Mill House, Norfolk, UK
Set in a wonderfully secluded spot on the banks of the River Ant, this mill keeper’s cottage has been sensitively restored and extended to create an astonishing five-bedroom house.
The mill cottage sits right next to the windmill itself, an historic Grade II listed structure recently restored by one of the country’s last professional millwrights.
In order for the extension to retreat behind the listed setting of the mill, the new addition is conceived as a shadow of the existing house. The pitched roofs and dark timber boards provide a visual reference to the vernacular language of the Broads.
The extension is made entirely from solid laminated wood, left exposed internally and clad in charred cedar boards externally. It overcomes the requirements of appropriate planning restrictions by creating a very open ground floor layout with three double-height spaces that create an impression of spatial generosity and allow for the placement of large windows looking out towards the mill and over the marshes and fields.
The house is located in the heart of the Norfolk Broads National Park, Britain’s largest protected wetland. Its tranquil setting is complemented by easy access to nearby Stalham village, with a large supermarket and a full range of local shops including a butcher and several farm shops.
There is plenty to see just in and around the garden in the way of natural wildlife, and the protected marshland all around affords frequent sightings of bitterns, marsh harriers and kingfishers.
Despite the apparent isolation, there are many things to see, do and visit within a short drive. There are dozens of great walks, ranging from long, empty beaches to blowy clifftops, boardwalks through conserved reed lands and wetlands, as well as tracks along the Broads themselves. The picturesque towns of north Norfolk are less than an hour’s drive away, and the city of Norwich is half an hour away, with its shops, restaurants and theatres, as well as the famous cathedral. Activities such as boating, golf, steam railways and adventure playgrounds are all within easy reach.
The property is 30 minutes from Norwich by car, 2.5 hours from London, and 2 hours from Stansted. The nearest beach is a ten minute drive away.
5 Jan-14 Mar £1,600 per week (£900 for three nights)
Easter, May Bank Holidays, Half Terms £2,255 per week (£1,650 for five nights)
Summer Holidays £2,400 per week (£1,800 for five nights)
1 Nov-14 Dec £1,600 per week (£900 for three nights)
Christmas, New Year £2,700 per week (£2,300 for five nights)
All other times £1,950 per week (£1,100 for three nights)
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