Wonderfully private Elizabethan country house set in 12 acres
Wilby Hall is a significant late 16th century part moated country house, Grade II Listed and wonderfully positioned at the heart of its own 12 acres of mature gardens and grounds. The house is architecturally distinguished, built of mellow red brick with crow stepped gables, mullioned and transomed windows which retain much of the original glass, and fine internal period detail. Historically the house is believed to have been built by Sir Thomas Lovell, and lived in, amongst others, by Robert Wilton a friend of Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell was known to have visited Norwich and it is thought likely that he stayed at Wilby Hall during his visit. A common theme throughout its existence is the custodians have taken great care to maintain the house with a high degree of sympathy, with the conservation of the outstanding features. There are original doors and achitraving throughout, staircase with gun barrel turned balusters, oak panelling and original room layouts. The accommodation is set over three floors, with all rooms providing a purpose. Of particular note on the ground floor is the impressive drawing room with fire place, delightful sitting room with distinctive wall paper and handsome fire place, kitchen/breakfast room and charming library with direct access out to the gardens. The first floor hosts four spacious double bedrooms, including the principal bedroom with panelled dressing room and en suite bathroom, with a further family bathroom. The attractive staircase continues to the second floor, with large landing leading to three bedrooms, dressing room, sitting room and substantial bathroom. The house enjoys fine views of the gardens and grounds from all rooms.
COTTAGE AND OUTBUILDINGS
There is an excellent range of traditional outbuildings within the grounds of Wilby Hall. These include a 17th century long barn and associated barn, set within the north of the grounds that would be suitable for a variety of uses subject to gaining the necessary planning consents. To the west of the house are a range of store rooms, and a further range of buildings including stabling, open bay garaging, chicken run, and hay loft, all centered around a courtyard. A former dairy building was thoughtfully converted to provide ancillary accommodation to the main house and finished to a high standard. This comprises a entrance hall, open plan kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. The cottage is spacious and light, with a private garden area.
Wilby Hall is approached from the east, over a sweeping tree lined gravel drive, leading past the outbuildings and giving tantilising glimpses of the house to a parking and turning area for many cars. The drive spurs off to the cottage and to the outbuildings. To the north of the house is the Elizabethan walled garden, formally landscaped with box hedging, yew topiary, yew hedging, herbaceous beds, pond and ornamental trees. A gravelled path leads from the main door to the north of the walled garden with wrought iron gate. The south facing garden is a large expanse of lawn, stretching away to the moat that borders the lawns from east to west with mature broadleaf wood land beyond. A terrace adjoins the south facing wall of the outbuildings with a swimming pool.
Established meadowland is to the east and north of the grounds, providing good grazing, with the remaining land including woodland, pond and further lawned areas. The land in all extends to about 12 acres.
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Every visit to The Hall is such a pleasure, there is a real aura that is hard to find.Ben Rivett