An excellent rural development with planning consent for 3 dwellings, alongside existing farmhouse.
Highbury Farm is an increasingly rare opportunity to acquire an attractive farmhouse, in an edge of village setting, that retains all its original farm buildings in completely unspoilt condition. The farmhouse, believed to date back to the 16th century, sits in a south facing position with the barns offset, creating a traditional and attractive farmstead scene. The barns have the benefit of planning consent for full residential conversion to three substantial units, all unique in their layout, and all with significant appeal should they be developed. Alternatively the barns could be utilised in many different ways, depending on individuals needs or imaginations.
An imposing building of mellow red brick and flint, with lime mortar, the farmhouse is a most attractive home that stands tall amongst its surroundings. With a south facing orientation, looking out over the low walled garden, there is a clear lifestyle opportunity here, particularly when teamed with the range of single storey outbuildings, centred around a south facing courtyard, that provides further scope.
Within the house are fine rooms, all with tall ceilings. The layout is traditional and spacious, with some eccentricities befitting houses of this type. Rooms of particular note are the central dining room, a large sitting room with wood burner and a blank canvas of a kitchen with a pantry and stairs up to a storage room above the pantry. There are the usual service rooms including a utility room and scullery/boiler room, and further storage of the dining room. The first floor has equally tall ceilings, with a principal bedroom of 5.3m x 5.2m, and a further three double bedrooms and family bath/shower room. There is significant attic space that could be utilised.
The house is in need of renovation throughout, to restore back to a charming family home.
The gardens to the farmhouse are to the south and east of the house. It is then envisaged that the remaining paddocks that will not become gardens to the barns, would be retained by the farmhouse however ultimately the next owner has the luxury of allocating the land as they wish.
To the north and north-west of the house are the traditional barns, with an abundance of character, and a mix of two storey and single storey areas including a former granary at the western end. The buildings total around 8400 square feet, which have been defined as three dwellings, and retained buildings with the farmhouse.
Full residential planning consent has been granted for conversion of the main bulk of the barns to three dwellings, planning reference PO 2006/1725 with North Norfolk District Council. All three barns will benefit from private gardens and south facing courtyards, car ports, further gardens and open plan and cosy living.
Unit 1 is the former granary with a fantastic west facing orientation, with views out to countryside beyond the allocated garden. Unit two is a three bedroom dwelling, with bedrooms over the ground and first floor allowing for future proof living, and unit three has the most accommodation, with four bedrooms including two ground floor and two en suite bedrooms on the first floor, complete with dressing areas.
The layout of the barns have been carefully considered to provide privacy to all, and will benefit from a new access independent of the farmhouse.
The grounds and land of Highbury Barn amount to about 4.9 acres. Within the granted planning consents the farmhouse and barns have defined boundaries allowing for private parking and gardens. The remaining land consists of predominantly pasture and wooded areas. The pasture is divided into post and railed paddocks with field shelters, looking out over open countryside.
The land is open to be divided in many ways as the next owners discretion.
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It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a farmhouse with barns still in the same ownership, with the hassle of planning consent already dealt with. This will become a very special collection of buildings.Ben RivettProperty agent