Guide price £1,350,000
A fine and rare Grade II listed house, mid-16th Century, situated in the heart of the village but offering secluded outside entertaining space in the south facing garden, leading to private river frontage with stunning views down the Stiffkey valley. Large light reception rooms, 6 bedrooms together with a traditional barn and unmodernised cottage. Located in the sought-after coastal village of Stiffkey on the North Norfolk coast. __________ GROUND FLOOR - Reception/Dining hall - Kitchen/breakfast room - Drawing room - Utility room/ pantry - Boot room - WC - Entrance Hall __________ FIRST FLOOR - Master bedroom - 3 further double bedrooms - Single bedroom - 3 bathrooms - Storage room __________ SECOND FLOOR - Double bedroom/study - Large loft storage room __________ OTHER - The property adjoins a cottage on the ground floor level only - Many original features - New oil tank - Private drainage updated to meet new regulation - Superfast broadband available __________ OUTSIDE - Sheltered south -facing walled garden with private river frontage - Traditional Norfolk barn with separate unmodernised cottage - Shared driveway leading to private off-road parking __________ SITUATION Great Yard House offers a unique combination of rural landscapes with the convenience and benefits of village amenities right on the North Norfolk coast. The property is nestled in the heart of the village giving immediate walking access to the Salt Marshes, Coastal Path, local pub and church, whilst the private entrance through the barn door leads to the stylish Stiffkey Stores and Post Office. Great Yard House aspects the River Stiffkey with almost 60 metres of private River frontage and the secluded south -facing garden is sheltered from the wind and presents a tranquil vista of the Stiffkey valley. Stiffkey is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with direct access to the saltmarshes and winding creaks running out to miles of sand at low tide. This is an important conservation area for breeding birds and the Norfolk Coastal Path leads to Blakeney to the east or Wells-next-the-Sea to the west. Whether it's taking a trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point, birdwatching at NWT Cley Marshes, walking the Norfolk Coastal Path or simply messing about in boats, there is year-round activity along the Heritage coastline. Stiffkey is also famous for its ''Stewkey Blues' cockles, which are given their blue hue by the mud they live in. You will also find samphire growing here which is a local delicacy. The village benefits from the popular Stiffkey Red Lion pub/hotel which specialises in local produce and fine ales and Stiffkey Stores and Post office where you can buy gifts, essentials, locally made sourdough bread or enjoy their delicious coffee and cakes. Just four miles along the coast you will find award-winning beaches at Holkham and Wells and the nearby Georgian market town of Holt offers a variety of independent food stores, boutiques and pubs/restaurants alongside the long-established Gresham's School, founded in 1555. __________ DRIVING DISTANCES (approx.) - Holt 9 miles - Blakeney 4 miles - Kings Lynn 32 miles (mainline rail links to London Kings Cross via Cambridge) - Wells next the Sea 4 miles - Burnham Market 9.5 miles __________ DESCRIPTION Great Yard House is constructed of traditional brick and flint with pantile roof and is mentioned in Pevsner as dating from the 16th Century. The elaborate decoration incorporated in the exterior such as the graduated window pediments and the red brick lozenge patterns in the flint walls on the riverside indicate it was one of several manorial sites in Stiffkey in the second half of the 16th Century. An old solid oak front door leads into an inner lobby with separate cloak room. This opens into the first reception room/dining room with wonderful old pamment floor tiles laid in diamond format, a high beamed ceiling and a large inglenook fireplace with contemporary wood burning stove. Spacious and light with south and north aspect, a further oak door leads out to the garden and the winding oak stairs lead up from this room to the first floor. To your left from the hallway, the kitchen breakfast room is also bright and well-proportioned with north and south aspect there is plenty of space for a big dining table and chairs and the kitchen area is fitted with a range of paint finished units, with integrated double oven and hob with extractor fan, and a dishwasher and fridge freezer. Off the kitchen is a useful back hallway/ boot room with exterior door and a small utility room with sink and space for washing machine and tumble dryer, also useful as a pantry as is north facing. The boiler is also located in a cupboard off the kitchen. The drawing room is most impressive and spacious, flooded with light from 3 sides and overlooking the garden, it has the same pamment flooring, an open fireplace and oak mullioned windows with wide windowsills, this really is a wonderful living space that can be both formal or family friendly. Take the winding stairs to the first-floor landing which has storage cupboards, an airing cupboard and a separate useful eaves storage room. The master bedroom has pride of place and is a large room overlooking the garden and the river, with south and east aspect, a wall of fitted wardrobes and an adjacent bathroom. There are 3 further double bedrooms, all with fitted wardrobes, south aspect and views of the river and gardens, a single/bunk room and two further bathrooms on this floor. Further winding stairs lead to the loft rooms there is a big walk in storage room and a further room that has south and west aspect that would make a further double bedroom or ideal study. _________ OUTSIDE This is a wonderful old property brimming with character, constructed of brick and napped flint under pantile roof with oak mullioned windows on the south side, it is semidetached. The shared driveway leads onto private grounds extending to 0.4 acre (stms) with plenty of space for parking several cars. A traditional Norfolk barn sits between the house and the coast road, this lovely old barn has been recently re roofed and is full of charm, ideal for garaging, storage or parties, it has endless possibilities, a door from the barn leads directly to the access to Stiffkey Stores. Adjoining the barn is an old 1 up /1 down cottage (James' cottage) with winding staircase and wonderful views from upstairs down the Stiffkey valley and if refurbished could offer great office or additional accommodation space subject to any necessary planning permission. On the south side of the property the main garden is walled and was originally designed by Antony King-Deacan who described it as a very romantic and burden less garden with a riot of colour and interest throughout the summer. The garden runs down to the River Stiffkey and the riverbank can be used for fishing for sea trout or watching the kingfishers. There is a flag stoned terrace, brick and flint shed and mature, trees, herbaceous borders and shrubs. A side gate gives access. __________ LOCAL AUTHORITY North Norfolk District Council Band G __________ SERVICES Mains electricity and water, private drainage, oil fired central heating. __________ DIRECTIONS Follow the A149 coast road into Stiffkey village and the entrance to the shared driveway can be found on the corner of the A149 and bridge street. Drive to your right and the property is the last on your left. __________ 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 importance to you, before you plan to visit or plan a viewing appointment. 8. Viewings are strictly by prior appointment.
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