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Bracondale, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1

Offers in excess of £900,000

Under offer

5 Beds 4 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: NOR180242

A fabulous 5/6-bedroom detached period property of historical interest built in approximately 1860 offering in excess of 3000 sq. ft of accommodation. Over the years the property has been extended and renovated to create spacious and flexible accommodation. The property features fine period detailing and benefits from off-road parking and is within a 0.6-mile walk from the city centre and a 0.7-mile walk of the train station.


  • Detached period property
  • Walking distance of City Centre
  • Garage + Off-street parking
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Reception Rooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 3131 Sq Ft


A fabulous 5/6-bedroom detached period property of historical interest built in approximately 1860 offering in excess of 3000 sq. ft of accommodation. Over the years the property has been extended and renovated to create spacious and flexible accommodation. The property features fine period detailing and benefits from off-road parking and is within a 0.6-mile walk from the city centre and a 0.7-mile walk of the train station. __________ GROUND FLOOR - Entrance hall - Family room - Sitting room - Kitchen - Dining room - Utility room - Shower room - Garden room __________ FIRST FLOOR - Main bedroom with en suite - Bedroom with en suite shower room - 2 further bedrooms - Family bathroom __________ SECOND FLOOR - Bedroom - Spacious sitting/study area/bedroom __________ BASEMENT - 2-room cellar __________ OUTSIDE - Electric gates with intercom - Generous south facing front garden - South facing terrace - Walled rear garden - Rear garden decking with heater, power & light - Garage - Ample off-road parking - Small outbuilding - Wood store __________ WALKING DISTANCES (APPROX.) - John Lewis, Norwich 0.6 mile - Norwich station 0.7 miles - Whitlingham Broad 1.5 miles __________ DRIVING DISTANCES (APPROX.) - Norwich station 1.2 mile - A146/A47 junction 1.3 miles - A47/A11 junction 6.5 miles - Wroxham 9.4 miles - Coast 20 miles __________ SITUATION 21 Bracondale is a charming and individual house within ten minutes' walk from the City Centre and just a short drive (0.7 miles) out to the A146 and A47. Bracondale is a hill leading down the valley between the 2 local rivers (Yare & Wensum). The road is home to a number of superb period properties, many dating back to the 19th century, when Bracondale was (and still is!) a fashionable location and enjoys a Conservation Area status. Norwich is England's first UNESCO City of Literature, and was once home to the novelist, poet, and local historian R.H. Mottram, who became Lord Mayor of Norwich in 1953. Interestingly, R. H. Mottram resided at 21 Bracondale in approximately 1912. Mottram was a conservationist, and in his memory a sculpture has been erected on St James' Hill, which is on the edge of Mousehold Heath, and offers wonderful panoramic views over Norwich. All of the amenities of the city are within walking distance including the family friendly Norwich City football club, the riverside leisure development complete with cinema and numerous restaurants and pubs. The property is also within a short walk of Norwich Cathedral, the immaculately preserved Cathedral Close and Norwich Castle, which was begun on the orders of William the Conqueror, and now houses a fine museum. The city is well known for its excellent shopping with a combination of independent retailers along with a number of well know establishments. In May each year, the city hosts the Norfolk and Norwich arts Festival, featuring music, theatre, dance, and other visual arts. The University of East Anglia is located in the city's outskirts and Norwich has an excellent range of state and private schools. The daily market in the centre of the city is a short walk, as is John Lewis and a number of other department stores. The mainline station is less than a 1-mile walk with a direct service to London Liverpool Street (quoted by Greater Anglia as 90 minutes). The expanding international Norwich airport is located to the north of the city and has daily flights to Europe and internal destinations. __________ DESCRIPTION Bracondale is the main historic route leading out of Norwich to the south and it is justifiably renowned for its fine period houses. 21 Bracondale is a distinctive property, believed to have been built in approximately 1860 and owned by the Colman family and then later becoming home to R.H. Mottram. Mottram wrote a number of books which were popular, some of which were made into films. In the books, 21 Bracondale is mentioned, including a reference to the maid living on the top floor, and the fine collection of wines in the cellar! The original property was probably a 2-storey detached house, which over the years has been extended to the rear. The property is of brick construction under a slate roof, with many of the elevations complemented by rendered walls. The property offers character, flexibility and elegance with well-proportioned light and airy rooms with good ceiling heights, and sash windows, which provide an abundance of good natural light. The property retains many classical period features, including original fireplaces, wood flooring, picture rails and cornicing, high skirting boards and original stained-glass windows. On entering the property there is a good-sized entrance hall. The front door features a stained-glass transom window and a stained-glass window to the left, producing good natural light. An elegant staircase with original balustrades rises from the main entrance hall to the first floor. To the right of the entrance hall is the sitting room, featuring original wood flooring, large bay window and original tiled fireplace with built-in shelving either side. To the left of the entrance hall is the family room, which benefits from double glazed triple aspect views, original shutters to the front elevation and glazed doors opening out to the side of the property and to the rear. The room features original wood flooring and a fireplace with woodburning stove. The kitchen was installed approximately 6 years ago and features an extensive range of painted wood cabinets, central island, and granite worktops. The kitchen includes a 5-burner range cooker with built-in extraction unit, butler sink and integrated dishwasher, refrigerator, and freezer. The kitchen further benefits from a larder and enjoys an aspect out to the rear garden. The 2 windows in the kitchen are double glazed. Adjoining the kitchen is a utility room with sink unit, ample space for freestanding appliances, skylight, and door to the rear garden. The dining room sits open plan to the kitchen and features a stained-glass window and door opening through to a small garden room to the rear of the property. Tucked away off to the right of the entrance hall, a beautiful stained-glass door opens through to a shower/wet room, featuring shower, wash hand basin, WC, and heated towel rail. This bathroom was installed approximately 5 years ago and has a large sky light which affords good natural light. Leading off from the rear hallway is a staircase leading down to a 2-room cellar. From the rear hallway there is also access to some loft storage. __________ FIRST FLOOR High ceilings and light and airy rooms further enhances the first-floor accommodation. The main bedroom suite features a remarkable leaded-light corner window with attractive and particularly striking stained-glass panels. The room further features built-in wardrobes, an original fireplace, and a deep shelved alcove with double glazed arched window. Adjoining the bedroom there is a large en suite shower room, installed approximately 5 years ago and featuring a walk-in shower, wash hand basin, WC and heated towel rail. Bedroom 2 features a double-glazed aspect to the front of the property and an original feature fireplace with recessed alcoves either side. There is an adjoining en suite with walk-in shower, wash hand basin and WC, installed in 2020. Bedroom 3 features a double-glazed aspect to the front of the property and an original feature fireplace. Bedroom 4 is located to the rear of the property and features built-in wardrobe and shelving. A transom leadlight window above the bathroom door provides excellent additional natural light to the first floor. The bathroom is a light and sunny room, refitted approximately 5 years ago. The bathroom features bath with shower over, wash hand basin, WC and heated towel rail. The window to the front is double glazed and the water tank is housed within a walk-in cupboard, located in the bathroom. __________ SECOND FLOOR A staircase leads up to two further rooms on the second floor. The first room is open plan to the staircase, with full length glazed door opening inwards and offering stunning far reaching city views. There are built-in cupboards, a wash hand basin and original fireplace. This area could lend itself to being an office, sitting room or additional bedroom accommodation. The adjoining bedroom benefits from a dual aspect, with double glazed window to the front. There is an original feature fireplace and access to the loft space. __________ OUTSIDE The property is approached through electric gates with intercom access and driveway providing ample off-road parking and leading to a single garage. The property has a good-sized south facing front garden with raised planted beds, paved terrace and several trees including pear, quince, and apple. There is a small wood store and a wrought iron gate leading through into the rear garden. The rear garden is enclosed by original walls, and benefits from a small outbuilding and a decked area that enjoys the mid-to-late afternoon sun. The decking enjoys the benefit of a heater, lighting and a power point. __________ LOCAL AUTHORITY Norwich Council, Band: G, Annual cost: £3,132.42 (2020/21) __________ SERVICES Gas fired central heating, mains electricity, water, and drainage. __________ DIRECTIONS From the A1054/A147 roundabout in front of County Hall, take the A147 (Bracondale) exit heading towards the city in a north/west direction. The property can be found on the left-hand side, just past the Corton Road turning on the right. __________ DATE DETAILS PRODUCED November 2020 __________ 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.