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13 bedroom house for sale

Burnham Westgate Hall, King's Lynn, Norfolk


Property Description

Key features

  • 6 reception rooms
  • 13 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms
  • Self-contained staff flat
  • Coach House, Stables and Lodge
  • Formal gardens and grounds

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


With extensive views over parkland and open countryside to the west. To the east, Burnham Westgate Hall is within walking distance of Burnham Market, a picturesque Georgian town, accessed via a back drive past the Lodge, which opens out onto the Green by the church. Burnham Market is regarded as a central location along the North Norfolk coast and has a village green surrounded by 18th century houses. It has an extensive range of shops and restaurants including the renowned Hoste Arms. The market village includes a wine merchant's, famous fish shop, 2 book shops, doctors' surgery, dental surgery, pharmacy, primary school, a bank and post office as well as a butchers and delicatessen. The town of Holt, the home of Gresham's public school, is 17 miles.

Burnham Market is only 2 miles from the sea which can be accessed nearby from Burnham Overy Staithe or from Brancaster Staithe (3 miles) and nearby Holkham, all of which form part of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are beautiful beach and sand dune walks particularly in the vast sandy expanse of Holkham Bay. There are many leisure pursuits available along the coast including golf at Brancaster, riding, sailing, walking and bird watching with a number of reserves in the area including Cley, Blakeney Point and Scolt Head. Norfolk is famous for its large concentration of 14th century wool churches and major country houses including Houghton, Holkham and Sandringham.

There are mainline railway stations available to the southwest at King's Lynn and Downham Market and to the southeast at the Cathedral City of Norwich where there is also Norwich International Airport, situated to the north of the city.


Burnham Westgate Hall is a magnificent Georgian country house, set in its own park and with far reaching westerly views over the park to undulating open countryside; contrary to popular belief, Norfolk is not flat, as suggested by Noel Coward.

An important house architecturally, it is listed Grade II* and was almost entirely built over the period 1783 to 1785 to designs by Sir John Soane, extensively remodelling an earlier house built by Matthew Brettingham who designed Holkham Hall nearby for the Earls of Leicester.


The house was remodelled for Thomas Pitt, 1st Lord Camelford, himself an amateur architect, who met and became friends with Sir John Soane on the Grand Tour. He commissioned Soane to alter Burnham Westgate Hall and build the stables and lodge. Sir John rebuilt much of the hall, making it considerably grander with the imperial cantilevered stone staircase and first floor piano nobile which now houses the saloon and print room as well as the main bedrooms with intercommunicating enfilade on the ground and first floor.

The house is built of plain Gault brick with stone dressings in a restrained and pure classical form. Much fine architectural detail remains internally with elegant cornices, panelled doors, sash windows, some parquet flooring, and fine chimney pieces. In fact records exist in Soane's contemporary notebooks of his visits to Norfolk to oversee the progress of the work. Of particular interest in these is a sketch of a fireplace he intended commissioning of "Mr de Carle" of Norwich. John de Carle's fireplace is to be found in the first floor saloon, executed in strict accordance to Soane's design, forming a centrepiece to this magnificent room.

In 1991 the house, which had been in institutional use for nearly 60 years, was acquired by the current owners and a programme of restoration and refurbishment was begun to restore the house to its original use. Much work was undertaken including upgrading the plumbing and wiring, extensive redecoration and the installation of numerous bathrooms.

Of particular note is the extensive planting and creation of the formal gardens and grounds around the house over the last 20 years, as well as the acquisition of more land to restore the park which creates such a splendid and tranquil setting and approach to the house from the west by the front drive through a pair of wrought iron gates.


From Fakenham take the A148 signposted towards King's Lynn and after a short distance turn right onto the B1355 signposted to Burnham Market. Follow this road through South and North Creakes and into Burnham Market. Drive through the centre of the village towards Stanhoe and Kings Lynn and passing the Church on the right hand side turn right on leaving the village signposted towards Brancaster and Burnham Deepdale (Whiteway Road). The main drive to Burnham Westgate Hall will be found after a short distance on the right hand side entered through wrought iron gates mounted on brick piers. The house is approached by a long drive of about a third of a mile through parkland. The post code is PE31 8HE.

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14 June 2011


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