Landmark windmill is put up for sale

SUFFOLK: One of the county’s best-known landmarks is now up for sale.

Thorpeness Windmill, owned by Suffolk County Council, is being sold by agents Savills with a guide price of �150,000.

Potential buyers could include a windmill trust, somebody with plans for a holiday or tourism-linked business or it could make an unusual home.

The Grade ll listed windmill in Uplands Road is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and has panoramic views of the coast and sea.

Originally built in 1803 at Aldringham, the mill was moved to Thorpeness and re-constructed in 1923.

It was built as a corn mill and it was converted to a water pumping mill when it moved to provide water to the adjoining house.

The shutters were removed from the sails in around 2005 and the windmill has not worked since.

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Thorpeness Mill is a well known landmark in the village and is currently used as a village trail and information centre for Suffolk Heritage Coast.

Chris Moody, director of commercial for agents Savills, said: “Thorpeness Mill is a very unusual property and we are delighted to be handling the sale.

“It is the first windmill I have sold in 31 years in the business.

“Windmills rarely come to the market so we expect interest to be high and from a diverse range of interested parties.

“The windmill could continue to be used as a visitors centre or preserved by a windmill trust.

“With the right planning permission it could possibly be converted in to tea rooms or, with the right extension and guidance, a residential property.”

“The windmill is now surplus to the council’s requirements, however, this is a great opportunity for anyone to invest in an important and unique piece of our local architectural heritage, in a prized location.”

The windmill has a ground floor and two upper floors.

For further information or to arrange a viewing contact Chris Moody at Savills in Ipswich on 01473 234835.

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