Wind­mill holds its head high again to make farm a land­mark

The res­cue of a derelict wind­mill was part of an ex­ten­sive re­vamp for an East York­shire farm. Sharon Dale re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - STRUTT & PARKER -

SAVVY in­vest­ment helped the owner of Newmill Farm to amass an im­pres­sive for­tune, but his heart ruled his head when it came to the restora­tion of his home.

The farm­house cost £400,000 in 2006 and he spent £1.3m on the project, cre­at­ing a lav­ish in­te­rior boast­ing ev­ery­thing from solid wal­nut floors and pop-up TVs to a tem­per­a­ture con­trolled wine room with its own, con­tem­po­rary spit­toon.

The prop­erty at Seaton Ross, near Pock­ling­ton, is up for sale for £1.85m, which doesn’t rep­re­sent a great re­turn, but leaves a won­der­ful legacy not only for the next owner, but for lo­cal his­tory.

At con­sid­er­able ex­pense, the owner de­cided to res­cue a derelict wind­mill next to his house and re­built it to cre­ate a four floor, one-bed­room an­nexe.

“It wasn’t listed and the eas­i­est thing would’ve been to knock it down, but that seemed wrong and it was a great chal­lenge to build some­thing so unique,” he says.

“The plan­ners and ev­ery­one in the vil­lage were very sup­port­ive of the project.”

A re­port was com­mis­sioned that re­vealed Fisher’s Tower Wind­mill was built around 1820. Around 1900 its vi­a­bil­ity was in ques­tion thanks to farm­ers send­ing grain to Joseph Rank’s flour mill in Hull. Af­ter suf­fer­ing dam­age to the sails, it closed for good in 1938.

The 65ft mill slipped into dere­lic­tion and and was only 10 feet high when its res­cuer de­cided to re­con­struct it.

He was also keen to re­place the four 32 ft sails but plan­ners weren’t happy with the idea and so it was shelved.

He says: “It’s a shame but I’m re­ally pleased with what we’ve cre­ated. A round build­ing isn’t the eas­i­est to con­struct and fit out.”

The main farm­house was also given a makeover and a glazed link cre­ated to out­build­ings that were con­verted to take the orig­i­nal 1,500 sq ft of liv­ing space to 9,600 sq ft.

It now has a dou­ble height glazed en­trance hall and gallery, a fam­ily room, sit­ting room and wal­nut pan­elled li­brary. The hand­built, state-of-the-art kitchen has a four oven Aga, in­te­grated cof­fee ma­chine, two elec­tric ovens, two dish­wash­ers, two wine cool­ers and a break­fast ta­ble with pop-up TV.

There is also a din­ing area and sit­ting area, util­ity, wine room, cin­ema room, boot room and snooker room.

Up­stairs there are five bed­rooms and three bath­rooms in­clud­ing a mas­ter suite with mar­ble bath­room boast­ing a steam room and in­te­grated TV.

Out­side there is a gar­den with two or­chards, sta­bles with tack room, five sta­bles and hay store, garag­ing and a work­shop. The prop­erty is set in 7.2 acres. The owner is sell­ing be­cause he and his fam­ily are mov­ing to Amer­ica, but he says: “This is the first ren­o­va­tion project we’ve done and it was stress­ful. It took three years to fin­ish but we’re de­lighted at what we’ve cre­ated.

“It cost a lot of money but it was never meant to be an in­vest­ment, it was a fam­ily home. We wouldn’t be sell­ing if we weren’t mov­ing abroad.”

Newmill Farm, Seaton Ross, is for sale with Sav­ills, York. Tel: 01904 617820, www.sav­

RISE AGAIN: The wind­mill was orig­i­nally built in 1820 but closed in 1938.

BE­FORE: Only 10ft of the derelict wind­mill still sur­vived.

FINE DIN­ING: The farm­house now boats 9,600 sq ft of liv­ing space.

AF­TER: The owner spent £1.3m on the project.

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