- Superbly renovated barn conversion
- Excellent detached cottage
- Outstanding quality and character
- Extensive exposed timbers and flint
- Combination of dramatic open spaces and cosy rooms
- Clever integration of technology including Rako lighting and underfloor heating
- Further outbuildings
- Two driveways with parking for several cars
- Established grounds of about an acre with wide array of wildlife
- Highly versatile accommodation
THE PROPERTY This exceptional four-bedroom conversion of a historic Grade II listed Norfolk barn can be found nestled opposite its village church in a quiet rural Norfolk parish. Ridlington lies on the northern boundary of the Norfolk Broads National Park and just 2 miles from some of Norfolk's quiet sandy beaches. The barn sits within approximately an acre of grounds along with a charming detached one-bedroom cottage and a detached garage/workshop.
Church Barn has been subjected to a comprehensive and sympathetic reconstruction and restoration. This major project has seen Church Barn regressed back to bare walls and rafters prior to undertaking the long and painstaking process of repair, preservation and reconstruction.
The uncompromising approach taken towards converting and reviving this property has now delivered a unique and exceptional home. A home with the most charming character and proportions, finished to the highest quality and standard of workmanship, and discreetly encompassing up-to-date technology.
The barn benefits practically and aesthetically from two impressive gravel driveways. The east driveway services the main entrance. The west driveway and courtyard separate the barn from a large garage/workshop. Just across the garden is the charming detached cottage.
The garden features large lawned areas and a number of ancient trees and fruit trees. The garden hosts an abundance of visiting wildlife including deer, pheasants, and a wide variety of garden birds. Owls and deer often break the silence of the night-time. The garden offers huge potential for further development.
THE COTTAGE The charming detached cottage is in its own right a total rebuild and restoration of a pre-existing aisled barn. The building has been completely rebuilt and refitted to the same level of quality as has been bestowed upon Church Barn. It is currently in use as a luxury one-bedroom dwelling, though the open-plan nature will accommodate a multitude of uses.
The cottage provides a calm fusion of exposed timbers, posts and beams with the contemporary feel of clean lines and oak floors and finishes. The building is fully glazed to the south, flooding the open plan living space with light and bringing the extended garden inside. A large tiled kitchen area fills the corner of the room and is fitted with a generous array of units, oak worktops and a butler sink.
A large luxury shower room and a large utility room will also be found on the ground floor. The utility room accommodates the oil-fired boiler, the washing machine, and ample fitted storage space. The cottage is heated via radiators and an Aga wood-burner.
A bespoke oak winder staircase leads up to the bedroom which is also fully glazed to the south and benefits from oak flooring throughout.
The immediate exterior is hard landscaped with paving on three sides of the cottage bounded by dwarf brick-and-flint walls.
LOCATION Ridlington is a picturesque Norfolk village set in beautiful rural surroundings on the northern boundary of the Norfolk Broads National Park and just 2 miles from the coast. The location provides a host of scenic walks, local pubs, beaches and wildlife including a colony of seals, a herd of wild deer, and of course almost unrivalled opportunities for birdwatching.
The town of North Walsham is approximately 4 miles away. The town provides a direct train link to the city of Norwich and on to Cambridge and London. The town offers many amenities and convenient shopping including Waitrose and Sainsbury's, leisure and gym facilities, primary and secondary schools, a sixth form college, doctor's surgeries and a cottage hospital.
The property is located only 30 minutes drive from the City of Norwich, 25 minutes drive from the North Norfolk coastal town of Cromer and 40 minutes drive from Gresham's School in Holt.
"A short cycle away is the Poachers Pocket, a beach-front pub at Bacton, more places to dine on fresh seafood than you can shake a crab pick at, and the boating playground of the Norfolk Broads."
Ridlington, The Times.
"North Norfolk has become increasingly fashionable for second home owners over the past 20 years and the eateries of Burnham Market, a short drive from the pine forest and sand dune backed beaches of Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea, with its brightly coloured beach huts, have become the epicentre of all the Down From Londons."
Liz Rowlingson, The Times.
SERVICES Oil fired central heating. Mains electricity and water are connected to the property with drainage via a septic tank. (Durrants have not tested any apparatus, equipment, fittings or services and so cannot verify they are in working order)
LOCAL AUTHORITY North Norfolk District Council
Council Tax Band:
The Barn - TBC
The Cottage - Band A
VIEWING Viewing is strictly by arrangement with the vendors' agent Durrants, please call 01379 642233.
BUILDING CONSULTANCY Our Building Consultancy Team will be happy to provide advice to prospective buyers on planning applications, architectural design, building regulations and project management - please contact us if you would like to discuss.
AGENT'S NOTE Please note the kitchen has not been fitted but the services are installed, allowing the buyer to personalise the space to suite their own taste.