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This converted windmill in Kent is the perfect place for an autumn staycation

Lisa Walden
·2-min read
Photo credit: Airbnb
Photo credit: Airbnb

From House Beautiful

This charming Old Smock Mill in rural Kent might seem like an unusual spot for a staycation, but it's one of Airbnb's most wish-listed properties — and will make the perfect autumn getaway.

Situated in the quaint village of Benenden, Kent, this one-bedroom four-storey windmill is ideal if you're on the hunt for something unique. Built in the early 1800s, it has 18 inch brick walls, a white weather boarded tower, oak exterior staircase, wooden beams, and wonderfully, the original upright shaft, giant spur wheel and sack hoist.

As well as the many traditional features, it also has comfortable and modern facilities for guests to enjoy. You'll find a welcome basket from the owners filled with fresh organic eggs (brilliant for breakfast), fluffy white towels, locally-made hand wash in the bathroom, and a kettle, toaster, wood-burning stove and leather sofas for unwinding.

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Interiors feel rustic, but also modern. From the double-ended bath to the copper sink, the decor is particularly lovely.

Away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this renovated mill is idyllic and peaceful. The surrounding area, while incredibly remote, offers plenty for visitors to do. Camber Sands beach is just moments away, so why not pack a picnic and make a day of it. Other attractions include gold courses, Benenden village and the famous gardens of Sissinghurst Castle.

Photo credit: Airbnb
Photo credit: Airbnb

One recent guest said: 'An enchanted characterful home with gorgeous homely touches added by the wonderful host Clare. A beautiful break you'll never forget.' While another wrote: 'Fabulous stay, great attention to detail in the windmill which really makes you feel in a special space. Highly recommended!'

The only danger with a place this pretty is that you'll want to come back every year. But then again, that's not a bad idea...

Take a peek around below...

Photo credit: Airbnb
Photo credit: Airbnb
Photo credit: Airbnb
Photo credit: Airbnb
Photo credit: Airbnb
Photo credit: Airbnb
Photo credit: Airbnb
Photo credit: Airbnb

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