Take a look inside Shelton Hall - on sale for £1.15m
PUBLISHED: 18:03 25 November 2016
Shelton Hall, where Queen Elizabeth I once lived as a child, is on the market for £1.15m.
Standing in front of imposing Shelton Hall, just a short drive from Norwich yet in the heart of picturesque countryside, visitors are always awe-struck by both the history of the property and the tranquillity of its setting.
The existing Grade II Listed country home, currently on the market with Bedfords at a guide price of £1,150,000, is believed to date back in part to the 1600s. But, explains the owner, this is a property with an even more impressive heritage.
“Shelton Hall is on the site of a castle, which is thought to have looked rather like Oxburgh Hall,” she explains.
“This came down in the 1600s and all that is left of it now is the moat. The castle was the home of the Sheltons – Anne Shelton was Anne Boleyn’s aunt and during the reign of Henry VIII was a guardian of Princess Mary and Princess Elizabeth. As a result, Queen Elizabeth I lived here for three years when she was a little girl and had her own pew in the local church.”
The current owners arrived at Shelton Hall some 10 years ago. With family connections to the area, they thought they would move out from Norwich to make the most of life in a rural location.
“We did love the property but we also drawn to the location: the house was surrounded by nature and yet just 20 minutes’ drive from Norwich,” she recalls.
“It was also about the same distance from Diss, where there is a station with mainline trains down to London.
”Having renovated houses before, the couple were not daunted by the prospect of taking on such a grand Grade II Listed home. They could see what they wanted to do with it and worked carefully with planners and conservation experts to ensure everything was carried as sympathetically as possible.
“It took about a year and a half to complete and strangely it did feel as if the house was really happy with everything we did,” she says.
Shelton Hall sits in approximately five acres of its own land and still presents elements of its Tudor, Georgian and early 20th century past. Today these sit beautifully alongside modern touches in the bathrooms, kitchen and other parts of the spacious yet welcoming home.
Upon stepping inside the property, visitors are welcomed into a magnificent reception hall, where a wood-burning stove blazes in the winter. On one side this leads through into the dining room and the simply breath-taking drawing room. Here there is ample space for lavish entertaining on a grand scale – some 100 guests could dance quite comfortably in this room, still leaving space for the grand piano and a live band. And with four sets of French windows opening on to the terrace and garden, this is very much a room for all seasons.
For cosier evenings in, the library and games room can be found to the other side of the reception hall. Further on is the light-filled snug and kitchen, where there is an electric Aga, wood-burning stove and plenty of space for comfortable and dining furniture. A beautiful area, which has been opened up to create a splendid modern family space, this kitchen and family room still displays parts of the original Tudor frame of the building and takes in glorious country views.
A second kitchen, again perfect for entertaining, can also be found on the ground floor, together with a cloakroom and stairs down to the cellar.
Five of the eight bedrooms at Shelton Hall are situated on the first floor. These are all exceptionally large and include features such as fireplaces, while also enjoying the scenic outlook.
Bathrooms and dressing areas have been created or replaced by the current owners and three of the bedrooms on this floor have their own en suite facilities. Most impressive of all has to be the master suite, which almost fills the entire upper level of one wing of the house. Not only is there an enormous bathroom and dressing area here but the bedroom is also a considerable size and has a beautiful vaulted ceiling and original, wide floorboards.
Two separate second floor areas can be accessed from the first floor. One of these leads to three delightful bedrooms, all with sloping ceilings and beams yet also offering good head height. The other rises up into a cinema room, where the owners like to close the door behind them and settle down to a good film.
Outside Shelton Hall more treasures are to be found. The beautiful moat is home to about 30 ducks, and kingfishers and other birds have been spotted here. There is a charming walled courtyard, where it is pleasant to sit with a cup of coffee and the papers in the morning, and a studio, which is ideal for anyone wishing to work from home, is also outside.
The parkland grounds offer something for everyone, whether they enjoy walking through carpets of bluebells in the spring or watching the changing colours of the leaves in the autumn.
“There is a bridge over to an island, which is also very beautiful, and we have plenty of space here for outside entertaining,” the owner observes.
“We have had three family weddings here, with marquees out on the lawns.
”Shelton Hall has been a happy home, she adds, and the owners have enjoyed being part of the history of such an incredible place.
“We have loved being here but now it is time to move on,” she says. “It nice to think of someone else coming here now – and enjoying it all as much as we have done.”
• Shelton Hall at Shelton, Norfolk, is on the market with Bedfords at a guide price of £1,150,000. For more information call 01728 454505 or 01284 769999.