Live in a Historic Windmill

Winds of Change

Windmills have graced rural and semi-rural landscapes since the 10th century. Historically, the power they generated was used for very specific processes like pumping water across fields and grinding grain into meal. Today, the increasingly popular green movement has brought the idea of harnessing wind power to the modern masses. Since most households have little use for an historic windmill, many get converted or combined with newer residences both rustic and luxurious. Photo Credit: Vincent van der Pas


Oxfordshire, U.K.

Mention windmills and most people think of Holland. The Dutch are, after all, famous for their windmills, but you can find these antique structures all over the British countryside too, some of which have been converted to decidedly non-traditional residences. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: Ella Homes


Oxfordshire, U.K.

In Oxfordshire, about an hour outside of London by train, a fully rehabilitated windmill sits on a fully gated and secured four acre farm. The windmill blades were long ago removed and the existing copper dome roof is a replica of the original that was removed during World War II as raw material for the war effort. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: Ella Homes


Oxfordshire, U.K.

The five-floor tower with five-ft. thick walls at the base has an expectedly unusual layout with bathroom and closets in the basement, bedrooms on the ground and second floor, a kitchen on the third and on the fourth a living room wrapped in windows to give an entirely unobstructed 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside. For more information and pricing information contact Ella Homes (+44 0 1280 817400) or visit their website. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: Ella Homes


Southampton, N.Y.

The most famous windmill in America may well be in Southampton, N.Y., one of the upscale seaside villages that make up the Hamptons on Long Island. That’s because the windmill happens to be sited on the oceanfront property where former president Bill Clinton and current secretary of state Hilary Rodham Clinton (allegedly) spent a few weeks of their 2010 summer vacation. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate


Southampton, N.Y.

The modest (in appearance if not in price) French contemporary home, listed at $14,995,000, measures around 3,000 sq. ft. It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, an airy open-plan living and dining room with vaulted ceiling, hardwood floors, a massive brick fireplace and ocean views that alone may justify the asking price. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate


Southampton, N.Y.

The large cook’s kitchen, partially open to the living and dining rooms, could use a bit of an upgrade but it’s none the less fully kitted out with a Sub-Zero fridge, lots of counter space, a rustic farm table for snacking, and a door that conveniently opens to the oceanside deck. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate


Southampton, N.Y.

Like the kitchen does, many of the home’s rooms open to the expansive deck that runs the full length of the house and offers plenty of seaside sunbathing space and panoramic views up and down some of the most expensive beach that money can buy. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate


Southampton, N.Y.

The property is hedged and gated for privacy, something both the Secret Service and hedge-happy Hamptonites appreciate. Behind the high hedges, a flat front yard stretches back toward the front of the house where an in-ground heated swimming pool is surrounded by a herringbone-patterned brick terrace. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate


Southampton, N.Y.

Windmill or no windmill, the star of this real estate show is without question the 140 pristine feet of sandy ocean frontage. A raised walk shoots off the back of the house and leads to a beachside gazebo and private path across the dunes to the beach. For more information contact Vincent Horcasitas (631-537-6412) at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate


Terling, Chelmsford, U.K.

A bit more than an hour northeast of London outside of Chelmsford in the teeny-tiny town of Terling, an old windmill has been joined with a more traditional structure and converted into a 3,200+ sq. feet house with five bedrooms and two bathrooms. The property is listed for £850,000, or about $1,350,000. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: Fine & Country


Terling, Chelmsford, U.K.

The octagonal five-story windmill tower, connected by a series of oak staircases, contains a large living room on the ground floor. Each level above gets successively smaller and acts as a single flexible-use space. The carved bevel and pinioned wheel that made up part of the original machinery of the windmill is exposed on the upper two levels. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: Fine & Country


Terling, Chelmsford, U.K.

The more traditionally built wing of the residence contains a gourmet kitchen, utility room, two square shaped bedrooms, the main bathroom, and a small but fully soundproofed recording studio with separate vocal booth. Outbuildings include a 1,400 sq. foot barn, four car garage and nearly 400 sq. feet of additional storage and/or future expansion space. For more information contact Fine & Country at +44 0 1245 257001 or visit the website. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: Fine & Country


Battle, East Sussex, U.K.

The ‘Kings Mead Windmill’ sits a quick walk from the high street of the historic town of Battle in East Sussex, about 30 miles east of the fabled and traditionally liberal seaside fantasia that is Brighton. The luxurious and fully renovated residence with an attached windmill that dates back to 1810 is currently on offer for £1.35M, or just over $2,100,000. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: John D. Wood & Co


Battle, East Sussex, U.K.

In addition to the four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the windmill mansion has a 31-foot long drawing room, a circular dining room, gourmet eat in kitchen, and a master bedroom with a private terrace that boasts over-the-treetop views of the surrounding countryside. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: John D. Wood & Co


Battle, East Sussex, U.K.

Other deluxe amenities include a gated motor court for 10 cars, a two car garage, detached thatched garden cottage, orchard, grass tennis court and, somewhat a rarity in the UK, a private heated swimming pool. The amazing top floor of the windmill structure contains a lounge with exposed half-timber construction details, a soaring ceiling and unimpeded panoramic views. For more information contact John D. Wood & Co. (+44 0 20 7908 1108) or visit the website. View the online listing here. Photo Credit: John D. Wood & Co


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