5 bedroom detached house for saleEast Runton, Norfolk
Sold STC £995,000
An idyllic hideaway - a Victorian farmhouse with a converted barn and walled garden hidden away a third of a mile along a farm track. Perfect for those who don't want to be found.
Entrance Hall, Library, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Study, Bedroom and attendant Bathroom, AGA Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Back Kitchen and Scullery, Pantry, Laundry Room and Cloakroom
Four Further Bedrooms, Bathroom, Dressing Room, Two Offices
Attic Room accessed via an Electrically-Operated Drop-Down Staircase
Substantial Barn providing Studio, Kitchen, Shower Room and Store
Informal Gardens with an Ornamental Pond and Mature Trees including a Yew
Walled Kitchen Garden
Brick & Flint Barn for Storage
Cart-Shed and Log Store
In all 1.29 acres
THE HOUSE & SETTING
Valley Farm is a traditional brick & flint Norfolk farmhouse built 1843 with earlier origins and later additions which is presumed to have once formed part of the Felbrigg Estate.
The house is approached along a farm track which wends for a third of a mile from the nearest road before reaching the property which is surrounded and sheltered by mature trees.
Valley Farm nestles in a valley within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides entrancing views across the adjoining farmland and pasture towards the coast to the north and broadleaf woodland to the south.
The current owners acquired the house in 2008 since when considerable resources have been spent improving the house and grounds; works include the acquisition of additional land, the construction of a splendid walled garden with a glass-house and an oak-framed fruit-cage (to an individual design by a local craftsman), the general refurbishment of the house and the conversion of the attic to a gym/studio which is accessed by an electrically-operated drop-down staircase. Notwithstanding these alterations, the principal aim was met, to preserve the houses inherent charm and period features; the original leaded casement windows, latched doors and wooden or pamment tiled floors have all been repaired and remain in situ.
A two-bay cart-shed and parking area lies at the foot of the driveway; oak gates open to a gravelled courtyard with a large ornamental pond around which stand the main house, a brick & flint storage barn currently used as a pottery and a larger barn, timber clad with a pantile roof on a brick & flint base which has been converted and is currently used as a studio although an alternative use might be as an annex to the main house.
To the east of the pottery barn is a small courtyard with a raised brick & flint terrace beyond housing a hot-tub and outside shower looking out across farmland and pasture.
The main gardens lie to the south of the house and are grassed with mature trees including yew, holly, lime and oak, under-planted with spring bulbs. Beyond this lies the walled garden. The gardens and grounds are organic; no chemical pesticides or nitrogen fertilisers have been used on the land since 1976. Rabbit-proof fencing surrounds the grounds.
Valley Farm features in the memoir, Norfolk Child by Jane White, which recounts the authors idyllic childhood spent at Valley Farm in the 1930s. Whilst much has changed in the intervening years, in particular the mechanisation of rural life, much about the house and its setting remains recognisable as having barely altered since then.
Valley Farm stands approx. 1 mile to the south of the village of East Runton, lying in a quiet setting between the A148 and the A149. East Runton, once a fishing village, is now a holiday destination with two commons, two public houses and a sandy beach with a pebble foreshore that is popular with surfers.
Beacon Hill, also known as The Roman Camp, is close by, an area of National Trust heathland and woodland. Despite its name, it shows no sign of Roman occupation, although it was once a Napoleonic signal station. It is the highest point in Norfolk and the whole area lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Cromer, which is situated 2 miles away, is the archetypal English seaside town, still with a Victorian pier. The remarkably well-preserved Georgian town of Holt is 10 miles to the west.
This coastal area has walks, wildlife, golf courses, sandy beaches and of course good sailing. Local schools include Greshams Public School, Beeston Hall, an independent boarding and day prep school and several state schools. Cromer has a railway station that connects with Norwich from where a direct line runs to London Liverpool Street.
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