Chitty Chitty Bang Bang windmill goes on sale for first time in 35 years at £9m

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    A windmill that was the location of Caractacus Pott’s home in the Hollywood hit 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has gone up for sale for the first time in 35 years.

    Painted with a classic black base, cap and sails, the Cobstone Windmill in Ibstone, Buckinghamshire, overlooks the beautiful village of Turville.

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

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    But that wasn’t its only brush with stardom after the lavish town became the centre of the loveable BBC sitcom Vicar of Dibley.

    It has also featured in other British classic TV shows such as Midsomer Murders, Brind and Prejudice and Goodnight Mister Tom.

    The former smock mill, which was built around 1816 and was cosmetically restored by producers before filming the Hollywood hit, has a guide price of £9m.

    It is understood the mill was used to grind cereal until 1873 which 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 which was in the heart of the English countryside for a picturesque windmill that could serve as the film location for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Actress Hayley Mills bought the historic mill back in 1971 with her husband Roy Boulting who continued to restore the gorgeous establishment.

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

    Those looking to purchase the Grade II windmill will be happy to know the property also includes 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.

    Head of Savills Henley, Stephen Christie-Miller, said the “iconic” property could appeal to “international buyers that are looking for the best of the best”.

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    He added: “Cobstone Mill has to be seen to be believed – and this is even before you bring into consideration the home’s extensive film history.

    “Yes some homes claimed to be iconic, however nothing comes close to Cobstone Mill.”

    Over the past 18 months, the owners have restored the windmill’s sails and have been granted planning permission to extend the house to almost double its current size.

    The windmill itself has three storeys and contains a reception room and two bedrooms with beautiful views of the village.

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