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You can now stay in this amazing converted mill that features its own Champagne bar


This place looks amazing (Picture: BNPS)

Fancy a luxury break? It doesn’t get much more luxurious than a whole Champagne bar to yourself.

This converted 15th-century watermill has its own Champagne bar and hot tub.

And with 16 rooms, it is the perfect place to stay for a big group trip.

The property was transformed by Sandy Potter, 53, who started property development after her divorce to support her daughters.

The holiday let is in the Peak District countryside and there are an amazing seven bedrooms.

The Grade II listed property features in the Domesday Book and was used to mill corn and wheat until about 1960.

Sandy and her second husband David Potter, 47, have restored its 300-year-old water wheel, and it retains its ancient stonework and oak beams.

The outside of the property (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)
One of the seven bedrooms (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)
A bathroom (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)

More modern touches include a luxurious Champagne bar and a hot tub.

They bought the property for £650,000 in February and have spent £100,000 renovating it, with the work taking two months.

Sandy said: ‘We feel so lucky to custodians of such a special house with amazing history.

‘When we bought it the water wheel was rotting away and trying to find an engineer to fix it was quite a challenge.

It dates back to the 15th century (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)
Another smaller bedroom (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)
Sandy doing the decorating (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)

‘All the bits had to be hand made so it was a costly process but it is now once again the biggest working wheel in the Peak District.

‘We’ve tried to make the property a mixture of the new and old, adding the Champagne bar and contemporary furniture to go with the traditional features. We’re very proud of it.’

Sandy started her business after she divorced her husband 20 years ago, creating a bed and breakfast. At the time, daughter Sophie was seven and her second little girl Maria just four years old.

The hallway (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)
The garden (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)
The living area (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)

Sandy has since renovated a string of properties into successful holiday lets in the county, with this one her most ambitious project yet.

She said: ‘After my divorce, suddenly I had no pension fund or future security, in fact, I had no means whatsoever.

‘Pensions and support with care costs were issues constantly on my mind.

They kept a lot of the original features (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)
There’s space for 16 people (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)
The kitchen (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)

‘My primary reason for setting up a holiday let was to not only provide an income for the short term but to future-proof my pension and care costs so that my daughters didn’t have to worry about this either.

‘Holiday-lets were the best solution for me and eventually, it became clear that they would provide more income than from a buy-to-let.

‘Having this ‘nest egg’ that would ‘keep on giving’ alleviate my concerns about the future for my family.

Say cheese! (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)
The Champagne bar (Picture: Cottages.com/BNPS)

‘When I’m ready to retire, my children will be hands-on and run the properties and take over the business, so there is a job for them, and an income for me too.’

Sarah Derbyshire, business development manager at Cottages.com, said: “Not only has Sandy transformed this historic property into an inspiring retreat but it’s clear her attention to detail is paying dividends in her overall success.

“The passion and dedication from Sandy and her family make it a truly beautiful place to stay and I have no doubt she will continue to thrive.”

The Water Mill is available as a holiday-let on Cottages.com from £1,586 for a four-night break.

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