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4 bedroom cottage for sale

Thorpe Market

Sold STC £250,000

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Situated within North Norfolk, this outstanding thatched Grade II Listed cottage offers four bedrooms, a spectacular drawing room and a wonderful dining room. The home has been lovingly renovated yet still retains many striking features, including feature fireplaces and exposed beams.

The Story
Interior designer Samantha Mayes and her husband Karl have taken their Norfolk brick and flint cottage and transformed it into a welcoming and cosy country retreat.
The charming thatched home was renovated by the couple, who also added a large pond and summerhouse to the pretty grounds.
Inside, they chose to highlight its special features and to use light tones and natural wood to create a warm yet stylish interior.
We have opened up the fireplace in the drawing room and exposed original beams, she explained. I have kept the décor quite neutral, using shades such as cappuccino, and bringing colour in through accessories.


The pretty property, which maintains its very traditional appearance, was once a farm worker's cottage.
I just loved the thatched roof the first time I saw it, said Samantha. As an interior designer I could also see the great potential the house had inside.
With features such as original beaming and exposed brickwork, the couple were able to envisage the creation of a home that brought modern style together with character and warmth. They worked their way through it, highlighting features and enhancing its welcoming ambiance.
We opened it right up and gave it a cosy feel, she explained. There are now two wood-burners, both of which work.
The house is so warm that they are not really needed for heat - but they do look wonderful at Christmas.


The decoration, refittings and furnishings have all been carried out in sympathy to the old cottage.
In the bathroom, I brought in a piece of wooden furniture and then had a basin set into it. It looks lovely with the free-standing bath with its central taps, she said.
The kitchen has wooden cabinets and work surfaces, as well as a range-style cooker.
Today, the kitchen has a farmhouse feel and is a very social space. It is very much the hub of the home, said Samantha.
The room I will miss most when we leave is the dining area off the kitchen, she admitted.
The kitchen is open so this is where people tend to congregate throughout the day and chat to each other.
She added: We often eat in the kitchen, at the breakfast bar, if it is just the two of us. If we have family over, however, we gather in the dining room.


Evenings are spent in the drawing room or in the summer room, a bright space that overlooks the garden.
Upstairs, bedrooms have a true cottage appeal, that those who stay in them find restful.
The master bedroom has a space where there would have originally been a window, she said. I have put a mirror in here to make a feature of it.
Some of the bedrooms look out over the garden and countryside beyond. To the side of the house is an extra piece of land where the couple have created a pond area and added a summerhouse.
I love looking out from the house, over the garden, and countryside beyond, and seeing the large pond, said Samantha. This attracts all sorts of birds, and even deer.


Cromer is a popular seaside town, not least for its old-fashioned charm.
Known today for its famous dish Cromer Crab, it became a resort in the early 19th century, with some of the rich Norwich banking families making it their summer home.
Visitors included the future King Edward VII, who played golf here.
The resort's facilities included the late-Victorian Cromer Pier, which is still home to the Pavilion Theatre.
In 1883, the London journalist Clement Scott went to Cromer and began to write about the area.
He named the stretch of coastline Poppyland, which referred to the numerous poppies that grew - and still grow - at the roadside and in meadows.


So many of Norfolk's beautiful and diverse beaches are within easy reach of Pitt Cottage.
Wells-next-the Sea has a sandy beach with a row of colourful beach huts.
Wells itself contains many narrow lanes nicely sheltered from the offshore winds and makes a very good base for exploring the surrounding coastline.
At Holkham, where scenes from film Shakespeare in Love were famously filmed, great expanses of golden sand stretch out towards the water.
Weybourne is a pebbled beach, deeply shelved, which marks the start of the cliff section of the Norfolk coast.
This area extends east to Happisburgh and was once popular with smugglers.


Enjoying a privileged setting within the village of Thorpe Market, the pretty exterior of this charming thatched cottage instantly raises expectations as to what lies within. Stepping inside you will find yourself standing in the light and airy kitchen/breakfast room which is well appointed and offers plenty of space for informal meals and family gatherings. A plethora of attractive cabinets and a pantry provide lots of storage, while an abundance of work surface space is great as an area to prepare meals. From the kitchen you can access all the ground floor accommodation. The bright and elegant drawing room enjoys many striking features including a beautiful fireplace, generating a warm and cosy ambience perfect for relaxing with family and friends. Exposed beams create a wealth of charm and character.

From the drawing room you move through to the lovely dining room, where you will find a sweeping staircase guiding up to the galleried landing. The room is light and spacious with French doors opening out to the front garden, developing an excellent social flow ideal for entertaining. Additionally there is a feature fireplace with a wood burning stove and exposed beams. Returning to the kitchen you will note the cloakroom before moving through to the fourth bedroom, a further airy expanse which boasts a shower room that the owners currently use as a utility room.


Ascending the stairs from the dining room to the galleried landing there is access to three delightful bedrooms, all equally welcoming, presented to a high standard and offering wonderful elevated views of the gardens. The luxurious family bathroom is also located on this floor.

The formal gardens are located to the rear of the cottage leading from the kitchen and out onto the terrace making it an ideal place to enjoy long summer lunches. A further much larger, area of land to the side of the house has been given a more natural landscape. There is also a sweeping drive with plenty of parking and garaging.
There is a summerhouse here and a well. We have created a seating area where we can sit out during the day time or in the evening and enjoy the view, said Samantha.
It is so beautiful out here, and so quiet. And there are always lots of birds to watch.

For those who love the beauty of the North Norfolk countryside and the stunning coast the area has to offer, Pitt Cottage is in a perfect location.
From here, it is just three miles to the traditional seaside town of Cromer, with its pier, seafront, beach, shops and cafes. Either side of this are numerous quieter beaches for those who prefer seclusion. Just two miles away there is an excellent farm shop, which sells home-grown vegetables and fruit. There is also a delicatessen, butchers and restaurant. A traditional country pub serving food can be found at Gunton Station, approximately one mile away. At Roughton village there is a general store, post office and petrol station, a pub serving food and an excellent fish and chip shop.
The closest railway station to the house is at Gunton for the Bittern Line, which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International. The city of Norwich is about 30 minutes by car from the house. Here there is a station where mainline trains run to London regularly, as well as a bus station, international airport and major road links.
Norwich has an array of impressive shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.


From Norwich proceed on the B1150 North Walsham Road and continue for several miles. Upon reaching the traffic lights at North Walsham turn left towards Cromer. At the next set of lights take the left hand turn onto the A149 towards Thorpe Market and Cromer. Once in the village the property will be found on your left hand side. Turn right opposite the cottage where you will find the driveway and parking.

For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is NR11 8TU.

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