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5 bedroom detached house for sale

SOUTH NORFOLK WITH ACCESS TO THE A11

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Property Description

Key features

  • ATTRACTIVE FORMER RECTORY
  • UPDATED & UPGRADED
  • QUIET RURAL LOCATION
  • TWO HOLIDAY LETTING LODGES
  • MATURE GROUNDS OF 1.5 ACRES
  • INDOOR SWIMMING POOL
  • SUBSTANTIAL OUTBUILDINGS
  • NEWLY INSTALLED ELECTRIC AGA

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The Story

PERIOD FEATURES
The Old Rectory is a handsome building, with a fascinating history.
“It was built in the 1860s and was once a rectory. It belonged to the church until the 1950s or 60s and features in a book called Ghosts of East Anglia. The story goes that the rector here, Rev Cyril Mitford, hid some of the church artefacts away for safe keeping during the Great War but they were never found.”
The house still retains much of its historic grandeur, says William.
“It is a nice size - spacious but manageable. There are large windows and high ceilings, and there is attractive brickwork around the windows. The house flows very well and has some nice fireplaces.”

FLEXIBLE LIVING
After moving in, the Millars continued the process of upgrading The Old Rectory.
“My wife had an Aga installed and we replaced various windows,” he says. “It is a very comfortable home to live in. We love being in the dining room, which is a good size, and the drawing room when we have people staying. At other times we tend to relax in the study, which we use as a television room or snug, and eat in the kitchen, which is lovely and warm with the Aga.”
With so much reception space, the house offers great flexibility of use, he continues.
“I can imagine a family, for example, wishing to use the large room next to the kitchen as their dining or breakfast room.”

SUMMER DAYS
The Old Rectory has been a magnificent place to welcome family and friends. One bedroom has recently been decorated for the couple’s granddaughter, who enjoys coming to stay.
There is a Bang and Olufsen sound system installed in the house, which could be ideal for anyone seeking to entertain on a grand scale, and there have been many happy occasions beside the swimming pool.
“We have had a lovely summer with the pool and because it is covered we have not had to heat it,” says William. “We have really enjoyed being able to spend so much time in the water and out in the garden.”

HOLIDAY TIME
The layout of the gardens and holiday lodges make it easy to run a business, while also retaining the privacy of the main house. The timbered lodge is tucked away, and has a separate walkway through. The annexe is at the rear of the leisure area so can also be offered with use of the indoor pool, while also being screened by a high brick wall.
“There is also a modern shed on a block base, which is about 30ft by 15ft, and was used in the past by a business making windows. It has electricity, water and a new roof and could also be ideal for all sorts of uses,” William points out. “I also converted one of the two swimming pool changing rooms into a small home office for one person – again this adds to the versatility of The Old Rectory as a whole.”

FIELD VIEWS
The Millars are sad to be leaving Ickburgh, which is surrounded by beautiful countryside and forest. The Brecks has much to offer, with Thetford forest on the doorstep, which is well-known for mountain biking, family picnics and hosting famous bands, as well as the arboretum at Lynford. The village itself dates back to Saxon times, when there was an existing settlement with Paleolithic and Neolithic finds.
“This is a lovely place to live,” he says. “You are also close enough to Mundford to get to the shop or to a pub or restaurant yet you have field views to the front and sides, and there is a sense of solitude, which we love.

Setting The Scene

The property is approached via electric wrought iron gates, leading to a generous drive with extensive parking and turning area. In the centre is a large shrub bed and ornate fountain. The garden is split into distinct areas with steps down to a formal lawn with a raised pond, screened by mature trees and well-stocked flower borders, where the log cabin is situated. To the rear of the house are further sweeping lawns, featuring a variety of trees with a sun terrace adjacent to the house. The leisure area is accessed under a brick arch, which leads to the indoor pool with changing and shower
facilities. The holiday annexe is tucked away in the corner with its own sun terrace.
There are extensive outbuildings, large enough to run a business including an outdoor kitchen, making this an ideal barbecue area. To the rear of the outbuildings is a utility area screened by double gates, with further parking and log store.

Whats Nearby

Threxton is a small hamlet, but the adjoining village of Little Cressingham has a local public house The Windmill and parish church. The market town of Watton is only 2 miles distance and has a Tesco supermarket and bustling high street with local traders. There are local banks, doctors and schooling with a regular bus service to the city of Norwich. The A11 London Road can be accessed via Watton leading through to Thetford.

Within Easy Reach

The market town also offers further facilities including a Waitrose supermarket and historic Georgian square with a butter market and has feature in films and TV shows, most recently Steven Fry’s Kingdom. The city of Norwich is 25 miles distance and offers a main line rail link to London Liverpool Street Station which stops at Diss in South Norfolk together with an international airport. Known for the largest open air market, historic Cathedral and Castle.

DIRECTIONS:

From Norwich proceed out on the Earlham Road B1108 travelling through the villages of Barford and Hingham. Enter Watton and travel down the High Street. As you leave the town the property will be found after approximately two miles on the right hand side screened by mature trees.

IP26 5JG


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19 October 2016

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  • Brandon (5.5 mi)
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To view this property or request more details, contact:

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38 Exchange Street, Norwich, NR2 1AX

01603 950058 Local call rate

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