Handsome Georgian former rectory.
The Old Rectory is a most attractive Georgian country house, listed Grade II and built in the early 19th century of mellow Norfolk red brick under a hipped pantile roof. The house has pleasing classical symmetry and distinguishing architectural features include the modillion eaves cornice and pediment over the central bay and door case.
The Old Rectory has light, bright and well-proportioned rooms typical of the period with fine sash windows, good chimney pieces, panelled doors, moulded cornice work and an elegant main stair case.
Substantial renovation and refurbishment work was carried out to the house in the 1990s. The work won an award at the time, an important feature being the beautifully constructed indoor swimming pool within the house which was carefully designed not to spoil the proportions of the house in any way.
The Old Rectory has well-arranged accommodation with all the main reception rooms leading off the central entrance hall and a large kitchen breakfast room with custom built units and a four oven Aga with glazed doors opening onto an expansive terrace overlooking the gardens. The house was acquired by the current owners in 2008 and various improvements have been carried out since then including overhaul of the main west facing section of the roof. The house is set in magnificent and mature gardens and grounds containing many fine ornamental trees and in all extending to about 4.25 acres.
The house is approached via a gravelled drive from the south
west which finishes in a large gravelled sweep to the front and west of the house. The drive continues to the south where there is a further gravelled parking area and where the garaging is situated.
The garage block is constructed of brick with a pantiled roof to blend in with the main house and provides garaging for three cars with electrically operated doors.
The gardens and grounds are an outstanding feature of the house and are laid out as follows. To the west of the house there is a large expanse of lawned garden with well-stocked mixed shrubberies and a great variety of fine mature trees including beech and oak.
Continuing to the west there is an avenue of tulip trees and extensive lawns with a further great variety of mature trees including lime, copper beech, larch, pine and Atlantic cedar. On the southwestern boundary there is a field gate providing further access off the lane to a timber barn/boat store on a brick and concrete plinth. This has a workshop adjoining and measures approximately 36' by 16'.
Continuing to the north and divided from the main gardens and grounds by a post and rail fence there is a further area of woodland and meadow. To the north of the house there are further extensive lawns with well-stocked mixed shrub and herbaceous borders and a fine variety of ornamental trees. Approached from the kitchen there is a large terrace overlooking this area of garden bordered by mixed shrub and herbaceous beds and with an area of balustraded decking.
There is a further enclosed area of walled garden with mixed climbing and rambling shrubs trained against the wall including a seating area approached by French windows from the indoor heated swimming pool area. Situated to the south there is an area of further paved terrace. The gardens and grounds in all extend to about 4.25 acres.
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To me this is the quintessential Georgian Rectory, classical, mellow red brick and set in beautiful grounds.Louis de Soissons