Standing by the coast road (A149) within the parish of Burnham Overy Staithe, between Brancaster and Wells-next-the-Sea. Built by John Savory in 1816, it was last used as a corn mill in 1914 before it was ‘tailwinded’ in a storm. Mr H C Hughes rescued the derelict building in 1926 and finally presented it to the National Trust in 1958. Pevsner describes this mill as ‘a fine piece’, but no milling equipment remains.
The buildings stand alone and overlook the spectacular north-Norfolk saltmarsh coast. Brancaster Manor and Scolt Head Island National Nature Reserve to the west are owned by the National Trust. With care, the various beaches and marshes can be explored, or accessed by boat at high tide from Brancaster Staithe or Burnham Overy.
The self-catering accomodation sleeps 19 and has six storeys, four of which are in use, and there is an attached cottage and outhouse.
• Ground floor : living / dining area, kitchen,
parlour, two shower and lavatory suites with
washbasins. Single bed available for use in the living area.
• First and second floor (mill): dormitories, each with four double-deck bunks, thus sleeping
• First floor (attached cottage): twin-bedded room with travel cot, and a single size bedroom.
• Third floor : sitting room / library.
The old garage houses two larder/storage cupboards and a laundry/utility room with sink.
If you would like further information please phone our office on 01263 740241
Comments from people who stayed in the windmill:
Aug 12 We have had another wonderful week at the Tower Windmill. we first came in 1984, and have always enjoyed our holidays in this great building. I hope that the National Trust will continue to keep it as the ideal venue for larger parties of friends. We bring a group of musicians who need the space given by the ground floor room and the third floor library to play together. the accomodation in the dormitories and the cottage suit us very well, and the facilities in the kitchen and for washing are very good - Bass family (5-81 yrs)
Aug 12 We had a really fabulous time at the windmill and I wanted to thank all of you at the Norfolk Coast NT for making it such a perfect place for a family holiday. We all enjoyed ourselves so much that i'd like to request to book the windmill at the same time next year. Many thanks for an unforgettable holiday - Bethell family
7/5/12 What an amazing opportunity to come to an amazing windmill with lots of history….I prefer it to going abroad – Mrs. Fordham
18/5/12 Thanks again NT another great week – Cottam,Ordish and Blackmore families
5/5/12 Always fun at Windy Miller. How could anyone not love this place!! Can’t wait till year –Fordham family
13/4/12 We had a great time here at the Windmill. We also went raft building and on a muddy walk which was loads of fun. (activities at BMAC!! [the National Trust's Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre]) – Mrs. Holt
It was awesome. I loved it. – E. Foster (age 14)
6/4/12 Best place to wake up on my 14th. Thanks for a great time – Mrs. Dalgleish
It gets better every year
7/2/12 It was the best family holiday I’ve ever had plus lots of great places to walk – Walker family
3/2/12 Thank you for the magic – Mrs. Rooney and friends