Guide price £1,250,000
Stow Bedon House is a superb detached former Georgian rectory of classical Italianate architecture. It stands in almost 3 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds and has the addition of a detached 2-bedroom cottage and an indoor swimming pool. The property has been extended and sympathetically refurbished, retaining many of the original period features. __________ GROUND FLOOR - Porch - Reception hall - Drawing room - Study/library - Dining room - Kitchen with Everhot range cooker - Day room - Conservatory - Utility room - Walk-in larder - Cloakroom - Rear lobby - Cellar __________ FIRST FLOOR - Master bedroom with en suite - 3 further bedrooms, 1 with en suite - Study - Family bathroom - Shower room __________ COTTAGE - Porch - Sitting room - Kitchen - Master bedroom with en suite & dressing room - 1 further bedroom - Family bathroom __________ OUTSIDE - Beautiful landscaped gardens - Paved terrace - Oriental garden - Kitchen garden - Orchard/paddock - Wood store - Indoor swimming pool with kitchen, changing rooms & WC's - Triple garage with boiler room & WC - Workshop - Machinery store - Potting shed - Gardens & grounds in all approx. 2.4 acres __________ DRIVING DISTANCES (approx.) - Watton 5 miles - Rocklands 1.7 miles - Hingham 7.2 miles - Attleborough 6.2 miles - Wymondham 11.7 miles - Diss 17.3 miles - Norwich 22.1 miles __________ SITUATION Stow Bedon is a popular village in the Wayland District, situated 5 miles from Watton and 6.2 miles from Attleborough. These market towns offer a range of amenities including post office, supermarkets, chemists and infant, junior and secondary schools. For golf enthusiasts, Richmond Park Golf Club (5.6 miles) has an 18-hole course, driving range and practice green. There is beautiful Norfolk countryside and woodlands close by, including Thetford Forest and Wayland Wood. There are nearby train stations at Harling Road (5.3 miles) and Attleborough (6.7 miles) with regular and direct services to Norwich and Cambridge. The property is well placed for Wymondham and its Waitrose superstore and excellent local amenities. There are two senior schools, including Wymondham High Academy and Wymondham College, which is a state boarding school. The Cathedral City of Norwich has a vibrant business community and as the regional centre has an extensive range of cultural and leisure facilities, including the Norwich City football club, The Theatre Royal, the riverside leisure development, complete with cinema and numerous restaurants and pubs. The City is well known for its excellent shopping with a combination of independent retailers along with a number of premium department stores. The University of East Anglia is situated to the south-west of the city, there is a teaching hospital and several business parks. Norwich has an excellent range of schools in both the state and private sector. The expanding Norwich International Airport is just to the north of the city whilst the coast and the Norfolk Broads are both within easy driving distance. The city has a mainline railway station with a service to London which goes via the town of Diss which 17.3 miles to the south of the property is offering a journey time from Diss of approximately one and a half hours to London Liverpool Street. __________ DESCRIPTION Stow Bedon House is believed to date from 1849 and was formerly a Rectory. It forms an elegant and spacious family house with well-proportioned rooms with good ceiling heights that make for light and elegant rooms. There are many period features throughout the property. These include original window shutters, sash windows, fireplaces, cornices and picture rails in the main reception rooms. This is a fabulous example of a property of this age coupled with modern additions. The present owners added the day room, conservatory and the triple garage, along with adjoining ancillary rooms in 2000. __________ HISTORIC ENGLAND The property is Grade II listed. Details of the listing can be found using the following references. Listing NGR: TL 95844 95858 List entry number: 1277899 __________ GROUND FLOOR The house is approached through a fine enclosed porch into a spacious reception hall with access to principal reception rooms and staircases leading to the first-floor accommodation and down to a tanked cellar. The reception hall features a lovely original fireplace with period ventilation outlet, tall sash windows and an archway leading through to the hallway. Off to the right of the reception hall is the drawing room with a beautiful ornate stucco work ceiling and elegant cornicing. This room features a fireplace with wood burning stove and enjoys an outlook across the rear terrace with fabulous views over the formal garden beyond. The study/library sits adjacent to the drawing room and benefits from built-in shelving and French doors opening out onto the rear terrace. The dining room features a beautiful marble fireplace, elegant cornicing and a further set of French doors opening out onto the rear terrace. Returning to the reception hall, an inner hallway leads down to the east wing, with the kitchen immediately off to the right. The kitchen has been superbly designed and fitted with bespoke design and handmade Bryan Turner cabinets. The kitchen comprises a range of fitted soft-closing wall and base cabinets with granite worktops. There is a central island with fitted cabinets and drawers and granite worktop. The kitchen features an integrated dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer and electric Everhot range cooker with induction hob. French doors open out to the rear terrace. The inner hallway gives access to a WC and an excellent range of storage cupboards with hanging. The day room sits adjacent to the kitchen and features a fine American Ash vaulted ceiling, a Velux window and American Ash bi-folding doors leading through to the conservatory. The conservatory benefits from 2 sets of French doors, one opening out onto the rear terrace and the other opening out to steps leading down to the formal garden. Leading off from the day room there is a walk-in larder with loft access and a utility room with built-in cabinets, sink and worktop space and further access to the loft. A rear lobby links the house to the triple garage and can be accessed from both the front and rear of the property. __________ FIRST FLOOR All bedrooms on the first floor enjoy the lovely views over the rear garden. The master bedroom benefits from dual aspect views to both the front and rear of the property and features a range of built-in wardrobes. The adjoining en suite bathroom comprises a bath with shower over, double sink vanity unit, bidet, WC and 2 heated towel rails, one of which can be controlled by the central heating or electricity. Bedrooms 2 and 4 benefit from a built-in cupboard. Bedroom 3 has a shallow built-in cupboard and benefits from an en suite facility comprising, walk-in shower, wash hand basin and WC. The family bathroom comprises bath, walk-in shower, double sink vanity unit, WC and 2 heated towel rails, both of which are controlled by the central heating or electricity. There is a separate shower room comprising walk-in shower, wash hand basin and WC. A study overlooking the front of the property completes the first-floor accommodation. __________ 2-BED COTTAGE The detached cottage is a fully self-contained 2-bedroom dwelling with fitted kitchen, sitting room, family bathroom and the master bedroom having an en suite shower room. There is a further room adjoining the master bedroom that could accommodate a nursery, dressing room or study for example. __________ OUTSIDE An electric gate opens onto a long-gravelled driveway, leading up to a large gravelled parking area at the front of the house and an attached triple garage. High clipped hedges surround the property and afford complete privacy. From the large gravelled parking area there is a pedestrian gate leading through to the 2-bedroom cottage and giving access to the rear garden. The gardens are a magnificent feature of this fine family house and have been developed over the years by the present owners. The main rear garden comprises a formal lawn with a wonderful box parterre, together with a number of mature trees and shrub and herbaceous borders. Steps lead up from the garden to a paved terrace that extends the entire width of the house and creates a great entertaining area with a lovely relaxed atmosphere. There is a small range of outbuildings, including a workshop, a machinery store and a potting store and there is also a greenhouse. An oriental garden is located to the west side of the property and features mature bamboo's and a pond. In all the gardens and grounds extend to approximately 2.4 acres. The indoor swimming pool is located in a detached building with vaulted ceiling, Velux windows and 6 sets of doors opening out to the garden. This area of the garden has been levelled out as a croquet lawn surrounded by mature hedges and interspersed with specimen trees. The building comprises 2 sets of changing rooms with showers and WC's, a sauna and a kitchen. Beside the swimming pool is a greenhouse and a small area of lawn. Sitting adjacent to the cottage there is an area of lawn and a kitchen garden and beyond the kitchen garden there is an orchard/paddock and a polytunnel. The triple garage has the benefit of electric doors, a pedestrian door to the rear garden and a WC. The boiler room is located here and there are 2 access points to the loft space. __________ LOCAL AUTHORITY Breckland Council, Band: G __________ SERVICES Oil-fired central heating, mains electricity and water, private drainage. __________ DIRECTIONS From Norwich take the A11 south and at Attleborough take the exit signed to Watton (B1077). Follow this road towards Watton into Great Ellingham and then into Rockland St Peter, for a distance of approximately 4.4 miles. Continue straight onto Bray's Lane and proceed for a further 0.7 miles and then turn right onto Mere Road. After approximately 0.4 miles the property will be located on the left-hand side of the road. __________ 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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