8 bedroom detached house for sale

Manor Drive, Swannington, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9

Sold STC £3,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 5 reception rooms
  • 8 bedrooms
  • Self-contained annexe
  • 3 bedroom lodge
  • parkland and woodland

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A picturesque 17th century manor house and small sporting estate

Location

The small and unspoilt village of Swannington is situated in an area of open countryside about 10 miles to the north of Norwich, the cathedral city and regional centre of East Anglia, which is renowned for its excellent shopping and cultural facilities. There is an airport to the north of the city with most international destinations available via Schiphol. The picturesque market town of Aylsham (8 miles) has some fine Georgian architecture and a traditional market square where a local farmers market is regularly held. The town has excellent shopping facilities and adjoins the Blicking Estate in the care and ownership of the National Trust. Holt, another picturesque North Norfolk town with excellent shopping facilities and renowned as the home of Gresham's public school, is about 14 miles. The North Norfolk coast at Cley-next-the-Sea is a further 3 miles to the north of Holt. Beeston Hall preparatory school is also situated nearby at Beeston Regis between Sheringham and Cromer. Much of the North Norfolk coast is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are excellent walks, sandy beaches and bird watching facilities. The pretty small town of Reepham is 3 miles.

Description

A picturesque manor house dating from the 17th century although largely of circa 1700 with later alterations and additions. Swannington Manor is beautifully situated amongst splendid gardens and parkland in an area of unspoilt open countryside north of Norwich.

The house, which is listed Grade II, is traditionally constructed of mellow red brick under a pantile roof. Originally belonging to the Elwin family, it was acquired by The Bartells in 1810 and it was Edward Bartell who added the rear wing with five shaped gables in 1855. At the same time he incorporated his collection of fine stained glass, some of it 15th century and said to come from Heydon church, as well as some magnificent 16th century woodwork and panelling with the initials of William Rogers, MP in 1541 and the mayor of Norwich in 1542 and 1548. The spectacular 15th century stall end at the base of the main staircase was also added at the same time.

Swannington Manor has spacious and well arranged accommodation retaining much period detail and there are fine views from the house over the surrounding gardens and parkland. The estate extends to 96.5 acres (est) in total with the house and gardens surrounded by woodland and grazing meadows. There is a trout stream which flows into the River Wensum providing fly fishing, ponds for duck flighting and a small family shoot.

The current owners acquired the house in 1990 and a programme of updating and renovation was carried out at the time.

Outside
The house is approached from the east via a long gravelled drive entered through wrought iron entrance gates. The drive passes through an area of woodland under planted with spring bulbs and then continues lined by an avenue of lime and oak trees with parkland on one side, finishing in a large gravelled sweeping drive with ample turning and parking space to the front and east of the house.

The gardens and grounds are an outstanding feature of the property and are arranged as follows; to the east of the house there is an area of parkland containing some magnificent mature trees including particularly fine copper beech, oak and lime. The main formal gardens lie to the south and west of the house where there are extensive formal lawns bounded by magnificent ornate topiary yew hedging which forms the backdrop to the formal gardens to the south and west. The gardens include an area of sunken garden with a pond, well stocked mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, rose gardens, a knot garden and an area of productive kitchen garden with a south facing wall with espaliered fruit trees. Adjoining the house to the south and west there are two stone terraces with views over the formal gardens.

Situated to the southeast of the house there is a heated swimming pool in its own area of lawned garden bounded by mature beech hedging with a mixed shrub and herbaceous border and various ornamental trees including flowering cherry and ginkgo. Steps lead down to a further area of lawned garden under planted with spring bulbs and with various ornamental trees and continuing to the west there is a water garden.

Situated to the north of the house and stabling and outbuildings there is a hard tennis court. A further access drive leads out onto the lane to the north of the property.

The Land
This lies mainly to the south and west of the house and comprises grazing meadows, water meadows, with a trout stream running close to the southern boundary, areas of woodland and a series of ponds. On the land situated to the west there is further grazing well hedged and fenced and a cross country course with a series of jumps and fences together with post and wire and post and rail fenced paddocks. Much tree planting has been carried out along the western boundary and a new orchard to the southwest. Situated to the north there is a further area of mixed woodland and to the north of this, is an old duck pond plantation which has further areas of woodland and ponds that have recently been created for conservation and duck flighting.

The land in all extends to 96.5 acres (est).

Outbuildings & Farm Buildings
Situated to the north of the house there is a range of outbuildings including garaging and workshops (please refer to the floorplans) and these are grouped around a gravelled courtyard. These include a timber stable block divided into two loose boxes, a stable and tack room. Situated to the south of the formal gardens there is a further collection of farm buildings comprising a large barn with adjoining cattle sheds. These are traditionally constructed of brick and pantile (please refer to the floorplans). There is a basic catering kitchen adjoining the barn and some lavatories and washing facilities. There is a further L-shaped single storey range of brick and pantile outbuildings and these are grouped around a central stable/cattle yard.

The Lodge
Situated to the south of the main gates, The Lodge is built of colour washed brick and flint under a pantile roof. It is believed to date from the 17th century and together with the gates is listed Grade II. It has a kitchen, sitting room, lobby, bathroom and further sitting room on the ground floor with three bedrooms on the first floor. It has its own garden with a lawn, well stocked borders and surrounded by mature hedges. It is currently let on a protected tenancy.

Services
Mains water and electricity, drainage to septic tank, oil fired central heating and four oven Aga. The Lodge has mains water and electricity with drainage to septic tank.

Local Authority
Broadland District Council
Swannington Manor: Band H
The Lodge: Band A

Agent's Notes
1. There is a public footpath which runs to the south of the drive and farm buildings through Hengrave Common to the west and exits on a lane to the north.
2. Please note, the photographs used in the brochure were taken in June 2015.

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.

Viewings
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.

Important Notice
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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.


Acreage: 96.5 Acres

Directions

Leave Norwich city centre on the A140 Cromer Road and at the boundary traffic lights, fork left signposted towards Hellesdon on the Reepham Road. After about 4 miles fork right signposted 'Felthorpe, Swannington and Cawston'. At the crossroads go straight over, signposted towards Swannington, and follow this road through woodland and the village of Swannington (Upgate). Proceed out of Upgate and into the village of Swannington itself. The drive to Swannington Manor will be found on the left hand side opposite the church and Church Lane. The postcode for the property is NR9 5NR.


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