Colby Road, Banningham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 7DY | Property for sale | Savills
3,002 sq ft(278.89 sq m)
Guide price £1,250,000(€1,425,264)

Colby RoadBanningham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 7DY

  • Recently sold

Key features

  • Sold in November 2023
  • Range of Barns with full residential planning consent for three dwellings
  • Mature gardens and land of about 4.9 acres
  • Village setting within approximately 2.5 miles of Aylsham
  • Attractive traditional brick buildings

An excellent rural development with planning consent for 3 dwellings, alongside existing farmhouse.

About this property

  • Highbury Farm is an increasingly rare opportunity to acquire an attractive farmhouse, in an edge of village setting, that retains all its original farm buildings in completely unspoilt condition. The farmhouse, believed to date back to the 16th century, sits in a south facing position with the barns offset, creating a traditional and attractive farmstead scene. The barns have the benefit of planning consent for full residential conversion to three substantial units, all unique in their layout, and all with significant appeal should they be developed. Alternatively the barns could be utilised in many different ways, depending on individuals needs or imaginations.

    The Farmhouse
    An imposing building of mellow red brick and flint, with lime mortar, the farmhouse is a most attractive home that stands tall amongst its surroundings. With a south facing orientation, looking out over the low walled garden, there is a clear lifestyle opportunity here, particularly when teamed with the range of single storey outbuildings, centred around a south facing courtyard, that provides further scope.

    Within the house are fine rooms, all with tall ceilings. The layout is traditional and spacious, with some eccentricities befitting houses of this type. Rooms of particular note are the central dining room, a large sitting room with wood burner and a blank canvas of a kitchen with a pantry and stairs up to a storage room above the pantry. There are the usual service rooms including a utility room and scullery/boiler room, and further storage of the dining room. The first floor has equally tall ceilings, with a principal bedroom of 5.3m x 5.2m, and a further three double bedrooms and family bath/shower room. There is significant attic space that could be utilised.
    The house is in need of renovation throughout, to restore back to a charming family home.

    The gardens to the farmhouse are to the south and east of the house. It is then envisaged that the remaining paddocks that will not become gardens to the barns, would be retained by the farmhouse however ultimately the next owner has the luxury of allocating the land as they wish.

    The Barns
    To the north and north-west of the house are the traditional barns, with an abundance of character, and a mix of two storey and single storey areas including a former granary at the western end. The buildings total around 8400 square feet, which have been defined as three dwellings, and retained buildings with the farmhouse.

    Full residential planning consent has been granted for conversion of the main bulk of the barns to three dwellings, planning reference PO 2006/1725 with North Norfolk District Council. All three barns will benefit from private gardens and south facing courtyards, car ports, further gardens and open plan and cosy living.

    Unit 1 is the former granary with a fantastic west facing orientation, with views out to countryside beyond the allocated garden. Unit two is a three bedroom dwelling, with bedrooms over the ground and first floor allowing for future proof living, and unit three has the most accommodation, with four bedrooms including two ground floor and two en suite bedrooms on the first floor, complete with dressing areas.

    The layout of the barns have been carefully considered to provide privacy to all, and will benefit from a new access independent of the farmhouse.

    The grounds and land of Highbury Barn amount to about 4.9 acres. Within the granted planning consents the farmhouse and barns have defined boundaries allowing for private parking and gardens. The remaining land consists of predominantly pasture and wooded areas. The pasture is divided into post and railed paddocks with field shelters, looking out over open countryside.

    The land is open to be divided in many ways as the next owners discretion.

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It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a farmhouse with barns still in the same ownership, with the hassle of planning consent already dealt with. This will become a very special collection of buildings.

Ben RivettProperty agent

Local information

  • Highbury Farm is located in the village of Banningham, with the village green at the heart of it, with the ‘Banningham Crown' on the edge of the green, which also hosts the village bowling green. The farm is a mere 2.5 miles from the thriving market town of Aylsham. The historic town lies on the River Bure and adjoins the Blickling Estate, a 17th century stately home set in over 4500 acres and the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, which has been in the care of the National Trust since 1940.
  • The thriving town is picturesque with handsome Georgian architecture and a traditional market square where a farmers' market is regularly held. The town is renowned for the independent shops, including Bread Source artisan bakery, Hodson & Co cheese room and delicatessen and further boutique shopping alongside butchers, grocers, and two supermarkets and a Co-op. There are public houses, restaurants and cafes and a Mark & Spencers store and petrol station. The town has a GP surgery and pharmacy, with state education.
  • There are a plethora of local public houses to enjoy, including the Walpole Arms at Itteringham, The Bucks Arms at Blickling, The Saracens Head at Erpingham and the Gunton Arms at Thorpe Market, all renowned and deservedly popular. The Blicking Estate has a network of paths across the estate to enjoy, alongside the house that is open to the public.
  • The market town of North Walsham, with further shopping and Waitrose supermarket, is about five miles to the east, with the North Norfolk coast at Cromer about 8.5 miles, with much of the coastline designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with excellent sailing, bird watching, seal trips and a variety of restaurants and pubs. The cathedral city of Norwich is about 12 miles, with thriving retail, cultural and educational sectors and a main line rail service to London Liverpool Street, and an international airport with connecting flights via Schiphol.

Additional information

  • Services
  • Mains water, electricity and drainage.
  • Oil fired central heating.
  • Local Authority
  • North Norfolk 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.
  • Viewings
  • Strictly by appointment with Savills. If there is any point which is of particular importance to you, we invite you to discuss this with us, especially before you travel to view the property.
  • EPC Rating: G
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Council Tax Band: G