I am fond of mills, their creaking, and groaning, even when the sails are at rest a mill is never silent. This is a nice model of one. A fairly quick and easy build, filling a niche that has been sadly neglected.
Both the outside and inside of the mill have been detailed, the mill would look at home in any place from the Netherlands to Rottingdean. The mill workings have been simplified, as they would pretty much have to be for tabletop use, leaving enough room inside for figures to be moved around. For my own use I intend to leave the stones out of three of the mills, and have them working pumps along a canal. My one request would b to have some alternate machinery, as it is designed the mill is a flour mill. (I wonder if my players will remember that flour mills, under certain circumstances, can go off like a stick of dynamite....)
I fully intend to scavenge parts from this building to use with other models, a very nice set. This model gives me hope of someday seeing a water driven mill.
The cottage is, well, it's a cottage. It could belong to the mill keeper, or to a farmer. Unlike the mill there is nothing really outstanding about it. Nothing wrong with it either, but the main focus of this set is most decidedly the mill. Given that the pictures shown of this set also focus on the mill, a doubt anybody would disagree. I think that the set is worth the price for the mill alone, so I can call the cottage a free bonus.
The Auld Grump