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Guildhall Gardens, St Withburga Lane, Dereham, NR19

Guide price £650,000

5 Beds 3 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: NOR180085


CALL US 01603 612 333 EMAIL US AT Norwich
FIND US: 2 Redwell Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4SN

A magnificent recently converted 16th Century Grade II listed attached property situated in a historic part of Dereham and within a two-minute walk of the town centre. The property offers spacious and elegant accommodation laid out over three floors.


A magnificent recently converted 16th Century Grade II listed attached property situated in a historic part of Dereham and within a two-minute walk of the town centre. The property offers spacious and elegant accommodation laid out over three floors. __________ GROUND FLOOR - Portico - Reception hall - Bespoke handmade kitchen/breakfast room - Utility - Drawing room/dining room - Sitting room - Cloakroom __________ FIRST FLOOR - Master bedroom with en suite - Bedroom 2 with en suite - 2 further double bedrooms - Family bathroom __________ SECOND FLOOR - Substantial bedroom/playroom __________ OTHER - Large basement & wine cellar __________ OUTSIDE - Large south facing garden - Woodland views - Paved terrace - Off-road parking for 3 vehicles __________ DRIVING DISTANCES (approx.) - Swaffham: 12.4 miles - Wymondham: 12.4 miles - Norwich: 20.5 miles __________ SITUATION The property is located in the old part of Dereham near to the church and Guildhall gardens. A lovely market town, offering all the amenities you would require on your doorstep but still offering the privacy you would desire living in the town centre. The house is well placed for easy access to Norwich and Kings Lynn via the A47 and Cambridge via the A11. The Cathedral City of Norwich is renowned for its excellent leisure, shopping and cultural facilities as well as a number of respected private and state schools. There are mainline railway stations at Norwich or Downham Market, with regular services to London Liverpool Street or King's Cross. The North Norfolk Coast, which is renowned for its sandy beaches, bird reserves and sailing facilities, together with the Norfolk Broads are both within easy driving distance. __________ DESCRIPTION This stunning Grade II listed property in the heart of Dereham has played an important role in the history of the town, from the 16th Century onwards. Elements are still retained, such as a magnificent tri-arched window in the hallway, and a brick arched wine cellar. Later in the 18th Century a fine Georgian brick house was built over the site and the current Guildhall includes elegant columns and fanlights over the entrance doorways, high ceilings, tall sash windows and a beautiful early Norfolk Brick garden wall. __________ HISTORIC ENGLAND The following paragraph is taken directly from the Historic England listing entry: Listing NGR: TF 98754 13178 List entry number: 1169785 C18 and later incorporating some remains of C16 Guildhall in wall and in basement. large irregular house, now divided, red brick, mainly 2 storeys, pantiled and slated, part with attics. Sash windows with glazing bars. Wood pedimented Greek Doric porch on west. Fanlight above 6-panel door and side-lights. __________ GROUND FLOOR The property is entered via a portico, featuring a beautiful Georgian fanlight flanked by columns. You are immediately struck by the proportions of the large entrance hall with reproduction Victorian tiled flooring and a sweeping staircase up to the first floor. From the inner reception hall there is access to the principal reception rooms, the kitchen and the cellar. The beautiful handmade bespoke kitchen comprises solid wood units, granite work surfaces as well as double butler sink, and a Rangemaster, which is nestled within an inglenook with built-in extractor overhead. There is a purpose-built space for an American style fridge-freezer, and a pantry with electrics and plumbing for a dishwasher. From the kitchen you can enjoy views of the garden from the large full height sash window. The kitchen flows nicely into the grand drawing room/dining room. The curved bay front room has a beautiful parquet floor and three full height original sash windows with original glass, along with an exposed brick and original wooden fireplace with wood burning stove. This is a stunning room that enjoys a south facing aspect, overlooking the garden and woodland area beyond. The sitting room enjoys further views over the south facing garden with two full height period windows with original shutters. The floor features oak parquet flooring and there is an exposed brick fireplace with wood burning stove, flanked by bespoke bookshelves. Also, on the ground floor there is a tiled rear hallway where, as well as an external door to the garden, you will find a built-in utility area with ample space for freestanding appliances and a cloakroom comprising WC and wash hand basin. The basement/wine cellar dates back to the 16th Century, part of which has a curved brick ceiling, perfect for a wine cellar. There is lots of space for storage and an alcove for the boiler system. __________ FIRST FLOOR The sweeping staircase leads up to the first-floor bedroom accommodation. The grand master bedroom mirrors the drawing/dining room, with a triple curved bay with original sash windows. Opposite there is a wall of floor-to-ceiling fitted wardrobes and cupboards. The master en suite has a walk-in shower tiled in limestone, freestanding roll top bath, WC, his and hers wash hand basins and a heated towel rail. Bedroom 2 has further generous proportions with two original sash windows, Georgian shutters and window seats with views over the garden. The en suite has a walk-in shower with limestone tiling, wash hand basin, WC. and heated towel rail. Bedroom 3 is a spacious room with a tall sash window overlooking the garden, plus another sash overlooking the front of the property. This room benefits from a built-in wardrobe. Bedroom 4 is another good-sized room which can be interconnected with bedroom 3 if desired. This room features original sash window with original shutters. The family bathroom comprises corner shower tiled in limestone, free-standing roll top bath, wash hand basin, WC. and heated towel rail. __________ SECOND FLOOR A further staircase leads up to bedroom 5 on the second floor. This is an amazing space with original feature fireplace and exposed painted beams. This room has many possible uses including children's playroom, office annexe or a games room. __________ OUTSIDE To the rear of the property you can enjoy a large south facing garden with the beautiful Grade II listed wall along one side and woodland views. There is a paved landscaped area for alfresco dining, and access via a wooden door in the wall to the town beyond. Parking for the property is at the rear. A secluded paved and landscaped area with 3 freehold parking spaces. __________ LOCAL AUTHORITY Breckland District Council, Council Tax Band: F __________ SERVICES Gas central heating (new system installed in 2013). Water, gas, electric and mains sewerage are connected to the property. __________ DIRECTIONS Leaving Norwich by car, head west on the A47. After approximately 10 miles take the exit (A1075) towards Watton/Dereham. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Yaxham Road/A1075 and continue straight. At the roundabout, continue straight onto London Road and then take the 1st exit (Baxter Row) off the next roundabout. Turn right into Mary Unwin Road and then right onto Littlefields. Continue onto St Withburga Lane and then, on the left, take the entrance to Breckland offices and follow the first lane on the right round to the private parking area. From the marketplace in the centre of Dereham take Church Street down and past the church. Follow this round to the left past Bishop Bonner's cottage and The Guildhall will be found 200 yards on the left. Take the entrance to Breckland offices and follow the first lane on the right round to the private parking area. __________ IMPORTANT NOTICE 1. These particulars have been prepared in good faith as a general guide, they are not exhaustive and include information provided to us by other parties including the seller, not all of which will have been verified by us. 2. We have not carried out a detailed or structural survey; we have not tested any services, appliances or fittings. Measurements, floor plans, orientation and distances are given as approximate only and should not be relied on. 3. The photographs are not necessarily comprehensive or current, aspects may have changed since the photographs were taken. No assumption should be made that any contents are included in the sale. 4. We have not checked that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation approval, statutory or regulatory permissions or consents. Any reference to any alterations or use of any part of the property does not mean that necessary planning, building regulations, or other consent has been obtained. 5. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves by inspection, searches, enquiries, surveys, and professional advice about all relevant aspects of the property. 6. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact; we have no authority to make or give any representation or warranties in relation to the property. If these are required, you should include their terms in any contract between you and the seller. 7. Note to potential purchasers who intend to view the property; we would politely ask you discuss with our staff the reason for the property coming onto the market and if there is any point of particular importance to you, before you make arrangements to visit or plan a viewing appointment. 8. Viewings are strictly by prior appointment.