Guide price £2,250,000
Close to Holt and ideal for Greshams School. An immaculately presented Grade II Listed William and Mary farmhouse dating from early 1700's with spectacular landscaped gardens, paddocks, stables, and a coach house with garaging, gym and studio. In all 6 acres (stms) set in a quiet village location just over 7 miles (stms) from Holt __________ GROUND FLOOR - Entrance hall - Drawing room - Dining room - Library - Large kitchen/breakfast room - Snug - Pantry - Boot room - Garden room - Study - 2 cloakrooms - Laundry room - Guest bedroom with en suite bath/shower room __________ FIRST FLOOR - Master bedroom suite with en suite bath/shower room and dressing room - Double bedroom - Single bedroom - Bath/shower room - Walk in dressing room __________ SECOND FLOOR - 3 further double bedrooms - WC - Shower room __________ OTHER - Many fine original features - Extensively refurbished in recent years - Quiet and private location within the village - Fully fenced boundaries - Potential for annex __________ OUTSIDE - Extensive coach house with garaging, studio and gym - Stables and workshop/store - Mature pastureland - Woodland - Formal landscaped gardens and pond - Summer house - Croquet lawn - Terracing and pergola - Willow plantation - Kitchen flower garden - Greenhouse __________ DRIVING DISTANCES (approx.) - The coast at Blakeney 11 miles - Holt 7.5 miles - Fakenham 8.5 miles - King's Lynn (mainline London King's Cross 1hr 40 mins) and Cambridge - 30 miles - Norwich 21 miles __________ SITUATION Beck Farm House stands on the edge of the small North Norfolk village of Hindolveston with good independent local shopping, Siding's artisan bakery, doctors' surgery and garage just over a mile away in Melton Constable. The Georgian market town of Holt is within very easy reach, renowned for its attractive street frontages and for its wide range of independent shops, as well as Bakers and Larners (a privately-owned department store), boutiques and cafes, doctors', dentists' and veterinary surgeries, banks, post office, good butchers and fishmongers and independent book shop. Holt is also home to the well-respected Greshams pre prep, prep, and senior schools, founded in 1555. Further along the coast Beeston Hall prep school is also within easy access. The town of Fakenham also offers schooling for all ages, medical centres, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants, garages and a cinema. Fakenham is transformed by its weekly market, 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. There are mainline train stations at Kings Lynn, Downham Market and the cathedral city of Norwich which also has an International airport, is renowned for its shopping and cultural facilities. Access to the coast is 11 miles to the north, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with one of the best bird reserves in Europe and a wide variety of other leisure pursuits available such as sailing, seal watching, golf and walking along the Norfolk Coast path. There are saltmarshes, long sandy beaches at low tides, creeks and the quintessential north Norfolk wide, open skies. __________ DESCRIPTION Beck Farm House is a handsome William & Mary house which is listed Grade II as being of outstanding architectural and historic interest. Believed to date from around 1700, the house which is south facing was extensively restored and improved by the previous owners in recent years with works including reroofing, rewiring, re-plumbing and new oak or tiled floors through much of the ground floor. On the south facing side of the house, the front door opens to the entrance hall with old pamment flooring and fine original wooden staircase, and beyond the stairs leads through to a small library and guest cloakroom. The main formal reception rooms are on either side of the entrance hall, the drawing room is a well-proportioned dual aspect room filled with natural light, with good ceiling heights, original cornice and open fireplace. Across the hall is the dining room, another beautifully proportioned room with original fireplace and wood burning stove. From the dining room a door gives access to a lobby with back stairs and door through to the spacious kitchen and breakfast room, limestone flooring runs through this room which is fully fitted with an extensive range of Fired Earth units with granite worktops, large central island, 4 oven electric Aga, further electric oven and hob and an Aga fridge freezer. There is currently a comfortable seating area and an adjoining breakfast room/study. A side lobby gives access to the boot room with door to the outside and access to a large walk-in pantry with sink. The garden room was built to link a former range of outbuildings to provide additional accommodation, but which could be used as a separate annex if required. Currently this comprises an impressive study with vaulted ceiling, wooden flooring, built in shelves and storage and French doors to the garden, a cloak room, a beautifully fitted and spacious laundry room and the guest bedroom with Fired Earth en suite bath/shower room. The garden room itself has limestone flooring and forms a stunning informal dining area from which to enjoy the wonderfully landscaped gardens and gives access via bifold doors to the terraces on either side for eating and entertaining. These rooms all have under floor heating. Taking the historic wooden staircase up to a galleried landing, the main bedroom is another wonderfully spacious room with dual aspect, ample wardrobe cupboards, and a newly fitted en suite bathroom with bath and large separate shower. Just across the landing is a fully fitted and spacious dressing room, making this the perfect main suite. The staircase leads on up to the second floor where two further double bedrooms have fine exposed beams and separate cloakroom with WC and shower room. A secondary staircase leads from the back hallway to a further landing off which are 3 bedrooms, a bathroom/shower room and walk in dressing room. __________ OUTSIDE Beck Farm House is approached via solid wooden gates to a gravelled driveway leading to a large parking area and through to a further gravelled courtyard also accessed by further separate double gates from the road, in fact the property has 3 separate gated entrances. There is a range of outbuildings of brick and tile construction comprising a double open cart lodge, enclosed double garage and 2/3 stables or stores together with wood and bin stores. There is also a large gym, studio with log burner and above the central cart lodge is a further studio which could easily be used as an office or playroom. Without question the gardens and grounds are a standout feature of this lovely family home, set in the centre of the village yet surrounded on three sides by its own land the property feels very private. Carefully thought out, there are two goods size meadows with mature hedging and stock fencing and an area of mixed woodland including birch, walnut, wild cherry and willow trees running along the neighbouring beck. A further area of willow has been planted and offers commercial possibilities. A working kitchen garden area has raised beds for vegetables and a cutting garden, and a greenhouse, rose hedging, a fruit cage and composting area. Fruit trees include apple and the village medlar tree which still provides large amounts of fruit which the vendors often share with their neighbours. To the front of the house a formal parterre is laid out with box hedging lavender and roses with fine shingle pathways. There is another large formal parterre leading off the west facing terracing, with elegant Cypress trees and borders of flowing grasses softening the feel and the original old washroom copper providing a centre piece. The garden is divided into "rooms" with yew and beech hedging, clever planting schemes provide colour and interest throughout the year and a west facing pergola makes a lovely place to sit surrounded and scented but honeysuckle, grape vines and yellow roses. The formal pond has been totally refurbished with natural solar fountains and clear water planting providing a haven for wildlife. There is a further large, grassed area, originally laid as a croquet lawn, although not currently used as such, and on either side silver birch trees have been planted interspersed with foxgloves and daffodils. A further orchard has plumbs, pears, greengage and cherries. This is a beautiful house in a stunning setting and the long term ideal family home. __________ LOCAL AUTHORITY North Norfolk District Council Band F __________ SERVICES Mains water, electricity and drainage, oil fired central heating __________ DIRECTIONS Leave Norwich on the A1067 Fakenham Road and upon reaching Guist turn right onto the B1110 towards Holt. Turn right at a crossroads into Hindolveston and the property can be found on your left hand side as you proceed through the village. __________ DATE DETAILS PRODUCED (Insert date here) __________ IMPORTANT NOTICE 1. 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