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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Overstrand Near Cromer

Guide Price £900,000

Property Description

Key features

  • PERIOD DETACHED HOME WITH THREE BEDROOM ANNEXE
  • NORTH NORFOLK COAST LOCATION
  • SIX BEDROOMS & FOUR RECEPTION ROOMS
  • KITCHEN/FAMILY ROOM WITH AGA
  • PLENTY OF PARKING & GARAGE
  • AT LEAST 1.5 ACRES (STS) OF WELL KEPT GROUNDS
  • PERFECT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
  • SPECTACULAR SEA VIEWS

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Tenure: Freehold

The Story

Sitting in their splendid new kitchen, breakfast and family room, gazing out at the glorious vista, Dee Richmond agrees every moment at Cliffside House has been a sheer pleasure. The incredible position of the impressive Overstrand house has ensured beautiful sea views by day and mesmerising sunsets and starry skies by night. "From every room at the back of the house we have breathtaking sea views and when the sun sets it looks like an artist has taken a paint brush and dipped it in pinks and blues," she says. "At night, there are so many stars it is like gazing straight into the galaxy or being in an observatory - on a couple of occasions I know the Northern Lights have been seen from Overstrand." Dee and her husband Jeff have lived at the Edwardian house for some 16 years now and will miss everything about it when they leave. "This is such a lovely setting - it is one of Norfolk's best kept secrets," she admits. "We have so many wonderful memories of our time here and all of them will be treasured."

A UNIQUE HISTORY
The six-bedroom house has a fascinating history. "It was built somewhere between 1895 and 1903 by a member of the Colman's Mustard family," Dee explains. "But the architect Edward Boardman, who designed it, ended up living here himself before it was home to William Van Moppes, the Dutch diamond magnate." Such was the appeal of Overstrand in the late 19th and early 20th century was that it became an exclusive holiday retreat. Indeed, the village is known for having three buildings designed around that time by the renowned Arts & Crafts architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. In the 1950s, Cliffside House became a convent for nuns from the Sacred Heart of Mary. "When we saw it in 2002, it had been empty for a while and was still arranged to suit the requirements of the nuns," she explains. "But I could just imagine how it would have looked in Edwardian times and how it could be again if we restored it."

ALL SEASONS
Within their first three years at Cliffside House, Dee and Jeff worked their way through the entire property, opening it up and bringing the light back in. Period details were retained but décor was also carefully chosen to suit modern day living. In more recent times, they have redecorated again in neutral shades and have created the outstanding kitchen, breakfast and family room: this not only captures the views but also offers exceptional space for both family living and welcoming guests. "We also have triple doors between the drawing room and dining room, which means this whole part of the house can be opened up to become one enormous entertaining area," she explains. "We have had many incredible occasions here, including summer parties, when we have opened the doors up on to the terrace and garden."

A WARM WELCOME
Other changes saw the couple open up the views and create an area of raised decking. They took down a chapel to make a triple garage, with workshop, kitchenette and cloakroom, as well as more parking space. A former coach house was transformed into self-contained annexe for guests, which now features a sitting room, newly installed kitchen and dining room, as well as three first-floor bedrooms, a bathroom and a store room. "Most people who come to see us arrive with a suitcase!" she says. "I have loved being able to accommodate lots of people here at the same time. The annexe, which is named Wisteria View as it looks out over the beautiful front garden, is extremely comfortable and peaceful, and would make an ideal holiday let."

HAPPY TIMES
Dee still remembers the very first time she saw Cliffside House. "I came inside and saw the hall and stairs - and I envisaged it with garlands and a Christmas tree lit up," she recalls. "You can have wonderful occasions here both inside the house and out, and everyone who visits says it is like being on holiday. My son once showed me a picture of a glorious sandy beach and I asked him if it was Portugal - he just looked at me and said: 'No, it was taken right here at Overstrand.'"

UNIQUE APPEAL
From long summer days on the beach to evenings whiled away out on the deck, the whole family have savoured the unique appeal of Cliffside House. "I will remember watching skies that looked as if they were on fire and gazing out at the sea first thing in the morning and then watching the beautiful views change throughout the day," says Dee. "We have appreciated every moment of our time at this unique home and we know those who live here next will enjoy it just as much."

Setting The Scene

The grounds at Cliffside House extend to approximately 1.5 acres. In addition to the formal front gardens, there is a large side garden, with generous parking and the triple garage. At the back, the mature gardens are set against the beautiful backdrop of the sea and sky. There is a kitchen garden and established orchard, as well as large lawns with space for croquet and a marquee. There is a superb sun terrace for entertaining, a secret garden area and a gate on to the coastal path and the path down to the beach and sea. The gardens also include an original Edwardian Wendy house and, to the front, recently installed wrought-iron gates, designed by Dee to feature the upside-down hearts of the Sacred Heart of Mary convent.

Within Easy Reach

Cromer is a favoured Victorian town with a famous pier hosting variety shows. There is a range of both local and high street shops including a selection of galleries, boutiques, cafes and supermarkets. The area also boasts generous wide sandy beaches with blue flag status with an active fishing industry well known for the local crabs and lobster. There is a strong fishing heritage with a lighthouse and active lifeboat. With railway and road links through to the Norfolk Broads and Norwich City, you will find a mainline rail link to London Liverpool Street Station. If you are looking to explore the coast a little further then the Coast Hopper bus leaves from Cromer and travels along the North Norfolk coast. There are several stunning stately homes close by and Sherringham Park which offers its famous Rhododendron gardens.

What Is Nearby

Overstrand is a popular North Norfolk Resort with the benefit of local facilities which include a popular clifftop café, local store, post office, garden centre and public house, The White Horse, which offers a well-reviewed menu, along with the Sea Marge Hotel. The wide open sandy beaches that Norfolk is famous for lie adjacent to the cliff and there are stunning clifftop walks ideal for ramblers and dog walkers alike. There is a local primary school with a 'good ' Ofsted report and Schools for all ages in Cromer. The village is served by a local bus service.


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29 January 2018

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  • Roughton Road (1.4 mi)
  • Cromer (2.3 mi)
  • Gunton (3.5 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Roughton Road (1.4 mi)
  • Cromer (2.3 mi)
  • Gunton (3.5 mi)
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