A charming and beautifully presented farmhouse with delightful grounds of 2.7 acres (est), including a good range of outbuildings, walled garden and swimming pool.
Ivy Farmhouse is an incredibly attractive Grade II listed farmhouse, providing an excellent lifestyle opportunity. The combination of the main house, the cottage, swimming pool, outbuildings, paddock, walled garden, orchard and about 2.7 acres, yet within a couple of miles of the Norfolk coastline, is an increasingly rare offering particularly in a convenient village setting.
The house is thought to have once been the site of the Guildhall, dating back to circa 1400, with some of the patterned brick work and knapped flint remains reused in the creation of the farmhouse. The main house is believed to date back to circa 1600 with later additions, with the distinctive brick and flint work on the south facing facade with striking arched Gothic windows.
The current custodians of the house have made significant changes and improvements, not least with the substantial wing added to the east of the house which has underfloor heating controlled by a Honeywell system, the system also controls all the radiators in the house. This superbly designed space is predominantly open plan, with copious amounts of natural light through roof lanterns, and bi-fold doors to the east, south and west elevations. The layout has been utilised successfully with a stylish contemporary kitchen, including a large island unit, and north facing pantry. This is open plan to a dining area, a living area with TV points and a further living area, with all three areas enjoying bi-fold doors out to terraces. These are carefully positioned to make the most of morning, afternoon and evening sun with the terrace set within the walled garden of particular note, with glass balustrade and views of the established topiary.
This contemporary space blends seamlessly into the original house, with the more traditional rooms including a drawing room and dining room with working fireplaces and a sitting room. The house has great functionality with a utility, laundry, cellar, study and a second kitchen that could be utilised in many ways.
The bedrooms are of a pleasing scale, with an adaptable layout. A spacious principal bedroom is complete with large en suite bath/shower room, and adjoining dressing area through to dressing room which could be used as an additional bedroom. At the opposite end of the house is the second bedroom with en suite shower room, with a further two bedrooms, family bathroom, and linen cupboard completing the first floor accommodation. The house has significant attic space, with dormer windows, that provide potential for further bedrooms if required.
Ivy Farmhouse is approached from the south, through a pair of electric wrought iron gates mounted on a brick and flint wall, and onto a gravelled drive leading up to the house and sweeping round to the north of the house where there is a large parking and turning area. There are two additional drives, from the south and from the north.
The gardens and grounds provide many points of interest throughout the 2.7 acres and have been improved and altered during the current ownership. To the south the main drive is flanked by lawn and well-stocked mixed shrub and herbaceous borders. A door from the lawn leads to the delightful walled garden, with parterre garden comprising of flowerbeds with boxed borders and clipped yew topiary, with the terrace from the living area providing a sheltered south facing area for outside dining and entertaining. A further door leads through to a lawned area to the east of the house, with terraced area for morning sun and a new terrace to the west of the house providing afternoon and evening seating area with raised flowerbeds.
The main area of garden is to the north, where from the drive an area of lawn leads to steps up through a brick and flint wall, to the swimming pool and entertaining area. There is a large sandstone terrace including barbeque area and substantial pool house with changing area, shower, WC, kitchenette and pump room. The pool is heated by solar panels and oil, with electric cover, with the whole area enclosed by wall, hedging and fence. A large expanse of lawn is to the north and north east, incorporating an orchard and shrubberies, woodland to the north with grassed walkways winding through, and a further belt of trees on the eastern boundary together with a post and railed paddock with field shelter.
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You cannot fail to raise a smile at how pretty the house is upon driving through the main gates, it has such a welcoming and uplifting demeanour.Ben RivettProperty agent