In the undulating landscape of fields between Horebeke and Mater, the Tissenhove Mill is visible from afar. At the top of the 105 metre high plateau, take a moment to admire the beautiful panorama. The proud wind fighter is one of Flanders’ oldest windmills. Part of the wooden structure is still well intact and dates from the early 13th century. Since 1956, the three-storey mill has been a protected heritage site. From wheat grain to flour, it seems pure nostalgia. Yet this historical eye-catcher is indeed up to the job. Unique in the region! The volunteers of the non-profit organization Oost-Vlaamse Molens keep the tradition alive. With a bit of luck, you can see them at work. A visit to the mill is possible at regular intervals. The dates can be found on the city of Oudenaarde’s website. The miller is also happy to make himself available for groups. This unique showpiece is owned by the city of Oudenaarde.
You have to admit that such a fascinating spot in green surroundings stimulates you to discover even more patrimony. In the region around Oudenaarde, there are a total of 6 mills. The Beke Mill in Mullem has to make do without sails. The typical white hull is part of a restored farm.
Tip: Plot a route along the 4 water mills: the Zwadderkot Mill in Mater, the Oyssche Mill in Welden, the Nonnen Mill in Leupegem and the Neder Mill in Pladutse (Melden).
This surely is a fun way to explore the characteristic surrounding countryside! Or why not turn it into a culinary trip. Where linseed and rapeseed were ground into oil in the Zwadderkot Mill for centuries, now you can indulge in fine dining under the authentic trusses.