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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Thornage Water Mill, Thornage, Holt, Norfolk

Guide Price £995,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Barn with studio & cart lodge
  • Extensive river frontage
  • Meadowland, mature gardens
  • In all 7.5 acres (est).

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Thornage Water Mill is situated in the Glaven Valley, one of the prettiest, unspoilt and most sought after areas of North Norfolk. The picturesque village of Thornage is a short drive to the west, and the nearby village of Hunworth is to the south, with a village green and renowned public house, The Hunny Bell. The house is conveniently located for the famous North Norfolk Coast at Blakeney (approximately 5 miles) and the popular Georgian town of Holt (1.5 miles). The later is famous for its award winning restaurants, boutique shopping, Byfords delicatessen and Gresham's public school. Alongside these are the everyday facilities including bakery, green grocers, banking facilities and medical centre. Further private education is available at Beeston Hall, near Sheringham.

The North Norfolk Coast, much of which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is deservedly popular with sailing enthusiasts and ornithologists. There are regular seal trips from both Morston and Blakeney, and a plethora of renowned restaurants and pubs along the coastline. There are golf courses at Fakenham, Cromer and Brancaster, a racecourse at Fakenham and many other leisure pursuits in the area.

The surrounding countryside to the property has a network of foot paths and bridleways (none affecting Thornage Water Mill) to enjoy.


The Property
Thornage Water Mill is a wonderfully situated former water mill, listed Grade II*, enjoying a fabulous position overlooking the Glaven Valley.

Last used as a water mill in 1915, the mill was converted to a high standard in the late 1980's, and has since been sympathetically altered and improved. Throughout the changes some of the mill gear has remained, including 3 millstones on the first floor, with recent repairs carried out by a professional millwright, including the repair and reconstruction of the waterwheel.

The property was converted to take full advantage of its outstanding position, with fine southerly views over its own land and the River Glaven that meanders through it. The accommodation is very well presented, with spacious rooms on all floors and each room enjoying the lovely views. There is a large kitchen/breakfast room, with Belfast sink and electric 2 oven Aga, a drawing room with open fire place, and the particularly spacious family room complete with original mill gear. There are five well-proportioned bedrooms including a master bedroom with adjoining dressing room and bathroom, and a further bathroom and shower room.

The property is well presented throughout and has been well maintained.

The property is approached from the north through a five-bar wooden gate to a large gravelled parking and turning area to the north of house, adjoining both the house and the barn. The barn is traditionally constructed of brick and flint, with some fine brick work, and a pantile roof. This includes three open fronted cart bays, the main body of the barn separated into two storage areas each with separate access, and former tack room converted to a studio with its own shower and kitchenette. The building would be suitable for a variety of uses subject to gaining the necessary planning consent.

The gardens and grounds are a particularly attractive feature of the property and are arranged as follows. To the west of the house is a further gravelled area, with access from the kitchen, with Yew hedging, and with mixed shrubberies acting as the boundary to the west. Also to the south is an attractive gravelled terrace and seating area overlooking the main lawn, which sweeps away from the house to the south and down to the banks of the River Glaven, which flows through the grounds. A mown grass walk continues to the south, along the banks of the river which has wild brown trout and water voles. A leet flows off the river and follows the line of the meadow to the east. At the southern most point of the land is a large pond, which is a haven for wildlife. Kingfishers are regularly seen along the river and there are barn owls seen hunting in the meadows. Otters have also been sighted, as well as Roe and Red deer in the meadows. There is a large meadow to the west of the river, sweeping away to the southern boundary.

Mains electricity, private water supply (shared with Mill Farmhouse), private drainage. Oil fired central heating, electric Aga.

Agent's Note
1. The property enjoys a right of access over the drive, which is owned by Mill Famhouse.
2. Attached to the barn to the north are further outbuildings in the ownership of Mill Farmhouse. Part of these barns may be available subject to separate negotiation.

Local Authority
North Norfolk District Council.

Fixtures and 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. The repaired and reconstructed waterwheel is included in the sale of the property.

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.

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Important Notice
Savills, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:

1.They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either here or elsewhere, either on their own behalf or on behalf of their client or otherwise. They assume no responsibility for any statement that may be made in these particulars. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.

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.


- Entrance hall
- kitchen/breakfast room
- drawing room
- family/dining room
- master bedroom with adjoining dressing room and bathroom
- four bedrooms
- bathroom
- shower room
- study

- Substantial traditional barn including a studio with shower room and kitchenette
- Mill pool, extensive river frontage to the River Glaven, further pond
- Mature gardens and grounds including meadowland
- In all 7.5 acres (est).


Leave Norwich on the A140 Cromer Road. Follow this road to Holt and at the first roundabout take the first exit signed to Dereham and Guist (B1110). Follow this road and after descending a long hill and passing over a bridge at the bottom, the drive to Thornage Water Mill is on the left after a short distance. Proceed up the drive and fork left and through a five-bar gate onto the large gravelled drive and parking area. The postcode for the property is NR25 7QN.

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19 June 2012


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