8 bedroom detached house for saleRedgrave Road, South Lopham, Diss, Norfolk, IP22
Guide Price £1,550,000
- 4 reception rooms
- 8 bedrooms
- Wine cellar
- Hard tennis court
- Pond and lake
- EPC Rating = E
The village of South Lopham, as well as being renowned for its fine Norman church, still retains a public house and there is a village school nearby in North Lopham. The south Norfolk town of Diss (5 miles) has excellent shopping, banking and transport facilities as well as a mainline station with regular trains to London Liverpool Street with a journey time of approximately 90 minutes. This part of Norfolk is accessible to the rest of the county and the A11 at Thetford is 10 miles and provides easy access to London, Cambridge and the Midlands. To the north, Norwich, the Cathedral city and regional centre of East Anglia, is about 23 miles and the abbey town of Wymondham is about 17 miles.
The Old Rectory is a most attractive and beautifully restored period country house, largely late 18th century although with earlier origins and extensively altered in the 1860s. The house is traditionally constructed, rendered with a hipped slate roof and has elegant and well proportioned rooms lit by large sash windows, so typical of the period. The Old Rectory is set in extensive professionally landscaped gardens and grounds with far reaching views over the surrounding countryside.
The house was acquired by the current owners in 2007 and since then a major programme of restoration and refurbishment has been carried out including completely re-roofing and the house was sympathetically extended to create a new reception area with a magnificent orangery reception room and office/study as well as the construction of a new garage block. The wiring, plumbing and heating installations have all been upgraded, a new custom-built kitchen installed and new bathrooms throughout. A new drive has also been created with electrically operated entrance gates mounted onto brick piers with flanking retaining walls. There has been extensive landscaping around the house as well as dredging and extending an existing pond to create the lake which is stocked with fish. Landscaping has also been created around a further pond by The Swimming Pond Company. A newly created kitchen garden offers a glasshouse and the drainage system has been updated with a new septic tank.
The house is approached from the northeast entered through electrically operated wrought iron gates mounted on brick piers and this leads to a sweeping gravelled drive which finishes to the front and east of the house where there is an ample gravelled parking area. The drive continues around to the north of the house and to the west there is a new garage block with a slate roof built to match the house with a covered log store adjoining (please refer to the floorplans).
The gardens and grounds have been extensively landscaped and are an exceptional feature of the property. Situated to the south of the house, approached by French windows from the house and the orangery, there is a stone paved terrace sheltered by pleached hornbeam hedging with well stocked shrub and herbaceous beds. There are exceptional and far reaching views to the east over the garden and surrounding countryside beyond. Steps lead down from the terrace to well stocked mixed herba ceous borders and beyond there are extensive lawns sloping down to the lake. To the south of the house there is a large pond which has been extensively and skilfully planted around the periphery and with oak decking on one side providing a delightful seating area and vantage point overlooking the gardens. Continuing to the south, there is a gravelled walk bordered by well stocked mixed herbaceous borders protected by hornbeam hedging on either side. This leads to the productive kitchen garden which has a rebuilt glasshouse, soft fruit cages and an apple walk, espaliered onto an arched iron frame. To the east of this, there is a hard tennis court surrounded by yew and hornbeam hedging. The tennis court has recently been cleaned, repainted and relined.
The lawns extend from the house sloping down to the lake which has been created by the current owners by considerably enlarging and dredging an original pond. The lake is well stocked with a great variety of fish and has an oak landing stage at both ends. On raised ground overlooking the lake there is a summer house/garden room with its own terrace.
The gardens and grounds in general contain some magnificent mature trees including oak, beech, lime and horse chestnut. The gardens and grounds in all extend to 3.45 acres (est).
Mains water and electricity, drainage to septic tank, oil fired central heating, propane gas to kitchen and burglar alarm system.
Breckland District Council: Band G.
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.
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Acreage: 3.44 Acres
From Norwich take the B1113 Mulbarton and Bracon Ash Road and at New Buckenham, continue towards Kenninghall. After driving through Kenninghall, turn left singposted to The Lophams. Drive through the village of North Lopham and continue to South Lopham passing the church on the right hand side. At the T-junction, turn left passing The White Horse public house on the left and turn immediately right signposted 'Botesdale 4, Redgrave 2½' (Redgrave Road). After about 0.2 of a mile, the drive to The Old Rectory will be found on the left hand side entered through electrically operated gates mounted on brick piers. The postcode for the property is IP22 2HL.
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