Perfectly located on a country lane at the edge of the Norfolk village of Hainford, this four-bedroom semi-detached cottage has been extended and improved by the current owners and is available with no onward chain.
The village of Hainford is North of Norwich, between the popular market town of Aylsham and the city of Norwich which provides a range of shopping, leisure facilities and an international airport. The Northern Distributor Road (NDR) is nearby and provides good access links to the A47 and A11. Local amenities include a primary school, church, village hall and the Chequers Public House and Restaurant, all within the main part of the village.
The picturesque Broads National Park and the wide skies and sandy beaches of the North Norfolk coast are also close by.
Situated opposite the village pond, and set back from the roadway behind a mature hedge, The Cottage was originally constructed in 1860, and benefits from a wealth of original features. The current owners have sympathetically extended the property, transforming what was a once two-bedroom cottage into a spacious four-bedroom home whilst retaining the character and charm of the original building.
The neatly-tended front garden comprises a generous gravel driveway with plenty of parking for several vehicles, accessed through a wooden five-bar gate. A delicate metal fence separates this area from a small lawn with a path leading to the front door.
The front doorway is accessed through a beautiful oak framed entrance porch, glazed to the front and on two sides, and with a traditional Norfolk pamment floor. Stepping into the first of two reception rooms, a warm welcome is assured thanks to the wood-burning stove in its original brick fireplace, and this warmth is echoed in the exposed wooden beams and wooden flooring which is found throughout the ground floor.
o the rear of the original building, a utility room and cloakroom occupy the former cottage kitchen, whilst a spacious inner hallway leads through into the extended portion of the building, with a wooden staircase rising towards the first floor.
The kitchen/dining room is one of two large rooms which can be found in this part of the ground floor, and forms the heart of this beautiful home. With its bespoke cabinetry, granite worktops and a wide range of integrated appliances, this room offers a wealth of space for cooking and entertaining, with guests seated at a large dining table in the centre of the room allowing conversation to flow throughout the meal.
Cross the hallway from the kitchen to the living room, and there’s also plenty of opportunity to relax in comfort. This dual-aspect room is bright and spacious, with a brick-built open fireplace forming an impressive focal point, conjuring images of relaxed fireside conversation long into the evening. A set of French doors at the end of this room lead out to the rear garden and a paved patio area.
Return to the hallway and ascend the stairs, and the first floor landing is a bright and airy space with a vaulted ceiling and plenty of natural light through a large Velux window. Four bedrooms radiate from this landing, each with its own character.
The principal suite to the rear of the property comprises a large double bedroom, and with its integrated eaves storage cupboards, this room feels very much in keeping with the original property. The en-suite bathroom and built-in wardrobes are welcome modern features, making this a private and relaxing sanctuary. This feeling of relaxation and calm continues in the family bathroom, with its roll-top bath positioned perfectly under the window.
The two further bedrooms in this newer part of the house are well proportioned, yet it is the original bedroom in the older part of the cottage which really appeals to us, with its dramatic vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, and a narrow winding staircase leading down into the front sitting room.
By retaining this original access to the first floor, the current owners have created a home which has a broad appeal and a range of potential configurations, including the ability to create a self-contained annexe or apartment if required, subject to the necessary planning permissions being obtained.
Outside, the rear garden is a private space, which is predominantly laid to lawn for ease of maintenance, and which benefits from a flexible patio area – ideal for relaxing or entertaining throughout the day.
The Cottage is presented to an exceptional standard, and properties such as this are in high demand. With its flexible layout, deceptively spacious accommodation and peaceful village location, this property would make an ideal principal residence, holiday home or investment property, and early viewing is highly recommended.
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