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8 bedroom detached house for sale

Low Road, Wortham, Diss, Norfolk, IP22

Sold STC £1,950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 4 reception rooms
  • 8 bedrooms
  • Adjoining wing/cottage
  • Range of outhouses
  • Parkland

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A beautiful Grade II* manor house in an idyllic parkland setting


The small scattered village of Wortham is situated in an area of unspoilt countryside about 3 miles to the west of Diss which offers Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School and wide range of local amenities including Diss golf course and Royal Worlington at Newmarket. There are also good syndicated shoots in the vicinity and racing at Newmarket. Diss also has an excellent train service to London Liverpool Street with journey times from 86 minutes. Norwich, the cathedral city and regional centre of East Anglia, is approximately 25 miles to the north. It boasts excellent schools in both the state and private sectors as well as cultural and leisure activities to suit most tastes and a thriving business community. It has also been listed as one of the top ten places to shop in the UK with four national department stores, two shopping malls and a hive of independent shops in the historic bustling lanes. Norwich International Airport is just to the north of the city with flights to Europe and easy intercontinental connections via Schiphol Amsterdam.

In North Norfolk there are a variety of schools with Greshams Public School in Holt and Beeston Hall Preparatory School situated nearby at West Runton. Ipswich is 25 miles to the south and Cambridge is 50 miles. The Suffolk Heritage Coast at Southwold is 30 miles.


Wortham Manor is a particularly attractive Grade II* listed country house, of Elizabethan origins, altered in the 17th century and with a handsome sash windowed Queen Anne south front. There were later alterations and additions in the 18th century including the canted bays. The result is a warm and gentle facade facing south over delightful gardens to its own well timbered parkland beyond.

Wortham Manor was known as Wortham Hall up to 1820 and since 1480 was the seat of the Betts family.

The house is situated in an unspoilt pocket of countryside approached by lanes in a small valley which forms the source of the River Waveney. There are delightful formal gardens and grounds leading to views of the park beyond and with views over the lane to the north over meadow and grazing land.

All the principal rooms face south and are well proportioned retaining much period detail. The house was acquired by the current owners in 2000 and was the subject of a faithful and careful programme of restoration and refurbishment using traditional materials such as lime mortars, etc wherever possible. Much work was undertaken at the time including rewiring, overhaul of the roof and replacement of parts where necessary, the installation of a custom built hand painted kitchen, new bathrooms, new stone flagged flooring in the hall and extensive redecoration internally and externally.

The house is approached from the east via a sweeping gravelled drive lined by fine mature trees including plane and lime and finishing in a large gravelled parking and turning area which lies to the front and south of the house. There is a further gravelled parking area to the east.

The gardens and grounds are an outstanding feature of Wortham Manor and are arranged as follows; the house overlooks a large expanse of formal lawned garden to the south which is divided from the surrounding parkland over which it overlooks by post and rail fencing. To the east there is a further area of formal lawned garden with clipped box and yew, a parterre with well stocked mixed shrub and herbaceous beds and there are some magnificent mature trees including lime, beech and oak. To the east of the house a south facing wall is trained with climbing shrubs and roses. A paved terrace adjoins the house to the southwest with fine views over the extensive lawned gardens to the park beyond. There is a restored Victorian glasshouse.

Situated to the west of the house there is a further entrance off the lane leading to a gravelled courtyard and parking area which is bounded to the west by the barn (please refer to the floorplans). A wrought iron gate to the south of the barn leads into the walled garden; this is largely laid to lawn with a series of beds for growing vegetables and espaliered fruit trees along the south facing wall.

The park which lies to the south of the house is well timbered and contains some fine magnificent mature trees, in particular oak and lime. Some replanting has been carried out in recent years. To the southeast of the house adjoining the park there is a hard tennis court (this has not been used in recent years and may need some resurfacing). To the north of the tennis court there is an area of mature woodland containing some magnificent mature trees and an avenue of lime leading back to the main entrance drive. The land in all extends to 20 acres (est).

Mains electricity, private deep bore water supply, drainage to septic tank, oil fired central heating and four oven Aga.

Local Authority
Mid-Suffolk District Council: Band H.

Fixtures & Fittings
All fixtures and fittings including fitted carpets and curtains are specifically excluded from the sale, but may be available in addition, subject to separate negotiation.

Strictly by appointment with Savills. If there is any point which is of particular importance to you, we invite you to discuss this with us, especially before you travel to view the property.

Important Notice
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2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and Savills have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.

Square Footage: 7,943 sq ft
Acreage: 19.99 Acres


Leave Norwich on the A140 Ipswich Road and at Diss turn right onto the A1066 signposted towards Thetford. Passing Diss continue towards Roydon and turn left after passing the church and The White Hart public house signposted 'Wortham 3 miles and Freezen Hill ½ mile'. Follow this lane for about ½ mile and turn right at the T-junction towards Redgrave and Hinderclay. Follow this small lane and the drive to Wortham Manor will be found on the left hand side after ½ mile. The postcode for the property is IP22 1SH.

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26 July 2016

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