This unusual home is hardly run of the mill.
But with a price tag of £1 million, Patcham Windmill could prove a financial millstone to its buyer.
The historic building, on Windmill Drive in Westdene, Brighton, was built in 1885 and is believed to be the last brick-built windmill in Sussex – perhaps even in England.
The landmark was turned into a home in 1964, but all of the original machinery still remains Two of the staircases are believed to have originated from St Paul’s Cathedral.
Estate agents Spencer and Leigh describe the Grade II listed building as “beautifully converted” with “magnificent views over the countryside and towards the sea”.
It boasts a double aspect sitting room, a circular kitchen and breakfast room with bespoke cupboards and a conservatory, a vaulted master bedroom with en suite, a family bathroom and three further bedrooms connected via spiral staircases.
Potential residents can waltz in and out through electronically operated gates and park their car in a private parking area with triple-detached garage.
Weather permitting, the lucky homeowner will also be able to kick back and relax in the garden’s timber summer house.
And best of all, the top floor of the mill still has a capped machine room which houses the massive wheel connecting the sails.
Last brick mill
Leigh Brand, from Spencer and Leigh, said: “We’ve had it on the market for about two weeks and we’ve had five viewings. It’s had some really positive feedback, which isn’t surprising as it’s a very unique property that’s full of character.
“It has incredible views and an alluring history, too.
“It was formerly known as Waterhall Mill and it’s understood that it was the last brick-built mill in Sussex and possibly England.
“During the Second World War it was used as a lookout post for the Home Guard.
“In 1990 it was struck by lightning during a snow storm and it’s also the same windmill that is illustrated on Patcham Junior School’s logo.”
For more information or to book a viewing, call Spencer and Leigh on 01273 565566.
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