Take a tour of restored mill – now a charming country home in Norfolk

This impressive project proves that any property has the potential to call home

Be inspired by this restoration project with a difference. Thanks to being lovingly restored this mill house renovation has created a stunning country dwelling.

Used to to pump water from the marsh into the river this statuesque tower was once a working mill, not a place you'd naturally envision calling home. Interior designer Adam Williams has thoughtfully transformed the mill to create a captivating country home.

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Step inside to see how the mill house after its been given a new lease of life...

Mill house renovation

mill house renovation in tower shape with red brick

(Image credit: Adam Williams Design)

The mill was built in the mid 1800’s. The tower used to have sales attached, which were removed due to disrepair in the 1940’s – being replaced by an electric pump.

A beauty to behold from the exterior, just wait until you see what Adam has done to the interior.

hallway with staircase wooden table and door

(Image credit: Adam Williams Design)

The curved walls add interest to the house throughout. The hallway features a number of striking design details, from the rope trim around the circumference of the space. As well as the interesting stairway, with it's unusual cut-out steps.

The window invites plenty of light to flood the room, providing the ideal spot under the stairs for a desk.

old cloths hanging on brisk wall

(Image credit: Adam Williams Design)

We can see how the original brick creates interest for the hallway walls. The cream wall cladding adds the perfect country accent to enhance the rustic finish.

Living room

living area with wood panel and wood burner

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The main living area oozes effortless country charm. From the traditional wood burner to the wood panelling and farm-house style doors.

This space is housed in the extension at the back of the house. Sitting adjacent to the tower, it doesn't have the problem of circular walls. Making furniture choices easier no doubt.

Adam took over the property back in 1999, from a boat builder who lived in a shed next to the mill. Adam then lived in the shed for 3 years until getting planning permission to build the cabin extension on stilts – that is now attached to the mill.


kitchen with glass bookcase and cabinet

(Image credit: Adam Williams Design)

The kitchen showcases Adam's 'Natural History Cabinet'. Perfectly at home on the beautifully wood enhanced walls.

dining area with dining table chairs and bookcase

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The rustic surroundings create an ideal place to break bread with guests. The compact space comfortably accommodates a sizeable dining table and chairs set.

Outside the mill

decking area with outdoor table and chairs

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A simple decking area provides the ideal spot to enjoy the surroundings. Double doors lead out from the living room, directly out onto the terrace.

This suntrap is the perfect space for a simple garden furniture set, to enjoy the summer months outdoors.

balcony area with watch surrounding waterways and rolling fields

(Image credit: Adam Williams Design)

A fuss-free balcony area surrounds the top of the tower. Occupying 360 degrees this design element provides the perfect watch tower for the surrounding waterways and rolling fields.

sun set view from the mill house

(Image credit: Adam Williams Design)

The mill looks all the more impressive illuminated by sunsets as a backdrop.

This impressive restored mill is owned and designed by interior designer Adam Williams. Used as his holiday home, it provided the perfect country escape.

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.