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The Arms, Nr Little Cressingham, Thetford, IP25

Guide price £625,000

5 Beds 6 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: BSE200142

Subtantial period family home within this quiet rural hamlet


  • A substantial period family home
  • Quiet rural hamlet location
  • Convenient access to the A11 and the north Norfolk coastline
  • 4 reception rooms
  • Master bedroom with dressing room & en-suite bathroom
  • 4 further double bedrooms all with en-suite shower rooms
  • Driveway and parking
  • Garaging for two cars
  • Enclosed gardens of about 0.43 of an acre (sts)


A substantial period family home tastefully modernised and well located within this quiet rural hamlet that gives convenient access to the A11 and the north Norfolk coastline. Aga reception/dining hall, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, boot/utility room, garden room/snug, study/library, large ground floor family bathroom and cloakroom. Cellar. First floor master bedroom with dressing room & en-suite bathroom, four further double bedrooms all with en-suite shower rooms. Driveway and parking, garaging for two cars and enclosed gardens extending to about 0.43 of an acre (sts). THE PROPERTY With origins believed to date back to the 17th century this superb period family home is principally of brick and flint construction under pan tiled roofs, with a 2008 brick-built extension across the rear. The previous owners comprehensively renovated and extended the property, making it into the spacious and well-presented family home that it is now. Due to the original character and style, combined with the well-planned extension, the property affords highly versatile space and a layout that should appeal to most buyers. The Old Arms benefits from lovely character features such as the bressumer beamed fireplaces, the original brick lined cellar and high ceilings with exposed timbers, that are complemented by more recent additions such as the double-glazed windows with internal oak window boards, oak flooring and plank doors with quality fixtures and fittings. The entrance reception/dining room was formerly used as the kitchen and could be again if preferred due to the oil fired four oven and hot plate AGA cooker set into the fireplace and a freestanding sink unit. The sitting room boasts a bressumer beamed fireplace with log burning stove, stone hearth, a TV shelf and drinks store cupboard below, set into the alcove. The kitchen/breakfast room unusually but most appealingly, accommodates another log burning stove fireplace and is fitted with a range of Corian topped kitchen units with sink and integrated dishwasher. There is also a Smeg gas fired hob cooker with convector oven, built in fridge freezer, water softener, tiled floor with electric underfloor heating and doors lead out to the rear garden, utility/boot room and study. The study, which has oak floorboards gives access through a double trapdoor hatch down to the old cellar, ideal for wine storage and leads through to the garden room/snug which, should it be required, could also double as an occasional ground floor bedroom as there is easy access to the large family bath/shower room, which is luxuriously fitted with an inset bath, large shower cubicle, double bowl sink unit and wc. The tiled floor also benefits from electric under floor heating and the fitted mirror has a demisting warmer as well. On the first floor, all five double bedrooms benefit from en-suite facilities with heated towel rails, with the master suite fitted with a freestanding bath, underfloor heating and heated mirror, while the others all have either corner or double shower cubicles. Three of the bedrooms also benefit from built-in cupboards. OUTSIDE With gated access to the front, the paved drive and parking area to the side of the house gives access to the tandem carport garage, which also affords the benefit of an inspection pit for car enthusiasts. To the front, screened by a high hedge giving excellent privacy, there is a paved terrace and mature shrub and flower beds with winding path through, adding to the charm. There is a large raised vegetable bed to the side of the house and to the rear the garden, mainly laid to lawn, is superbly planted with an excellent variety of fruit trees to include apple, pear, plumb, green gage, cherry, crab apple and an impressive pollarded Beech tree. The shrub and flower borders are also well stocked with plants and the area to the side gives a log store, raspberry and gooseberry beds, green house and compost area with a fenced ''secret garden' beyond. There is also a wooden hut. The grounds, which extend to about 0.43 of an acre are fenced and are considered dog proof. LOCATION The property is well positioned within the rural hamlet of The Arms, only a short distance from Little Cressingham, with a church and mill, which is both a water and wind mill, one of only two in Norfolk. The Arms is surrounded by wonderful countryside that is managed by the Ministry of Defence and utilised as a training ground. The market town of Watton lies just 2 miles away and offers a range of everyday facilities including a supermarket. Further facilities can be found in Swaffham (8 miles) and Thetford (13.5 miles). More comprehensive facilities can be found in Bury St Edmunds, Norwich and Cambridge, which offer an excellent range of schooling in the private and public sectors, extensive shopping facilities and a good range of leisure facilities including health clubs, swimming pools and golf clubs. There is good access to the A11 (M11) and A14 and the railway station at Brandon (11 miles) offers a link to mainline services to London via Ely and Cambridge or Norwich, also connecting to Peterborough.