Guide price £1,200,000
A beautifully restored Grade II listed 5-bedroom property, this former inn was one of the first buildings in the town of wells next the Sea. Currently run as a successful holiday rental, the property is just 5 minutes' walk from the Quay and within easy reach of the beach and town facilities. With double garage, private parking, walled garden and entertaining terrace. OPEN DAY SATURDAY 13TH JULY 11AM TO 3PM BY APPOINTMENT. __________ GROUND FLOOR - Entrance hall - Sitting room/snug - Drawing room - Kitchen/dining room - Walk in larder - Family room - WC - Utility room - Wet room - Cellar __________ FIRST FLOOR - Master bedroom with en suite bath and shower room - Double bedroom en suite bathroom - Double bedroom __________ SECOND FLOOR - 2 double bedrooms - Shower room __________ OTHER - Some underfloor heating - Alarm system - Many original features - Distant sea views - Double glazing __________ OUTSIDE - Double garage - Sheltered entertaining terrace - Enclosed front garden and parking - Walled rear garden - Enclosed former barn area with potential for further development subject to planning __________ DRIVING DISTANCES (approx.) - Burnham Market 5 miles - Fakenham 10 miles - Holt 12 miles - Brancaster 9 miles - Kings Lynn (mainline station to Cambridge and London Kings Cross) 29 miles __________ SITUATION Wells-next-the-Sea is a small town with a big personality. From the late 15th century up until the early 20th century, it was a major port and still attracts a wide variety of pleasure craft alongside the fishing fleet bringing in the daily catch. The Quay is the focal point of the town dominated by the iconic granary building with its distinctive overhanging gantry. Visitors enjoy "gillying" from the harbour wall for crabs next to the permanently moored ''Albatros', a former Dutch cargo ship, now a restaurant. Access to the sea from the house by a 15-minute walk across meadows and through the pinewoods or take a mile-long walk along the sea wall, drive or even hop on the narrow-gauge railway. The wonderful sandy beach is fringed by dunes and pinewoods with a beautiful array of coloured beach huts. Eastwards from the Quay is "East End" where you can pick up the coastal path to Stiffkey and beyond, taking in the views across the saltmarshes. The town itself, predominantly Conservation Area, is made up of narrow streets and ''yards' leading up from the Quay with many buildings like this property, dating back to the early 17th century. Of particular note is the tree lined square known as the "Buttlands," made up of impressive late Georgian and Victorian properties. There are plenty of amenities including schools, doctor and dentist, library, food stores, pubs and restaurants as well as interesting independent boutiques and galleries. This vibrant community organises year-round events and helps keep this seaside town one of the most desirable places in Norfolk to live. __________ DESCRIPTION Laylands is of brick construction under a pantile roof, believed to be the first building on the road to Wells-next-the-Sea and one of the earliest buildings in the 15th century town. It was originally built as an inn offering shelter to the drovers from the north bringing cattle and sheep to catch boats to the continent. The old settle where the drovers drank their ale remains in the corner of the entrance hall. Double half glazed doors under a covered porch, lead into the entrance hall with staircase, pamment flooring, old Victorian cast iron fireplace and corner settle. A door leads to steps down to a the cellar which houses the boiler and water cylinders and makes a very useful storage space. To your right off the hallway is a small sitting room/snug with a wonderful old inglenook fireplace with gas fired wood burner inset. The drawing room is nicely proportioned and of good size, with wood burning stove set in the inglenook fireplace which has a lovely old beam above and is lined with mellow old bricks. Following through the hallway to the back of the house leads you past the old inn settle, this is incorporated into a curved panelled wall and could certainly tell a tale or two of times gone by. Following through from the hall there is a small back hallway with separate WC. In the centre of the house the current vendors have created a magnificent and very spacious kitchen dining room with vaulted ceiling and Velux windows adding lots of natural light, French doors with full height windows on either side open to the terrace and entertaining area. The kitchen is fitted with a range of painted wooden units under oak block work tops and there is a large island unit. Integrated appliances include a Fisher Paykel double oven cooking range with extractor above, Bosch dishwasher and ceramic sink unit. There is plenty of space for an American style fridge freezer and there is a very useful walk in pantry with plenty of shelving. Ceramic tiles with underfloor heating run throughout the kitchen. Step up from the kitchen into the family room which creates the perfect family living space with comfortable seating, dining and cooking all together and also gives another dimension to the space in the house with 3 reception rooms there is always somewhere you can find a quiet corner to escape. From the family room stairs lead up to an open loft room currently used as bedroom 5, this would also make a good study area. The utility room/back hall has a back door leading to the garden and terrace, with ceramic tiled flooring, butlers sink and space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer and with a separate wet room this is the perfect place for muddy dogs and sandy children to clean up after a day on the beach! The first-floor landing has south aspect with a large linen cupboard. There are two double bedrooms on this level one with en suite bathroom with shower over and the master bedroom has a large walk in cupboard, and en suite bathroom with white bathroom suite, free standing claw foot bath, separate shower and heated towel rail. On the second floor there are two further double bedrooms and a shower room. From upstairs you can glimpse distant views of the beach. __________ OUTSIDE Laylands enjoys an elevated position with views over a green belt conservation area. The house is detached with secluded front and rear gardens. The large rear garden, which is walled and south facing, has mature fruit trees and a generous sheltered terrace which is a sun trap and perfect for outside dining. There is a double garage and parking for several cars at the front of the property and a former barn which has long since lost its roof hides behind a door and this would make the perfect place to put a swimming pool or even to create an annex subject to any necessary planning permission. __________ LOCAL AUTHORITY North Norfolk District Council __________ SERVICES Mains water drainage and electricity, mains gas central heating. __________ DIRECTIONS From the quay in Wells head west of the B1105 Holkham Road and the property can be found on the left-hand side just before you leave the village and before you reach the right hand turning to the car park. __________ 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 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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