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Now for sale: this historic Scottish watermill that you could turn into your dream home

It’s just a quarter of the price of the average London flat

Written by
Faima Bakar

We all know the struggles of getting onto the property ladder, but have you ever considered broadening your search? Why look for an overpriced four-bed in a jam-packed city when you could opt for a quaint rural home in an Aberdeenshire village, for example?

A former watermill, known as the Mill of Boddam, is on sale in Scotland – and comes complete with original mill equipment dating back to the nineteenth century, as well as a few acres of land. Sure, the property itself is a bit derelict and will require a whole load of work to bring it up to modern living standards. But it’s certainly charming, and could be transformed into a unique four or five-bedroom home.

The C-listed building and surrounding land is in the village of Insch, around 28 miles from Aberdeen, which boasts no more than 2,600 people – so would be perfectly suited for those looking for a slower pace of life. But fret not, there are still shops, a post office, library, health and leisure centres, two hotels and even a golf course located nearby.

And the best part? It won’t break the bank like other properties. The watermill is on sale for offers over £140,000 – around a quarter of the price of the average London flat. You can check out the property listing here.

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