The Kuhmühle (cow mill), also known as the Klostermühle (monastery mill) or the Grenzmühle (border mill) can look back on a rich history. More than 750 years back, the Kuhbach, the local stream at Kuhmühlen, was equipped with a 2.5-ha mill pond in order to drive a water mill.
The location was an excellent choice for a mill, since there is a natural step in the terrain that makes it possible to use an overshot water wheel. Overshot water wheels are mill constructions with bucket or tub-type wheels that are hit by the water from above. This type of wheel was known to be efficient at the time, but the north of Germany rarely offered the conditions required to use them, since the terrain is usually flat.
In 1456, the water mill was renewed by the wealthy “Schulte von der Lühe”. The influential family later also had an elegant water castle with a large garden built at the mill pond.
In the mid 1800s, the water castle was torn down and some decades later, Baron Alexander von Schulte had to sell the entire property due to his extravagant lifestyle. The Klosterkammer Hannover (an institution led by the church) bought the estate at an unbelievably low price and rented the mill and the building as well as a guesthouse next to the mill to the miller’s family Behrens.
They went from a wheel to a turbine-driven system, which provided electricity both for the mill as well as the village of Kuhmühlen for a long time.
In the early 1950ies the Behrens family added a fine-grinding mill, but the milling business was discontinued altogether in the late 1960ies.
After the architect Gerhard Klindworth bought Kuhühlen, he managed to connect the original personality of the old building with smart modern elements after refurbishing it in 1986. This is why you can find an architect’s office in the former mill building as well as a guesthouse, the hotel and our excellent gourmet restaurant.