A beguiling North Norfolk farmhouse, within wonderfully charming gardens.
The White House is a most beguiling farmhouse, with an abundance of charm and style and the added edge of traditional and open plan living. When teamed with the south facing aspect, amazing gardens, annexe and studio this is a property which offers an excellent lifestyle opportunity within three miles of Holt and six miles of the coast.
The subtle exterior gives little away as to the depth of the Grade II listed house. This becomes immediately apparent on entering, with a large hall with bespoke cabinetry leading to the hugely impactful living room/family area. This is essentially a full scale Norfolk barn that has been seamlessly incorporated into the main farmhouse, providing an atmospheric open plan space of 15.4m x 10.1m, with vaulted ceilings and plenty of glazing making it light and airy, yet with a large wood burner and under floor heating for cosiness. The kitchen/breakfast room has great functionality, with pantry and store room, and a door providing access to the wonderful south facing terrace with complete privacy, this can also be accessed from the living/family room. Further rooms of note on the ground floor include the dual aspect sitting room, with open fire and alcove shelving, a second kitchen/dining area with glazed tiles, and a very useful and future proofing double bedroom with en suite shower room.
The principal bedroom is on the first floor, with contemporary bath/shower room and fully fitted dressing room, with a further double bedroom and a family bathroom completing the floor. The handsome Jacobean staircase continues up to the second floor with two spacious double bedrooms with vaulted ceilings, and a bathroom. When in the main rooms, you cannot fail to be drawn to the views enjoyed over the gardens and rolling countryside beyond.
To the west of the house is a charming brick and flint building, thoughtfully converted to provide the crucial assets of ancillary accommodation and studio office. The annexe is particularly impressive, with glazed roof allowing copious amounts of light into a central living area with kitchenette, with two double bedrooms off this, both with en suite shower room and ideal for overflow guest accommodation, or for a nanny or relative. The studio office provides a great work from home area, or is perfect as an art studio with its north facing aspect. There is a five bay open fronted car port, ideal for vehicles, boats, kayaks, paddle boards and anything else needed for the rural/coastal lifestyle.
Garden and grounds
The garden and grounds compliment the house perfectly, and have been landscaped and defined to provide different areas to enjoy with a maturity that allows the next custodian to fully enjoy and adapt to personal requirements.
To the immediate south of the house is the walled garden, providing a wonderfully sheltered area for all year round enjoyment. Within the brick and flint walls are the terrace, ideal for outside dining and entertaining, with natural shade from the Magnolia grandiflora and with an expanse of lawn sweeping away from the house. The use of Yew buttress topiary is particularly effective in this part of the garden, as is the tree lined avenue beyond which leads the eye into other areas of the gardens. An ornamental pond is a relaxing area to enjoy, surrounded by well stocked herbaceous beds and box topiary, with gravel paths meandering through and into a courtyard hosting a hot tub, and the impressive Marston & Langinger greenhouse. Further lawns, children's play area, and wild life pond with raised walkway fully utilises the manageable space the property enjoys.
To the west of the house is the gravelled parking area, enclosed by the buildings and brick and flint wall, with electric panelled gates.
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This farmhouse is one of the most deceptive houses I have set foot in, with a wonderfully secluded feel and yet with such good access to Holt and the coastline.Ben Rivett