The Old Windmill
Welcome to The Old Windmill Aylsham, a historic mill which has now been converted into a cosy self catering property in the heart of Norfolk
I know you're probably anxious to find out about how you can rent a windmill for a few nights but first a history lesson.
Aylsham's 7 storey Cawston Road towermill was built in 1826 for Henry Soame. The 3 pairs of stones, flour mill and jumper were powered by 4 double shuttered sails, each with 9 bays of 3 shutters. The boat shaped cap held a gallery, an 8 bladed fan and a chain pole. A stage was set around the second floor.
In the late 1890s the mill was struck by lightning and the sails were damaged and not repaired.
When the mill was struck by lightning a second time c.1912 a small fire ensued. The sails were eventually blown off c.1920 and the mill was destined for demolition. When demolition was started, it was found to be uneconomical due to the tower being extremely sturdily built.
The jagged effect of the partly demolished tower summit was therefore left in situ.
In 1970 Tim Bower bought the mill from his father who was one of the many previous owners.
The award winning conversion in to holiday accommodation was finished in 2000, Since then it has received awards and offered many holiday goers a great place to stay and still does to this day.
The Old Mill boasts easy access to Norwich, the Norfolk Broads and the lovely beaches of North Norfolk with the bustling market town of Aylsham providing all that is required to ensure a great relaxing holiday.
The 5 star accommodation is on 4 floors linked by normal domestic stairs and comprises:
Entrance hall leading to utility room with sink, washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Separate cloakroom.
Beamed open plan living area in the first floor with fitted kitchen, fully equipped and with fridge, dishwasher, microwave, gas cooker and hob, TV with digital Freeview, DVD/VCR player, radio/CD/tape player. Hearth with wood burner effect gas fire and of course comfortable sofas and a dining table and chairs.
There are two bedrooms on the second floor, one double one twin sharing a ‘Jack and Jill’ en suite shower room.
There is a third bedroom on the third floor (king size) with en suite bath and shower room.
Gas central heating. Private walled patio garden with garden furniture and gas barbeque.
Beds are made up and towels and beach towels are provided, together with toiletries, cleaning equipment, tea towels and oven gloves. There is plenty of cutlery, crockery, pans dishes etc with a food mixer, scales, coffee and tea pot. The kitchen also has a good supply of bags, foil, cling film washing powder, iron, board and pegs.
On arrival there is milk, tea and coffee not forgetting the biscuits waiting to welcome you in.
5 Star Rating
Bed linen Provided
Sleeps 4 - 6
Tea & Coffee Making