A charming cottage in idyllic setting.
Horse Fen Mill Cottage is a most charming former marshman's cottage dating from circa 1800, idyllically and beautifully situated in an utterly unspoilt rural position. The property is approached by a long drive through marshland forming part of a National Nature Reserve managed by Natural England and situated in about 1.57 acres close to the banks of the River Thurne providing access to the entire Broads Network.
The house, of mellow red brick, has a welcoming atmosphere, with spacious rooms enjoying plenty of natural light. There are period features such as an inglenook fireplaces both with woodburners, handmade French Normandy tiles, and bay window in the triple aspect sitting room, measuring about 6.5m x 3.8m. There is a well fitted kitchen, with the recent addition of an Everhot cooker and a bathroom with airing cupboard.
The two double bedrooms are on the first floor, both with sinks and large veluxes providing light and views over the marshes.
The house is situated in a remarkably private and unspoilt setting surrounded by well stocked gardens with its own marshland. The surrounding Ludham and Potter Heigham marshes are a National Nature Reserve (SSSI) and the area of grazing marsh is considered to contain one of the best dyke systems in Broadland with a great range of wetland plants and animals including the rare Hawker Dragonfly. Summer grazing by cattle ensures species-rich, tussocky dyke edges and open marshes which are used by wading birds as well as providing hunting areas for harriers and owls.
The cottage is approached by a well maintained track over the marsh bordered by dykes and reed beds. There is ample gravelled turning and parking area situated to the northwest of the house.
There is a delightful lawned garden to the south of the house bordered by mixed shrubberies and sheltered by mature trees. Beyond this is an area of kitchen garden with raised beds and a greenhouse.
There is a paved terrace adjoining the sitting room overlooking the marsh facing the sunset. Situated to the north of the house is a thatched rondavel. There is also a garden shed wood store and a large shed suitable for storing a boat.
From the garden, a small bridge over a dyke leads to the bank of the River Thurne where there is extensive made-up quay heading of approximately 200ft for mooring. This is rented from the Environment Agency at a peppercorn rent by a long standing agreement. The land in all extends to 1.56 acres.
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The property is in one of the most outstanding positions that I have ever come across, with complete and utter privacy.Ben Rivett