Guide price £1,650,000
The Old Rectory is an elegant and beautifully presented 6-bedroom country home set in 1.78 acres (stms) of stunning landscaped gardens and benefiting from south facing open countryside views. With new cart lodge/studio. Located in the quiet village of Gresham just 4 miles from the coast and 7 miles from Holt. __________ GROUND FLOOR - Reception hall - Dining room - Drawing room - Sitting room - Library - Kitchen/breakfast room - Butler's pantry and separate larder - Utility room - Shower room/WC __________ FIRST FLOOR - Main bedroom with en suite bath and shower room - Guest bedroom with en suite shower room - 3 further double bedrooms - 1 single bedroom - Family bathroom __________ SECOND FLOOR - 3 attic rooms __________ OTHER - New kitchen with 4 oven AGA - Refurbished bathrooms - Private location with lovely views - Original features including shutters on many windows __________ OUTSIDE - Long privately owned driveway (one other house has right of access to their property) - Ample private parking - Newly built cart lodge/studio with power and insulation - Stunning landscaped gardens - Pond - Back courtyard garden - Spectacular Cedar of Lebanon tree - Greenhouse and several garden stores __________ DRIVING DISTANCES (approx.) - Sheringham 4 miles - Holt 7 miles (Greshams School) - Cromer 5 miles - Norwich (International airport and mainline trains to London Liverpool St) 22 miles - Beeston (Beeston Hall Prep) 4 miles __________ SITUATION The small north Norfolk village of Gresham sits just inland from the coastal towns of Sheringham and Cromer both offer beautiful links golf courses, sandy beaches, a variety of shops and supermarkets. The traditional seaside town of Sheringham was once an old fishing village and that heritage is still evident today. Both Cromer and Sheringham offer beaches that are family friendly, Sheringham also has colourful beach huts and Cromer has a wonderful pier and they both have promenades offering lovely walks. Both towns are bustling with independent retailers, cafes, tea rooms, museums and theatres and yearly carnivals. Gresham village has a primary school and nursery and schooling for all ages is available locally. There are a number of excellent private schools in the area including Beeston Hall School and Greshams at Holt, the renowned Georgian market town which offers an excellent selection of shops and local amenities. The nearest local railway stations can be found at Sheringham and Cromer with connections to Norwich from where there are mainline trains to London (Liverpool Street 100 minutes). Norwich also benefits from an International airport. Nearby is the National Trust's Sheringham Park, with miles of hilly countryside with spectacular Azaleas and rhododendrons in the spring, fabulous walks, and sea view. To the east of Aylmerton is the Felbrigg Estate owned by The National Trust and covering, in total, some 1,760 acres with a network of pathways and rights of way running through grassland and woodland. With activities including fine coastal walks, golf courses, sailing and bird watching all available on your doorstep this is a very special part of the world. __________ DESCRIPTION The front door opens to the elegant reception hall with original wooden floorboards, this area is filled with natural light and offers an enticing view of the garden on the south side of the house with French doors opening to the terrace. The dining room is a fabulous, beautifully proportioned room, with north aspect full height sash windows and original wooden shutters, wooden flooring and an elegant caste iron open fireplace with marble surround. Another lovely room, the south and east facing drawing room benefits from an open fire and a large bay window overlooking the garden. The library has an original fireplace with built in shelving and cupboards on either side, this room could double as a downstairs bedroom if required as it is close to a newly refurbished ground floor shower room/WC. The fourth reception room is a cosy south facing sitting room with small original open fireplace and a door opening to the kitchen breakfast room. There is a useful back hallway that leads from the kitchen breakfast room to the dining room and the house therefore flows very well. The kitchen has been completely redone by the present vendors, with a painted bespoke wooden base and wall units and deep pan drawers, along with a large island with further storage and small inset sink, ideal for food preparation. All the worktops are marble and there is a double deep butler sink. Integrated appliances include a Bosch dishwasher, AEG electric oven and microwave, double ring electric hob and 4 oven oil fired Aga. There is plenty of space for a freestanding American style fridge freezer and adjacent to the kitchen, a separate walk-in larder and butler's pantry. There is space in the kitchen for a dining table and chairs and French doors open to the south facing terrace and garden. Beyond the kitchen is a back hall/boot room with door to the courtyard and a very well fitted utility room with range of units, sink and space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. Elegant stairs lead up from the reception hall to a galleried landing. The main bedroom is on the west end of the house with a large south facing bay window offering lovely views. The room benefits from fitted wardrobes and a very stylish en suite bath/shower room with white sanitary wear, clawfoot bath, large rainfall walk in shower and elegant twin pedestal basins. There is also a walk-in airing cupboard with new pressurised water cylinder. The main guest bedroom is at the other end of the house a lovely big room with wooden flooring and an en suite shower room allowing guests privacy from the main part of the house. There are 4 further bedrooms on this level, currently the largest is used as an artist's studio, a fabulous room with part vaulted ceiling and large bay window to the south, the adjacent single room could potentially make an ideal en suite for this room. The two further doubles are a large south facing room and a smaller double on the north side of the house. The second floor is accessed via quite steep Norfolk winder stairs, here there are 3 further rooms which are currently used as a sewing room and for storage, they have heating and offer further potential for accommodation or teenage hang out space! __________ OUTSIDE Situated in the centre of the village and approached over a long privately owned driveway the property is tucked back and feels very private and the house sits quite centrally within its grounds. In front of the house there is a good-sized area of gravelled parking and the newly constructed cart lodge which was designed to be used as a studio with electricity, gallery lighting, good insulation, and glass bifold doors. It also doubles as a perfect outside dining room and could of course be a garage as well. The main garden is south facing with a fabulous tall castellated wall providing shelter on the north side, behind which is a wooden pergola which adjoins the house providing summer shade for outside entertaining. Old flint walls provide the boundary at the east end of the garden, abutted by borders filled with a blaze of summer colour and a natural pond brings in an abundance of wildlife. Although quite formal in layout with parteeres of box hedging and other enclosed areas, the focus of the garden has been to encourage insects, wildlife, birds and bees with beautifully mown lawns, interspersed with unmanicured areas filled with spring bulbs, wildflowers and tall alliums and log piles providing hedgehog havens. A south facing Mediterranean style terrace has been created with pea shingle pathways interspersed with olive trees, hardy herbaceous plants, ornamental grasses and fan trained fig trees making the most of this sunny spot. A spectacular cedar of Lebanon takes pride of place, but there are many other herbaceous borders, shrubs and trees, an area of less formal working garden where you can have a bonfire, a yew hedge avenue and formal vegetable and cut flower gardens with fruit trees, rose arbours and an herb garden. Several garden sheds and storerooms provide useful storage and there is also a greenhouse. This is really a place of peace and beauty that provides colour and interest all year round. __________ LOCAL AUTHORITY North Norfolk District Council Band G __________ SERVICES Mains water, drainage and electricity, oil fired central heating and Aga __________ DIRECTIONS From Holt take the A148 towards Cromer, drive past the left hand turning to Sheringham (A1082) and just after a large layby on your right, take the right hand at Pretty Corner turning towards Gresham (Gibbets Lane) proceed to a T junction, turn left and follow into the village of Gresham the turning to the property can be found on your right marked by a house name sign on the gate post, just opposite a footpath sign. __________ DATE DETAILS PRODUCED 12th April 2021 __________ 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. 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