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This historic Norfolk manor house is available to rent for £4,500 a month

PUBLISHED: 17:05 02 October 2020 | UPDATED: 17:06 02 October 2020

Bessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for �4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & Co

Bessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for �4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & Co

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A north Norfolk manor house accessed by a private drive headed by a brick and flint tower gatehouse has become available to rent in Bessingham, near Cromer, for £4,500 per calendar month.

Bessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & CoBessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & Co

The property, which has been renovated in recent years, has an interesting past.

In its heyday in the mid-19th century, Bessingham Manor had around 20 men working full-time on its estate. It was home to the Spurrell family, including Katherine, who bred prize-winning daffodils in the early 1900s and her sister Emily, a candidate in a fiercely fought district council election in Aylmerton in 1894. It’s even said that one owner – Edmund Denham Spurrell, who owned the estate from 1906 until his death in 1952 – kept a dancing bear in the cellar, brought back from a trip to India.

The estate was broken up and sold in the 1970s and the manor house fell into disrepair. Later attempts to demolish the property and replace 
it with a new nine-bedroomed home failed, after a buyer couldn’t be found. But shortly after, a couple from Cambridge fell in love with the property and restored it to its former glory, running it as a successful holiday let. Now it is available to rent furnished with Brown & Co for a six-month tenancy.

The property itself sits in a conservation area and is described as something of a rural idyll, with undulating open countryside and big, star-filled night skies thanks to the lack of light pollution. It would certainly make the ideal home for a family looking to make the most of the north Norfolk coast, as it sits just five miles from Sheringham, Holt and Cromer.

Bessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & CoBessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & Co

Highlights include an inviting grand entrance hall featuring black and white marble flooring, as well as a large Victorian-style kitchen that is fitted out with custom-made dressers and has both an Aga and 
a separate electric range cooker. Modern appliances include a large American-style fridge freezer with water filter and icemaker.

There is also a formal dining room, drawing room and study on the ground floor, alongside two Victorian-styled cloakrooms and a double bedroom with an adjoining wet room.

On the first floor, the master suite features a king size four-poster bed and an additional single bed, fireplace and chaise longue and offers beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. The en suite bathroom includes a double slipper bath and a separate corner shower, as well as a set of French doors which open out on to a private balcony with seating.

Two further en suite guest bedrooms feature king size beds. The remaining bedrooms offer various sleeping arrangements, including a king size bedroom and adult bunk beds in bedrooms four and nine and a small double bed and a single bed in bedroom six.

Bessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & CoBessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & Co

There is also a large family bathroom with a freestanding roll-top bath and a separate shower. Statement chandeliers and an original fireplace also give this room a luxurious feel.

Outside, the grounds at Bessingham Manor extend to approximately four and a half acres and are mainly laid to lawn with a small area of woodland.

There is also a large patio area at the back of the house, where tables and chairs create an ideal dining area, alongside a large gas-fired barbecue. The land is mostly enclosed by hedges beyond which there is open parkland on three sides and a small working farm on the adjoining land.

Contact Brown & Co on 01263 658070.

Bessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & CoBessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & Co

Bessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & CoBessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & Co

Bessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & CoBessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & Co

Bessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & CoBessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & Co

Bessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & CoBessingham Manor is available to rent on a six-month let for £4,500 per calendar month. Picture: Brown & Co


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