Windmill that couple spent 30 years converting goes on sale

What goes around, comes around: Windmill that couple spent 30 YEARS converting into a luxury six-bedroom home goes on sale for £850,000

  • A stunning converted windmill that was renovated over a period of 30 years has finally gone on sale
  • John Glenn transformed the derelict mill into a stunning six-bedroom family home with two acres garden
  • After his children moved out he put the  Grade II listed Mill Tower House in Kirton End, Lincs, on the market

This stunning property is no run-of-the-mill home.

A spectacular converted windmill that was renovated over a period of 30 years has gone up for sale for £850,000 in Lincolnshire, after the owners five children finally flew the nest.

John Glenn transformed the derelict mill into a stunning six-bedroom family home with two acres of ‘pleasure gardens’ featuring a ‘ruined castle’ folly and a 100-year-old greenhouse.


A spectacular converted windmill that was renovated over a period of 30 years has gone up for sale for £850,000 in Lincolnshire, after the owners children finally flew the nest. John Glenn transformed the derelict mill into a stunning six-bedroom family home with two acres of ‘pleasure gardens’ featuring a ‘ruined castle’ folly and a 100-year-old greenhouse

But Mr Glenn and his wife are now looking to downsize since their five children left home and has put the Grade II listed Mill Tower House in Kirton End on the market.

The mill was built in 1833 on the site of an earlier wooden post mill. The sails were removed in 1936 but it continued working driven by a diesel engine until the 1950s and the machinery was taken out in the 1960s.

Mr Glenn, a retired architectural and landscape historian, bought the property in 1987 when the mill had no top to it and there was just a small brick building beside it.

The mill was built in 1833 on the site of an earlier wooden post mill. The sails were removed in 1936 but it continued working driven by a diesel engine until the 1950s and the machinery was taken out in the 1960s. Mr Glenn, a retired architectural and landscape historian, bought the property in 1987 when the mill had no roof and there was just a small brick building beside it

The property now consists of the restored Grade II listed mill with an adjoining modern two-storey extension

He spent years converting and improving the site, finishing an extension most recently in 2008. The tower had lost its cap so he had a new one made in the 1990s and a few years ago had that covered in sand-cast lead – a traditional method dating back about 2,000 years

He spent years converting and improving the site, finishing an extension most recently in 2008.

The tower had lost its cap so he had a new one made in the 1990s and a few years ago had that covered in sand-cast lead – a traditional method dating back about 2,000 years.

The property now consists of the restored Grade II listed mill with an adjoining modern two-storey extension.

In the extension there is a music hall, library, living room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two shower rooms. There is also workshops in a converted stable block, a complex of garages and a two-storey garden office

The round kitchen is in the base of the original mill, measuring almost 20ft in diameter, with three bedrooms accessed on the floors above that via a spiral staircase

The round kitchen is in the base of the original mill, measuring almost 20ft in diameter, with three bedrooms accessed on the floors above that via a spiral staircase.

In the extension there is a music hall, library, living room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two shower rooms.

There is also workshops in a converted stable block, a complex of garages and a two-storey garden office.

The elegant home is set in two acres of stunning and secluded grounds, which have been designed to create a number of walks and vistas, with private seating areas, lawned areas and areas of exceptional beauty

Mr Glenn, 75, said: ‘Until recently I worked as an architectural and landscape historian, specialising in the restoration of listed buildings and historic gardens, so the challenge of converting a ruined tower into a family home for my wife and our five children, on a reasonably tight budget, appealed to me’

The elegant home is set in two acres of stunning and secluded grounds, which have been designed to create a number of walks and vistas, with private seating areas, lawned areas and areas of exceptional beauty

The elegant home is set in two acres of stunning and secluded grounds, which have been designed to create a number of walks and vistas, with private seating areas, lawned areas and areas of exceptional beauty.

Mr Glenn, 75, said: ‘Until recently I worked as an architectural and landscape historian, specialising in the restoration of listed buildings and historic gardens, so the challenge of converting a ruined tower into a family home for my wife and our five children, on a reasonably tight budget, appealed to me.

‘I had to make the brick tower wind and water-proof, reinstate the timber floors, design and build a sympathetic extension using handmade bricks and incorporate original period artefacts.

The conversion won the LABC East Midlands Region Building Excellence Award 2010 for the best domestic extension or conversion. ‘The gardens have many rare and unique yews, some of which I raised as part of the research for my Doctorate at the University of York’ he explained

Awash with oak and antique furniture, the home has a piano ready to be be played by the next family moving in – plus acoustics to die for thanks to the circular building share. In 2010 the conversion won the LABC East Midlands Region Building Excellence Award for the best domestic extension or conversion

‘All in all, we spent nearly thirty years working on the building and creating the extensive pleasure grounds.

‘The conversion won the LABC East Midlands Region Building Excellence Award 2010 for the best domestic extension or conversion.

‘The gardens have many rare and unique yews, some of which I raised as part of the research for my Doctorate at the University of York.

The property comes with sunning features, such as a ruined castle and folly, a pagoda gateway, a 1910 Edwardian Messenger greenhouse and a mid-19th century garden house, perfect for growing fruit and vegetables 

Mr Glenn said: ‘The family has grown up and left home now and it’s time for us to retire to a smaller house and a future generation of parents and children to take over Mill Tower. I think it would appeal to someone who wants an interesting and unique property as a family home’

‘They also have many interesting features, such as a ruined castle/folly, a pagoda gateway, a 1910 Edwardian Messenger greenhouse and a mid-19th century garden house.

‘The family has grown up and left home now and it’s time for us to retire to a smaller house and a future generation of parents and children to take over Mill Tower.

‘I think it would appeal to someone who wants an interesting and unique property as a family home.’

The property is being sold through estate agents Poyntons.

A stunning aerial view shows the property’s distinct share surrounded by standard semi-detached households in Lincolnshire

 

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