Iconic windmill from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang goes up for sale for huge sum

Published on Aug 15, 2023 at 8:12 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Aug 15, 2023 at 8:13 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

Iconic windmill from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang goes up for sale for huge sum

There’s a good chance you read the children’s story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang growing up.

You may have even seen the movie about the flying car.

If you have, you’ll probably remember the iconic windmill that featured.

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It just so happens, the windmill – Caractacus Pott’s home in the 1967 film – has gone up for sale.

It’s actually called Cobstone Windmill and it’s located in Ibstone, Buckinghamshire which is in South East England.

Painted with a classic black base, cap and sails, the mill overlooks the beautiful village of Turville.

The infamous property reached international heights when it hit the big screen as the home of the eccentric inventor who was played by Dick Van Dyke.

But that wasn’t it’s only brush with stardom, after the lavish town became the center of the lovable BBC sitcom Vicar of Dibley.

It’s also featured in other British classic TV shows, including Midsomer Murders, Pride and Prejudice, and Goodnight Mister Tom.

The former smock mill, which was built around 1816, was cosmetically restored by producers before filming Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The story goes, the mill was originally used to grind cereal until 1872 when it fell into disuse.

But in 1967, the mill caught the eye of film producer Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli.

The team made quick work of dressing up the property in the heart of the English countryside so the picturesque windmill could serve as a film location for the Hollywood hit.

Four years later, actress Hayley Mills – who appeared in six films for Walt Disney – bought the mill with her husband Roy Boulting, who continued to restore the gorgeous establishment.

It’s understood the mill’s current owners bought the breath-taking property from Aston Martin owner Sir David Brown back in the 1980s.

Those interested in purchasing the Grade II windmill will be pleased to know it also comes with the main house, a generous double garage, and a swimming pool.

It also features acres of land which features a large tractor barn, a workshop, a stable building, and a store.

You’ll have to have deep pockets, though, as the mill has a guide price of £9 million ($11.4 million).

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.