The Old Smock Mill
The holiday let is a romantic getaway comprising of the upper three floors of the Windmill.
The Meal Floor
(First floor - Sitting-room/kitchen)
Originally where the ‘meal’, which had been ground above, was processed. This living area is accessed directly from the Oak staging.
The kitchen has been carefully designed to sit comfortably in the context of the massive beams spanning the ceiling. All mod cons are catered for including a washing machine with tumble dryer and fridge with small freezer compartment.
There is also a DVD player, assorted DVDs and a music system with a selection of CDs. Books line the shelves and there is a wood- burning effect gas stove for cosy evenings in curled up on the sofa.
(Second floor - Bedroom - for max. two persons)
So called because the millstones were housed on this level. Features of this room include: Romantic, French-style, luxurious king-size bed with crisp, white cotton sheets and magnificent views from both sash windows; Wash area with a small18th century copper bowl basin and taps; Beautifully designed contemporary oak spiral cantilevered stair case rises to the top floor bathroom; High ceilings where the huge beams hold the giant spur wheel and supporting upright shaft.
The Old Smock Mill was built in the early 1800's. The Mill, which had fallen into disrepair, after many years of neglect, has been lovingly restored by the present owners. Throughout the restoration, a great deal of care has been taken not to lose the essence of the original building and it is now an unforgettable and unique place to stay, with an atmosphere of tranquility and calm.
Benenden mill is known as a smock mill constructed in the early part of the 18th century to mill grain. The cap carried the sweeps and fantail rotating on early iron rollers driven by the prevailing wind. It was a working mill right up till the second world war when it was then used as a gunner's look out.
The Windmill originally known as the Old Smock Mill was then neglected and although it had its sweeps cap and fantail the elements soon decayed the timbers. The cap was taken down in the early seventies leaving only the tower as the sweeps had by now long gone to the local mill in Headcorn.
What remains of the working machinery can still be seen in the photos of the Mill. The mill is also known as Beacon Mill.
Access to the Old Smock Mill is via a flight of external oak steps to the staging. This broad area of oak boarded platform, which encircles the Mill has been constructed to the original design and allows visitors to follow the sun all day until it sinks with the last sip of evening light in a glorious sunset.
Teak, steamer chairs with cushions are supplied for relaxing and listening to the birdsong. Leisurely lunches and suppers can be enjoyed at the garden table and chairs provided with views over the owners’ wisteria clad walk and flower garden. The owners are keen gardeners and over the last 8 years they have created a magical garden surrounding the mill . Access to the gardens is not included in the Rental package but tours are available by permission of the owner at no extra cost.