A charming cottage full of character
The saying “Good things come in small packages” could have been inspired by this delightful two-bedroom cottage in the heart of Coltishall. Acquired by the current owners in 2015, this Victorian terraced property has been sympathetically renovated throughout to create a fabulous home which is absolutely packed with personality and charm.
Tucked away at the end of a private driveway close to the village’s 13th Century thatched church, this traditional property has been bought up to date with the addition of a new gas central heating system, electrical re-wire, double glazing to the majority of windows (and triple glazing to the rest), and improvements to the property’s insulation. This modernisation has given the owners the opportunity to enhance the cottage’s already abundant character, and the level of considerate detail present in the work is sure to delight this home’s new owners.
Stepping over the tiny church bells embossed in the brick-weave pathway which leads to the wooden entrance door, you enter directly into the living room, as is typical with properties of this style and period. An open fire with cast-iron grate and its original decorative tiled surround assures you of a warm welcome, and that warmth is reflected in the wonderful interior brickwork, which the owners have exposed on one wall beneath the original lime plaster, and which is bathed in sunlight from the large South-facing sash window.
An opening in this wall leads through to the refitted kitchen, in which contemporary fitted units have been given a delightful twist with the addition of a natural-edged solid wooden worktop. Again, the details make the difference here, such as the re-purposed oak beam which has found the perfect home above what was once the kitchen hearth and is now space for a freestanding cooker, next to an original (but now decommissioned) gaslight fitting which conjures images of times past.
To the rear of the kitchen is an altogether more modern space – the rear lobby and ground floor bathroom are located in a recent extension and benefit from a triple-glazed door and window. Yet the modern fittings retain a period charm, with a Victorian freestanding roll-top claw foot bath forming the focal point of the bathroom.
The cottage’s wooden staircase is hidden behind a timber door, and the walls of the stairwell are lined with delightful Morris & Co ‘Golden Lily’ wallpaper, exactly in keeping with the period of the property.
On the first floor, there are two double bedrooms, each of different character. The front bedroom, with views across the rooftops to the church belltower, cleverly retains some of the original wall finishes and the cast-iron fireplace of the cottage, whilst the rear bedroom is a more modern space, with clean and bright white-painted walls and floor.
This cottage benefits from a long back garden, which has been cleverly designed by the current owners to create three distinct zones. A paved patio area, perfect for entertaining family and friends, leads into a garden stocked with perennials, trees and shrubs. A pathway of wooden sleepers winds through this to the rear lawn, which is the perfect family play area.
This charming home is a truly individual retreat in the heart of one of Norfolk’s most sought-after villages, and is sure to prove popular. Early viewing is advised to fully appreciate the abundance of character this property has to offer.
Council Tax Rating: A
Coltishall is our home, and this vibrant riverside village with its welcoming community feel has experienced a recent surge in demand for properties of all types and sizes. Once a centre for local brewing and boatbuilding, Coltishall boasts a wealth of amenities unusual in a Norfolk village of this size, and whilst the breweries and boatyards may be long gone, Coltishall still has three popular local pubs and plenty of scope for water-borne recreation.
This individual home is within easy walking distance of the amenities of Coltishall, and benefits from a secluded and central location within the village, just a short stroll from the iconic Coltishall Lower Common, a popular riverside recreational area in the summertime, which boasts moorings and two well-regarded public houses.
The wider amenities of the village include another popular pub, art gallery, two churches, hotel and spa, butchers, greengrocer, cafés, takeaways, convenience stores and fuel station – and these are all within easy reach, as is the OFSTED Excellent primary school, medical centre, pharmacy, and village hall with recreation grounds.
Situated alongside the River Bure at the gateway to the Norfolk Broads National Park, and just 30 minutes from the wide skies and open beaches of the Norfolk Coast, Coltishall is seven miles from the centre of cosmopolitan Norwich, with its international airport and direct rail service to London Liverpool Street in 90 minutes.
Inside the property
3.69m x 3.39m
Timber door to front aspect with pamment tiled entry. PVCu double-glazed sash window to front aspect. Smooth plastered ceiling. Feature fireplace incorporating cast iron open fire on tiled hearth with tiled surround and wooden mantel, with fitted wooden storage to side. Exposed brick wall, Victorian style radiator, fitted carpets, opening to:
2.85m x 2.76m
PVCu double-glazed casement window to rear aspect, smooth plastered ceiling, built-in understairs storage cupboard, alcove with space for fridge freezer. Range of fitted units with natural-edged solid oak worktops incorporating ceramic butler’s sink with mixer tap, space for freestanding dual-fuel cooker with oak beam, Karndean vinyl flooring, wooden door concealing timber staircase to first floor, opening to:
PVCu triple-glazed door to rear garden, textured ceiling, wall-mounted gas-fired combi boiler, Karndean vinyl flooring, door to:
1.60m x 1.93m
Triple-glazed window to side aspect, textured ceiling with loft access hatch, freestanding claw-foot roll-top iron bath with mixer tap and rainfall shower over, washbasin, W. C. Floor standing combination radiator/heated towel rail, porcelain tiled floor.
On the first floor
3.70m x 3.36m
PVCu double-glazed sash window to front aspect, smooth plastered ceiling with loft access hatch, cast iron inset fireplace with wooden mantel and surround, built-in storage cupboard, exposed timber floorboards, Victorian style feature radiator.
2.81m x 2.76m
PVCu double-glazed casement window to rear aspect, smooth plastered ceiling, built-in storage cupboard, exposed painted timber floorboards, feature Victorian style radiator.
Outside the property
To the front of the property a shingled driveway provides off-road parking for one vehicle, with a brickweave pathway leading to the front door.
Directly to the rear of the property, a small courtyard gives access to two brick-built outbuildings – A former outhouse used as storage (1.50m x 1.35m) , and a Laundry Room (1.41m x 2.22m), with fitted worktop, plumbing for washing machine, space for tumble dryer and space for freezer.
The rear garden is bisected, separated from the courtyard by a shared access pathway. Immediately upon entering the main part of the garden, a paved patio area with pergola and well-stocked decorative beds may be found, whilst a timber shed provides storage. To the rear of the shed, a timber pathway leads through further well-stocked beds to a lawned area which backs onto Coltishall Allotments. To one side is a timber fence, whilst to the other, low hedging separates the rear garden from neighbouring plots.
Disclaimer: These particulars do not constitute part or all of an offer or contract. The measurements indicated are supplied for guidance only. Potential buyers are advised to recheck measurements before committing to any expense. We have not tested any apparatus, equipment, fixtures or services and it is in the buyers interest to check the working condition of any appliances. A buyer should ensure that their legal representative confirms as soon as possible all matters relating to title including the extent and boundaries of the property and other important matters before exchange of contracts.