Former mill restoration in the media….

February 2021

One of our recent projects was featured in Listed Heritage magazine, a specialist publication for the restoration and conservation of listed buildings

The article in Listed Heritage covered the restoration of a Grade II listed former mill house in Oxfordshire and the challenges that WG Carter, as the main contractor, and the client’s architects faced as we carefully restored of the fabric of this ancient building. 

Surrounded by a belt of trees, the mill house has the remnants of the old millrace running through the garden, with large formal lawns leading to views over open countryside behind.  The building itself has many layers of history woven into its fabric, and the owners were keen to restore the property in a way that the ‘story’ of the building could be remembered and seen, whilst also bringing it confidently into a new chapter for contemporary family living. 

The success of the project was the balance of old and new. Several of the original elements of the structure were incorporated to create stunning new features. We uncovered the former millrace, which we opened up for wine storage and the exposed ceiling joints were preserved and stained to highlight the grain. 

The addition of a contemporary extension makes the most of the property’s setting and views. With large glazed windows, an oak frame and woodburner, this provides a large family kitchen, diner and snug in contrast to the older more formal original rooms. 

The finished result is a spacious family home that sits in harmony within its setting and celebrates the survival of a mill house that has witnessed much over the years. It is a property that demonstrates to Listed Heritage readers the possibilities of modern living in a listed, rural property.

Architect: Holland Green

Read more about the project