Castle Acre, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2BS | Property for sale | Savills
808.81 sq m
Guide price £2,750,000(166,457,198 EGP)

Castle AcreKing's Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2BS

    Key features

    • Tucked away in gloriously unspoilt countryside, with complete privacy
    • Significant house with extensive accommodation of about 8700sq ft, requiring refurbishment
    • The house is not listed and therefore provides great opportunity
    • Excellent range of outbuildings centred on a large courtyard
    • Wonderfully mature grounds, with ancient trees, with brilliant foundations for landscaping

    A farmhouse of scale and grandeur, in a wonderful setting with park like grounds and exceptional range of outbuildings.

    About this property

    • A house that many will be unaware exists. Nestled amongst ancient trees and park like grounds, in a particularly unspoilt part of undulating West Norfolk countryside, Lodge Farm enjoys a peaceful existence. A farmhouse with grandeur and presence as you approach up the original sweeping drive (that needs reinstating), there is also a subtlety as you drive to the north elevation with a more traditional farmhouse feel. The house is now in need of refurbishment, but has the fundamentals to create something truly special to befit the landscape and position it enjoys. When combined with the range of outbuildings to fulfil many needs, the immediate gardens, park and woodland beyond, it is one of the finest opportunities to have reached the open market in many years.

      The House
      Forming part of the Holkham Estate, the house is of the distinctive estate brick along the south, east and west elevation. Originally a Georgian farmhouse, with a later and substantial Victorian addition, the attractive and impressive farmhouse enjoys a pleasing mix of Georgian and Victorian sash windows allowing in plenty of natural light. Despite the age and refinement of the house, it is surprisingly unlisted allowing a greater scope for the refurbishment the house now requires.

      With over 8700 sq ft of living space, there is a good balance of elegant rooms, relatively smaller and cosy rooms, and functional smaller and cosy spaces, and functional rooms. Naturally the formal rooms are grouped along the south side of the house, enjoying the charming views over the grounds and countryside beyond. An entrance hall with Victorian tiles sets the tone, through to the staircase hall, and is a fitting arrival into the house. This leads on to the elegant dining room and drawing room, both with bay windows and fireplaces. A further three reception rooms, with original period features, allows for the next custodian to create other areas to enjoy. A functional farmhouse kitchen, plant room, boot room, utility and barrel vaulted cellar tick all the essential boxes for a rural lifestyle, whilst the removal of some false walls will be required to return the original flow of the ground floor accommodation.

      The first floor has a similar arrangement. With the principal bedrooms aligned on the south side of the house, one enjoying the use of a dressing room and en suite bathroom, two other en suite bedrooms, six further bedrooms and a family bathroom. All linked via a central hall running the entire length of the house, with a staircase at either end, it is wonderful layout for family life to thrive.

      The farmhouse has been predominantly let by the estate, and whilst it has been maintained, inevitably after a succession of tenants the house now requires updating and refurbishment, to restore the house to its original glory.

      To the north of the house is a significant courtyard, with a stand of single storey outbuildings on either side. These provide garaging, stabling, workshop and store rooms of varying sizes. The potential for the buildings to fulfil the imagination of buyers is very much apparent. Games rooms, pilates studio, art studio, work from home space, or indeed all of these whilst still providing stabling, garaging, and stores, the buildings can provide the lifestyle wins that make this house a complete destination.

      The original approach to Lodge Farm was from a country lane to the west, over a drive that swept up through a hedged avenue, over open park like grounds, and through woodland before arriving at the handsome south façade of the house. The drive is shown clearly in old images, and will need to be reinstated by the next custodian to re-create the wonderful sense of arrival that befits the house.

      The drive continues round into the courtyard, with copious amounts of parking and turning space for everything from sports cars, to horseboxes or returning boats from a day on the coast.

      Much like the house, the gardens of Lodge Farm are a brilliantly blank canvas for landscaping, yet with an old structure providing a useful starting point. To the south and east of the houses is a large expanse of lawn, which stretches away to a pond and woodland to the south, and to wrought iron park fencing to the east with the paddock beyond. The plinth of a former greenhouse is on a south facing wall by the house.

      The paddock to the east stretches away to a hedged boundary, with a belt of woodland running along the southern boundary. This woodland continues to the south of the pond and round to the west of the house, with some fine trees including copper beech, oak, horse chestnut and lime.

      Lot 2
      To the west of the house, beyond the woodland and to the north of the original driveway, is an open area of park like pasture. This open expanse provides plenty of grazing, or could become a wildflower meadow, or simply used as park. A belt of broadleaf woodland borders the land, and is a haven for local wildlife.

      Lot 3
      To the north of the farmhouse is an extensive range of further outbuildings, centered on an expansive farmyard which incorporates the former walled garden to the house. The substantial barns are traditional and modern in construction offering incredible opportunity for a variety of uses, It is increasingly rare that the barns remain in the ownership of the house in their unconverted condition, allows a purchaser to have complete control of their surroundings.

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    This is a house that makes me smile, as its got all the fundamentals to make something very special.

    Ben RivettProperty agent

    Local information

    • Lodge Farm is located in undulating countryside, about one mile to the north-east of the historic village of Castle Acre. Renowned for its Norman Castle, Cluniac priory and 14th century parish church, the village is well served with an excellent village store and post office, two public houses, tea rooms, antiques shop, primary school and a cricket pitch. The nearby market town of Swaffham has a good range of shopping facilities including a Waitrose. Local villages close by include Great Massingham, with the award winning Dabbling Duck public house, and the creative hub of West Acre, with a theatre, resident artists and gallery, garden nursery, brewery, public house and café.
    • The attractive North Norfolk coastal beaches of Holkham, Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea are situated to the north and there are golf clubs at Brancaster, Hunstanton, King's Lynn, Dereham and Swaffham. There are rail links to London Kings Cross accessed at either Kings Lynn (13 miles) or Downham Market (17 miles), with a journey time of one hour thirty minutes.

    Additional information

    • Services
    • Mains electricity, private water supply (bore hole), oil fired heating. Private drainage.
    • Local Authority
    • Kings Lynn and West Norfolk
    • Agent's Note
    • - The sale will be subject to estate covenants, please refer to the selling agent for further information.
    • - A buyer will be required to re-instate the original driveway for access. A temporary right of access over an existing drive will be provided in the interim. Further details upon request.
    • Viewings
    • Strictly by appointment with Savills.
    • EPC Rating: E
    • Tenure: Freehold
    • Council Tax Band: G