Welcome to R.V. Miller Ltd.

Dorset thatching company R V Miller Ltd has been in business for over 40 years and is an expert specialist in thatching.

Based in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, R V Miller Ltd was established in 1966 by Rod Miller and is today run by Rod and his stepson, John Tozer, who joined the firm after completing his apprenticeship in 1994.

With a loyal workforce, R V Miller Ltd is one of the largest thatching firms in the UK.

Rod and John are both members of the National Society of Master Thatchers and the Dorset Master Thatchers Association.

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Ade in Britain

In July 2012 ITV’s “Ade in Britain” team filmed us thatching for a new series, which was subsequently broadcast that Autumn/Winter.

R V Miller Ltd early days
Our History

Dorset thatcher Rod Miller completed his thatching apprenticeship during the 1960s with a thatching contractor in Wiltshire.

John & Rod
Meet the Team

We have a large team of seven thatchers trained in-house capable of undertaking all types of thatching work




An important part of maintaining your thatch roof is to ensure the ridge is replaced approximately every ten years.


Small regular repairs and inspections should be carried out to keep your thatch roof well maintained which will ensure a longer life span.

Water repellent coating

Preserve your thatch roof for longer with our new thatch waterproofing spray.


We can offer advice on all aspects of thatching including thatch surveys, insurance reports, fireproofing and listed buildings.

Recent Projects

Here are some examples of our recent work


Rod and John are members of the National Society of Master Thatchers which is the largest representative of thatchers in the country.

The NSMT are the resource of first choice for members, their customers, conservation officers, the media and for all who care about thatch as part of our national heritage.