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Thursday, 31 July 2014

North Cumbrian flour mill for sale

A unique opportunity has arisen to nurture a ‘flour-ing’ business.

Salkeld watermill photo
Nick and Ana Jones outside their watermill

The Watermill, at Little Salkeld near Penrith, a working 18th century flour mill, is up for sale.

The site, which also features a three-bedroom mill house, an award-winning tearoom and a seven acre smallholding is on the market with Carlisle estate agent Edwin Thompson.

John Haley, associate partner at Edwin Thompson, said: “This is a rare opportunity to purchase an attractive piece of history with an established and profitable business.

“The sale includes the mill and associated flour producing business, the attractive house and the tearoom which was awarded the Teashop of the Year 2012 in the Cumbria Life Food and Drink awards.

“This is a lifestyle which will appeal to many people who will enjoy the sustainable smallholding and continue to look after the heritage of the Watermill.”

The business has been run by Nick and Ana Jones since 1974.

Mrs Jones said: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege living and working at the Watermill but it is now time to hand it on to new owners.

“Our profitable and sustainable flour business is continued in the tearoom where we mostly use our own ingredients to provide high quality homemade products.

“We’ve developed the mill and adjoining buildings to provide a unique educational experience for all age groups.”

Little Salkeld Watermill is a member of the Traditional Cornmillers Guild, which supports and promotes artisan flour milling by water or wind power.

It has the capacity to mill more than 100 tonnes a year.

Mr Jones said: “Traditional mills are very much in the news.”

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