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Photograph: Sowerbys

You could buy the UK’s only museum of windmills (yes, really)

The Wind Energy Museum in Norfolk is looking for a new owner

Chiara Wilkinson
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Chiara Wilkinson

A lot of quirky properties have come up for sale in the UK recently. Places like this Welsh campsite with its own UFO. This eerie abandoned church. And this mansion with its own zip-wire ride and a three-floor treehouse. But this one probably tops the lot: an entire museum of historic windmills and wind pumps. 

The Wind Energy Museum in Norfolk is the UK’s only collection of its kind, and features everything from ten historic mills to a 1920s wind engine with rotating sails and the last existing Holmes Engine (a steam engine with a turbine). 

The current owner inherited the estate and has been managing it for 15 years. Now the 2.84-acre site – including the museum, plus two houses, Marsh Cottage and Marsh View – is being sold by estate agents Sowerbys. The asking price is £1 million.

Meanwhile, the nearby Grade II-listed Thurne Mill is being sold separately through an online auction on Town & Country, starting at £200,000. 

Also on the market: an ‘invisible house’ hidden in the middle of a remote forest.

Plus: a spooky abandoned church that’s straight out of a horror movie.

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