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5 bedroom property for sale


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Property Description

Key features

  • Delightfully Restored Five Bedroom Watermill
  • Two Bedroom Self-Contained Annexe
  • Spacious Accommodation
  • Balcony with Far Reaching Views
  • Landscaped Gardens
  • Approximately 1 Acre (stms)
  • Open-Plan Living Area
  • Idyllic Setting
  • Patio Terraces
  • Viewing Advised

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

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Sowerbys are delighted to offer a restored Norfolk Watermill to the market offering spacious accommodation and outside grounds including part of the old mill pond that extend to approximately one acre (stms).

First hand viewing is recommended to see all the property offers and to gain a feel for the idyllic setting in which it is positioned surrounded by rural views. The Watermill was restored from a ruin in the 1980's and received a further updating in 2004. The main property comprises the mill with water wheel and water passing through to the side with viewing gallery from the main house. Inside the house is an open-plan arrangement for the main living area with wood-burning stove and double height ceiling with gallery over. There is a study, breakfast area, shower room, kitchen, dining room, WC and utility room. Upstairs there are five bedrooms all with amazing views over the landscape around including the master room with en-suite and view over the mill pond. One bedroom even has a balcony with exceptional far reaching views to the rear. Furthermore, there is a substantial two bedroom, two bathroom self-contained annexe accommodation with sitting room, open-plan kitchen/dining room, utility room and study. This has been used to house extended family but could possibly be used as an income stream for the property as it would make a superb holiday cottage (subject to relevant consents being granted). It is outside however that the mill sets itself apart from other property. All around the house is nature and the property is a haven for wildlife. The vendor frequently sees deer, swallows and owls and even otters in the water. The entire grounds are landscaped with lawned areas, driveway, parking and garaging to the front with the mill pond sending water over the wheel to the rear where there is the sound of water passing the patio terraces and rear gardens.  

FOULDEN The village of Foulden lies near the River Wissey between the market towns of Swaffham and Thetford, close to Thetford Forest. Close by is the village of Northwold, having a number of shops, a pub and sports and social club. Further amenities can be found at the nearby market town of Downham Market. There is a main line railway station that goes to London Kings Cross (90mins) and it is an ideal place for walking or cycling and the peaceful waterways are excellent for boating and fishing. 

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:- PVCu front door with matching side pane to… 

RECEPTION HALLWAY 13' 1" x 9' 10" (4.0m x 3.0m) Tiled flooring, sealed unit window to side overlooking mill pond, radiators, exposed timberwork, brace and latch door to shower room and WC, wall light points and formed opening to open-plan accommodation. 

OPEN-PLAN ACCOMMODATION 40' 0" x 20' 0" (12.2m x 6.1m) The majority of the Watermill is now set to a very impressive open-plan living arrangement with the centrepiece room having a ceiling height of 6.3m with the original roof trusses and purlins on display. The versatile room below is currently set as a seating area with 12.5kw multi-fuel stove, sealed unit fully glazed double doors set a 4.5m opening with far reaching views over the rear garden and farmland beyond. The entire room is set with tiled flooring with some exposed brickwork, glazing and inspection panels for the original Watermill allowing views from the living accommodation of the water wheel and some original restored works. Surrounding the room is a galleried mezzanine floor constructed entirely of locally sourced timber from Thetford Forest and further examples of industrial works within the Watermill itself restored in the roof. Adjacent to this is a more intimate area used as a dining room. 

FAMILY DINING AREA 13' 1" x 13' 1" (4.0m x 4.0m) Currently used as a dining room with staircase to side leading to the first floor and access to the study and kitchen. 

STUDY 14' 9" x 13' 1" (4.5m x 4.0m) Tiled flooring, two windows to front, radiator, wall light points, exposed timberwork and formed opening to kitchen. 

KITCHEN 19' 0" x 15' 8" (5.8m x 4.8m) Open-plan kitchen with tiled flooring, comprehensive fitted oak kitchen with Corian worktops over and corresponding island unit with solid oak worktop. Neff hob with fitted extractor fan and triple integrated Neff appliances including a microwave oven with utensil drawer, fan-assisted convection oven and a steam oven with additional warming drawer. Further corner units with spice racks, pan drawers within island unit, Neff integrated dishwasher and further drawers fitted within the units. Twin sink with mixer tap and drainer, corresponding Corian uplifts, two Neff integrated fridges, recessed ceiling lighting, wall light points, exposed timberwork and speakers for multi-room entertainment system. Decorative arched window to side, formed opening to dining room, formed opening to side entrance lobby, sealed unit window to rear and sealed unit door to garden room. 

GARDEN ROOM 14' 5" x 7' 2" (4.4m x 2.2m) Of low level brick construction with timber and solid wood effect PVCu oversized pane with windows allowing picture views over the gardens and surrounding landscape. Tiled flooring and electric heater.  

SHOWER ROOM Tiled flooring, wet room area with overhead shower system, tiled surround and glass block wall. Contemporary bowl sink with mixer tap, illuminated mirror, WC and sealed unit window to front. 

DINING ROOM 13' 1" x 12' 1" (4.0m x 3.7m) Sealed unit window to front, wall light points, tiled flooring and radiator. 

SIDE ENTRANCE 12' 5" x 3' 11" (3.8m x 1.2m) Continuation of tiled flooring, sealed unit door to side of property, door to pantry, radiator and door to utility room. 

PANTRY Fitted shelving and space for freezer.  

UTILITY ROOM 8' 2" x 5' 6" (2.5m x 1.7m) Hand-made pine unit with Belfast sink, mixer tap and drainer, spaces for appliances, radiator, cloak hanging space and door to WC. 

WC Low level WC, washbasin, radiator and sealed unit window to side.  

FIRST FLOOR A custom timber staircase leads to the first floor landing with access to bedroom three and formed opening to inner hall with access to master bedroom, bedroom two and the family bathroom. Galleried walkway leading to bedrooms four and five and first floor mezzanine with lovely views over the first floor living accommodation. 

MEZZANINE 19' 8" x 7' 2" (6.0m x 2.2m) Glass block window, some original workings from the mill, sealed unit window with views over farmland and superb views back down to the ground floor living accommodation. 

MASTER BEDROOM 20' 11" x 16' 4" into dormer (6.4m x 4.98m into dormer) Double aspect room with 6ft fully glazed windows to front and side of property allowing views over the mill pond and gardens, vaulted ceiling with roof trusses and purlins on display, brace and latch doors to airing cupboard housing factory lagged hot water tank and door to en-suite. 

EN-SUITE 13' 1" x 6' 10" (4.0m x 2.1m) Walk-in double shower with glass screen and fully tiled surround with overhead shower system, washbasin with mixer tap, WC, sealed unit window, illuminated mirror, shaver point, dryer and towel radiator.  

BEDROOM TWO 17' 8" x 10' 5" (5.4m x 3.2m) Steps down into bedroom area with two sealed unit windows including a 6ft window with far reaching views over the farmland to rear, exposed timbers, wall light points and radiator. 

FAMILY BATHROOM 13' 1" x 7' 10" (4.0m x 2.4m) Steps down into bathroom area with roll top bath set in tiled surround with mixer tap and shower attachment, washbasin, WC and shower cubicle with overhead shower system. Exposed roof timber, 6ft window to side overlooking gardens, towel radiator, illuminated mirror, shaver point and drier.  

BEDROOM THREE 12' 9" x 12' 5" (3.9m x 3.8m) Sealed unit window to rear with door to balcony, radiator, roof open to full ceiling height with exposed roof trusses and purlins and two windows overlooking the living accommodation.  

BALCONY Approximately 16' 4" x 8' 2" (5.0m x 2.5m) A superb space to sit and relax with uninterrupted far reaching views over the grounds and farmland with the gentle sound of the water running through the mill.  

BEDROOM FOUR 13' 1" x 11' 5" (4.0m x 3.5m) Two sealed unit windows to front overlooking the mill pond, vaulted ceiling with exposed roof trusses and purlins, wall light points and radiator. 

BEDROOM FIVE 16' 4" x 9' 6" (5.0m x 2.9m) A pleasant room with a 7' 2" x 6' 6" (2.2m x 2.0m) fully glazed window with picture view over the mill pond, further window at high level, roof purlins, radiator and wall light points. 

ANNEXE An individually converted unit comprising living and sleeping accommodation. This versatile space could be used by extended family and guests or indeed may provide a possible income stream in the form of a short term tenancy or holiday lets should one wish (subject to relevant consents being granted).  

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:- Sealed unit and glazed door opening to… 

SITTING ROOM 19' 8" x 14' 1" (6.0m x 4.3m) Tiled flooring, electric panel heater, recessed ceiling lighting, sealed unit double glazed doors and side panes to gardens and door to inner hall. 

KITCHEN/DINING ROOM 19' 8" x 14' 1" (6.0m x 4.3m) Tiled flooring, dining area with space for table, panel heater and sealed unit window to front. This room is divided by a peninsular island unit as part of a comprehensive fitted kitchen at base level with worktops over incorporating an integrated dishwasher, integrated fridge, four ring hob with ceiling mounted extractor fan and built-in double oven and grill. Further sealed unit windows to front and rear of property, door to utility room and door to study. 

STUDY 8' 6" x 8' 2" (2.6m x 2.5m) Sealed unit window to front, tiled flooring, panel heater and area for study desk.  

UTILITY ROOM 8' 2" x 5' 2" (2.5m x 1.6m) Further kitchen units fitted at base and eye level, space for freezer, space for washer and dryer, counter worktops and recessed ceiling lighting.  

INNER HALL 14' 5" x 3' 3" (4.4m x 1.0m) Tiled flooring, doors to bedrooms one and two, the kitchen/dining room and door to shower room. 

BEDROOM ONE 15' 1" x 8' 10" (4.6m x 2.7m) Double aspect room with sealed unit windows to front and side of property with views over the mill pond, tiled flooring, panel heater and door to en-suite. 

EN-SUITE Wet room area with overhead shower system, glass block dividing wall, towel radiator, washbasin and WC. Recessed ceiling lighting and extractor fan. 

BEDROOM TWO 14' 5" x 11' 9" (4.4m x 3.6m) Two sealed unit windows to front, panel heater, tiled flooring and recessed ceiling lighting. 

SHOWER ROOM Wet room area with overhead shower system, glass block dividing wall, towel radiator, washbasin and WC. Recessed ceiling lighting and extractor fan. 

OUTSIDE Foulden Watermill sits on a beautiful plot of approximately 1 acre (stms) with delightful grounds surrounding all sides of the property. To the front boundary, there are wrought-iron railings set with laurel hedging and bespoke remotely operated wrought-iron gates leading to the driveway. The private driveway has a circular arrangement with further parking available at the front of the property and is set with gravel and surrounding lawns. The side boundaries are well defined with various sorts of panelled fencing. Within the front garden is the mill pond to the mill, this delightful area feeds the spring fed water source through the mill itself and into the rear garden where it eventually feeds into the River Wissey. At the rear of the property, there is a garden accessed from the main mill which is laid with a substantial patio terrace with fencing and views over farmland beyond with the gentle sound of the water rushing through the mill. Beyond this is a further tiered decking area which is a superb space for entertaining adjacent to the river having further far reaching views. To the side of the property there is a further landscaped area set with brick weave path and decorative shaped lawns, beautifully stocked flower and shrub borders and some mature trees. This peaceful area overlooks a partial woodland over to Foulden Hall. Beyond this is a vegetable plot and this is another superb feature to the property having raised beds, slate chipped borders and is fully irrigated with substantial custom-built garden store and potting house. A gate leads back to the front of the property where there is access to the double garage facility. The setting of Foulden Watermill is nothing short of idyllic and the peaceful road that leads past it has local traffic only and to the rear it is an absolute paradise for wildlife. The current owner enjoys long hours of watching incredible scenes such as otters, deer and swallows.  

DOUBLE GARAGE 19' 8" x 19' 8" (6.0m x 6.0m) Remotely operated roller door to front. 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING D. The reference number or full certificate can be obtained from Sowerbys upon request.
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