High Green, IP25
- many period and character features
- not listed
- private, but not isolated, idyllic country location offering total tranquillity
- easily accessible
- nearly two acres of grounds (stms)
- approximately 4,000 sq.ft. of living space and 1500 sq.ft of outbuildings
- 6 double bedrooms
- 4 bath/shower rooms (3 en-suite)
- up to 5 reception rooms
- spacious, stunning beamed kitchen with modern units, built in waste-disposal unit, Bosch dishwasher and large Rangemaster
- oil-fired central heating by modern, high-efficiency condensing boiler
- double glazing throughout
- numerous adaptable rooms
- ideal for car enthusiast: superb modern period style garage for 4-6 cars, electric car charging pod and discreet, courtyard parking for numerous other cars, trailers, horseboxes etc
- other outbuildings
- annexe potential within house or outbuildings, subject to consents
- equestrian use potential and good local riding out opportunities.
Homes of this type and quality are hard to find and High Green House represents an exceptional opportunity for a discerning buyer.
The small hamlet of High Green lies in central Norfolk convenient to the nearby shopping centres of Watton, Swaffham and Dereham. It offers easy commuting to Norwich or, following A11 dualling, even to Cambridge.
High Green House is believed to date from about 1600 with substantial extension around 1800 since when it has, over the years, been thoughtfully reconfigured and sympathetically upgraded to provide modern standards of comfort and practicality. It has, more recently, been extensively redecorated inside and out.
Identified on the area Ordnance Survey Pathfinder map, it is steeped in local history and was, until the 1970s, a substantial working farm.
It is situated in the small hamlet of High Green which consists of six attractive period houses lying along an idyllic, little-used, country lane which winds gently up a small hill at the top of which sits High Green House. Very unusually for such a rural setting, there are no nearby pig, poultry, wind or solar farms to mar the pleasure of life at High Green House. A short walk away is the unspoiled Norfolk village of Bradenham with a vibrant local community, village pub, churches and picturesque village green where cricket is still regularly played.
High Green House lies well back from the lane in its own extensive but easily managed grounds consisting variously of cottage garden, lawn, formal parterres, shrubbery, apple, pear and plum orchard and wildflower meadow. The grounds, which lie mainly to the rear of the house, will delight the country lover as a haven for visiting wildlife of all sorts including muntjac and roe deer, pheasants, partridges, owls and many species of birds and butterflies all of which can be observed from the large and comfortable conservatory. The garaging and parking area is screened from the beautiful gardens in a side courtyard.
High Green House comprises 20 separate rooms across 3 floors and forms a U shape around a small rear courtyard. Although an exceptionally spacious home, none of the rooms is overly large and, throughout, a cosy, cottage feel is preserved.
The room layout is very adaptable and makes for great flexibility. The first floor inner landing, for example, currently easily accommodates an office area and there is ample space in the kitchen for the large dining table and chairs of a traditional farmhouse kitchen. Elsewhere, the library hall could equally serve as a cosy and beautiful dining hall; and, on the second floor, the room between bedrooms 5 and 6 is itself large enough for a study or office. More radically, the ground floor living room/vestibule/shower room/conservatory area could form a spacious and comfortable self-contained unit.
Interesting period and character features abound and, in addition to the impressive, heavy ceiling beams (with excellent head heights) in the principal and oldest rooms, the following are particularly striking;
- throughout: mainly latched or glass-panelled wooden internal doors;
- drawing room: an impressive brick inglenook fireplace housing a wood-burning stove set between two deep, illuminated display recesses;
- dining room: illuminated, brick feature decorative fireplace incorporating display alcoves; oak flooring;
- kitchen: solid wooden stable door opening onto rear courtyard; ancient brick illuminated fireplace with wooden bressummer, housing wood burning stove; walk-in pantry;
- living room: double doors to conservatory; single door to rear courtyard; wood-burning stove on raised hearth;
- traditional pamment style tiling throughout the rear entrance hall, inner hall, utility room, kitchen and conservatory floors;
- library hall: oak flooring;
- bedroom 1: wooden decorative, feature fireplace;
- bedroom 2: brick decorative, feature fireplace; and
- upstairs south-west wing: barrelled ceilings.
All the principal rooms are double aspect and the orientation and U shape of the building together ensure maximum sunlight in the house at different times of the day.
The modern garage provides over 800 sq.ft. of accommodation and is of brick and block, partly timber clad and constructed to resemble a traditional Norfolk barn. It has three sets of double barn type doors, has loft storage and, with extensive lighting and multiple electric sockets, is equipped to provide a comfortable and practical enthusiast's garage and workshop space. It could however serve a multitude of other uses.
There is also a period outbuilding which provides over 700 sq.ft. of accommodation. It is believed to date from about 1800 and is a former farm building in brick with a pantiled roof which has recently been completely stripped and refurbished. It is divided into four separate areas and, as well as providing secure general storage and a workshop, houses the heating oil tanks and (to avoid any pollution in the home) the boiler. There is power and light throughout.
There are external water taps adjacent to the front and rear courtyards and external power points in the courtyard and rear garden.
The flower meadow lies in a secure paddock enclosed by post and rail fencing and is discreetly bordered by mature trees and shrubs. Walkways cut through the meadow lead to a "secret" central picnic area.
In all, High Green House combines a rarely found mix of qualities:
- tranquillity without isolation
- space and character without excessive running costs
- period living without inconvenience or discomfort and
- adaptable room layout.
It is a beautiful period house and a wonderfully comfortable and practical home offering many exciting possibilities.
- Council Tax band "G".
- mains electricity.
- oil-fired central heating.
- unmetered mains water supply.
- private drainage.
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