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Historic water mill home near Bucks commuter town is for sale for the first time in 180 years

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The water mill and windmill last changed hands in 1842  (Savills)
The water mill and windmill last changed hands in 1842 (Savills)

A historic converted water mill a half-hour commute from London has just come onto the market for the first time in 180 years — and this dreamy mini estate also includes a converted windmill in the back garden.

Edlesborough Mill, in Buckinghamshire, is set in just over 34 acres, featuring two lakes which would be suitable for wild swimming or boating, a mill stream, and orchards filled with plum, pear, apple, and greengage trees, all overlooking the Chiltern Hills.

It last changed hands in 1842.

The converted water mill has over 5,800 sq ft of living space (Savills)
The converted water mill has over 5,800 sq ft of living space (Savills)

The main five bedroom house — featuring the original iron mill wheel preserved in the entrance hall — together with the windmill, barns, and outbuildings are listed with Savills with a guide price of £4.95 million.

“The family have lived there for many years, and it has been passed down from generation to generation,” explained Hugh Maconochie, a director of Savills’ country department.

“Sadly it has come to the stage where the interest is split between siblings, and no one really wants to take it on and run it.”

Country feel: the five-bedroom house is packed with character (Savills)
Country feel: the five-bedroom house is packed with character (Savills)

Maconochie suspects that the property will be bought by a family of commuters looking for a country feel not too far from the capital. “It gives very much a sense of space with the 34 acres and the wild meadow walks down the river,” he said. “You really do have a feeling of escapism, but you are so close to London.

“It will maybe appeal to buyers who have been looking in the Cotswolds, Wiltshire, or Dorset, who have been told that actually they do need to be in the office four or five days in the week.

“It really does have everything one would wish for — it is a lovely family home and it has got loads of character.”

The village of Edlesborough is five miles from Tring Station — from there you could be at Euston Station within around half an hour.

The five-storey, two-bedroom windmill has been used as a successful holiday let (Savills)
The five-storey, two-bedroom windmill has been used as a successful holiday let (Savills)

Edlesborough is an ancient village which is mentioned in the 11th century Domesday Book. At that time two mills were listed in the village – together they were valued at 15s 4d (or just under £2).

The current brick windmill dates from the 19th century, when it was used to mill corn. It was decommissioned in around 1930 and left to go to rack and ruin before being converted into a home in the 1990s.

Its current owners have used the five-storey, two-bedroom windmill as a successful Airbnb holiday let.

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