Guide price £750,000
1 Willets Court is a fabulous 4-bedroom conversion of a former textile building that has been beautifully finished to an exacting standard. The property offers contemporary living within the heart of the historic Conservation Area of the city, yet peaceful and private and just a short walk to office, schools, shops or the station. __________ GROUND FLOOR - Entrance hall - Kitchen/breakfast room - Dining room - Sitting room - Bedroom 4 - Utility room - WC __________ FIRST FLOOR - Master bedroom with en suite - 2 further bedrooms - Family bathroom __________ OUTSIDE - Secure gated courtyard entrance - Enclosed courtyard garden - Off-road parking - Garage - External sensor lighting __________ WALKING DISTANCES (approx.) - Norwich Railway Station 0.9 miles - Norwich Bus Station 0.6 miles - Norwich Market Place 0.3 miles __________ SITUATION 1 Willets Court is situated within a popular residential area that offers a fascinatingly eclectic mix of private dwellings, shops, restaurants and tea rooms. Formerly fortified, the City of Norwich was once the second largest city in the land, with a long and celebrated history in the manufacturing of wool, shoes, mustard and the chocolate industry. Few, however, would be aware of its once leading and regal reputation as shawl manufacturers. Worn by the elite around the world and gifted to royalty, the Norwich Shawl was once the very height of fashion and social standing. During the early 18th Century, Henry Willetts was responsible for one of the city's leading shawl manufacturers, set in the heart of Pottergate. The property sits close to the River Wensum, which meanders through the city and offers boat and canoe rental and there are various pubs situated along the river itself. There's a riverside path which winds its way around the centre of Norwich or, in another direction, out towards the twenty-six miles of paths that make up Marriott's Way, a route loved by runners and cyclists alike. The property is also within a short walk of Norwich Cathedral, the immaculately-preserved Cathedral Close and Norwich Castle, which was begun on the orders of William the Conqueror, and now houses a fine museum. Pottergate offers excellent access (much of it just a brief walk away) to shopping, restaurants, and many of the city's principal cultural venues, including a multiscreen arts cinema housed in a period building nearby and the city's main theatre. Norwich has a vibrant business community and, as the regional centre, has an extensive range of cultural and leisure facilities, including museums, the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, theatres, cinemas, Norwich City Football Club and numerous chains and independent restaurants and pubs. In May each year, the city hosts the Norfolk and Norwich arts Festival, featuring music, theatre, dance and other visual arts. The University of East Anglia is located in the city's outskirts and Norwich has an excellent range of state and private schools. The city benefits from excellent and varied shopping. The mainline railway station is either an easy walk or a short drive from the property. There are regular direct trains to London (quoted by Greater Anglia at 1hr 50 mins to Liverpool Street Station) and a direct connection to Cambridge among other destinations. Norwich also has an expanding international Airport, which is just 4 miles north of the City. Both the North Norfolk coast, renowned for its sandy beaches, bird reserves, seals and sailing facilities, and the Norfolk Broads are within easy driving distance. __________ DESCRIPTION A secure gated entrance leads into Willets Court, which consists of 9 properties within the grounds of the former Willets manufacturing site. This courtyard of properties incorporates the former manor house, servants' quarters and workshops; all converted and renovated to an excellent standard. 1 Willets Court was completed in 2001 and has been occupied by the present owner since then. The property enjoys a west facing aspect and offers a number of original period features including exposed beams and original wood flooring. __________ GROUND FLOOR The newly refurbished entrance hall features wood effect tiled flooring and feature radiator. The newly refurbished cloakroom leads off from the hallway and comprises wash hand basin, WC and heated towel rail. The utility room was fully refurbished in 2017 and comprises a range of fitted soft-closing cabinets, worktop and sink and space for 2 freestanding appliances. Bedroom 4 is also accessed from the hallway and features wood flooring and exposed beams and benefits from a dual aspect. The kitchen/breakfast room is accessed from the hallway. This is a light and spacious room with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. For additional comfort there is underfloor heating. The custom-made kitchen was fitted in 2014 and has been creatively designed to maximise on efficiency of space. The kitchen incorporates a range of soft-closing fitted cabinets, with breakfast bar, granite worktops and sink with tri-flow tap. Integrated appliances comprise double oven, combination microwave, dishwasher, induction hob with extractor fan, a wine fridge and water softener. There is a purpose-built space for an American style fridge-freezer. The addition of the dining room in 2014 has created a lovely living space, and with bi-fold doors opening out to the enclosed courtyard garden, it has the effect of bringing the outside in. This room benefits from underfloor heating and features electric blinds and 2 large skylights with electric rain sensors. The internal bi-fold doors between the dining room and sitting room are perfect for separating the two spaces or connecting them as an open plan living space. The sitting room features wood flooring, exposed original beams and an open fireplace. __________ FIRST FLOOR An oak spiral staircase leads up to the accommodation on the first floor. Original polished floorboards and original exposed beams are beautiful features throughout the first floor. The master bedroom overlooks the front of the property, enjoying a dual aspect with the addition of French doors and Juliet balcony. There are a range of fully-fitted custom made soft-closing wardrobes and drawers. The en suite shower room comprises walk-in rain shower, wash hand basin and WC. Bedrooms 2 and 3 are further doubles, both featuring original wood flooring and exposed beams. Bedroom 3 benefits from a range of fitted wardrobes and cupboards and a built-in computer desk. There is access to the fully-boarded loft space from this room with the addition of an aluminium retractable ladder. The family bathroom comprises bath, wash hand basin, WC and heated towel rail. __________ OUTSIDE The west facing courtyard garden features an area of Astroturf and a block paved terrace, surrounded by mature hedging. There is a beautiful climbing Jasmine and fruit trees including, peach, pear and apricot. The detached garage is fully insulated with electric door, power and light and built-in storage cupboards. __________ LOCAL AUTHORITY Norwich City Council, Band: E __________ SERVICES Gas fired central heating, mains electricity, water and drainage. __________ MAINTENANCE Approximately £30.00 per annum is payable to Willets Court Management Company to cover maintenance of the gate, lighting and communal area. __________ DIRECTIONS Located in the centre of Norwich, this property is accessed via a discrete arched passage (between The Gateway building and number 89 Pottergate) which leads you away from the surrounding cobbled streets of Pottergate to the secure, gated entrance of the enclosed courtyard. Select number 1 on the buzzer to alert us of your arrival. __________ 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.
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