Hall Lane, Blo Norton, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2JD | Property for sale | Savills
72 Ac(29.14 Ha)
Guide price £2,600,000(€2,964,549)

Hall LaneBlo Norton, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2JD

  • Freehold

Key features

  • Historic 9 bedroom house
  • 5 reception rooms
  • Architecturally distinguished internally and externally
  • Formal and informal gardens
  • Hard tennis court, moat, park
  • In all about 72 acres
  • Two cottages available by separate negotiation

A Grade II* Elizabethan country house, steeped in history, set within about 72 acres.

About this property

  • Blo Norton Hall is a small estate steeped in history. The moated site dates back to 1280, upon which the current house stands. Of timber frame, wattle and daub and crow stepped brick gables, the Grade II* Hall is an imposing example of Elizabethan architecture befitting the fine setting at the end of a lime tree avenued drive.

    The Hall is surrounded by wonderfully mature gardens of topiary, parterre and high hedging, beyond which is the park and woodland. Within the estate are a pair of Victorian cottages, hard tennis court, with a land holding of about 72 acres.

    Since 2009, the Hall and cottages have been subject to a rolling programme of repair and improvement including new plumbing and wiring, redecoration, new drainage and replacement of defective areas of roof.

    The Hall
    The main house is architecturally distinguished both internally and externally. The handsome main façade is classic Elizabethan with three bays, hood-moulded architraves, chamfered mullion windows, overhanging eaves and right up to the impressive octagonal chimney shafts. Internal delights include stained glass, original panelling, large open fireplaces and original flooring. It is a wonderfully atmospheric house.

    At the heart of the house is the dining hall, with 16th century panelling, open fireplace and grand proportions, with natural light from both the east and west. This leads through to the elegant drawing room, again with panelling and fireplace, and a living room with access out to the west facing gardens. A pleasant surprise is the brilliant open plan kitchen/dining area, measuring about 13.2m x 5.9m, providing a modern way of living rarely afforded to houses of this vintage. With light from all aspects, a central island unit, fireplace and access out to gardens it is a lovely focal point of living at the Hall. In addition there are two further reception rooms to be utilised to personal requirements and the house enjoys two separate staircases both of note, with a particularly fine oak staircase.

    The bedrooms are all equally as impressive, and again have been tailored for modern day living with almost all rooms enjoying en suite bath/shower rooms. The first floor hosts six double bedrooms, any of which could be defined as the principal bedroom given their scale and outlook. The bathrooms are well fitted and spacious, with either a bath, shower or both.

    The second floor provides a further three bedrooms, all with bathrooms. Also on the second floor is a substantial games room measuring 13.25m x 3.5m.

    The formal gardens to the Hall are predominantly to the north, west and south-west of the house providing a fitting backdrop to the majesty of the property. There are defined areas divided by thick hornbeam hedging, gravelled pathways and lawn, with clipped yew topiary and buxus providing points of interest throughout. Immediately adjoining the west of the house is a brick paved terrace, providing a delightful suntrap positioned between the north and south wings, and overlooking a parterre of box and bay. Formal lawn sweeps away from the house, with central gravel path, to an ornamental pond with the path continuing to a gate to a bridge over the moat to the park beyond. Within the immediate gardens are an orchard, seating areas for outside dining and beds of sedum and lavender.

    Wider grounds, land and outbuildings
    Blo Norton Hall is approached over a driveway sweeping down through a lime tree avenue, with meadows either side passing over the former moat with cattle grid, arriving in front of the house with lawned turning circle and plenty of parking either side, complete with single garage. The drive continues to the south, leading to a range of outbuildings around a courtyard. These buildings provide great scope for a multitude of uses, and would make an ideal area for a swimming pool for example.

    To the south of the buildings, via a gravelled path through wrought iron fencing and gate, is the hard tennis court, with the path continuing to the cottages.

    The majority of the land is made up of arable land, park and meadows. The park stretches from the east to the west of the estate with fine mature trees, including oak, beech, lime and willow. The river Little Ouse meanders along the southern boundary of the park. To the west of the Hall is a block of productive Grade 3 arable land with independent access to the public road. There is an established woodland of mixed broadleaf trees in the south western corner of the park.

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The Hall exudes history, from the moment you arrive to every room in the house. It's a real gem.

Ben RivettProperty agent

Local information

  • Blo Norton Hall is located within unspoilt countryside on the edge of the pretty village of Blo Norton. The village is best known for Blo Norton Fen, a SSSI and host to many uncommon and rare species of fen plants and wildlife. A network of small country lanes run between the local villages and, along with local bridleways and footpaths, there are many opportunities for countryside walks, cycling and horse riding.
  • Everyday facilities can be found in Hopton and Garboldisham, with public houses, post offices and convenience stores provided by either village. The nearby historic village of Redgrave also has a village shop and a public house. The market town of Diss is about seven miles to the east and has a good selection of independent shops, well regarded schools, supermarket and a train station with a direct line rail service to London Liverpool Street. The popular town of Bury St. Edmunds is about 16 miles to the south and provides further specialist shopping, leisure facilities, schools and access to the A14 providing a good transport link to Cambridge and beyond.

Additional information

  • Cottages: Available by separate negotiation
  • To the south of the estate are a charming pair of south facing cottages, semi-detached and formerly the coach house with a later Victorian addition. Hall Farm Cottage is the larger of the two, with an open plan kitchen/breakfast room, two reception rooms with good ceiling height, and three first floor bedrooms, one with en suite bathroom and a further family bathroom. The Coach House has a kitchen and living room, with three first floor bedrooms and a bathroom. Both cottages have a ground floor WC, and both enjoy private parking and gardens. These cottages are let on Assured Shorthold Tenancies.
  • Entitlements
  • The agricultural land is registered with the Rural Payments Agency for the Basic Payment Scheme and all the relevant Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements will be included in the sale. The claim for the 2022 scheme year will be retained by the Vendors and the Vendors agree to use all reasonable endeavours to transfer the Entitlements for future claims to the Purchaser(s). Full details of the Basic Payment Scheme are included in the data room.
  • Services
  • Mains water and electricity, private drainage and oil fired central heating.
  • Local Authority
  • Breckland District Council
  • Council Tax: Band G
  • Fixtures & Fittings
  • All fixtures and fittings including fitted carpets and curtains are specifically excluded from the sale, but may be available in addition, subject to separate negotiation.
  • EPC Exempt
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Council Tax Band: G