Take a look at this £1,050,000 property for sale near Stoke Holy Cross

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:30 05 June 2017

Aerial view of the Stoke Holy Cross property.

Aerial view of the Stoke Holy Cross property.


Turning off from the quiet Shotesham Road, between Stoke Holy Cross and Shotesham, pretty Gostelyns is tucked away, nestled in its own picturesque and extensive grounds.

Exterior of Gostelyns.Exterior of Gostelyns.

This historic house, which is only about five miles from Norwich, sits within a rural idyll, taking in views across its own exquisite gardens and the undulating countryside beyond.

Currently on the market with Brown & Co at a guide price of £1,050,000, the Grade II Listed house comes with a large barn and outbuildings, and grazing meadows, as well as its gardens. In total, some 28.49 acres could be available here, either as a whole or in three lots.

The house itself looks every inch the picture postcard home that deserves to stand in such scenic surroundings. With a timber frame, it is believed to date back to the mid-16th century, with additions and alterations carried out in the 20th century.

New owners are likely to wish to make their own mark on the house, renovating and modernising it to suit their own requirements, but there are three storeys of accommodation here, which could offer great flexibility.

Outside the Stoke Holy Cross property.Outside the Stoke Holy Cross property.

Character features in the house include the likes of exposed beams, fireplaces and pretty windows. The sitting room, for example, has a parquet floor and inglenook fireplace, with wood-burning stove. The kitchen has an oil-fired Aga while the master bedroom features a decorative fireplace, with a cast iron grating.

The ground floor of the house currently comprises a dining room, sun room, utility room, cloakroom, entrance hall and inner lobby, as well as the kitchen and sitting room.

Up on the first floor, there are three bedrooms, together with a family bathroom and cloakroom.

But one of the stand-out features of Gostelyns has to be its magnificent second floor attic space, with its high vaulted ceiling and beams. This is currently arranged as two rooms, with a door between, and could make wonderful bedroom spaces or perhaps a games room or even a teenagers’ den.

Gardens at Gostelyns.Gardens at Gostelyns.

The barn at Gostelyns also holds great potential. Attached to it is a large room which has been used as an office in the past and could certainly once again be ideal for someone who needs additional space that is separate from the main house.

The huge barn itself offers all sorts of possibilities. This currently has a mezzanine floor which has been perfect for storage but (subject to the relevant planning permissions) the whole building could perhaps be converted into a very spacious annexe.

To the front of the house is a terrace, which has been cleverly positioned not only to soak up the glorious sunshine but also to capture the breath-taking vista. From here, new owners will be able to gaze out across their English country gardens and through the hedge beyond that has been carefully cut to frame the view of their own rolling meadowland.

Beyond the main lawn area, the formal English country gardens have been designed to present a myriad of different “rooms”. At every turn, there seems to be a surprise: beautiful beds awash with colour, secret copses and wooded glades, and delightful ponds and water features.

This is a setting that also offers complete privacy. It could be ideal for someone seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city yet also wishing to be within easy striking distance of Norwich, the A47 and the A11.

It could be perfect for someone seeking a “good life” – the opportunity perhaps to grow fruit and vegetables and keep animals – yet it could also be the perfect retreat: a splendid country home in a magical location, somewhere to share with family and friends, and to simply enjoy the beauty and the tranquillity.

Gostelyns at Stoke Holy Cross, near Norwich, is on the market with Brown & Co at a guide price of £1,050,000. For more information call 01603 629871.

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