There is certainly something romantic about the prospect of staying in a windmill. Union Mill is an unusual and wonderful bolthole. The owners have carefully renovated this Grade Two listed former windmill dating back to 1780 to create a holiday home with a difference. Nothing prepares you for the views over the Island. It is carefully designed to be a perfect blend of tranquillity and comfort for families or couples alike.
The bright living space is contemporary in style with slate floors, bright sofa and chairs and bean bags. A wide screen HD television/ DVD player caters for days when you want to hunker down and hide from the outside world. Huge doors open directly onto the sunny patio, where breakfasts are a delight overlooking the lawn and countryside view. Fire up the barbeque and enjoy some local produce.
Leading off the living space is a bespoke kitchen with slate floors, wooden cupboards and work-island all custom-made to accommodate the curved walls. It has bags of charm and all that you need to dine in style, with a dining area seating six comfortably.
In the next wing to the kitchen is a bedroom with sleeping for two in a king bed. Large patio doors offer great views and easy access to the garden. A crisp, contemporary bathroom with bath and shower over leads from the bedroom.
This tall, quirky building narrows upwards over four levels from the kitchen linked by a slender hand-built staircase. Curl up the stairs and this is where it gets interesting! The Mill is very stylish, but reflects life in a converted windmill that is 234 years old. Holidays here are unique in relation to conventional properties as you access the accommodation on the next three floors via the steep and winding stairs through each open plan room. It works best for couples or families with older children and may not be suitable accommodation for little babies, very young children and those who would find three flights of winding stairs difficult to cope with. Despite the fact that the rooms in the tower get smaller as you rise, the view improves with every step!!
It really is the bright and comfy bedrooms and the panoramic views from the top-floor living room that wow most guests. The little windows frame the big views. The glorious tangle of timbers and the comfy bedding and rugs make the bedrooms impossibly irresistible and romantic! Honeymooners rejoice...
There is a double bedroom above the kitchen. Above that is yet another double bedroom which is not a large room, but sleeps two comfortably in a day bed or two in separate single beds.
Saving the best until last, you reach the lofty top-floor lookout with 360 degree views. The Snowdonia mountain range provides the most dramatic backdrop as you sip your wine on one of the bar stools and enjoy a balmy summer evening or a stormy winter's night enclosed snugly within the glass walls.
Outside is a lawn area perfect for playing and a gravelled car parking area offers space for up to four cars. Parts of the original ironwork from the Mill are hiding within the grounds for you to find!
Dogs are most welcome. Up to two small to medium upon agreement with the owner please.
A couple's rate with 20% off full prices is offered throughout the year.
The owners have worked very hard to renovate this Grade Two listed former windmill. The Union Mill (as featured in Grand Designs Magazine February 2013) is one of a number of windmills that were constructed across Anglesey during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Sadly, many of the Anglesey mills have fallen into total disrepair or even disappeared but fortunately, the Union Mill has survived through the years.
This era was a boom time for the construction of windmills on Anglesey and many were within active and busy farming communities. In the mid 19th century the Mill was purchased by a consortium or union of Manchester businessmen but as decades followed the windmills of Anglesey faced increased competition from the more mechanised mills built on an industrial scale in large parts such as Holyhead and Liverpool. In the mid 19th Century, the mill was purchased by a consortium of Manchester businessmen but as the years passed, increased competition from the more mechanised mills built on an industrial scale in large parts such as Holyhead and Liverpool, saw the mill to fall into disrepair. The decline continued until the mill was closed in 1913 and during the First World War, the iron machinery was removed to support the war effort. After this time, this historic jewel appears to have remained only as a prominent landmark and was even set on fire. It was acquired and painstakingly redeveloped following the approval of planning permission in 2009.
Catherine Cunnah purchased this cottage in 2009
A romantic dream to give the Mill a chance of a new life. It was a honour to be able to take such a proud and unique structure with a valid past and revitalise it. The children have all played a part in the renovations so this makes the Mill even more special.
The views! Nothing can prepare you for these. The cosy feeling of being protected by the large stone walls. Everyone should sleep in a Mill at least once in their lifetime.
Hard to know where to start with our review. Having traveled to a 100+ countries and now an ex-pat in Canada the thought of coming home to Wales for a 'vacation' was an odd one. Our luggage lost by the airline, 4 hours spent buying new clothes etc. in Sainsbury (Christmas week) and the Menai Bridge slowed to 10mph for wind and rain....I began to wonder. Our whole trip was worth it the moment we walked through the door. The property was immaculate. Greeted by a warm living room, bright Christmas tree and cold Prosecco the previous 24 hours evaporated. The central kitchen became the hub of our holiday, brightly lit and in the base of the windmill it is perfectly laid out and has all the modern amenities you will need. The bespoke furniture blends with the bright of the windmill's whitewashed walls. Ascending each floor is an adventure in itself as the windmill's charms unfold, our daughter choosing to have both floors for herself which was not a problem as we enjoyed the en-suite room with glorious views. The views from the top of the windmill are breathtaking and the hours drift by up top watching the mood of Snowdonia change by the minute. The windmill is perfectly placed being 2 minutes walk from the local shop which has everything you would need, yet situated away from the main village. If you do not want to cook in the warm hub of the kitchen, The Gaerven Arms has some incredible food served by chef Daniel Owen. Close by are more beaches, castles and mountains that you could possibly take in.
Our only regret was that our time was too short here but we will definitely return.
Elizabeth (our 3 year old) wants to thank you for the gift. The toy pet dog (now named Vacuum!) is never far from her side and such a personal touch.
Rates may be subject to change until the reservation is confirmed by letter.
20% off for couples to the rates published
The deposit of 50% of the price of the holiday is required within 7 days of the initial booking, and the balance will be due at least 30 days prior to the start of your holiday. The total cost of the holiday is to be paid if the booking is less than 30 days from the start date of your holiday.Payment is to be made by cheque, by inter-bank transfer or online by credit or debit card.
The Mill is set in the small village of Gaerwen with all the amenities such as pubs, restaurants, garden centre, bakery and small grocery shop on the doorstep. The Isle of Anglesey is a beautiful Island with over 125 miles of breathtaking coastal paths, sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs so the Mill is close to fantastic beaches such as Llanddwyn, walks, course and sea fishing, riding and sailing opportunities. Locally places to visit include Plas Newydd run by the National Trust. A short five minute drive takes you to Menai Bridge with walks on the coastal Straits and with a wealth of bars and restaurants – Dylan’s is a great place to dine out right on the waterfront with its own bakery. The Butcher's Shop is a gourmet restaurant andindependent shops such as Space Like This a home interiors gem. Bangor is a 10 minute drive a coastal University city with plenty to occupy you. Beaumaris is a coastal town with a medieval castle, an old Victorian gaol, artists’ studios, quaint streets and some great places to eat.
Only twenty miles away is the port town of Holyhead offering links to Ireland. The A55 expressway is a few minutes away giving easy access to all the local attractions.