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Tenure: Freehold

The Story

It will be hard for the current owners to move on from character-filled Oakwell Cottage – not only has it been their home for 32 years but it has also been in their family for three generations. “This house was originally two farmworkers’ cottages on my grandfather’s farm” one of them explains. “We decided to take them on and renovate them when we got married as we could see they could become a wonderful home. It was quite a project to begin with, as a great deal of work was required and since then we have extended further.”She continues: “It has been an ideal place for us to live for all these years with lots of space both inside and out for us and the children. We are sad to be leaving and will miss everything about it when we go.”

CHARACTER HOME
Parts of Oakwell Cottage are believed to date back about 250 years and at the heart of the house there are still two great inglenook fireplaces that stand back to back. These were exposed during the renovation project. “There was an old bread oven in one of the fireplaces which has now been removed but the space it was in makes a rather nice arch-shaped feature” she says.
She adds: “Although we had to replace a lot of the timbers the main beam is original.”

DINING TOGETHER
As the couple’s family grew so they decided to extend the property. Work was carried out carefully to blend in with the existing style of the cottage, some of which was Norfolk red brick. Extra space was added to one end of the house to allow them to create a breakfast area, utility room, ground floor shower room and office.“Then in the early 1990s, we extended again, which gave us the dining room downstairs and another bedroom and bathroom upstairs. The dining room has been superb: it is large enough for a nice big table, where we have held lots of family events over the years and have enjoyed having friends over to dinner.”

SPECIAL PLACES
Oakwell Cottage has allowed the whole family to enjoy different spaces throughout the year and as their mood has dictated. “We spend a lot of time in the kitchen – it is lovely coming in to the warm Aga when it is cold outside” she says. “We also have the garden room which is south-facing and is quite a special place in the summer. At that time of year we are also outside a lot – at the front we have a terrace, where we sometimes have a barbecue and sit out in the sunshine. I also like the back garden, however, where we have another terrace, as well as a lawn and beech hedge, and where the dogs like to run around.”

HOLIDAY HOME
As well as the main house, the property comes with a separate self-contained holiday cottage. This comprises an open-plan kitchen and living area on the ground floor and a bedroom and bathroom upstairs.“We let this to visitors coming to spend some time in the Norfolk countryside and it does surprisingly well,” she says. There is also a detached studio which could (subject to the relevant planning permissions) hold potential for conversion into further accommodation.“It was originally an air raid shelter but we built over it in the 1980s and now use it as an office and wine store but I have often thought that because it has two storeys it could lend itself well to a conversion” she adds.

GOOD LOCATION
Over the many years they have lived at Oakwell Cottage the owners have found its central Norfolk position extremely convenient. They have exceptional access to the A47 which means they can get into Norwich or connect to other main roads very easily.“Norwich is a great place to go shopping as it has everything but we also have Dereham close by, with its supermarkets ” she says. “We love going to the North Norfolk coast which is so beautiful; it is very easy to get to places like Holkham and Blakeney from here.”She adds: “We do hope to stay close by – our plan now is to build ourselves our next house. It will be quite a change for us to move on now but this has been a very happy home for us.”

Setting The Scene

Oakwell Cottage has generous gardens offering privacy and seclusion to those who enjoy outdoor living. At the front the garden is screened by high hedging and there is a terrace and outside entertaining area, as well as lawn. At the back of the house there is more space and an additional terrace. “It is lovely here – to the front and back of the property we have open fields” she adds.

What's Nearby ()

North Tuddenham is a small hamlet which straddles the A47, the local centres of Mattishall and Barnham Broom offer local shopping and the well known Barnham Broom golf course. The local market town of East Dereham has a variety of both local shopping and spacious supermarkets including Tescos, Morrisons and Lidell. There are two secondary schools and a range of leisure facilities, public houses and restaurants.

Within Easy Reach

The city of Norwich is approximately 11 miles distance and offers historical buildings such as the 13th century Castle Museum and Cathedral, set on the River Yare with the largest open air market in England. The city has two large shopping centres together with large high street shops such as John Lewis and Marks and Spencer. With an active night life and cosmopolitan range of restaurants and wine bars. There is a main line railway link to London Liverpool street station and international airport.

How To Get There

From Norwich proceed west along the A47, take the left slip road signed to East tuddenham and at the T junction turn right over the A47 then left at the junction. Take the next left into Low Road. Follow the road round the bend and the property will be found shortly after on the right hand side.


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