Take a look inside The Coach House, a beautiful home for sale at £1.95 million in Burnham Overy Town
PUBLISHED: 14:54 01 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:01 01 April 2017
On the edge of the pretty village of Burnham Overy Town, surrounded by the gently undulating north Norfolk countryside, the owners of The Coach House have created paradise on earth.
Within almost nine acres of their own land, they have not only built themselves a beautiful home but they have also realised their dream of designing the most exquisite gardens.
The Coach House, which encompasses its own section of the River Burn, is currently on the market with Bedfords at a guide price of £1.95 million.
The substantial five-bedroom house was converted approximately 20 years ago from former 18th century buildings on the site of a Grade II listed Georgian mill, believed to have been one of only two in Norfolk which used both wind and water.
Many of the rooms were also newly built out along an attractive high brick and flint wall, which can be enjoyed from both inside and outside the building.
While the house itself is a magnificent and character-filled creation, it is the gardens, however, that are truly enchanting.
These are immaculate and with their Japanese-style bridge have been designed to echo those of Giverny, in France, which are, of course, so recognisable from the paintings of Claude Monet.
Cleverly built into the west side of the wall is a large oak-framed conservatory. Like the rest of the house, this was given great attention to detail. Its many windows capture the picture view down to the mill pond and its floor has been made from reclaimed pamment coach house tiles, many of which are hexagonal. French windows open on to a sheltered sunny courtyard and a path leading down to the water, where a pair of swans appear every year.
Small metal wheels, once part of the mill, make a feature on the garden wall, and mature trees and shrubs present a glorious array of colours throughout the spring and summer. Gazing down the mill pond to the right, those standing at the water’s edge take in the magical view of the mill itself, while in the other direction, beyond more beautiful gardens, the Monet bridge reaches across the water to an island, which is also part of The Coach House. Here the current owners have discreetly positioned a small, Japanese-style summerhouse.
Further along the river bank are more enchanting gardens leading to a wall with a door in it and steps down to a jetty, where they keep their punt.
The grounds extend beyond this point: there is another, smaller bridge, and a path through areas that have been kept more natural to encourage wildlife. On the other side of the house and the wall, there is a paddock where sheep have been kept.
The Coach House has been designed to sit easily within its grounds and the countryside. It has also been built to offer one long wing of guest accommodation that can be closed off if necessary. Here there are four double bedrooms, each with an en suite bath or shower room, and one of which is dual aspect, with French windows on to the gardens on both sides.
Beyond this guest area, the impressive wall reveals red brickwork and features a charming archway through into a boot room. The entrance hall is to the right, welcoming guests with a huge, roaring, wood-burning stove.
To the right of the entrance hall is the kitchen/dining room and quite possibly the most impressive laundry room ever likely to have been created. This is set within a former dovecote where all the original pigeon holes still line the walls.
The very generous kitchen/dining room opens into an elegant, bright drawing room, which in turn gives on to the snug and then the study. From here a staircase rises up to the master bedroom, which has an en suite bathroom and a Juliet balcony overlooking the paddock.
The Coach House has many other attractions, including garden stores, a double garage and a study. There is also a pantry, with a fabulous mezzanine storage area. The current owners were able to create their perfect home here, salvaging original materials, such as timber beams, to work into their designs, while also building a property which incorporates lots of areas that are largely new.
But it is the gardens and the setting that really have to be seen to be believed.
As the owners point out, while bidding their fond farewells to their magical home, there is unlikely to be anywhere else quite like this in Norfolk or beyond.
The Coach House in Burnham Overy town is for sale with Bedfords at a guide price of £1.95 million. For more information call 01328 730500 or visit www.bedfords.co.uk