Guide price £1,325,000
A beautifully presented 5-bedroom Grade II Listed farmhouse dating from the 17th Century with later Victorian additions. Set within lovely gardens and grounds of 0.75 acre (stms) with grass tennis court, summer house/studio, courtyard terrace and private parking. Located on an idyllic quiet rural lane on the edge of the charming and quiet conservation village of Gunthorpe just 6 miles from the coast and close to Holt. Further paddock 1.23 acres (stms) available by separate negotiation __________ GROUND FLOOR - Kitchen/breakfast room - Conservatory - Entrance hall - Study/sitting room - Drawing room - Boot room - Utility room - WC __________ FIRST FLOOR - Master bedroom with en suite bath/shower room and dressing room - 2 double bedrooms - Single bedroom - Family bathroom - Separate WC __________ SECOND FLOOR - Double bedroom with en suite bathroom __________ OTHER - Superfast broadband available - Many original features - Exceptional rural location but not isolated __________ OUTSIDE - Enclosed gravelled parking for several cars - Open fronted garden storage barn - Large timber summer house/studio - Grass tennis court - Enclosed entertaining terrace - Gardens and grounds extending to 0.75 acres (stms) - Outside walk in catering fridge/cold store __________ DRIVING DISTANCES (approx.) - Holt 5 miles - Norwich 29 miles - Kings Lynn 32 miles - Blakeney 6 miles - Wells-next-the-Sea 9 miles ____________________ SITUATION Gunthorpe was mentioned in the Domesday Book and is a quiet village approached on small single-track roads culminating on the village green, within a conservation area in the valley of the River Gun. The Grade II Listed Gunthorpe Hall was built by Sir John Soane in 1789, the architect who designed the Bank of England building in Threadneedle Street. Today the village has a fine parish church and active village hall. The village sits quietly between the A148 and B1354 giving access to Norwich with train and international airport links and King's Lynn train links to Cambridge and London. There are plenty of amenities on offer locally in the Georgian market town of Holt and in Fakenham including schooling for all ages, medical centres, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants, garages and a cinema. Holt is renowned for its attractive street frontages and for its wide and eclectic range of independent shops, as well as Bakers and Larners - an exceptional privately-owned department store. Holt is also home to Gresham's pre-prep, prep and senior schools, founded in 1555. The popular Back to the Garden farm shop/cafe in Letheringsett and Bale garage are both very close for that pint of milk, delicious deli treats or Sunday newspaper! The town of Fakenham is transformed by its weekly market and auction with a farmer's market monthly and at least 12 race days a year held at Fakenham Racecourse - one of the finest national hunt racecourses in the country. __________ DESCRIPTION White Horse Farm dates from the 17th Century and it is believed that the original kitchen would have been the cattle shed and the owners would have lived above benefitting from the heat from the livestock below. A later Victorian wing was added, and this has created a family home which combines tall ceilings and big windows with much older character and features. The half glazed stable door leads into an entrance hall with staircase and under stair storage cupboard, steps lead down to the kitchen breakfast room, this large room has many original beams, pamment flooring and a working fireplace at the dining end of the room. With double aspect, there are windows and doors on each side leading out to an east facing conservatory and to the courtyard terrace on the other side. This room has wonderful old beams, some believed to have maritime history and old pamment flooring. The perfect family farmhouse kitchen which has been well thought out with a "cooks' eye". Fitted with a bespoke range of painted wooden units under oiled Teak worktops the kitchen benefits from a 4-oven oil fired Aga, double butlers sink and large island unit with marble worktop. Integrated appliances include a Bosch dishwasher, a Miele professional wider catering oven, gas hob and fridge freezer. The drawing room is a lovely well-proportioned room with high ceiling and a multi fuel wood burning stove set under a stone mantel piece. This room has double aspect with south views to the courtyard terrace and wonderful countryside views to the north. Beyond the drawing room, the spacious back hallway has an external door making the perfect boot room, and benefits from large storage cupboards. Beyond this room, the utility room has a sink and space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a separate WC. The study/sitting room is another lovely light room with painted floorboards, fireplace with wood burning stove and bookshelves. With high ceiling and large sash window overlooking the lane and across the meadow. Taking the stairs to the first floor a half landing window and a corner window seat overlooking the garden, make this a lovely bright space. The master bedroom is double aspect and mirrors the drawing room below with high ceiling and big windows and has an original cast iron Victorian fireplace. Step down into the very spacious en suite with double basins, large shower and freestanding claw foot bath, beyond the bathroom is a dressing room. A further double room in this Victorian end of the house is equally light and has an original fireplace and fitted cupboards. Steps down from the landing lead to the older part of the property, here the ceilings are lower and there are lovely old beams. On this level there is a single bedroom with wonderful old fireplace, the family bathroom with panelled bath and white bathroom suite and a really pretty double bedroom with painted beams, built in wardrobes and lovely views of the garden. Further stairs take you up to a spacious double bedroom with en suite bathroom and a good-sized loft storage room. __________ OUTSIDE This is a really attractive brick and flint property, adorned with climbing roses and wisteria, to the front of the house a low brick and flint rose covered wall surrounds the courtyard terrace, this sunny side of the house feels very French, the perfect place for summer entertaining or an evening sundowner. The back garden is surrounded by hedges, with a mown law, fruit trees and paths cut between wildflowers. A further large area of garden is laid to lawn with a beautifully kept grass tennis court and a large wooden summer house/studio with power and light, ideal for entertaining for maybe even as a home office. There is plenty of gravelled parking area which can be secured from the lane by 5 bar gates. Across the lane from the house a small paddock of 1.23 acres (stms) is available by separate negotiation. __________ LOCAL AUTHORITY North Norfolk District Council Band G __________ SERVICES Mains electricity and water, private drainage to shared treatment plant, oil fired central heating __________ DIRECTIONS From Holt take the A148 towards Fakenham and follow through Letheringsett and take the 5th right hand turning just before the Bale Garage on your right. Follow this small winding road past the church on your left, over a small hump back bridge until you reach the village green on your left take the left hand road that runs along the green and fork left, the property can be found on your right hand side before you leave the village. __________ 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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