Much photographed North Norfolk windmill that was the childhood home of the crooner James Blunt for sale for £2.9 million
Described as “absolutely appealing to English eccentricity” by Country Life’s Penny Churchill and a holiday destination that is “even better than Butlins” by the Daily Telegraph’s Hattie Garlick, Cley Windmill at Cley-next-the-Sea operated as a mill from the 1820s until 1921. It was then converted into a private residence and subsequently a guesthouse and wedding venue in 1983. It stands on a ½ acre plot and has been owned and managed by Dr Julian and Carolyn Godlee since 2006.
Offering 3,745 square foot of space within the five storey windmill itself and 1,605 square foot of ancillary accommodation in two outbuildings, the property has a total of 11 bedroom suites. It can accommodate upto 24 guests, has a dining room that can cater for 32 covers and a licence for upto 50 wedding and house parties per year.
Featured as a channel indent for the BBC from 1975 to 1982, Cley Windmill has also been used by the corporation as a location in CBeebies’ Grandpa in My Pocket and in Conspirator starring Elizabeth Taylor in 1949. Other television appearances have included in the Ruth Rendell Murder Mystery An Affair in Mind in 1989, A Natural History with David Bellamy in 1986, Homes By The Sea with Charlie Luxton in 2016 and Coastal Villages with Penelope Keith in 2018.
“The new owner will become a custodian of the mill, but it really belongs to Norfolk. If you were to ask someone to pick a building that represents north Norfolk, it would be this. There’s nothing else like it, even if you go further along the coast.”
The Numbers – Cley Windmill, The Quay, Cley-next-the-Sea, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7RP, United Kingdom
September 2019 – For sale for £2.9 million ($3.5 million, €3.2 million or درهم13 million) as a whole or £2.3 million ($2.8 million, €2.5 million or درهم10.3 million) for just the windmill alone.
2006 – Offered for sale for £1.5 million ($1.8 million, €1.7 million or درهم6.7 million).
1921 – Sold for £350 or the equivalent of £16,830 today ($20,470, €18,630 or درهم75,190).