Explore this luxurious converted windmill in Kent - it's available to rent on Airbnb

The incredible windmill featured on Channel 4's Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig

Airbnb experiences, exterior of charismatic windmill in Kent
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We never expected to find ourselves lusting over the interior of a windmill until we discovered Old Smock Windmill- a rustic but stylish retreat in rural Kent. 

The windmill first came to our attention when it was featured on Channel 4's Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig. In the series, the presenter explores some of the most remote and beautiful get-away spots. In episode two Sandi explored the luxurious windmill alongside BAFTA-winning actor and writer Jessica Hynes.

This mysterious four-story windmill combines the sophistication of a stylish townhouse with the rustic charm and timeless allure of a country retreat. The interior is also filled with nostalgic home decor that highlights the quaint character of the property further, and we want to move in at the first available opportunity. 

Airbnb experiences, bedroom in charismatic windmill in Kent

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Unfortunately, living in Old Smock is not an option. However, it is still possible to spend the night (or multiple nights, even) in the windmill, as the property is currently listed on Airbnb, meaning staycations in the UK are about to get a whole lot more memorable.

The interior of the windmill is a floral-filled circular kingdom that pays homage to trendy cottagecore style, with elegant soft furnishings, and a welcome basket that includes freshly baked bread and eggs from the owner’s chicken, in case this wasn’t already the sweetest place on the planet.

Nestled among this wooden kingdom is one bedroom and one bathroom, complete with a free-standing bath. You will also find quaint reminders of its industrial past, with preserved wooden beams that span across each floor that expose the history of this former working mill. 

The mill is listed on Airbnb as a ‘romantic property' that is best suited to couples who are looking to escape to England’s south-east coast.

Airbnb experiences, kitchen and living area in windmill in Kent

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Further original features include its authentic exposed brick walls that surround the log-burning fire and a giant spur wheel and sack hoist, which set the property aside from any other accommodation on the market.  

Airbnb experiences, freestanding bath in windmill in Kent

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Old Smock’s individual charm continues upstairs to its oak balcony, which encircles the entire mill. Here you can stretch on the outdoor furniture and enjoy the view across the verdant kingdom of Benenden.  

Airbnb experiences, art in the corner of a in windmill in Kent

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You’ll also wake up just a short hop from High Weald, a certified Area of Natural Beauty, but we would completely understand if you’d rather dream the day away from this organic haven. 

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Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.