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Ijsvogel Watermolen & Distillery 2

The mill is known to have existed since 1677, when it was used to grind corn. It was expanded in 1750, however by 1928, the mill was losing ground to competition. It also did not help that during WWII, it suffered extensive damage. Soon it was a ruin and only used by local children as a playground. In 1984 it was decided to tear it down, however nearby residents who disagreed, set up a foundation to save the mill. From 1990 to 1993, the mill was renovated. Around the same time, a distillery was looking for a place and they moved in, naming it the Ijsvogel for three kingfishers observed building their nests in the vicinity. 

Ijsvogel Watermolen & Distillery 2

The mill is known to have existed since 1677, when it was used to grind corn. It was expanded in 1750, however by 1928, the mill was losing ground to competition. It also did not help that during WWII, it suffered extensive damage. Soon it was a ruin and only used by local children as a playground. In 1984 it was decided to tear it down, however nearby residents who disagreed, set up a foundation to save the mill. From 1990 to 1993, the mill was renovated. Around the same time, a distillery was looking for a place and they moved in, naming it the Ijsvogel for three kingfishers observed building their nests in the vicinity. 

comments (17)

That's just lovely, Ayush!!
Ayush Basu: I think you may also like the upcoming posts then, Elizabeth.
A nice old building, a nice story too, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: It was well populated on the day of my visit, Frank.
Joli moulin. Ce doit être agréable de s'assoir à  la terrasse.
Ayush Basu: This spot in general is worth a visit and also the nearby village, Martine.
What a beautiful story of preserving history, Ayush. I have grown to love the watermills anywhere I can find them!
Ayush Basu: I see them less compared to the windmills but I find them equally charming, Ginnie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Feb 2019, 06:43
Thank heaven the mill was saved Ayush, it's charming!
Ayush Basu: Then I think you may like the upcoming posts, Chris.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Feb 2019, 07:16
A happy survival, Ayush. It would have been a crime to pull it down, and it looks well, renovated
Ayush Basu: It was well populated on the day of my visit, Lisl.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 4 Feb 2019, 08:00
What a happy story Ayush, good to know that the mill is now put to a noble purpose.
Ayush Basu: It was well populated on the day of my visit, Chad. And I helped myself to a drink as well.
A great result for their efforts Ayush
Ayush Basu: It was well populated on the day of my visit, Bill.
Il est magnifique et admirablement conserve.
Très bel endroit pour faire une petite pause.
Bonne journée Ayush
Ayush Basu: This spot in general is worth a visit and also the nearby village, Pascale.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Feb 2019, 10:29
That ice bird can carry ice blocks to the people having distilled product there on the terrace. It looks to be a lovely place - good that the citizens stopped its destruction.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Feb 2019, 10:29
That ice bird can carry ice blocks to the people having distilled product there on the terrace. It looks to be a lovely place - good that the citizens stopped its destruction.
Ayush Basu: For the time being, its survival is assured, Louis.
what a lovely little scene... the dappled sunlight is charming!
Ayush Basu: Thank you for your enthusiastic remark, Elaine.
Kingfishers are certainly loyal to their place so it is a good omen, I think.
Ayush Basu: Oh I did not know that, Mary. Thank you for that input.
It has quite a history, how fortunate it is still there after all those years.
Ayush Basu: I was pleased to find this place that has a story behind its distilling, Brian. There are more posts to follow on this.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Feb 2019, 18:03
Ayush, we were in Arcen and in the gardens but we never saw this watermolen. What a beauty this is.
Ayush Basu: It is not too far away from the castle, Astrid, but I too missed it on my first couple of visits - it is quietly tucked away.
A mill well worth saving, Ayush, and worth photographing as well.
Ayush Basu: I agree with you, Beverly. I would recommend a visit here.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Feb 2019, 01:24
I love the dappling sunlight across the building.

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