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.
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.savills.co.uk
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.