Wonderfully crafted barn conversion with cottage.
Church Barn is an impressive conversion of a historic Grade II listed traditional Norfolk barn. The traditional character of oak framing, mullioned windows and Tudor brickwork fuses effortlessly with contemporary features which include a carefully designed fully programmable lighting scheme and underfloor heating on both levels. The house is an excellent example of a thoughtfully, sympathetically and expertly converted barn.
The focal point of the barn is the central open plan living area; a wonderfully atmospheric space with a high vaulted ceiling and overlooked from the Tudor style gallery and mezzanine above. A space that offers many options for family living. At one end a large fireplace perfect for a double sided woodburner separates this central living space from a cosy snug. At the other is a defined kitchen area with all plumbing and electricity in place to allow the next custodian to install a kitchen of their own choosing. The centre of the house in particular is flooded with light from the 4m high feature windows. Continuing through to the south of the barn reveals a further reception area and a fully glazed oak frame garden room with views of the gardens and grounds on three sides. An impressive entrance hall provides both a welcome from the north driveway and access to a large utility and boot room.
The fourth bedroom is on the ground floor, tucked away in the stable wing providing future proof living arrangements. With a shower room in the connecting lobby and a staircase leading up to a further bedroom, the layout of this end of the house lends itself to use as an annexe if required.
Located in the main hall, a bespoke oak staircase leads up to a galleried landing and on to the bedrooms. The first floor hosts two double bedrooms, both with impressive vaulted ceilings and built in storage. A beautifully appointed family bathroom services these bedrooms.
Throughout, the house continually exudes the care and attention that has gone into the conversion, with charming ironmongery, crafted window seats, leaded windows, bespoke oak joinery and oak flooring all painstakingly fitted to create a property of real warmth, quality and longevity. A further feature to emphasise is the number of external doors, which provide great flexibility in how the house can be arranged and used, with access out to the two parking areas, a terrace, gardens, and even a first floor door with external staircase.
Gardens and Grounds
The property has the benefit of two distinct entrances and parking areas.
The more formal entrance is framed by curved brick and flint walls, onto a spacious gravelled parking area to the east of the house.
A more informal day to day entrance is through the double five bar field gates to the west of the house, onto a further gravelled parking area with access to the garaging.
The grounds of Church Barn are landscaped to make the most of each elevation and the sunlight throughout the day. Flagstone terracing and pathways adjoin the barn and lead off through low level brick and flint walls to seating areas and the gardens beyond. Of particular note is the terrace on the western elevation, and the enclosed seating area beside the garden room which is ideal for outside dining and entertaining. Lawns sweep away from the house through mature trees to a second expanse of lawn to the south.
The Cottage and outbuildings
The detached cottage is a huge asset to the property, providing options for multi-generational living, an income via letting or as use as a studio or over flow guest accommodation. This attractive building is mostly glazed both downstairs and upstairs to the southern elevation, flooding light in to the very generous open plan living space and the bedroom. The cottage has a fully fitted kitchen, a large shower room and a separate utility room. The double bedroom upstairs is accessed via an oak staircase.
Within the grounds is a tiled and timber clad garage which generously accommodates a single car and provides much storage or workshop space.
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On arrival it is clear that so much care and attention has gone into this barn, it is such an authentic conversion that has a very warming feel.Ben RivettProperty agent