An exceptional village home
Sometimes, there’s more to a home than first meets the eye, and Cherry Tree House in Rackheath is no exception. This fabulous property sits in private grounds of approximately 1/3 acre in this popular Broadland village, and when the current owner acquired it, it was a three-bedroom cottage dating back to 1800 – charming, and with plenty of unrealised potential.
With south-facing gardens which are surrounded by farmland, yet just a short walk from the village amenities and close to good transport links, this property benefits from an enviable location, and the owner of Cherry Tree House has since undertaken a wide-ranging programme of development which has transformed this home into an exceptional four-bedroom village residence.
The generous gravel driveway provides ample parking for several vehicles, giving access to a substantial double garage with an electrically-operated garage door and loft storage in the roof. There are double timber gates leading to further hardstanding and storage at the rear of the grounds, and with scope to park about half-a-dozen vehicles in the driveway, this is a home which welcomes family and friends in equal measure.
Moving across the driveway to the property itself, the substantial oak entrance door with its hefty lion’s head knocker hints at the quality of the interior of this house, and when you enter the building you immediately begin to appreciate the thought and care which has been lavished on this home.
An impressive entrance hall with vaulted ceiling and rooflights runs almost the full length of the property, with oak flooring leading past the ground floor study and cloakroom on one side, and stairs to the first floor on the other, towards the recently added kitchen and separate utility room – both of which are finished to an equally high standard with shaker-style cabinetry and solid granite worktops.
Integrated appliances are carefully concealed, while a double oven and 90cm gas hob offer ample capacity for cooking the most substantial of meals. The granite kitchen island in the centre of the room is a natural focal point, but the eye is spoilt for choice in this home with inviting views out to the garden over the butlers sink, or through the wonderful oak post and lintel beamed opening to the vaulted ceiling of the dining room beyond.
Through the dining room, we enter the living room in the original part of the property. Here, a fantastic inglenook fireplace with a huge oak bressummer beam gives a real sense of warmth to this space – not just because of the wood burner which stands on the traditional Norfolk pamment hearth, but also because of the natural tones of the exposed solid walls at either end of this room, reminding you of this property’s heritage as you entertain friends and family or just curl up in front of the fire with a good book and a glass of wine.
It’s hard to choose a favourite room in this exceptional home, but if we had to, we’d pick the principal bedroom as the perfect place to relax. This haven at the end of the ground floor has vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and French doors leading onto a south-facing patio, with space for a sofa facing the walk-in wardrobe. And with a generous en-suite which includes a luxury shower enclosure and a freestanding bathtub, this is a room in which you can really unwind and forget about the world for a while.
Moving up to the first floor, there are three double bedrooms arranged along the landing, each of which faces south with views over the gardens. At the end of the landing, a well-equipped shower room completes the accommodation, which is all finished to an exceptional standard, and immaculately presented.
This home has been carefully conceived to take full advantage of the south-facing gardens, and these gardens have been laid out with just as much consideration as the interior of the property, to really maximise the benefit that day-long sun can bring. Three paved patios are strategically located – there’s one for breakfast just off the kitchen, one for afternoon barbeques adjacent to the generous lawn, and one accessible from the principal bedroom which is perfect for early morning coffee, with mature trees providing dappled shade as the sun peeks over the established hedging which surrounds the garden.
Cherry Tree House is a truly individual property in one of Broadland’s most popular villages, and early viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate the quality of the accommodation that this well-located home has to offer. With its private position surrounded by farmland towards the edge of the village of Rackheath, this property is a private retreat with plenty of amenities within walking distance, including a primary school, convenience shop, post office, pharmacy, fish and chip shop and hair salon.
Regular bus services link Rackheath with the city of Norwich, which is only four miles south-west, and there are excellent road transport links with easy access to the Northern Distributor Road and the A47. The twin villages of Wroxham and Hoveton are only four miles north-east of Rackheath, again with regular bus services, and these offer supermarkets, secondary school, medical centre and a range of independent stores, as well as access to the extensive waterways which make up the Norfolk Broads National Park.
Inside the property
On the ground floor:
Solid oak door to front aspect with full-height double-glazed windows to each side. Smooth plastered vaulted ceiling with two Velux windows and recessed ceiling lights, engineered oak flooring, two radiators, doors to:
4.44m x 4.90m
French doors onto patio, smooth plastered vaulted ceiling with exposed wall beams, two radiators, fitted carpets, doors to:
UPVC double glazed window to rear aspect, smooth plastered ceiling with loft access hatch, fitted carpets, fitted wardrobe storage.
UPVC obscure glazed window to front aspect, smooth plastered coved ceiling with recessed ceiling lights, four-piece suite comprising walk-in double shower enclosure with rainfall shower and hand wand, dual flush W.C., bidet, freestanding roll-top bath, and vanity washbasin with mixer tap. Fully tiled walls and floor, two heated towel rails, extractor fan.
2.60m x 1.63m
UPVC double glazed window to front aspect, smooth plastered ceiling with recessed ceiling lights, engineered oak flooring, radiator.
UPVC obscure glazed window to front aspect, smooth plastered ceiling with recessed ceiling lights, dual flush W.C., washbasin with mixer tap, tiled floor, radiator.
5.25m x 4.00m
UPVC double glazed window to side aspect, smooth plastered vaulted ceiling with exposed beam, recessed ceiling lights and electrically-operated Velux window. Comprehensive range of wall and base units with granite worktops over incorporating butlers sink with mixer tap over, integrated dishwasher, inset five-burner gas hob with granite splashback and concealed extractor fan over, integrated recycling space, eye-level double oven, space for American-style Fridge Freezer. Coordinating kitchen island with granite worktop incorporating further storage and wine cooler. Tiled floor. Door to Utility Room, open plan to:
3.07m x 5.25m
French doors to side aspect, UPVC double glazed window to rear, smooth plastered vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, two radiators, tiled floor. Door to:
10.19m x 5.04m max
UPVC bow window to rear aspect, UPVC casement window to rear aspect, glazed door to rear aspect. Smooth plastered ceiling with painted beams. Brick-built inglenook fireplace incorporating wood burner onto tiled hearth. Feature exposed brick wall. Built-in understairs storage cupboard. Oak flooring. Door to:
Smooth plastered ceiling, stairs to first floor, fitted carpets.
4.20m x 1.64m
Exterior door to rear aspect, UPVC double glazed window to rear aspect, smooth plastered ceiling with recessed ceiling lights, range of fitted wall and base units with granite worktops over incorporating stainless steel sink with mixer tap, plumbing for washing machine, space for tumble dryer, wall-mounted radiator, tiled floor. Cupboard housing gas central heating boiler and water cylinder.
On the First Floor
First Floor Landing
Two UPVC double glazed windows to front aspect, smooth plastered coved ceiling, radiator, fitted carpets. Doors to:
4.60m x 2.78m
Dual aspect room with leaded UPVC double glazed windows to front and side aspects. Smooth plastered beamed ceiling with recessed ceiling lights, engineered oak flooring, built-in wardrobe with double doors, radiator.
4.16m x 2.88m
UPVC double glazed window to rear aspect, smooth plastered coved ceiling, radiator, fitted carpets.
3.47m x 3.80m max
UPVC double glazed window to rear aspect, smooth plastered coved ceiling, radiator, fitted carpets.
2.88m x 2.91m
UPVC double glazed window to rear aspect, smooth plastered coved ceiling with loft access, radiator, fitted carpets.
Obscure glazed window to front aspect, smooth plastered ceiling with recessed ceiling lights, double shower enclosure with rainfall shower and hand wand, oak vanity unit with quartz worktop and washbasin, dual flush W.C., bidet, shaver point, extractor, tiled floor.
Outside the property
To the front of the property
The property is approached via a shingled driveway which provides off-road parking for several vehicles and which leads to the detached double garage.
7.00m x 5.89m
Extra width electrically-operated garage door, personnel door, light and power. Loft storage.
To the rear of the property
The back garden is predominantly laid to lawn with a range of mature trees and shrubs and is bordered by established hedging. There are three paved patios providing seating areas to catch the sun throughout the day, a substantial woodstore and a disused well.
Council Tax Rating: E
Services Connected: Mains electricity, mains gas, mains water, mains drainage
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