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3 bedroom character property for sale

Shop Street, Whinburgh, Near Dereham, NR19

Guide Price £560,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Beautifully Renovated And Sympathetic Conversion
  • Character Period Property, Former Village School & School House
  • Sought After Semi Rural Village Two & A Half Miles From Dereham
  • Three Bedrooms & Three Bathrooms
  • Three Reception Rooms Plus Study / Or Ground Floor Bedroom
  • Flexible Accommodation Able To Accommodate Dependent Relative.
  • Attic Rooms
  • Garden Studio / Workshop With Power & Light
  • Oil Fired Heating & Part Double Glazed
  • Gardens & Garage

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The Property
The Old School Whinburgh, with adjacent School House, was built in 1875 to accommodate 59 children in two classrooms and provide living accommodation for a school mistress. It is centrally situated in a corner plot of a third of an acre surrounded on all sides by a mature hedge of climbers, shrubs and fruit trees offering complete privacy. The property is distinguishable by its large, full height arched window at the gable end. Whinburgh is a tranquil semi-rural village with no through traffic. However, despite its quiet location it is far from isolated being only 2½ miles from Dereham, 8 miles from Wymondham and 16 miles from Norwich. Trains to London Kings Cross leave from Wymondham (change at Cambridge) with a journey time of 2 hours 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Norwich has a regular direct train service to London, Liverpool Street with a journey time of 1 hour 50 minutes. Norwich Airport offers flights to international and domestic destinations.
Since 2011 the property has undergone a comprehensive program of sensitive restoration works and refurbishment undertaken by a team of experienced professionals. Most notable were local master carpenters David Adcock and David Partridge; responsible for the superb bespoke carpentry throughout the property, including the hand built gable end window. The custom glass lantern roof in the kitchen, was made and fitted by Town & Country Fine Glass Buildings.
Within a five minute walk of the Old School is the ancient church of St Mary which was built around 1300. In 2012 the chancel roof was in need of urgent repairs. An English Heritage grant was insufficient to cover the costs so the Whinburgh Music Festival was born to help raise the additional funds. From its early days the festival has grown, its reputation flourished and it is now firmly established on the local music event calendar.

Reception Hall
7'8" x 7'2"
This is the original entrance to the school mistresses house. The door is of solid oak and maintains all its original ironwork and hand made lock, complete with key. To the right is an understairs cupboard with small window. The electricity meter is housed here and there is ample space to store a vacuum cleaner, boots and coats. The floor is of original black and red quarry tiles which also extend out to the covered porch. A Staircase on the right leads to the first floor and doors open off the hall to reveal the dining room and shower room/WC. Inset LED lights to the ceiling and a ceiling mounted wired smoke alarm. Wall mounted panel of three light switches including one to turn on/off the porch light.

Shower Room / WC
7'3" x 5'5"
Comprising a white low level WC, original Victorian sink and taps; corner shower cubicle and recently installed 10.5kw electric shower unit. Mosaic tiles to wall of shower area, ceramic tiled floor, wall mounted chrome ladder towel radiator; central ceiling light and over mirror wall light. Separate pull-on extractor fan and large window to side.

Dining Room
10'6" x 9'4"
The dining room is entered from the main reception hall through a feature glazed Bristol door. There is a wall of deep, custom built, floor to ceiling cupboards with dowel feature to the upper section of the two outside bespoke doors. The middle section has a pair of glazed doors and currently houses an eclectic assortment of china and various artefacts. The doors are glazed in toughened, bevelled glass.

The floor in the dining room is tiled with quarry tiles which continue into the kitchen, pantry, and the rear hall that connects the school house and school. A new pair of Victorian style double glazed French doors and fanlight have been fitted to the dining room replacing a waist height sash window. These doors open on to the formal section of the side garden. There is a double radiator fitted with a thermostatic valve and two double power sockets.

Family Room
11'11" x 11'11"
The family room, dining room and kitchen flow seamlessly one to the other offering an open plan living space favoured by many young families. The sitting room has a beautiful Victorian marble fire surround and cast iron wood burner set on a pammeted tile hearth. There is a feature arched window overlooking the front garden and a smaller side window that looks directly on to the front porch. Perhaps this was to enable the school mistress to observe her callers before she opened the front door as there are no windows in the hall. There is a double radiator, ample double power sockets, telephone point, carbon monoxide detector (10 year battery), original stripped pine floor and sky HD point.

11'7" x 5'7" opening to 7'2" x 7'1"
The original kitchen was in very poor condition so was demolished and replaced by the current building which is bright, contemporary and functional. The roof features a spectacular glass lantern made by Town and Country Glass Buildings which bathes the kitchen in natural light. Inset LED spot lights enhance the underside of the ceiling below the roof lantern. There are also two sets of double glazed windows which overlook the rear garden to the side.

On the left side of the kitchen is a run of open units topped with granite which house an AEG halogen hob and under counter fan assisted oven. The same granite has been used for the window cils. To the right side of the kitchen is a ceramic double bowl sink with drainer and mixer taps and plumbing for a dishwasher. On this side of the kitchen the work tops are made from solid beech butcher's block. There are plenty of double plugs for any electrical equipment.

The base units are made from a number of vintage Habitat freestanding, solid beech units from the Oliva range. They have been painstakingly sanded, re-oiled and reconfigured by the carpenters to create this custom kitchen. They have also built a floor to ceiling shelf unit which houses cookery books, crockery and glassware and fitted open wall shelves either side of the hob.

There is a Bristol door, matching the dining room door, that opens to reveal a large Butler's Pantry.

Butlers Pantry
7'9" x 5'5"
With space for upright fridge / freezer, shelving, windows to side and rear, oil fired boiler, heating controls and quarry tiled floor. Plenty of double power plugs.

Drawing Room
19'7" x 16'11"
This is a stunning south facing room with a breath taking vaulted ceiling, exposed truss and supporting ironwork. At the gable end is an imposing full height, arched window. This is an exact replica of the original window it replaced. It was hand built in Mr. Adcock's workshop in Beetley using traditional skills and methods. It is a triumph of workmanship and never ceases to impress.

There are a further two smaller arched windows that overlook the front garden letting in masses of light providing a bright, warm, open space all year round. The floor comprises of newly stripped and treated pine boards. There is a feature book case to one wall which may be available by separate negotiation. There are two double radiators fitted with individual thermostatic valves, behind custom built decorative covers. There is also a decorative brick fireplace surrounding the chimney recess which houses a large Norwegian multi fuel burner. When this is burning there is no need for the central heating as it gives off masses of heat. There are four wall mounted up lights, plenty of double sockets, the internet hub, telephone point and a second Sky box connected.

The walls in both school rooms were originally bare, painted brick making them very cold and difficult to heat in the winter. To improve on this all the walls and ceilings in both rooms were clad in special thermal backed plasterboard and then skimmed with a layer of plaster. The finish is superb and looks as smooth as glass. The lower section of the wall in the drawing room has also been panelled to a height of four foot in keeping with the traditional look of a Victorian school room.

On entering the room, to the left is the original, multi-paned, half glazed door that opens into the second school room which would have been used for younger children. There is also a second door to the left of the fire place which opens to a utility room and newly installed wet room / WC.

Utility Area
6'3" x 5'8"
This area was the original entrance for the school children and the double doors are still in place. Although not used by the current owner, they are nevertheless fully functioning. This area houses a washing machine and drier and offers space for hanging clothes. There is a small window that overlooks the courtyard. Black quarry tiles have been laid to the floor with an attractive beige grouting which sets them off beautifully. The tiles extend into the wet room. To the right is an original Victorian school toilet door complete with vacant/engaged latch which was sourced from an architectural reclamation company.

Wet Room
8'8" X 5'5"
The wet room project was begun almost two years ago. It is fitted with a special low level shower tray with a slightly raised lip designed to fit flush against floor tiles giving a seamless appearance yet helping to contain water and prevent flooding the area. The Italian sanitary ware was supplied by London based bathroom designer company/ supplier Aston Matthews.

All the sanitary ware is in place and an electric 10.5 kw electric shower is fitted and all the services are connected. The owner had intended covering the walls in toughened glass thus creating a stunning room. However, at the last minute, just before Easter 2015 the local supplier informed her that he was suddenly unable to follow through on the job. Due to other pressing matters, the completion has remained on hold and now offers the in-coming owner the opportunity to customise it to their own taste.

First Floor Landing
Stairs from the front reception hall rise to the first floor landing. They continue passed a small window on the outside wall which helps to illuminate the landing along with a diamond shaped window set high above the stair well. There are doors leading off the landing to bedroom one and two and to the bathroom. A separate flight of stairs continues up to the attic. The original stripped, pine floor boards continue from the bedrooms to the landing.

Bedroom One
11'4" x 9'11"
Feature bespoke wardrobe and storage cupboard with integrated book / display shelving to one wall. Double radiator, window overlooking rear garden, ample double power points and original stripped pine floor. The door to the left side of the triple bookcase opens to reveal a hanging rail and interconnecting door which opens to the mezzanine bedroom (three) overlooking the study/ studio room. LED inset spot lights.

Bedroom Two
10'11" x 8'5" Master Bedroom
Feature bespoke double wardrobes with centrally integrated book / display shelving to one wall. Double radiator, window overlooking front garden surrounded by climbing roses and clematis. There are ample double power points, central hanging light and original stripped pine floor boards. Telephone point.

Bedroom Three
Mezzanine 13'10" x 5'10"
This is a stylish and flexible space which serves as a bedroom but could equally be used as a study or work space. It can be accessed through the interconnecting 'secret door' in the wardrobe of the first bedroom or via the staircase from the studio/ second school room below. The area is filled with light from the Velux window directly overhead and the full height, south facing window, from the floor below. There are double power points, a TV aerial socket and two way switches to operate the lights on the lower level and ceiling light.

10'8" x 6'2"
The first floor bathroom still has the original stand alone Victorian roll-top bath supported by claw feet and fitted with its wonderful brass taps. There is also a modern low level toilet and wash hand basin. An original cast iron corner fireplace, with surround, is also still in place. Single panel radiator and large frosted window to the side. This room has not been touched, offering scope for improvement.

Second floor
The second floor houses two very useful attic rooms which lend themselves to a variety of uses: an office, TV room, play room, hobbies/art room, for storage or just star gazing through the Velux windows on a clear night. There are storage cupboards in the eaves of the outer room. Fitted carpet is carried through to both rooms. Radiators in each room, plenty of double power sockets and TV aerial socket.

Attic Room One
17'5" x 12'4"
This is the first of the two attic rooms. The stairs lead directly in to it. It has two velux windows, pine balustrade, double radiator, TV aerial point, ample double sockets and two storage cupboards in the eaves. Both attic rooms lend themselves to a variety of uses: an office, TV room, play room, hobbies/art room or storage room. Both rooms are fitted with the same carpet.

Attic Room Two
10'10" x 6'
This second attic room has a closable door that can isolate it from the outer room. It is fitted with two Velux windows providing a room for star gazing on a clear night. This is also a great room in which to practise a musical instrument as the noise is isolated from the rest of the house.

The gardens approach a third of an acre and surround the property on all sides. There are a number of mature trees in the garden including a majestic flowering cherry tree immediately in front of the garden studio/ workshop. Elsewhere there is an oak tree, large beech tree, lilac tree and twisted willow. There are also three apple trees, a plumb tree, an Indian bean tree and large bay tree. The garden is easy to maintain and offers a choice of environments in which to grow or display plants.

The front garden is laid to lawn with shrub and flower borders. A gravel path leads to the main entrance door which has a covered storm porch and welcome light. There is a wall mounted power point under this porch for Christmas lights etc. The front elevation of the house is clad in mature white wisteria, scented climbing roses and pink clematis. To the right of the front door is a side opening leading to the side and rear garden and garden studio/ workshop beyond. There is also a wooden tool shed to the right, hidden behind the tall bamboo plant as you enter through the side entrance.

The garden studio is set behind a screened wall of diamond trellis completely covered in rampant clematis 'montana rubens'. In the spring this prolific climber produces a mass of pale pink flowers.

At the gable end of the school, to the left of the former pupils' entrance, you will discover a formal paved courtyard with a small greenhouse and pergola supporting a mature grape vine. This is a wonderful, sheltered area for pots and hanging plants and enjoys lots of sun and seclusion. There is an outside tap and second wall mounted power socket. There are three wall mounted static lights and a movement triggered intruder light. Another opening leads from this area to the back garden. You pass under the apple and plumb trees and brush by the Indian bean tree to get to the screened, decked area immediately in front of the garden studio / workshop.

Studio / Workshop
This is a purpose built home office/ garden retreat. It is fully insulated with plastered walls and is fitted with ample double sockets and hanging ceiling lights. As a safety precaution it is fitted with an isolation switch to turn off the power supply if desired when not in use. It has a half glazed door and windows to the front and enjoys complete privacy being shielded from the garden by a wall of closely woven trellis covered in clematis. There is a tiered decked area to the front with wooden seating built around the trunk of an enormous cherry tree. It is a very flexible space and lends itself to a multitude of uses: home office, games room, art studio or teenagers' escape. It has also been used as occasional sleeping quarters by visiting friends. There is an external security light above the door.

Up and over door, side access door and windows to two sides.

General Information
The property was purchased by the current owner in 2010 from artist Charlotte Ardizzone who had owned it since 1978. It was in a very run down and dilapidated state and required an extensive program of major works to refurbish it and create a comfortable home without compromising the integrity of the building or destroying its period features and charm.

The works were extensive and included, (to name but a few), rewiring the property, upgrading the central heating system and replacing all the radiators and fitting them with individual thermostatic valves. Installation of a new bunded oil tank on a newly laid concrete base. Installing a new septic tank and drainage system. Digging up the entire enclosed courtyard to lay drainage pipes, and then filling it all in again, levelling the ground, and laying a patio surface of Indian sand stone. Construction of a new pergola for the ancient grape vine in the courtyard.

Every external wall was insulated from the inside and every wall and ceilings throughout the property were re-plastered. A new wood burner was installed. Marble fire surrounds were sourced and installed. Brick fire surrounds built in drawing room. The list could go on and on ..... But if the photographs excite you and the descriptions and history of the property interest or intrigue you, come and see it for yourself and we will point out all the rest of the works rather than bore you with a huge list!

Studio / Downstairs Bedroom
16'11" x 13'10"
This room was originally the infants classroom and boasts a full height, vaulted ceiling with pine staircase leading to the galleried landing / mezzanine bedroom. The room has undergone the same insulating procedure and plastering as the adjacent drawing room but the floor has been tiled with Fired Earth pamment-style ceramic tiles. There is a feature corner sealed fireplace which was a former bread oven. The full height, original south-facing window and Velux roof light flood the room with sunlight throughout the day. This room is currently used by the owner as an office / art studio. There is a double radiator, inset LED down lights to the underside of the mezzanine. Double radiator and lots of double power sockets.

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29 August 2016


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