Caroline Culot, Regional property editor
Saturday, May 17, 2014
When the sun is shining, there’s no better place to be than Brancaster in north Norfolk where you will find St Mary’s House - a Georgian former rectory tucked away in a palatial walled garden - for sale for £2.25 million.
Tucked away in a lovely plot, St Mary’s House was being built when famous English clergyman the Parson James Woodforde visited Brancaster in 1787. Now, adorned with wisteria and a climbing rose, it looks thoroughly inviting.
On a sunny day you really can’t beat being in Brancaster where you will find hidden away on a street of character flint properties, this former rectory to St Mary’s church which itself dates to the 14th century with a square tower and can just be glimpsed through trees which frame this house. The front exterior boasts a classic Georgian facade with four ground and five first floor sash windows.
The famous English clergyman Parson James Woodforde apparently recorded visiting Brancaster in 1787 when the rectory was being built.
It then remained in the possession of the church until the 1980s when it was restored and since than has changed hands just once with further improvements made including the addition of a large playroom.
Inside you will find some really ornate architrave. Off the hall is an elegant drawing room in powder blue with an open fireplace and there is also a formal dining room with original shutters at the front and quite a surprise in the fact you are transported, thanks to a beautiful wallpaper, to the Ganges.
The paper by Zuber & Cie is an 18th century design depicting an Indian fantasy scene - apparently these French wallpapers were a favourite of First lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the White House.
Also downstairs is the good sized kitchen, a study and utility as well as the extension of a games room. You also have a self contained annexe with its own sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Upstairs in the main house are five bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Outside at the rear is the most gorgeous walled garden which is well stocked and includes a stunning cedar tree and a rose arch at the bottom of the lawn which leads to an orchard of peach, apricot, quince and fig trees.
■ St Mary’s House, Brancaster is for sale for £2.25 million with Bedfords on 01328 730500.