You're beautiful, but we had to sell you

A Norfolk landmark and family home of singer-songwriter James Blunt has been sold.Cley Mill, images of which adorn paintings, greeting cards and tea towels, has become an icon of the coast and was put on the market in May for £1.5m.

A Norfolk landmark and family home of singer-songwriter James Blunt has been sold.

Cley Mill, images of which adorn paintings, greeting cards and tea towels, has become an icon of the coast and was put on the market in May for £1.5m.

Little is known about the new owners except that they come from outside the county and that they plan to carry on running the hotel.

The mill features in many guide books and, with 400 guests a month and a loyal clientele, is a thriving business. It is believed the new owners already work in the hospitality industry.

The previous owners, John and Val Woodhouse - who described the decision to sell the mill as extremely difficult but necessary for family reasons - have already moved out. And a "babysitter" is ensuring the day-to-day running of the business while the new owner occasionally visits.

Cley Mill was last on the market in 1921, when it was bought by Sara Maria Wilson and converted into a holiday home, at which time most of the working parts were removed and the cap and sails fixed.

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In 1934, the mill passed to her grandson, Hubert Blount. During the war years it was used by his aunt, a nun called Sister Rachel, who with Sister Catherine is said to have become legendary in the area.

In 1979, the mill passed to Charles and James Blount, parents of James Blunt, who dropped the "o" in his name for stage purposes. Then in 1983 it was renovated and converted into its present form.

Last year, the mill transferred to Mr Woodhouse and his wife Val.

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