A contemporary home in Reydon, marketed by Durrants, has received national interest after an article on the Mail Online website.
Undoubtedly, one feature inside the house is what caused the most attention – an indoor slide! The slide from the first floor to ground floor offers an exciting alternative to taking the other staircase.
Of course, the property has a lot more going for it than just a slide. This strikingly modern coastal home has been subject to an extensive extension, re-design and refurbishment. Previously a modest bungalow, it was overhauled by the current owner in 2016 to provide a contemporary seaside home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and modern open plan living featuring a great outdoor seating area.
Contact our Southwold office on 01502 723292 if you would like a viewing.
It’s been a fantastic week here in Southwold with the annual Southwold Arts Festival parading all the colours of the rainbow throughout the High Street. With an extensive programme of events to celebrate the arts, we couldn’t wait to join in on all the fun.
The festival kicked off with the popular Street Festival in the High Street. The theme this year was ‘rainbow’ and the festival invited local businesses to dress up, hold stalls and decorate shop windows. Our Southwold team couldn’t wait to get stuck in and we quickly decided on ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as our theme.
We had a lot of fun marching in the parade sporting our Wizard of Oz costumes. We also had a Holiday Cottages stall outside the office – handing out our latest holiday cottage brochures and letting guides. Young children were getting competitive at our target board and lucky dip!
We were thrilled to be awarded with ‘Best Window’ by the Arts Festival Committee which is testament to our Durrants team in Southwold coming together and working tirelessly on costumes and displays. A special thank you goes to Lorraine, our Holiday Cottages Manager, for all her late night sewing and decorating!
The following week Durrants Holiday Cottages sponsored the Ode to Joyce evening at the Southwold Arts Centre – a performance of songs and monologues of Joyce Grenfell. The Holiday Cottages team attended the event where we supplied an Adnams Hamper as a raffle prize for one lucky winner. It was great to see so many of our cottage owners and customers attending the event.
We can’t wait for what’s in store for the Southwold Arts Festival next year!
Southwold Jazz Club is hosting another great night of live music this month.
The club, which is sponsored by Durrants, is based at Southwold Arts Centre and on Saturday 28th May The Phil Veacock Trio will be appearing live.
Phil Veacock is a professional saxophonist best-known as the main arranger, musical director and tenor saxophonist of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. He has also arranged and played brass on Paul Weller’s last four albums.
He’ll be joined on stage by organist Jim Watson who has worked with Sting and Katie Melua, and drummer George Double.
There is also more great live music in Southwold as part of the Southwold Arts Festival running from 25th June to 2nd July; including Clare Teal and her Trio, Polly Gibbons and the farewell tour of the Blues Band.
Durrants are delighted to continue to support Wymondham Rugby club, through our community charity foundation with the sponsorship of a pitch side board.
Dominic Parravani, Durrants Managing Director, is Joint Chair of Wymondham Rugby clubs Mini section and is passionate about supporting local sport for all.
He said: “We support lots of local clubs and organisations throughout Norfolk and Suffolk and are thrilled to be able to show our continued support to such a wonderful club as Wymondham Rugby Club.”
Durrants are thrilled to announce a final total of money raised as a result of last September’s annual charity Clay shoot at Red House Farm by kind permission of Philip Kidner. This year’s chosen charity was R.A.B.I (The Royal Agricultural Benevolent institution).
Dominic Parravani, Durrants Managing Director “Our annual Charity Clay shoot has become a firm fixture in our fund raising calendar, over the years we have been able to donate thousands of pounds for wonderful causes. We are very proud of our recent charity clay shoot, to which we have raised an outstanding amount of £1,053.94!”
The cheque was presented at Durrants Halesworth office by Richard Prentice, Durrants Head of Agriculture, to David Locke, Finance Director of RABI and Thelma Thorogood Suffolk Chair for RABI.
Mrs Thorogood said: “On behalf of Suffolk RABI, we would like to say thank you so very much indeed for choosing our Charity to donate this amazing sum. We really do appreciate receiving this money, which will go straight to our Beneficiaries”
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I), a national charity that provides support for local farming communities across England and Wales.
Durrants sponsored rugby shirts from Southwold Rugby Club, have found their way to India! The Jungle Crows Foundation is taking rugby to some of the poorest children in the world, most of whom would not normally have any chance to take part in any organised sporting activity.
For 10 years the charity has given street kids and orphans the chance to play and learn together in a safe and coach controlled environment. The foundation supports the children to go to school and then even college so they can get a good job. Shirts and equipment are sent over to help kit out enthusiastic players and as always
Durrants are delighted to be able to help and support.
The fantastic picture above was taken in Kolkata where the Jungle Crows are celebrating India’s republic day.
Durrants is delighted to bring to the market an exciting development of five brand new bungalows in partnership with Vello Homes.
Development is underway at Church View in the charming village of Chedgrave, near Loddon, providing easy access to The Broads AONB as well as the city of Norwich. There will be a variety of 3-bedroom bungalows each with spacious garden, ample parking and attractive rural views.
Vello Homes has a long history with over 30 years of delivering high quality homes in East Anglia. The company is owned and based in Brundall and specialises in small scale, high quality, bespoke housing developments within a 20-mile radius of Norwich.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Vello Homes on this project.” said Dominic Parravani, Managing Director for Durrants. “There’s great synergy between our two companies; both family owned with our roots firmly in the East Anglian soil and both committed to providing our clients with the very highest standards. We’re looking forward to seeing the development take shape and find buyers for these high spec homes.”
Enquiries for Church View, Chedgrave are being managed via our Southwold office. For further information call us on 01502 723292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday 8th October 2021, after an enforced break due to Covid, the annual Durrants charity clay shoot was held in its usual beautiful surroundings of the water meadows and farmland of Red House Farm, St Margaret- South Elmham by kind permission of Mr Philip Kidner.
Once again this popular event was run to raise funds for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, a national charity that provides local support to farming communities across England and Wales.
Blessed with wonderful weather, fourteen teams came together to shoot two 100-bird flushes, kindly provided by local gunsmiths A Richardson & Sons of Halesworth. BBQ and refreshments were available throughout the day.
Once shooting had ceased, scores were checked and double checked with the winners being announced by Nick Durrant, from Durrants. The winners were James Griffiths and his team from Griffiths and Taylor Structural Engineers.
Dominic Parravani managing director from Durrants said “The day has been a great success. It’s lovely to be back after missing last year’s event.”
The final figure for the funds raised is still to be confirmed, but 100% of proceeds will be donated to RABI.
We’re delighted to introduce our new Residential Sales Manager for Beccles, Lisa Brown.
Lisa has been a valued member of the Durrants team since 2010 holding positions of Senior Negotiator and Residential Sales Manager of their Southwold office. Prior to joining Durrants, Lisa worked, for 13 years, at a well renowned local law firm in their conveyancing department during which time she ran her own caseload.
“I love Beccles, I’m so happy to be back here – it’s where my roots are. Despite the recent pandemic it’s a thriving town with so much going on. Beccles is a wonderful place for all generations to live with the River Waveney right on the doorstep, the beautiful Suffolk Coast just 15 minutes away and Norfolk’s county city, Norwich, just a short drive or bus journey away.”
Dominic Parravani, Managing Director and Head of Residential Sales for Durrants said of the appointment, “Lisa’s wealth of knowledge and experience in the East Anglian property market is outstanding and her rapport with clients has earned her countless testimonials over her years with Durrants. The Beccles property market is incredibly competitive and I know that Lisa and her them will thrive on the challenge.”
If you have a property in or around Beccles and are considering a move, why not get in touch with Lisa and her team for a free, no obligation property valuation. Call our Beccles branch on 01502 712122 or click here to request a valuation online.
We are delighted to announce the promotion of Florence Bond to Residential Sales Manager of our Southwold Office.
Florence joined the Durrants team in September 2017 and since then she has shown total professionalism and dedication as she has rapidly stepped up the career ladder.
Dominic Parravani, Managing Director and Head of Residential Sales commented “From the young person who came to see me for a role we didn’t have and then impressed so much with her enthusiasm, her hard work, her tenacity, her driven pursuit of knowledge and qualifications, her total professionalism and her ability to be continually cheerful and keep me in check! Very proud!”
Florence leads an enthusiastic and professional team of 9 from the High Street office and will have a challenging job ahead maintaining the Company’s leading position in the local property market. Durrants has outperformed all other estate agents in Southwold and Reydon in the last 12 months, completing three times more sales than the nearest competitor and almost half of all residential sales in the area.*
“Working through a pandemic has certainly been a tremendous learning curve. We’ve seen the market change dramatically and the challenges it brought to the property market would have been unimaginable 18 months ago.” said Florence. “I’m really proud of our team and their commitment to what they do. Their hard work and effort are what have built our reputation in Southwold and the surrounding area.”
We wish Florence all the best in her new role and look forward to many more years of success for her and the Southwold team.
Pictured: Dominic Parravani presents Florence Bond with a bottle of Champagne to celebrate her promotion to Residential Sales Manager for Southwold.
Southwold Millennium Foundation has installed two bee hives at the town’s Community Orchard in an exciting new project supported by Durrants.
The Foundation, which operates from the Millennium/Stella Peskett Hall provides vital funds for the local community via various initiatives including car parking at Millennium Meadow, and the running of Lighthouse Tours. The Community Orchard, which is in the meadow opposite the Hall, was established 2017, the produce of which is free for local residents.
Southwold Bees was initiated by trustee, Simon Tobin and chairman, Michael Ladd, who approached Durrants Estate Agency to request funding from their Charitable Foundation. Upon successfully receiving funds of £1,500 the Foundation has purchased two hives, two swarms of bees and all the necessary protective equipment.
“We’re really excited about the installation of the Southwold Bees hives.” said Simon Tobin. “As bees continue to decline in the UK it is important that we nurture them, and our Community Orchard is the perfect spot. We will be using this project to reach out to local schools to teach children about the importance of bees.”
Zuhal Tobin will be maintaining the hives having attended a course run by Waveney Beekeepers Group and is supported by their chairman, David Martin.
Dominic Parravani, Managing Director of Durrants commented about the project “We are delighted to support Southwold Bees. It’s a really interesting project from which local schools will benefit. Of course we’re looking forward to tasting the first batch of honey too!”
It is expected that Southwold Bees honey will be sold to raise further funds for Southwold Millennium Foundation.
Pictured (left to right); David Martin of Waveney Beekeepers Assoc; Michael Ladd; Dominic Parravani of Durrants; Zuhal Tobin; Simon Tobin.
After last weekend’s exciting climax of the Autumn Nations Cup and the recent Government guidance that relaxes Covid restrictions on outdoor contact sports which will allow rugby to return to Southwold Common, we thought now was a good time to make a little announcement.
Having been a supporter of Southwold Rugby for several years, Durrants is proud to sponsor the Southwold Women’s XV. The deal was sealed several months ago but as with so many things this year, the pandemic put a stop to the game.
The buzz and excitement of rugby has been sorely missed in the town over recent months, but all being well we expect to see contact fixtures return to Southwold Common from 18th December. We wish the Southwold Women’s XV and all the other Club members the very best with their return to the game.
A little piece of literary history has come to the property market in Southwold.
Former home of George Orwell, Montague House is a charming mid-18th Century, 4-bedroom home described in the town’s Conservation Charter Appraisal as being ‘one of the jewels in Southwold’s architectural collection’ is waiting to start it’s next chapter with new owners.
The George Orwell Connection
Famous for writing ‘Animal Farm’ (1945) and ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ (1949), the English novelist, essayist and critic George Orwell, aka Eric Arthur Blair (1903 – 1950) lived at Montague House from 1932 to 1941 after serving the police in Burma, now Myanmar. It is here that he wrote his second novel ‘A Clergyman’s Daughter’.
His love of Southwold influenced this particular work significantly with the fictional setting of ‘Knype Hill’ modelled on the beautiful seaside town and the character of ‘Dorothy Hare’ bearing great similarities to 1930s PE Mistress at St Felix School, Brenda Salkeld.
Orwell’s residence at the property is celebrated with a plaque on its red-brick exterior which was unveiled by the Orwell Society in 2018.
Bright, Spacious and Flexible Living
Standing proud at the top of Southwold High Street, Montague House provides light and spacious accommodation with a delightful enclosed rear garden. This Grade II Listed building retains many of its original features having been tastefully renovated to incorporate more modern conveniences.
The accommodation, on the ground floor, provides two characterful reception rooms, a well fitted kitchen with adjacent utility room and a spacious shower room with generous storage. On the first floor are four bedrooms, again, retaining lots of character and a family bathroom. Outside, the rear garden is well stocked with established shrubs and trees. There are two garden stores and a very pretty garden room at the end of plot which faces west.
Montague House is offered to market at £825,000 with no onward chain having been, in more recent times, a very successful holiday retreat. Viewing by appointment. Please get in touch on 01502 723292. View full property details here.