Guide price £2,795,000
The Old Rectory is an immaculately presented Grade II Listed property, meticulously restored, and now offering a wonderful marriage of modern living and 18th/19th century elegance. Set in 1.86 acres (stms) of beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds with a large unconverted barn. Located on the edge of the thriving village of Foulsham, just 11 miles from Holt. __________ GROUND FLOOR - Reception Hall - Kitchen - Breakfast room - Larder - Dining room - Drawing room - Study - Laundry - Boot room - Cellar - WC __________ FIRST FLOOR - Main bedroom suite with dressing room and en suite bath/shower room - Sitting room - Double bedroom with en suite bath/shower room - 2 further double bedrooms - Dressing room - Family bath/shower room __________ SECOND FLOOR - 3 double bedrooms/potentially home office space - Media room/bedroom 8 - Guest bathroom __________ OTHER - Immaculately presented and updated throughout - Elegant, light and spacious rooms that flow beautifully - New zoned pressurised water and heating system - Many fine original features including fireplaces and window shutters - Well thought out storage cupboards throughout. - Good Wi-Fi - Wood burning stoves in main reception rooms __________ OUTSIDE - Beautifully designed private gardens and grounds - Extensive entertaining terraces - Victorian style glass house - Courtyard garden - Further garden storage rooms - Folly - Octagonal former game larder - Sweeping circular driveway - Planning application in for substantial cart shed and garaging (Planning drawings available) - Substantial unconverted barn - Fruit cage __________ DRIVING DISTANCES (approx.) - Holt 11 miles - Reepham 5 miles - Fakenham 9 miles - Norwich 18 miles ( International airport and mainline links to London Liverpool St ) - Kings Lynn 31.5 miles (Mainline trains to London Kings Cross via Cambridge) - The North Norfolk Coast at Blakeney 14 miles __________ SITUATION . The Old Rectory sits adjacent to the church in the picturesque North Norfolk village of Foulsham. The village was largely rebuilt after a fire in 1770 and today contains a large number of attractive Georgian properties. This thriving village retains a good number of amenities, including village shop, public house and primary school. The picturesque market town of Holt is a 20-minute drive away and is renowned for its attractive street frontages, Greshams Schools and a wide range of independent shops and boutiques. A few miles in the other direction is Burnham Market which is a vibrant and trendy village again offering a wealth of shops and restaurants and is a popular tourist destination, being set just inland from Holkham Beach and Burnham Overy Staithe. There is a buzz in the air as the region enjoys everything on offer from locally sourced butchers, fishmongers and farmers markets to artisan bakers, cool coffee shops, restaurants, delicatessens, up-market farm shops and art galleries. The small village of Guist is 3 miles away and offers an adorable general store and village post office and the market town of Reepham, only 5 miles away, has schooling for all ages, doctors, florist, butcher etc. The privately owned village of Heydon is an easily accessible destination with amongst other things, a great pub, tea rooms and wood fired bakery, or at nearby Brisley, the award winning Brisley Bell. 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 Norwich (to Liverpool St), Kings Lynn (to Kings Cross) and Downham Market (Kings Lynn line). Norwich International Airport is 30 minutes' drive and London Stansted Airport is 1hr 45mins drive. The cathedral city of Norwich is a 35 mins drive away and is renowned for its shopping and cultural facilities. From Foulsham you have easy access to the entire North Norfolk coast which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area boasts the best bird reserve in Europe and there is a wide variety of other leisure pursuits available such as sailing, golf, seal watching and walking along the Norfolk Coast pathways. There is so much to explore: long sandy beaches, creeks, saltmarshes and the quintessential and much painted North Norfolk wide, open skies! __________ DESCRIPTION The Old Rectory is an extremely elegant and attractive Grade II listed country house, displaying a beautiful blend of Georgian and Victorian architecture. The front of the house has a classical pedimented parapet that takes centre stage and dates back to 1700s, internally, this original building offers generous ceiling heights, large sash windows and good-sized rooms. In the mid 1800's the Victorians added elegant extensions on either end of the house continuing symmetry externally and providing even higher ceilings, even more light, space and elegance on the inside. The result of which creates a wonderfully light and fresh house offering beautiful space and a sense of calmness. This is a comfortable family home that flows beautifully. On the ground floor a large reception hall sits centrally to the house with the original staircase leading up to the first floor, all the main reception rooms lead off this hallway and there is separate panel walled WC. The kitchen and adjoining breakfast room are located on the east side of the property with wide sash windows, window seats and glazed doors leading out to the garden and terrace. The kitchen is fitted with a large bespoke wooden island unit with granite worktops and oak breakfast bar. Integrated appliances include a Mercury range cooker, bin storage and Fisher Paykel appliances including an undercounter drawer dishwasher and drawer style fridge. Fired Earth limestone flooring has underfloor heating in this room and there is a wood burner in the breakfast room. A very well laid out adjoining pantry provides plenty of useful shelving and storage for further kitchen appliances, integrated, full size fridge and freezer and a larder cupboard. In this new world of ''working remotely' this house offers several home office areas, from the top floor to the already established study on the ground floor, all boasting beautiful views and fast wi-fi! The study leads off the kitchen with newly installed oak doors providing excellent sound proofing, this room has fitted shelving, a cosy wood burning stove and an original panelled wall. Here a little glimpse of the past can be seen with the original servants bells still in situ. The elegant drawing room and formal dining room both have high ceilings with original mouldings, wood burning stoves and wooden flooring. French doors lead out to the garden and terrace. Large sash windows provide lots of natural light and lovely views and the dining room has fitted display shelving. Also, on the ground floor the spacious laundry room has integrated washing machine and tumble dryer and an original stone sink. The well fitted boot room is located by the side entrance, leading onto the courtyard. A back staircase takes you up to the first floor and another door leads down to the 3-room cellar. Taking the front staircase to the galleried landing the main bedroom suite incorporates three spacious rooms in the Victorian end of the house, a large dressing room with plenty of fitted wardrobe and cupboard space and the main bedroom both overlook the garden, these rooms have elegant mantlepieces with the original cast iron fireplaces and working gas fires. The en suite bath and shower room has double basins, a freestanding claw foot bath and oversized rainfall shower. A few steps down from the galleried landing leads into the older part of the property, here a brilliant use of space has created a comfortable sitting room from which 3 double bedrooms lead off, one has a contemporary en suite bath/shower room, definitely a room with a view, looking straight down the garden to the folly! The other two bedrooms share another stylish bathroom with roll top bath, double basin vanity and large shower. Also on this floor, a state of the art "engine room" is the perfect drying room with 2 newly installed pressurised water cylinders. The system is zoned into 4 areas to allow the heating and hot water to be controlled as needed. By the back staircase one whole wall is taken up with linen cupboards. The second floor of the main house has become invaluable being used as home office space and guest accommodation, here there are 4 further large rooms, currently 2 guest bedrooms double up as home offices, 1 room doubles up as a media room and home office and the 4th is set up as a dormitory for kid's sleepovers . A further family bathroom is located on this floor. __________ OUTSIDE A sweeping horseshoe driveway leads past the old barn and stables to the front of the house with a magnificent floodlit sweet chestnut tree taking pride of place. The front garden is beautifully established with mature trees and shrubs and a lovely tall, rendered wall. At the front and back of the house, climbing white roses and hydrangea compliment the mellow brickwork. The barn is a spectacular space and offers so many possibilities, with the original wooden stalls, it used to be the village hall and was also the village engine house for the fire station, with an Engine House plaque dated 1853. Planning permission was purposefully allowed to lapse while the current owners thought about how they best wanted to convert the barn. It has great potential to be so many things from a luxury dwelling to an open creative space, a party barn, or a mix of all things. The house sits in the middle of its plot, the main (back) gardens are on the east side of the house, the garden is fully enclosed by old walls and mature hedging offering complete privacy. Garden Designer George Carter has helped to bring symmetrically back into the garden by using gravelled pathways, obelisks and formal yew hedging, all of which create avenues and enclosed areas where lavender and colourful herbaceous borders frame wonderful vistas. A wooden folly sits centrally at the far end of the garden, with a large lawn in front that could potentially be a grass tennis court or equally it offers a natural place to put in a swimming pool. This is a garden for all seasons where formal areas lead into more natural wild spaces and woodland with bluebells, snowdrops and daffodils. A large, paved terrace runs the entire length of the house, perfect for entertaining, and an impressive Victorian style glass house provides ideal inside/outside dining space. Further outbuildings sitting around the courtyard include the original octagonal game larder, which is currently used as an art room, a timber lined entertaining room with wood-burning stove, 2 garden storage rooms and a log store. __________ LOCAL AUTHORITY Broadland District Council Band H __________ SERVICES Mains electricity, water and drainage, oil fired central heating __________ DIRECTIONS Take the A1067 Fakenham to Norwich, follow through Guist and take a turn left signed to Foulsham, pass through the village and the house can be found on the right-hand side just after the church. __________ DATE DETAILS PRODUCED 29th June 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. 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. 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