You’re Beautiful! Look inside James Blunt’s former family home

It’s the former family home of a best-selling popstar and this wonderful windmill will have prospective buyers saying ‘You’re Beautiful’ when they explore ‘High’ up the majestic property.

Cley Windmill in Norfolk, a stunning 11-bedroom home which currently operates as a boutique hotel and restaurant, is where singer-songwriter James Blunt grew up.

The striking red brick building is set over five floors, with the Grade II-listed property having scooped a string of accolades over the years – taking advantage of its unique views over the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

James Blunt’s boyhood home stopped milling back in 1921, at which point it was converted into a residential property, before being transformed into a guest house and holiday accommodation in 1983, as it is now.

The Windmill, which remained in the same family for 85 years, is bursting with historic charm and character in every nook and cranny, and this is just its second sale in 100 years.

The Georgian structure has been extensively renovated over the years and chiefly the white-painted beehive timber cap, wooden sails, fantail and gallery have all been restored to their former glory.

Some of James Blunt’s musical inspiration may well trace back to the fact that the windmill provides sensational panoramic views over Glaven Valley, the salt and fresh water marshes, Blakeney Harbour and beyond to the sea.

The immediate area is an internationally renowned bird sanctuary, with more than 300 species living there.

The property is one of the most painted and photographed sites in the country, but inside, Cley Windmill offers exceedingly characterful living spaces varying from room to room, particularly the unique accommodation that has been created within the tower itself.

For example, huge wooden timbers and beams punctuate the interior, originating from the Windmill’s industrial purpose, and along with the exposed brick and flint construction, brick fireplaces and occasional gargoyle, display unique character.

This home also offers buyers the opportunity to earn a generous income should it be maintained as a guest house.

Strutt & Parker suggest it might suit a purchaser to live in the main building, whilst running the outbuildings as holiday accommodation. The windmill has full alcohol and wedding licences.

Up to 50 weddings are hosted at the windmill each year, while the restaurant can cater for 32 covers in the dining room. The windmill also sleeps up to 24 guests.

Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “Cley Windmill is nothing if not effortlessly charming and I have no doubt it’s got even more X Factor appeal because of its links to James Blunt. Many Wisemen will be interested in snapping up this property, not least because it’s a beautifully unique building with a rich history that continues to shine through to this day.”

This property is listed for sale with Strutt & Parker.

Take a closer look at the property below:


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