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5th February, 2016

Breweries to windmills: The top 10 converted homes

Breweries to windmills: The top 10 converted homes

Sometimes the best homes weren’t built to be lived in. These ten properties were all designed to have a specific function, but when their original use was no longer in demand these buildings adapted to the changing world and became unique homes. From breweries to watermills, we have some very exclusive conversions for sale. Which do you want to live in?


Hop House 153996 (28)

This former brewery has a distinctive shape and large beautiful windows which let in so much light. The current owner believes Scott of the Antarctic’s parents lived in and ran the brewery, and there is a family grave in beautiful Holcombe Old Church. The building retains a lot of original features, like the exposed stone walls and ceiling beams, and original large window openings ensure sunshine streams into every room. The galleried landing adds to the sense of grandeur as it looks over the lounge and the garden.



The Windmill is a timber-clad building, bereft of its sails and original cap, adjoining a more conventional building which together make up a charming and spacious family home.

The kitchen and dining rooms are in the ground floor of the windmill, while a curved bedrooms enjoys the first and second floors, with the rest of the house attached.

Working watermill


This Grade II Listed former working watermill is now a beautiful family home set in an idyllic position next to its own mill pond and stream. The working water wheel no longer operates the mill itself, but does now generate electricity that feeds into the national grid and provides an all year round income.

The water wheel is fed by the mill pond via a controllable sluice. After the water cascades over the wheel it reforms into a stream that elegantly divides the front garden before leaving the property to continue its journey down the valley.

Victorian school


This converted Victorian school is set in a beautiful location with stunning views of gentle countryside, contrasted by the dramatic mountains of Snowdonia. The neighbouring dwellings are mainly cottages, farms and smallholdings. A footpath through the nearby woods leads to Cadair Ifan Goch – a National Trust lookout with magnificent views of the Conwy Valley and the Carneddau mountains beyond.

Milking shed


This inspiring period property was originally a shippon (milking shed) to Peckforton Hall. In more recent years it was separated and converted to an exceptional standard. In the conversion a high level of attention to detail was embedded throughout all the works combining interesting traditional features with more modern refinements.

The Old Post Office

old post office

A charming home nestled in the beautiful village position of Colwell, The Old Post Office cannot fail to capture the imagination, with stunning panoramic views to the rear of inspiring Northumberland countryside. Built circa 1820, the present owner has mastered the delicate balance of authentic detail with enhancements for contemporary living.



A unique opportunity to purchase a truly impressive barn conversion with adjoining 2 bedroom cottage set on approximately 10 acres of formal gardens and paddocks with 4 stallion boxes, barn and outbuildings.

Internally, the property exudes character and charm with a fantastic Inglenook fireplace, exposed oak timbers, a bespoke crafted staircase, cottage style kitchen with AGA and a superb master bedroom suite with dressing room and en-suite.



A superb and unique example of a sympathetically converted Chapel. The original building is Victorian, dating back to 1871, and was converted in the 1980s. Space and light are evident throughout the building which now provides a great family home of excellent proportion with accommodation on 2 floors, with a huge attic above.

Old Dairy


The Dairy, Toot Baldon, is a historic former agricultural building which once housed the milking parlour and bull pen of a farm belonging to Queen’s College, Oxford. Immaculately converted by the present owner, The Dairy retains many original features such as an extra-wide entrance door to accommodate cows walking two-abreast, exposed rounded internal brickwork on corners to protect the cows, large oak beams, and wrought iron roofing supports.

Oast house


Before being converted, this Oast house was being used for drying hops as part of the brewing process right up until the late 1970s. It sits in a tranquil setting surrounded by mature orchards and paddocks with magnificent views over the Medway Valley and surrounding countryside.

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