and a quantity surveyor.
There are 68 steps to the top of the windmill. And while the rooms are not currently used as bedrooms, they have been used to ‘hold some good parties’.
Mr Marshall moved in once the renovations were complete. The property now includes a kitchen and conservatory on the ground floor.
The lounge has a cosy and welcoming atmosphere with wooden floors and an open fireplace Turn the corner and take advantage of the views on the way to the top of the windmill via the balcony The windmill dates back to 1840, but work began on converting it into a home 10 years ago The purpose-built orangery links the main building to the versatile two-storey annex
There is an atrium landing to the second floor, which leads to the master bedroom with an en-suite.
On the sixth floor, there is an observation room with far reaching views across the countryside.
He said: ‘The renovations were a massive undertaking and I wouldn’t do it again now.
‘I helped to take down the heavy beams that were rotten, starting from the top of the windmill and working down. We replaced them with old beams that looked like they had been there for years.’
Sadly, the property is now too big for Mr Marshall and he is looking to retire.
‘I hope a family will buy it as there is a lot of land for children to run around on.’
‘The additional workshop is very useful and can lend itself to anything.’
He concludes, saying he has some fond memories of the property: ‘I’m sad to be leaving the property as my life has been here for 35 years and I couldn’t have asked for anything better, it is a beautiful home.’
Your Move, the estate agents handling the sale, described the Lincolnshire property in its advertising material as ‘a truly inspiring and prestigious residence, adding that this is ‘an extremely rare opportunity to acquire this extraordinary restored windmill’.