A Couple Restores a Seemingly Hopeless Mill in France

A Couple Restores a Seemingly Hopeless Mill in France

By Miyoko Ohtake / Photos by Sarah Blee
In 1981, Londoners Anthony and Gillian Blee purchased the ultimate fixer-upper. The property in southwestern France was idyllic, but its old mill, built in 1822, and three flanking outbuildings had fallen into terrible disrepair.

"It was a complete ruin and completely uninhabitable," says Greg Blee, one of Anthony and Gillian's five children and a founding partner at Blee Halligan Architects.

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