Dating from the 17th Century, this Grade II listed residence offers four-bedroom accommodation and a guest annexe in grounds of approximately half an acre adjacent to the River Bure.
An iconic building within the village of Horstead, The Old Stables is a thatched character property close to Horstead Mill, and this delightful home is set back from the roadway behind a low-level brick wall and hedging, with wrought-iron gates between brick pillars. The generous gravel driveway provides off-road parking for several vehicles, and leads to a separate garage block which incorporates a guest room with en-suite shower room, workshop and a sail loft which is accessed via an external staircase.
The main building is a well-designed conversion of a former stables, which combines spacious and well-lit rooms with individual features, retaining much of the original character of the building and preserving the traditional façade and thatched roof of the property. A double-height entrance hall provides a welcoming statement, filled with natural light courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows to the front and rear aspects, and the exposed brickwork and feature staircase compliment the original wooden beams which support the part-vaulted ceiling.
The principal rooms in this home lead from this central entrance hallway. The living room, with its feature fireplace and French doors to the rear garden, is a real retreat, perfect at any time of the year. The formal dining room offers plenty of space for entertaining, and the beamed ceiling adds a sense of occasion to any meal. A study, essential for home working, offers views to the extensive rear gardens, and the kitchen/breakfast room, finished in a cottage style with tiled floors and wooden countertops, forms the heart of this delightful home, with a window to the front aspect and French doors to the rear.
This home’s abundant character is clearly displayed on the first floor as well. Two hallways extend from the central galleried landing, with exposed wooden beams and sloping ceilings lending a feeling of historical charm. There are four bedrooms on this first floor, a single, two double bedrooms, and the master suite, which benefits from a mezzanine dressing area and an en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle. Just like the master suite, the two double bedrooms are accessed via stairs down from the hallway level, as is the bathroom – where the slipper bath next to the window with views across the private and extensive rear garden is an absolute delight.
The garden, which extends in total to just over half an acre (stms) is terraced on three levels, with a paved patio directly to the rear of the property and two lawned levels, and with a wooded dell to the side and rear boundaries, this is a haven for wildlife. The current owners are regularly visited by muntjac deer and a range of wild birds, including pheasant.
The village of Horstead lies alongside the banks of the River Bure, approximately 7 miles north of the cathedral City of Norwich. Horstead has a parish church, highly-regarded public house, delicatessen and florist all within walking distance of this property, whilst the neighbouring village of Coltishall offers a wide range of local shops including a butcher, baker, local stores and pharmacy, in addition to a medical centre and OFSTED “Outstanding” rated primary school.. Local residents are well catered-for with a broad range of takeaway and delivery cuisine available, whilst three further public houses, a hotel with restaurant and a tearoom provide opportunities to eat in and socialise.
Horstead has good transport links, with regular bus services and near access to the Norwich Northern Distributor Road, providing car and taxi routes to Norwich City centre, the wider county of Norfolk, and Norwich International Airport. The nearest train station is Wroxham & Hoveton, which offers a direct service to Norwich, with its onward service to London Liverpool Street in 90 minutes.
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