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Rideļi mill - just as 150 years ago
Native property, sheltered from destruction, has become a popular destination for both local tourists and aliens.
The Rideļi mill is located about 80 kilometres from Riga and 8 kilometres from Engure seashore. The place at the crossroads is so beneficial that it would be a shame not to stop there.
An impressive, antique building, former mill, which Count Landsdorf built in 1863, is already visible from a distance. At that time all the mill machines were powered by a water millwheel. In the mills there were wool comb, yarn spinning and grinding machines.
During the First World War, the mill was burnt down. After the land reform of the manors the grandfather of the current host Oskars Kambala bought from the state the mill walls and the lake. He invested huge amounts of work and money in the mill, but the Soviet era in Latvia did not spare anyone, also the renovated mill or its owner.
In the history of modern Latvia, one can say - Rideļi mill has experienced a resurrection. Not only has it been in technically operating since 1996, but it has also become a bright industrial heritage object of Latvia with welcoming open doors for tourists.
There is no grain milling going on though daily, because then it would not be able possible for tourists to visit the mill. However, the impressive building retains mill technology as it has been historically, and each machine has a comprehensive description in Latvian, English and Russian. Tourists can also take a guided tour through the mill. To make the idea of grain milling in the Rideļi mill more complete, you can watch video films: a longer one - with mill history and a shorter one - only about the mill work process.
Both the mill and Rideļi mill lake are located in the picturesque neighbourhood, which calls for a longer stay. The lake has been favoured not only by holidaymakers, who like to ride a boat through the narrow, clear waters, but also by fishermen.
Next to the lake there is a cafe on the other side of the road opposite the mill, which is well-known for its pancakes. When the mill still milled the grain, the pancakes were made from the flour obtained from them. Now flour produced elsewhere is used, but the skill of pancake baking has not diminished. Pancakes with berry jam from local gardens or forests taste delicious!