Looking for a one-of-a-kind home that also doubles as a business? Go with the grain with this water mill with eco holiday cottages and a crazy golf course.
If you’re keen to take a on a new life on the Isle of Wight, then Grade II-listed Calbourne Water Mill could be the perfect opportunity. It’s one of the oldest working water mills in the country – it even predates the Domesday Book of 1086.
The mill produces 40 tonnes of flour and rolled oats for porridge and muesli, milled the traditional way on stones, using the power of water from the mill streams and ponds. It’s gone on to become a successful tourist attraction, with over 70,000 visitors each year.
What’s the property like?
The property is no small undertaking, as it comprises numerous buildings and around 14 acres of land.
The Mill House is attached to the main mill building and contains a kitchen-dining room, living room, three bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Mill Cottage and Riverside Cottage are a pair of Grade II-listed semi-detached holiday cottages that sit next to a stream in the landscaped gardens. Both offer two bedrooms, a family bathroom, living room and a kitchen-diner.
There are then five additional detached eco cottages that are used as holiday lets. The cedar and larch lodges were built in 2006 and overlook woodlands and the mill stream.
Four of the homes are up and running with electricity, air-source heating or geothermal under-floor heating and triple glazed windows, while the fifth cottage is a complete shell but needs fitting out.
The water mill also has its own fully licensed café and shop, selling produce that was milled on site. It sits in a converted 17th century cattle barn and can seat 100 people. It can also be used for special functions, including weddings.
Additionally, there’s several small museums, including a war museum and home life Victorian museum. A children’s play building is also included along with an 18-hole adventure golf course.
The attractions continue in the grounds, which contain a woodland walk with a small windmill and a pedalo and punting lake.
Where is it?
Calbourne Water Mill can be found just outside the village of Calbourne, on the Isle of Wight. Newport, the Island’s county town, is just five miles up the road. The ports at East Cowes, Fishbourne and Ryde are also within around half an hour’s drive if you do want to head to the mainland.
How much is it on for?
The unique property is up for grabs at £1,995,000, after being reduced by £305,000 from its original asking price of £2.3m. If you fancy making an offer, get in touch with Strutt & Parker.
What else is interesting about the area?
Ever since Queen Victoria made Osborne House at East Cowes her holiday home, the Isle of Wight has been a popular tourist destination. Historic sights and landmarks include Carisbrooke Castle, The Needles, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Blackgang Chine and Quarr Abbey. The island is also renowned for its beautiful beaches and sailing.
Like the look of the area? Here are some other homes for sale nearby:
1. Three-bedroom detached house in Calbourne, Newport, Isle Of Wight, for £425,000
Despite the traditional stone appearance of its exterior, this family home was only built 10 years ago. All three bedrooms are doubles, with the master having its own ensuite bathroom, while other perks include a 20 ft lounge and a large but easy to maintain garden.
Available via Fine & Country
2. Four-bedroom end terrace house in Island Harbour Marina, Newport, Isle Of Wight, for £375,000
Live life by the water in this contemporary townhouse that sits on the edge of Island Harbour Marina to the north of Newport. Two balconies offer spectacular views off the River Medina and you’ll also have access to a 12m mooring. There is a £1,000 annual charge, but this goes towards the maintenance of the harbour facilities, which include a restaurant, a boat repair workshop, showers and a laundry room.
Available via Waterside Properties