Watermill holidays

When looking for accommodation with unusual or historical features, watermills are a great choice when planning your next break away. Once a common sight across European landscapes, grinding grain for the population, fewer exist today than during their 18th century heyday. Of those that do exist, however, there a number of beautifully renovated watermills available for rent: where better to escape for a relaxing, peaceful getaway? Whether you fancy a short break in the United Kingdom, or a fortnight in Germany or France, watermills are a wonderfully unique accommodation option. Here at HomeAway, we have a great range of watermills worldwide, with something to suit every budget, need or desire. From some of the world’s oldest watermills in Italy to the most luxuriously appointed watermills in England, you’ll find your ideal home from home when you browse through our selection. What’s more, you don’t need to worry about choosing between original features and luxury facilities: many of our watermills boast both! So why wait? Simply read on for a rundown of our favourite destinations for watermill holidays, and start planning your break away today. Or, for more options, simply type ‘watermill’ into our search bar: you’ll find your perfect property in no time!

  1. Watermill holidays in Italy

    For those looking to escape European ‘tourist traps’, there’s nothing better than renting watermills in Italy. You could choose a beautiful watermill in secluded valley, Garfagnana, one of Tuscany’s least explored and most unspoilt areas: built in the early 19th century, these watermills were originally used to produce wheat and chestnut flour, and retain many authentic features including grinding stones and beamed ceilings. What’s more, with a spectacularly serene riverside location, you can enjoy fishing for trout, swimming and canoeing, all before returning to your cosy, quaint watermill rental.

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  2. Watermill holidays in France

    France has a range of beautiful renovated watermills, many of which are located in beautiful Cherbourg, Normandy. Originally used in the early nineteenth century to grind barley and wheat, today the watermills are perfectly renovated, fitted with the very latest in fixtures and fittings. Close to the soft-sand beach yet within walking distance of magnificent woodland, you’ll find the perfect balance between countryside and coast. Of course, the area also boasts plenty of authentic, medieval villages, where you can browse antique and food markets on a sunny afternoon.

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  3. Watermill holidays in Germany

    There’s nothing better than a summer break in Germany, especially when renting a beautiful renovated watermill. Many of our watermills lie in the beautiful Waldeck-Frankenberg area of Germany’s Hesse, boasting proximity to the sparkling shores of Lake Edersee. Staying at the foot of the mountains, surrounded by flowering meadows, you’ll feel back to nature in no time. Many of our German watermills also retain authentic features, including black and white wooden beam work, and the original grinders used for grain. For outdoor activities and unusual accommodation, Germany’s a great choice.

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  4. Watermill holidays in United Kingdom

    Many of our watermill rentals lie in the United Kingdom, spanning every part of the country from Dartmouth to Dumfries. Why not enjoy a break in beautiful Aberdeenshire, when considering staying in a former watermill? Here, you’ll find the beautiful Mill of Tilquhillie, next to the village of Banchory. Dating back hundreds of years, the mill’s master bedroom is shaped like a pyramid of granite, and retains a number of authentic features: the room was originally used for building the fire to toast the grain. Outside, you’ll find beautiful, unspoilt surroundings, frequented by herons, wild ducks and Roe deer.

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  5. Watermill holidays in Spain

    As recently as fifty years ago, Spain’s Grazalema and Sierra de Cadiz area boasted dozens of working watermills, where locals lived and worked as they had done for hundreds of years. Today, many of the watermills remain, but they’re now used as beautiful, renovated holiday homes. Located in secluded, rural positions, they lie amidst luscious valleys where you can enjoy long hikes into the mountains. Sitting rooms lie below old mill rooms, replete with grinding wheels and crane gantry, but they’re also equipped with those all-important luxuries, so you can enjoy history and heritage in comfort!

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Watermill Holidays