Calling all grand designers:here's your chance to create a towering home within a historic windmill in the Essex countryside

A practical, three-bedroom home wraps around this unconverted tower, which has permission to be converted into an eccentric country home with amazing views.

Living in a windmill will remain a romantic fantasy for most of us, but for one lucky buyer this building provides the chance to create a dream home in the heart of the Essex countryside.

The huge creaking sails are long gone, but the Tower Windmill, built in 1811, retains its Regency charm and was once one of a pair of windmills called The Clavering Mills, which milled corn from farms across the area.

The windmill in the village of Clavering - seven miles from Saffron Walden - was bought in 2001 by its current owners, who demolished a lean-to extension and built a single-floor building in feathered, painted cladding that wraps around the tower.

The three-bedroom house wraps around the windmill's tower

Although the four-storey windmill is unconverted and still houses some of the old milling machinery, it has full planning permission for conversion into a stunning living space.

The ground floor is currently used as a grand dining room with double doors on to the garden. In the plans, this would become a large sitting room with a log-burning stove. 

The first floor and second floor could also be turned into reception rooms and the higher you climb, the more impressive the views. The smallest room at the top has a vast ceiling height beneath the zinc-capped roof.

The bottom of the tower has permission to be turned into a vast living room

The current wraparound accommodation features a hall with natural stone flooring and double doors to the tower. The kitchen-breakfast room features handmade cabinets and granite and solid wood worktops. There is also a living room, a large bathroom with wetroom-style shower, and three double bedrooms with a master with an en suite bathroom.

Outside, the garden is mostly laid to lawn with hedged borders and there is ample parking for several cars on the shingle drive.

The nearest railway station is four miles away in Newport, with trains to Liverpool Street taking just over an hour. However, Bishop's Stortford, which is eight miles away, has a better service for commuters, running into Liverpool Street in as little as 38 minutes.


The tower retains some of the original milling machinery on the upper floors

Tower Windmill is for sale through TuckerGardner for £675,000


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