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Guide price of over €10.4 million for famed Cobstone Mill in Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang

Savills is guiding a property in Buckinghamshire in the UK, which contains the famed Cobstone Mill, as featured in the much-loved 1968 musical-fantasy, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, at £9,000,000.

This Grade II Listed former smock mill stands proudly, high in the Chiltern Hills, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, overlooking the charming village of Turville.

The property also contains a main house (planning consent granted in 2016 for extension works), a double garage with ancillary accommodation, a swimming pool, and outbuildings and circa 36.7-acres.

According to the selling agents, “this historic and picturesque property offers a unique opportunity to own a piece of British heritage, with its rich history and in a stunning location”.

Property details

Cobstone Mill, which had reportedly been used to grind cereal until 1873, was cosmetically restored for the filming of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.
After becoming a major hit, actress Hayley Mills and her film director husband, Roy Boulting, acquired the mill at auction and then undertook a major restoration project.

It was subsequently owned by others, including David Brown of Aston Martin, before being sold in the 1980s to the current owner.

The main house has a vaulted drawing room for entertaining, with floor-to-ceiling doors that open onto a large terrace overlooking the sheltered swimming pool.

The windmill itself had the sails restored fully by the current owner in the last 18 months.

The original mill workings are a key feature with a winding staircase leading from the ground floor reception room to bedrooms on the first and second floors.

Planning consent was granted in 2016 to substantially extend the house to create 3 further bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a new kitchen, a family room and a study.

This permission as good as doubles the size of the existing house, a spokesperson for the agents said.

“We believe that the permission is still live as some of the initial works were undertaken shortly after permission was granted. Buyers will need to satisfy themselves on this matter.”

Grounds

The pretty brick and flint house and Grade II listed mill stand in 36.7-acres of “prime and beautiful” Chiltern countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, occupying one of the highest points in the valley.

Turville Hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, designated by Natural England for its fine chalk grassland with wildflowers and rare butterflies.

Surrounding the mill are landscaped gardens and outdoor spaces, perfect for enjoying the tranquillity of the countryside.

The outdoor heated swimming pool sits close to the main house and benefits from being sheltered by it.

On the grounds, there is a large tractor barn, workshop, store, and stable building.

This historic and picturesque property offers a unique opportunity to own a piece of British heritage, with its rich history and in a stunning location.

Location

Cobstone Mill enjoys “stunning” views down the “glorious” Hambelden Valley between the market towns of Henley-on-Thames and Marlow.

The location is also served by road and rail links, as well as easy access to Central London, Heathrow, and Oxford.

The tranquil atmosphere and natural beauty make it “a haven for nature lovers” who still wish to be close to London but enjoy the stunning Chiltern countryside.

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