A STUNNING home built inside a converted WINDMILL has hit the market – but it hides a tragic twist.
The beautiful Grade II listed conversion stands tall on the Isle of Anglesey, off North Wales – a destination popular with tourists for its scenic countryside.
The location is in fact so picturesque, set before a backdrop of Snowdonia and the Irish Sea, that the four-storey tower featured on TV ten years ago.
Starring in an episode of George Clarke’s Restoration Man in 2010, the impressive home transformation revealed its hidden heartbreak to the Channel 4 makeover show.
Clive Bolton spontaneously bought the coastal getaway during a holiday to the island and planned to convert the historic building into a dream retirement home for his wife Jane.
But tragically Jane didn’t live to see the finished project as she died of cancer before the episode aired.
The loving couple had been inspired to buy the building after watching TV detective Jonathan Creek who lived in a windmill.
So grieving Clive was too heartbroken to move in to Melin Newydd – Welsh for New Mill – after his wife’s death.
Clive spoke about the tragedy with tears in his eyes on the show: “I told her that it was all finished and ready for her to see
“I told her that I would take her to go and see it at the end of the week.”
Now the four-bedroom tower is up for sale along with a stone cottage and barn conversion currently run as holiday lets.
The surroundings likewise ooze tourist-appeal after being dubbed the ‘Adventure Capital of Europe’.
Multi-million pound investments into the area boosted its popularity thanks to activity centres and outdoor pursuits such as Zip World, Adventure Parc Snowdonia, Bounce Below and the four National Outdoor Centres.
Yet the incredible property has its own unique history pre-dating these attractions.
Melin Newydd dates back to 1833 and was previously owned by Bodorgan Estate owner Owen John Augustus Fuller Meyrick.
The windmill boasts Meyrick’s initials above the door and was operated as a fully functioning mill until the 1920’s when a storm tore off the sails and wrecked the roof.
Estate agents Savills – who are not naming the seller of the property – said: “The building was then used to provide shelter for grazing cattle.
“The property was then purchased by the family of the current owners in 2003 and planning permission was granted in 2006 to convert the mill and two outbuildings into dwellings for holiday use.
“The restoration of the buildings then began in 2010 with the conversion of the windmill documented in George Clarke’s Channel 4 programme ‘Restoration Man’.”
A price for the property is available on application.
An even taller tower that featured on George Clarke’s show went up for sale a few years ago with a price tag of £1.75 million.
A former rundown water tower from a different episode of Restoration man stunned viewers with its quality finish.
High Legh Water Tower, in Knutsford, Cheshire, was built in 1938 to improve the water supply to the area until it was decommissioned in 2007.
The 85ft tall tower subsequently fell into disrepair before it was spotted by property developer Andrew Jones while playing a round of golf nearby.
He fell in love with the historic building and purchased it in 2013, restoring it into a family home with his wife Michele.
The three year project, which cost almost £700,000, featured on Channel 4’s Restoration Man starring George Clarke.
Source: The Sun