Watermolen Bels
Water mill Bels

Water mill Bels - Mander

N 52.445971 / E 6.842681

This water mill was built in 1725 as a paper mill. But making paper yielded less and less, so the owner Meyer had a second mill built. Chicory was roasted here, a substitute for coffee for people who could not afford real coffee. In 1860 the son of the owner converted the mill into a corn mill.

In 1916 Jannes Bels bought both mills. The paper mill (the one on the right) was also converted to a corn mill. The upper wheel was replaced by a turbine. The mill still owes its name to the Bels family.

In 1957, the Overijssels Landscape Foundation bought the mills, farms and surrounding land and the buildings were thoroughly restored. A tearoom was established in the main building, which has now developed into a full restaurant. The outbuilding is used as an exhibition space about mills in Overijssel.

Watermolen Bels

Water mill Bels
Bergweg 9
7663 TB Mander

Contact details
T: 0541-680 213
E: info@watermolenbels.nl

Opening hours
Monday Open 24 hours
Tuesday Open 24 hours
Wednesday Open 24 hours
Thursday Open 24 hours
Friday Open 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours

Every third Sunday of the month, a grinding demonstration is held in the mill.

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